The Verge: Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

The Verge: Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data. “Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has floated the idea of taxing tech companies when they exploit user data. Platforms like Facebook ‘use us, and we’re their commodity, and we’re not getting anything out of it,’ Klobuchar said today during a SXSW interview with Recode co-founder Kara Swisher. ‘When they sell our data to someone else, well, maybe they’re going to have to tell us so we can put some kind of a tax on it.'”

The Next Web: The UK government is looking to criminalize unsolicited dick pics

The Next Web: The UK government is looking to criminalize unsolicited dick pics. “Although apps like Tinder set out to make dating easier by putting hundreds of options only a swipe away, they also carry a greater risk of non-consensual interactions and new opportunities for perpetrators to target and abuse victims. Whether it’s an abusive message waiting in your inbox or an unsolicited Airdrop from a complete stranger, ‘surprise’ dick pics are an all too common form of sexual harassment. But yesterday, it was announced the Home Office is taking preliminary steps towards criminalizing ‘online flashing.’ In its ‘Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)’ report, the Home Office proposed 10 commitments it believes will help protect women and girls in the UK — and it’s backed with more than £100 million in funding over the next five years.”

New Straits Times: Malaysian jailed for 10 yrs for insulting Islam on social media

New Straits Times: Malaysian jailed for 10 yrs for insulting Islam on social media. “A Malaysian was sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail and three others were charged over insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on social media, police said on Saturday. The sentence is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country, where concerns over racial and religious tensions have grown in recent months.”

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook. “Warren’s proposal includes a plan to pass legislation designating platforms with more than $25 billion in revenue as ‘platform utilities,’ which would be barred from owning both the platform and ‘participants’ on the platform at the same time. Smaller companies would not face the same requirements. A law like that would have immediate effects on the digital economy, the proposal continues, as Google is forced to spin off Search and Amazon spins off Marketplace.”

New York Post: New database allows New Yorkers to view lawsuits filed against NYPD

New York Post: New database allows New Yorkers to view lawsuits filed against NYPD. “A newly released database allows New Yorkers to peruse thousands of lawsuits filed against the NYPD — allowing them to track how much taxpayer money has been spent to settle cases against cops in their local precincts since 2015.”

Business Wire: Patterson Belknap Launches False Advertising Blog (PRESS RELEASE)

Business Wire: Patterson Belknap Launches False Advertising Blog (PRESS RELEASE). “Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP today announced the launch of Misbranded, a blog covering false advertising litigation from the industry perspective, with an emphasis on FDA-regulated products: foods/beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and dietary supplements.”

TorrentFreak: Piracy Is Driven By Availability & Price, People Prefer Not to Break the Law, ISP Study Says

TorrentFreak: Piracy Is Driven By Availability & Price, People Prefer Not to Break the Law, ISP Study Says. “A new study carried out by New Zealand telecoms group Vocus Group NZ has concluded that ‘piracy isn’t driven by law-breakers’ but by the availability of legal content and the ability to pay. With a small minority of consumers still engaging in piracy, Vocus warns that catering to their needs is a better option than site-blocking, which just won’t work.”