It’s Official: PIRATE Act Signed Into Law (Radio World)

Radio World: It’s Official: PIRATE Act Signed Into Law. “The teeth of the PIRATE Act is in the details. The act gives the commission the authority to levy fines of up to $100,000 per violation and $2 million in total…. The legislation also will lead to creation of a publicly accessible online database that lists all U.S. stations as well as all entities that have received notice that they are operating a broadcast radio station without authority.”

EFF: Don’t Write Copyright Law in Secret

EFF: Don’t Write Copyright Law in Secret. “The USMCA is just the latest example: when copyright terms are negotiated in private, multinational agreements, it tends to favor the interests of large media companies. Countries should decide their own copyright laws by inclusive, democratic processes, not through secret negotiations. Those copyright law expansions bring real threats to human rights in the countries where the United States exports them. In 2011, Colombian graduate student Diego Gomez shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet, sparking a six-year legal battle that could have put him in prison for years.”

SBS: Algeria to outlaw hate speech on social media

SBS: Algeria to outlaw hate speech on social media. “The president of protest-hit Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, plans to outlaw ‘hate speech’ that has proliferated on social networks in recent months, his office said Monday. Mr Tebboune asked Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad to draft a bill ‘criminalising all forms of racism and hate speech in the country,’ according to a statement published by the official APS press agency.”

Vox: Illinois says you should know if AI is grading your online job interviews

Vox: Illinois says you should know if AI is grading your online job interviews. “A first-of-its-kind law might give employment candidates more insight into the algorithms that analyze their interviews, but they shouldn’t expect much to change.”

CNET: Here’s what California’s new privacy law means for Facebook, Twitter users

CNET: Here’s what California’s new privacy law means for Facebook, Twitter users. “The California Consumer Privacy Act, also known as CCPA, is designed to curb what companies can do with all that information. The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, comes as concerns about privacy grow after a steady stream of scandals, like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data debacle.”

‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement (Politico)

Politico: ‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement. “Passed in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was largely viewed as a model for the United States and other nations struggling to find effective limits on data collection by technology companies. There was little doubt that, given the breadth of the law and the many suspected violations by global tech firms, there would soon be heavy fines or, at least, sanctions that would force Big Tech to change its operating methods. But that promise has not been fulfilled.”

Ars Technica: Congress passes legislation expanding robocall penalties

Ars Technica: Congress passes legislation expanding robocall penalties. “The US Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that aims to end the scourge of robocalls. The TRACED Act had already passed the House of Representatives, so it’s now headed to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.”