The Register: UN’s freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans . “The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations’ freedom of expression expert. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, which would require large internet platforms to introduce automated upload filters that remove copyrighted content.”
RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Passes Legislation Against ‘Fake News’ Media. “Belarusian lawmakers have passed controversial amendments to the country’s media laws despite claims by domestic and international groups that the move risks leading to further censorship of the press. The National Assembly on June 14 voted on the second and final reading of the draft amendments that the government says will enable it to prosecute people suspected of spreading ‘false’ information on the Internet.”
Reuters: Vietnam lawmakers approve cyber law clamping down on tech firms, dissent. “Vietnamese legislators approved a cybersecurity law on Tuesday that tightens control of the internet and global tech companies operating in the Communist-led country, raising fears of economic harm and a further crackdown on dissent.”
TorrentFreak: Russian Govt Approves Fines For Search Engines Linking to Banned VPNs. “Russia’s State Duma has adopted a bill that will see search engines fined for offering links to VPNs and other anonymizers that have been banned in the country. Fines will also be handed out to search engines that fail to connect to a resource offering up-to-date information on what domains should be rendered inaccessible.”
District Dispatch: Happy birthday, GPO Access Act: 25 years of online government info. “June 8, 2018, is a significant anniversary for public access to government information: it’s 25 years since the enactment of the Government Printing Office (GPO) Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993, or the GPO Access Act for short. While it’s not a household name, it was a foundational law in driving government use of the internet to provide access to information.”
Dark Reading: New Colorado Breach Notification Rules Signed Into Law. “Under the new law, if an individual’s personal information is part of a breach, he must be notified within 30 days after discovery — no exceptions. In addition, the law, passed with bipartisan support, broadens the definition of personally identifying information to including health care and financial data.”
Affordable Housing Finance: New Database Offers a Close Look at Inclusionary Housing. “More than 800 local inclusionary housing programs nationwide are identified in a new Inclusionary Housing Database Map. The online tool also includes data on state-level legislation and judicial decisions that are related to the adoption of local inclusionary housing policies and programs.” I had only the haziest idea of what inclusionary housing is; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy got me up to speed.