Senatore Dianne Feinstein: Feinstein Introduces Bill Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine, Negative Test or Recovery Documentation for Domestic Air Travel

Dianne Feinstein: Feinstein Introduces Bill Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine, Negative Test or Recovery Documentation for Domestic Air Travel. “Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act, a bill that would require all passengers on domestic airline flights to either be fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative for COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19. The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, to develop national vaccination standards and procedures related to COVID-19 and domestic air travel in order to prevent future outbreaks of the disease.”

GovTech: Texas Social Media Censorship Law May Increase Spam Emails

GovTech: Texas Social Media Censorship Law May Increase Spam Emails. “House Bill 20, which passed on Sept. 9, prohibits email service providers from ‘impeding the transmission of email messages based on content.’ Eric Goldman, a professor at Santa Clara University of Law whose research and teaching focuses on Internet, IP and advertising law topics, says this restricts efforts to control email spam.”

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law . “Now that Texas has signed its unconstitutional social media content moderation bill into law, the action shifts back to Florida’s similar law that was already declared unconstitutional in an easy decision by the district court. Florida has filed its opening brief in its appeal before the 11th Circuit and… it’s bad. I mean, really, really bad.”

The Center Square Missouri: Voluntary participation questioned as Missouri law creates local government spending database

The Center Square Missouri: Voluntary participation questioned as Missouri law creates local government spending database. “Legislation creating a database to track every penny spent by counties and municipalities was overwhelmingly approved and signed into law in June by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. However, participation – sending financial information for posting on a state website – is voluntary.”

The Conversation (Australia): Facebook or Twitter posts can now be quietly modified by the government under new surveillance laws

The Conversation (Australia): Facebook or Twitter posts can now be quietly modified by the government under new surveillance laws. “A new law gives Australian police unprecedented powers for online surveillance, data interception and altering data. These powers, outlined in the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill, raise concerns over potential misuse, privacy and security.”

France24: Bolsonaro issues decree limiting social media moderation

France24: Bolsonaro issues decree limiting social media moderation. “Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree Monday that changes the rules of content moderation on social media, a move that critics argue could hinder the fight against disinformation. The decree goes into effect immediately but must be ratified by Congress in order to become law. It aims to combat ‘the arbitrary and unjust deletion of accounts, profiles and content by providers,’ the federal communications secretariat said.”

The Verge: California bill takes aim at Amazon’s productivity-tracking algorithms

The Verge: California bill takes aim at Amazon’s productivity-tracking algorithms. “California is poised to pass a new bill pushing back against the productivity measurement algorithms allegedly used in Amazon fulfillment centers, as recently reported by NPR’s Morning Edition and The New York Times. The bill passed California’s lower legislative chamber in May, and the upper chamber is expected to vote on it next week. If passed, the bill would place new transparency requirements on automated quota systems, and block any such systems that could endanger the health and safety of workers.”

Houston Public Media: Texas Senate Passes Bill That Would Punish Social Media Companies For Alleged Political Censorship

Houston Public Media: Texas Senate Passes Bill That Would Punish Social Media Companies For Alleged Political Censorship. “Texas is poised to punish social media companies for alleged censorship of political views after the state Senate passed House Bill 20 on a mostly party line vote of 17-14. Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes of Mineola, the Senate sponsor, argued that social media platforms are, in effect, common carriers – like phone companies and cable carriers – and should be treated as such from the standpoint of the First Amendment.”

The Markup: Should Doxing Be Illegal?

The Markup: Should Doxing Be Illegal?. “The doxing laws that have passed, or are under consideration, allow people to hold the doxers accountable for releasing their information and the consequences of doing so. So far, states have taken three approaches: laws that allow victims to sue doxers, laws that make doxing criminal, and laws that protect certain groups of people, such as health care workers, from online harassment. Each approach has its quirks.”

Abigail Spanberger: Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime

Abigail Spanberger; Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime. “If signed into law, the Better Cybercrime Metrics Act would improve our cybercrime metrics, anticipate future trends, and make sure law enforcement has the tools and resources they need. Our bill would require federal reporting on the effectiveness of current cybercrime mechanisms and highlight disparities in reporting data between cybercrime data and other types of crime data.”