Engadget: Russia bans the sale of devices without Russian software

Engadget: Russia bans the sale of devices without Russian software. “Earlier this month, Russia signed a law giving it the power to censor the internet. Now, it has passed another law banning the sale of smartphones, computers and smart TVs that don’t have Russian software pre-installed, the BBC reported. Those devices can still be sold with their normal software, but Russian alternatives must be installed, as well.”

Puppies, Phones And Porn: How ‘Model Legislation’ Affects Consumers’ Lives (Center for Public Integrity)

Center for Public Integrity: Puppies, Phones And Porn: How ‘Model Legislation’ Affects Consumers’ Lives. “Earlier this year, the Center for Public Integrity, USA TODAY and the Arizona Republic analyzed model statehouse bills to take the first nationwide accounting of how prolific copycat legislation has become. Today, the news organizations publicly released a new model legislation tracker that goes deeper, identifying copycat legislation by comparing statehouse bills to each other — and making that information accessible to the public.”

The Register: Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don’t expect Google to follow suit

The Register: Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don’t expect Google to follow suit . “Microsoft has said that not only will it embrace a new data privacy law in California, due to come into force in the New Year, but will extend the same protections to everyone in the US.”

SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs

SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs. “Wyoming lawmakers have voted to approve the continued use of a database tracking insurance claims to provide insight into the cost of health care in the state. The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee approved a bill to continue the multi-payer claims database, despite not having a funding source.”

University of Chicago: Comprehensive Database Offers New Tools for Examining Global Competition Laws and Policy

University of Chicago: Comprehensive Database Offers New Tools for Examining Global Competition Laws and Policy. “Two leading scholars from the University of Chicago Law School and Columbia Law School have released the world’s most comprehensive collection of competition laws and enforcement practices to date, providing researchers, lawyers, journalists, and policymakers with new tools to assess the economic impact of these laws across borders.”

Russia internet: Law introducing new controls comes into force (BBC)

BBC: Russia internet: Law introducing new controls comes into force. “A law introducing new controls on the internet has come into force in Russia amid concerns it may be used by the government to silence its critics. In theory, the ‘sovereign internet’ law gives officials wide-ranging powers to restrict traffic on the Russian web.”

Techdirt: California Governor Signs Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech Use By State’s Law Enforcement Agencies

Techdirt: California Governor Signs Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech Use By State’s Law Enforcement Agencies. “The ban blocks the use of facial recognition tech by state law enforcement until the end of 2022. It also blocks the use of other biometric surveillance tech and prevents law enforcement from using existing biometric data to feed any predictive policing tools agencies might be using or planning on implementing.”