Reuters: Thai proposal for all-powerful cyber agency alarms businesses, activists

Reuters: Thai proposal for all-powerful cyber agency alarms businesses, activists. “A proposed cybersecurity law in Thailand would give a new government agency sweeping powers to spy on internet traffic, order the removal of content, or even seize computers without judicial oversight, alarming businesses and activists.”

The Wonky Donkey: How Infringement Helped Create A Best Seller… Which Would Be Impossible Under Article 13 (Techdirt)

Techdirt: The Wonky Donkey: How Infringement Helped Create A Best Seller… Which Would Be Impossible Under Article 13. “That video is almost certainly copyright infringement. It’s a derivative work with the grandmother reading the entire book out loud. Obviously, neither the author nor the publisher mind that this happened. Indeed, they’re pretty happy about it. And so this could just be yet another example of where copyright infringement actually ends up helping the copyright holder significantly. But this is also an excellent example of the massive harm that the EU is about to do with Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive.”

Ars Technica: Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years

Ars Technica: Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years. “A US senator has proposed a privacy law that could issue steep fines to companies and send their top executives to prison for up to 20 years if they violate Americans’ privacy. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. announced a discussion draft of his Consumer Data Protection Act yesterday. The bill would establish new privacy rules that major companies must follow and establish fines and prison sentences big enough to make even the largest companies take notice.”

Eno Center for Transportation: 2018 Transportation Ballot Measure Database Now Available

Eno Center for Transportation: 2018 Transportation Ballot Measure Database Now Available. “With the 2018 elections quickly approaching, the Eno Center for Transportation released on Tuesday a database of transportation-related measures that will appear before voters this year. Eno also released a five-episode podcast series, ‘Transportation at the Ballot Box,’ featuring interviews with experts discussing details of several key measures.”

New York Times: Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights

New York Times: Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights. “Should American citizens get a new Bill of Rights for the internet? Given all the damage that giant tech companies have done of late, including the disaster of the week — a breach at Facebook that exposed tens of millions of accounts and maybe lots more — many Democrats think the answer is yes.”

Tenth Amendment Center: New York Bill Would Limit Surveillance Databases, Hinder Federal Spy Programs

Tenth Amendment Center: New York Bill Would Limit Surveillance Databases, Hinder Federal Spy Programs. “A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would prohibit the state from creating any database containing aggregate surveillance data including ALPR, audio, video and facial recognition records. Passage would not only protect privacy in New York; it would also put major roadblocks in front of federal surveillance programs.”

Freedom of the Press Foundation: California transparency legislation could improve access to police records for journalists and the public

Freedom of the Press Foundation: California transparency legislation could improve access to police records for journalists and the public . “In the 1970s, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that blocked public access to misconduct documents, and forced defendants to petition a judge to examine these records in private and decide if the information warranted disclosure. In 2006, the California Supreme Court ruled that police misconduct investigations are confidential, a ruling that has kept answers from families of people hurt by police violence, obscured critical information about public officials from journalists, and shielded police from scrutiny. Leticia De La Rosa and Theresa Smith are both advocates for a California bill that could make police investigation and disciplinary records available to the public in particularly egregious instances of misconduct.”