Techdirt: Oregon Lawmaker Wants Public Records Requesters To Tell Gov’t Agencies What They Plan To Do With Released Documents

Techdirt: Oregon Lawmaker Wants Public Records Requesters To Tell Gov’t Agencies What They Plan To Do With Released Documents. “As if government agencies needed any new ways to thwart accountability and transparency. Oregon legislators are introducing a host of alterations to the state’s public records law, but one of those looks like nothing more than an easily-abusable tool to be wielded against public records requesters.”

TechCrunch: Australia passes ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption law after bipartisan compromise

TechCrunch: Australia passes ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption law after bipartisan compromise. “Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants struck a deal to pass the legislation. The bill, in short, grants Australian police greater powers to issue ‘technical notices’ — a nice way of forcing companies — even websites — operating in Australia to help the government hack, implant malware, undermine encryption or insert backdoors at the behest of the government.”

New York Times: Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail

New York Times: Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail. “Rebecca Odorisio was traveling home on a crowded A train on Tuesday when a photo suddenly appeared on her phone from someone identifying himself as ‘The Enterprise.’ It was a picture of an erect penis, sent to her over AirDrop, an iPhone feature that allows users to send photos and documents to anyone within 30 feet who has left that feature open. Disgusted, she quickly rejected it.”

TorrentFreak: Google, Facebook, VPNs, and Others Risk Huge Fines Under Proposed Law

TorrentFreak: Google, Facebook, VPNs, and Others Risk Huge Fines Under Proposed Law. “After failing to connect its systems to Russia’s national blacklist of permanently blocked sites, Google is now being considered for a fine. Current fines are very small and no deterrent to huge tech companies, but that could change. Legislation under consideration would see the search giant – and other tech companies, including VPNs – face potentially huge penalties, in Google’s case up to US$6.7 million.”

Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers seek to quash ‘Grinch’ bots that inflate holiday toy prices

Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers seek to quash ‘Grinch’ bots that inflate holiday toy prices. “A group of Democratic lawmakers is trying to make it illegal for people to use automated accounts to inflate the prices of consumer products online. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, they announced the Stopping Grinch Bots Act of 2018 in an effort to prevent anonymous profiteers from deploying bots that buy in bulk in-demand products on retailers’ websites and resell them elsewhere at exorbitant prices.”

WIVB: New legislation calls for social media search before pistol permit in NY

WIVB: New legislation calls for social media search before pistol permit in NY . “New legislation submitted in the State Senate would require social media checks before someone could get their pistol permit. We’ve been told for years to keep passwords private. If you’re trying to get a pistol permit in the future, that may change.”

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.”