LEGAL THOUGHTS

This blog contains our personal opinions on legal topics that interest us.

January 28, 2019

This is the most inclusive bathroom sign I have seen.

January 22, 2019

There is an ongoing debate over the scope of the EU "right to be forgotten".  This right was established in 2014.  Under it, an EU citizen can request to have "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" data deleted from search results.  In light of this right, Goog...

January 21, 2019

On January 10th, a U.S. District Court Judge refused to grant a search warrant that would permit the government to force people to unlock their electronic devices using biometric features (see Court Order, In the Matter of the Search of  Residence in Oakland, Californi...

January 14, 2019

All that is required to create an original work is a modicum of creativity.  Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Tel. Serv. Co., 499 U.S. 340, 345 (1991).

It turns out that before and after photographs of a dental patient's teeth do not clear that minimal hurdle.  Pohl v....

January 10, 2019

In November 2018 and yesterday, I blogged about how the UK ICO found The Washington Post's cookie consent options failed to satisfy the consent requirements under the GDPR.

In November 2018, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (DPA) examined a complaint concerning th...

January 9, 2019

In November 2018, I wrote about how the UK ICO found the Washington Post in violation of the GDPR because the Washington Post tied cookie consent to access to their stories.  I obtained a copy of the ICO's letter (copy stored on Mega.nz)

Not surprisingly, the Washington...

January 8, 2019

Duck Duck Go is a privacy centered search engine.  It's home page states "The search engine that doesn't track you".  It's Privacy Notice states that it does not "collect or share personal information" (see Duck Duck Go Privacy Notice).

On a forum post, a person ac...

January 7, 2019

In 2014, China announced a plan to create a "social credit" system (see link). 

Seth McFarlane's Star Trek spoof, The Orville, gave us glimpse of what China's "social credit" system could look like.

In the episode "Majority Rule", everyone rates everyone based on their b...

January 3, 2019

If you think your parking rates are high, check out the rates in a NYC mid-town parking garage.

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