Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide | TheHill

A documentary details Thomas’s rise to the high court, where he embraces the concept of “natural law” in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas saw Boston’s “social experiment” busing program taking black kids to schools in white neighborhoods that were “as bad or worse” than local ones. He found the racial preferences that got him into … More Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide | TheHill

Facebook reaches $550 million settlement in facial recognition lawsuit

The lawsuit began in 2015, when Illinois users accused Facebook of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act in collecting biometric data. Facebook allegedly accomplished this through its “Tag Suggestions” feature, which allowed users to recognize their Facebook friends from previously uploaded photos. In a statement, law firms Edelson, Robbins Geller and Labaton Sucharow said … More Facebook reaches $550 million settlement in facial recognition lawsuit

‘Faithless elector’: Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen

The Supreme Court ruled in 1952 that states do not violate the Constitution when they require electors to pledge that they will abide by the popular vote. But the justices have never said whether it is constitutional to enforce those pledges. “The Electoral College is unbelievably important to the mechanics of how we select a … More ‘Faithless elector’: Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Until now, technology that readily identifies everyone based on his or her face has been taboo because of its radical erosion of privacy. Tech companies capable of releasing such a tool have refrained from doing so; in 2011, Google’s chairman at the time said it was the one technology the company had held back because … More The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Supreme Court: Chief Justice Roberts’ absurd plan to save democracy – Vox

Roberts’s most famous opinion may be the one he wrote in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012), which largely upheld the Affordable Care Act. The chief broke with his four Republican colleagues, each of whom voted to strike down the entire law. In the process, he laid out a fairly robust theory explaining why eliminating a health … More Supreme Court: Chief Justice Roberts’ absurd plan to save democracy – Vox

Here’s how online privacy is possible – The Washington Post

We won’t regain our privacy if we leave it up to individuals. If we’re going to survive the age of surveillance, we’re going to need help. That starts with laws. Privacy isn’t just an individual right. It’s a public good that, when done right, keeps everyone safe, whether they’re paying attention or not. This ought … More Here’s how online privacy is possible – The Washington Post

The Questions Left Unanswered by Trump’s Impeachment – The Atlantic

One of the most important questions—unanswered by the legal scholars at the December 4 Judiciary Committee hearing, or indeed by anyone else in this whole process—is the exact nature of abuse of power. — Read on http://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/questions-left-unanswered-trumps-impeachment/603994/

Forty million Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S.

Come Wednesday , roughly one in 10 Americans will gain the power to review their personal information collected by large companies around the world, from purchase histories and location tracking to compiled “profiles” that slot people into categories such as religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Starting January 1, they can also force these companies — … More Forty million Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S.

Your Health Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think

Mr. Wilbanks, with Sage Bionetworks, says Google will be in a good position to start selling actuarial tables to insurance companies—like predictions on when a white male in his 40s with certain characteristics might be likely to get sick and expensive. When it comes to life and disability insurance, antidiscrimination laws are weak, he says. … More Your Health Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think

How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.

The boy is 10 years old, but he doesn’t go to school. He works for much of the day — and sometimes through the night — crawling through pitch-black tunnels inside the makeshift mine, his fingers picking through the earth, collecting and sorting shards of mica. The minerals he picks up will soon make their … More How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.