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Oct 152019
 
 October 15, 2019  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Xinhua reports:

Chinese researchers have established a DNA database of Chinese volunteer soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War and their relatives, providing reliable technical and data support to help more families find their missing kin.

The military medical research institute under the Academy of Military Sciences of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army started building the database in 2015 and completed DNA analysis of 494 remains this year.

Read more on Shine.cn.

Oct 152019
 
 October 15, 2019  Posted by  Laws

There’s a lot of coverage out there in the past few days about the CCPA.  Here’s one by y Joseph J. Lazzarotti, Jason C. Gavejian and Maya Atrakchi of JacksonLewis:

Lots of action for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in the last few days! After much anticipation, on October 10th, 2019, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (“the AG”) announced the Proposed Regulations for the CCPA.  The next day, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law six amendments to the CCPA. Below is a summary of key aspects of the AG’s Proposed Regulations and the Governor signed amendments.

Read more on Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report.

Oct 152019
 
 October 15, 2019  Posted by  Business, Court

Daniel R. Stoller writes:

Federal courts in California are lowering the bar for consumers to bring privacy suits against the big tech giants, in effect setting the standard for how such cases are handled, attorneys and academics said.

Facebook Inc., Apple Inc., and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have faced dozens of consumer class claims in California federal courts in recent years, after a series of high-profile privacy and security breaches. Plaintiffs have had an easier time convincing big tech’s home courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, that they have standing to sue the companies for privacy harms.

Read more on Bloomberg Law.

Oct 152019
 
 October 15, 2019  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Catalin Cimpanu reports:

Apple has issued a statement today following a slew of misleading and poorly-researched media reports that were published over the weekend, claiming that the Safari web browser was secretly sending user traffic to Chinese company Tencent.

All the reports were anchored in a recent discovery that Apple had implemented a second “safe browsing” system within Safari.

Read more on ZDNet.  For another perspective, read cryptographer Matthew Green’s blog post.