Dissent

Sep 192021
 
 September 19, 2021  Posted by  Court

AP reports:

A Yuma couple has been sentenced to time behind bars on convictions stemming from a 2020 incident in which they fought with police after coughing on Walmart employees who asked them to wear masks during early months of the pandemic.

A judge on Thursday sentenced Frank Robert Montoya, 39, to 18 months in state prison minus 113 days of time served, while Victoria Parra-Carranza, 25, was given a three-year probation term that includes 30 days in the county jail.

Read more on KTAR.

Note: none of the charges appear to have been for coughing on employees.

Sep 192021
 
 September 19, 2021  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

The Times of Israel reports:

Belgium’s military intelligence service has concluded that a Belgian journalist and his wife were targeted by spyware built by the Israeli NSO Group, likely at the behest of the Rwandan government, according to reports in Belgian media.

Le Soir and Knack, both part of the global media consortium that has published claims of widespread use of NSO’s Pegasus software, reported on Friday that Belgium’s General Intelligence and Security Service believes the phones of Peter Verlinden and Marie Bamutese were hacked using NSO technology.

Read more on TOI.

Sep 192021
 
 September 19, 2021  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Catherine Zhu of Foley & Lardner writes:

China’s new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)—the first comprehensive law in China for the protection of personal information of individuals in China—will take effect Nov. 1. Given that China makes up almost a fifth of the world’s population, this means the PIPL’s privacy regulatory framework will soon apply to one in five individuals on the planet.

Given the magnitude of its applicability, the PIPL cannot be ignored by companies who operate globally.

Read more on Bloomberg Law.

Sep 182021
 
 September 18, 2021  Posted by  Featured News, Healthcare, Laws, U.S.

Mary Papenfuss reports:

A defiant Texas doctor has boldly gone public about a newly illegal abortion procedure he performed earlier this month, saying he had a “duty of care” to his patient and she had a “fundamental right” to an abortion.

“I fully understood that there could be legal consequences,” Dr. Alan Braid, of San Antonio, wrote in an essay Saturday in The Washington Post. “But I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.”

Read more on HuffPost.