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Dominic Panakal

Europe’s Bridge Too Far

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a decision that permits individual countries to order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos and restrict global access to that material. Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, a former leader of Austria’s Green Party, requested Facebook delete comments posted about her on an […]

Robot Tax Rebuttal

Automation can perform both routine physical activities as well as cognitive capabilities. This capability development has made policymakers and the public nervous about the impact on workers and their wages. In Ted Claypoole’s post Stacking The Deck For Workers Over Machines, he acknowledges that there is a partisan […]

The Problem in the Solution

Attempting to protect people’s information, the EU made it more vulnerable. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is thought to provide the strongest set of data protection rules. After all, it was designed to modernize already tight laws protecting the personal information of individuals. In such […]

No Means No

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android applications (apps) gathering data from devices despite being explicitly denied permission. The study looked at more than 88,000 apps from the Google Play store and tracked data transfers post denial of permission. The 1,325 apps used […]

India Shakes International Data Market

After decades of free reign to gather and use personal data, Earth’s second largest internet using population may soon be imposing data privacy rules. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Telecom and IT minister, recently indicated that the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 (PDPB), will be “quickly” taken to Parliament […]

The Gotham Road Not Taken

Not long ago, there was a bold proposal being considered by the New York state legislature that arguably would have changed the landscape of data privacy. Instead, the state legislature is proceeding on a less transformative, but significant nonetheless proposal. In the 2018 elections, Democrats seized control of […]