Tech

Outrage over police brutality has finally convinced Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to rule out selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement. Here’s what’s going on.

IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft have all committed to not sell facial recognition to law enforcement at least temporarily. While activists have been campaigning for the companies to do this for years, the Black Lives Matter movement appears to have tipped the scale. As facial recognition becomes more widely used to […]
Outrage over police brutality has finally convinced Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to rule out selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement. Here’s what’s going on.
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Black Lives Matter and the ACLU are suing the Trump administration for forcing peaceful protesters out of his way with tear gas before his church photo op

Black Lives Matter, the ACLU, and other civil rights groups are suing members of the Trump administration for clearing peaceful protesters in Washington DC with tear gas and rubber bullets. The ACLU said it was suing over a violation of protesters’ “constitutional rights” and warned of a chilling of free […]
Black Lives Matter and the ACLU are suing the Trump administration for forcing peaceful protesters out of his way with tear gas before his church photo op
Tech

A new ruling bars border agents from searching travellers’ phones or laptops for no reason, and privacy advocates are calling it a major victory

The Department of Homeland Security’s practice of searching people’s phones and computers at border crossings without reasonable suspicion is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling is being heralded as a victory by privacy advocates, who were concerned with DHS’s unfettered access to travellers’ sensitive personal information at border […]
A new ruling bars border agents from searching travellers’ phones or laptops for no reason, and privacy advocates are calling it a major victory
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More than 900 migrant children have been split from their parents since Trump formally ended family separations last year

The federal government has separated more than 900 migrant children from their parents since President Donald Trump halted his administration’s family separation policy last year, court documents say. Immigration authorities are legally allowed to separate migrant families at the border if they possess a criminal history or raise questions of […]
More than 900 migrant children have been split from their parents since Trump formally ended family separations last year
Markets

187 companies, including Bloomberg, Tinder, and Ben & Jerry’s, teamed up to slam abortion restrictions sweeping Southern states

The top executives of 187 companies signed a full-page ad in The New York Times, published Monday, criticising new abortion restrictions passed by multiple US state legislatures. Banks, tech companies, fashion brands, and entertainment companies signed an open letter framing the issue as one of workplace equality, calling it “one […]
187 companies, including Bloomberg, Tinder, and Ben & Jerry’s, teamed up to slam abortion restrictions sweeping Southern states
Tech

‘We urge you to act’: The ACLU calls on Amazon investors to stop the firm selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published an open letter addressing Amazon investors ahead of the company’s shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday. The letter urges shareholders to vote on two proposals: the first blocking the sale of Amazon’s facial recognition software to government agencies, and the second calling for an independent […]
‘We urge you to act’: The ACLU calls on Amazon investors to stop the firm selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement
Tech

We talked to the Apple employee who says CBP detained him and tried to search his phone and laptop: ‘The most invasive search the government could possibly do’

Andreas Gal said that in November, officers with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained him at San Francisco International Airport as he was returning home from a business trip in Europe. Gal, Mozilla’s former chief technology officer and a current Apple employee, told Business Insider that he believes he […]
We talked to the Apple employee who says CBP detained him and tried to search his phone and laptop: ‘The most invasive search the government could possibly do’
News

A federal judge ruled that Trump’s transgender military ban can move forward

A federal court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration’s efforts to bar transgender people from serving in the US military could move forward, giving the administration another opportunity to implement the policy. The decision comes after the Supreme Court ruled in January that the Trump administration could begin implementing […]
A federal judge ruled that Trump’s transgender military ban can move forward
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Michigan school district accused of fostering a ‘racially hostile educational environment’ where a teacher allegedly called a student’s use of a swastika ‘artistic’

Paw Paw Public Schools, a school district in southwest Michigan, was accused of having a “racially hostile educational environment.” The American Civil Liberties Union filed a racial discrimination complaint against the school district on January 21. ACLU attorney Mark Fancher said there have been multiple incidents of racial discrimination, including […]
Michigan school district accused of fostering a ‘racially hostile educational environment’ where a teacher allegedly called a student’s use of a swastika ‘artistic’
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A woman says a pharmacist refused to give her medication her while she was having a miscarriage because he’s ‘a good Catholic male’

A woman from Michigan says that a pharmacist at a Meijer Pharmacy refused to prescribe her medication while she was having a miscarriage, claiming he was “a good Catholic male” and couldn’t for religious reasons. Rachel Peterson was prescribed a medication called misoprostol, which would complete her miscarriage – but […]
A woman says a pharmacist refused to give her medication her while she was having a miscarriage because he’s ‘a good Catholic male’