Microsoft Calls for GDPR-Like Framework for US Data

Trump Could Invoke the Insurrection Act ; Scientists Discover 'Super Corals' ; and More Picks

Microsoft, privacy, GDPR
The author writes, “It’s [been] almost a year since Europe implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, which regulates how companies can process, use, store, or exchange data belonging to citizens living in the EU. Microsoft published usage stats of its privacy dashboard to highlight a high level of interest in exercising control over personal data in the US, and is calling for a similar framework to be adopted by the Congress to uphold the fundamental right to privacy. ‘Now, it’s Congress’s turn to adopt a new framework that reflects the changing understanding of the right to privacy in the United States and around the world,’ said corporate vice president and deputy general counsel Julie Brill, in a blog published on Microsoft’s website Monday.” Photo credit: ImagineCup / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Trump Is Considering Deputizing the Military as a Civilian Police Force (Chris)

From Slate: “According to a report in the Daily Caller last week, the Trump administration is considering invoking the Insurrection Act to give federal troops the power to detain and remove undocumented immigrants in the United States, acting essentially as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The White House, when asked about the option last week, refused to rule it out.”

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The author writes, “Popular Information reviewed campaign finance reports in the six states that passed significant abortion restrictions this year — Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri. We looked at corporate contributions to the political leaders most responsible for the abortion legislation in each state, including the Governor and the leadership of the legislature.”

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From San Antonio Express News: “An effort to stop San Antonio and other cities from forcing private businesses to offer employees paid sick leave sputtered out in the Legislature this week, dealing a blow to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and the business community, which made the issue a priority.”

Massive 2015 Natural Gas Leak Caused by Microbial Corrosion, Report Says (Mili)

The author writes, “A massive natural gas leak at a storage facility in Southern California was caused by microbial corrosion of well equipment, according to a new independent report from analysis firm Blade Energy Partners. The report blames the storage facility owner, Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) for failing to conduct follow-up inspections of equipment, despite knowing about 60 smaller leaks at the facility that had occurred since the 1970s. The final leak—which spewed 109,000 metric tons of methane into the air over five months between 2015 and 2016—was the biggest methane leak in US history.”

Scientists Discover ‘Super Corals’ Blooming in the Tough Waters of Hawaii (Mili)

The author writes, “A new study has documented the discovery of ‘super corals’ that appear to have adapted to the harsh inhospitable waters in Hawaii’s Kāne’ohe Bay. While the battle is far from won, the marine biologists who discovered the reef say it ‘offers hope for reef resilience and effective conservation over coming decades.’”

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