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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is embroiled in a controversy. Pottermore, her official website for all things Harry Potter, made a big announcement over the weekend, telling the world that there are wizarding schools in the United States, Japan and Africa: Read more » about J.K. Rowling got in trouble for how she talks about Africa. Here’s why she may have been right.
War crimes have been a consistent feature of the Syrian conflict since its inception. Indeed, a map of the war crimes committed in Syria reads like a survey course of the topic. Read more » about Mapping the Law That Applies to War Crimes in Syria
The European Union and the United States are about to give us some idea of how their negotiations over the Safe Harbor dispute are going. The European Court of Justice ruled that the Safe Harbor arrangement — a critical bridge for e-commerce firms and other businesses that need to move personal information across the Atlantic — was invalid, because it did not protect European citizens against U.S. surveillance. Companies like Facebook and Google are waiting with some trepidation to find out, since a collapse of negotiations might have very serious implications for their business model. Read more » about If U.S. privacy negotiations with Europe fail, it’s a recipe for chaos
Depending on the outcome of an official investigation, Apple may face a bill that is estimated at between $8 billion and $19 billion for underpaid taxes to the Irish government. The Irish government really, really doesn’t want to get this money and is fighting as hard as it can to avoid receiving it. That may sound weird to ordinary people, who assume that governments want to squeeze individuals and businesses for as much taxes as they can get. Read more » about Apple may owe Ireland $19 billion, but Ireland doesn’t want the money. Here’s why.
The General Data Protection Regulation — a once-in-a-generation overhaul of Europe’s data protection laws — has landed, after a grueling four years of negotiations. Read more » about The new, worse ‘right to be forgotten’
Participating in the distribution of child pornography is a federal crime. But that’s exactly what the F.B.I. did in this case. In order to identify more than 1,000 people suspected of trading in child pornography, the F.B.I. operated a child pornography website for nearly two weeks. Read more » about The Government Shouldn’t Distribute Child Pornography. Period.
There's a widening transatlantic divide regarding privacy rights that needs to be bridged – and soon.
But instead of coming up with another version of the data transfer agreement between the US and European Union known as Safe Harbor, we need a new set of global standards to build a common vision of privacy rights in the Digital Age. Read more » about Opinion: Forget about Safe Harbor. Modernize global privacy law instead
In a lot of Silicon Valley meetings, participants “iterate,” “ideate,” and “sync,” and do other buzzwordy things. Every once in a while something innovative and impactful comes out of those meetings. If more of those Silicon Valley innovations can be brought to the fight against ISIS, that’s a good thing. This seems to be what the administration is after in the recent meeting between senior national security officials and tech company executives. Read more » about “Ideating” on ISIS and Silicon Valley
Editor’s Note: We asked editors Beth Van Schaack and Alex Whiting to do a roundup of the top international criminal justice stories from 2015 and what readers should keep an eye on in 2016. This is Beth’s half of the list. You can find Alex’s here. Read more » about International Justice Year-in-Review: Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards (Part 2)