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'Clock is ticking' on companies exploiting 'gig economy' says Labour MP

Influential Labour MP Frank Field has said the “clock is ticking” against companies who exploit workers trapped in the gig economy. On Thursday ministers ordered a crackdown on companies using large numbers of self-employed or agency workers following an investigation by the Guardian into low pay at the delivery company Hermes. Field warned that other firms could now face scrutiny, revealing his office had been …

At long last, America's racist, crazy tough-on-crime prosecutors are losing elections

Historically, being an elected prosecutor was a sweet gig: operating with “unchecked power and no transparency,” you generally got to run unopposed for re-election, and on the rare instances in which someone did dare to run against the incumbent, the incumbent usually won. Prosecutors are the reason that so many Americans were put behind bars on the basis of flimsy forensic evidence based …

Harry Shearer sues studio over Spinal Tap, says he's received $98 in royalties over 30 years

Shearer’s $125 million lawsuit against Studio Canal and Vivendi enumerates a parade of horribles that the entertainment companies have visited upon him, from ripping him off with crazy, corrupt accounting practices to allowing the Spinal Tap trademarks to lapse but still charging him royalties to perform as his character from Tap. The lawsuit says that the principles from This is Spinal Tap were …

UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal says GHCQ illegally spied for 17 years

The independent tribunal ruled on a case brought by Privacy International, concluding that the UK spy agency GCHQ was acting illegally for 17 years while it amassed huge databases of “bulk collection” data of cellphone location and call-data — a practice revealed by the Edward Snowden docs. The surveillance violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which the UK …

What it's like to register to vote in states with voter suppression law

Leroy Switlick, a 67-year-old visually impaired man who has voted in every election for the last 40 years may not get to vote this year, because he lives in Wisconsin, where Republican governor Scott Walker passed a voter-suppression law that requires people like Switkick, who’ve never traveled and never held a driver’s license, to show photo ID (like a passport or driver’s license) to …

The FCC helped create the Stingray pooblem, now it needs to fix it

An outstanding post on the EFF’s Deeplinks blog by my colleague Ernesto Falcon explains the negligent chain of events that led us into the Stingray disaster, where whole cities are being blanketed in continuous location surveillance, without warrants, public consultation, or due process, thanks to the prevalence of “IMSI catchers” (“Stingrays,” “Dirtboxes,” “cell-site simulators,” etc) that spy indiscriminately on anyone carrying a cellular phone …

Petition: make the FBI explain why they didn't bring criminal charges against bank execs

Last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren published an open letter to FBI director James Comey observing that, in revealing details of its investigation into the Clinton email scandal, the Bureau had seemingly abandoned its longstanding policy of not sharing its deliberations, meaning that there was no longer any reason to keep secret its reasoning for not bringing criminal charges against the bankers who did trillions …

L.A. judge admonished for mistreating prospective jurors

The L.A. Times reports that L.A. County Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr. was admonished after abusive remarks to prospective jurors in a 2014 murder trial. His “misconduct demonstrates a pattern of discourteous and undignified treatment of jurors,” wrote The Commission of Judicial Performance, in a 34-page report that details several examples of belittling people in his courtroom who were too poor or Spanish for his …

Glenn Reynolds apologizes for saying drivers surrounded during street protest should "Run Them Down"

Glenn Reynolds, blogger, USA Today contributor and law professor, had an answer for drivers who found themselves surrounded during protests in Charlotte over the police killing of a black person: “Run Them Down.” It was not a very good answer: he was temporarily suspended from Twitter, got in hot water with his editors at USA Today, and his university made clear they considered it an …

Canadians: you have until Oct 7 to weigh in on using voting machines in national elections

“Canadians have until October 7, 2016 to provide their feedback to the Parliamentary Special Committee on Electoral Reform, which is studying the possibility of national online voting, along with having consultations about using electronic voting machines in national elections.” Canadians who choose to submit a brief to the Committee must meet the following criteria/conditions: * only one (1) brief can be submitted …