Mashiki writes: Defending privacy is expensive, as has been shown in the months on legal case between Teksavvy and Voltage. Voltage, is currently demanding subscriber information from Teksavvy, who've asked for $335k in expenses and Voltage who stated that it would only cost them $884. The judge ordered the payment at $11 per subscriber, or $22k in expenses. So does this mean that people who've been given a "notice and notice" will now be getting more legal threats from Voltage? It may end up back before the courts if Teksavvy decides that the requested amount is too low or whether or not Voltage will even pay the requested amount. Or it may end up quietly going away, if Voltage does pay, they will likely end up going after the individuals in question. As the courts have already stated, that filing a notice and not following through is considered copyright trolling.
Mashiki writes: The FCC has decided that they know what news you need to know. This sounds familar doesn't it? Everyone remembers the fairness doctrine. The CIN, will "ferret out information from TV and other media, and determine what's best." Including but not limited to, the format, type of information, and whether or not it's newsworthy. But with this, they say don't worry we won't do anything wrong and it's voluntary. As we all know, the government is highly trustworthy. There have been no flagrant abuses that have come to light in the last year, and we can trust in their unbiased opinions, and their objectives right?
Let's think on that a moment, and remember that Putin did something similar 14 years ago, and let's look at the state of the media in Russia today.
Mashiki writes: "Google has announced new privacy rules across all products(email, search, youtube, plus, etc). With this change, comes a unique twist. You can't opt out. I'd say google pulled a netflix, but it could be much interesting than that depending on where you live. Since this flies in the face of the privacy laws of other countries to track across sites, when you refuse to allow users to opt-out of tracking altogether."
Mashiki writes: "The DOJ has sealed the recorders of a border agent, who was murdered by a weapon procured during the Federal Government's Fast and Furious program, operated by the ATF, which allowed weapons to walk into the hands of known criminals. Perhaps the most troubling issue at hand from the most transparent administration ever, is how quickly they wish to silence any information of how these weapons were moved, and who has been murdered by them."
Mashiki writes: "Following what seems to be a brilliant move by everyone favorite company Sony, EA has amended the terms for ORIGIN their downloading service to include the following clause: "By accepting these terms, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY THIS PROVISION, YOU AND EA ARE FOREGOING THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL.
YOU AND EA AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING."
You have until tomorrow(Aug 25th) to opt out, if you want."