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US Lawmakers Eye Apple, Alphabet Data Privacy Practices

By Richard Adhikari, E-COMMERCE TIMES

July 11, 2018

https://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85437.html

The United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce has written Alphabet CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook demanding information on their companies' practices with regard to third-party access, audio and location data collection.

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Stopping Companies Like Facebook From Selling User Data Without Consent

By Dell Cameron, GIZMODO

June 28, 2018

https://gizmodo.com/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-stopping-companies-l…

The California legislature just passed one of the most robust data privacy bills in the United States.

Privacy In California: Ballot Measure Qualifies, Bill Advances

By Levi Sumagaysay, SILICON BEAT - MERCURY NEWS

June 26, 2018

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/26/privacy-in-california-ballot-mea…

The day after the California Consumer Privacy Act qualified for the November ballot, a newly introduced bill with similar goals — and a strict deadline — passed a state committee.

California Lawmakers Debate Creating Regional Electric Grid

By Jonathan Cooper, ASSOCIATED PRESS

June 20, 2018

https://apnews.com/f61b61e81dd845919e9ee75aa880bb59

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A contentious proposal to link oversight of California’s electric grid with other states in the U.S. West narrowly cleared a legislative hurdle Tuesday, keeping alive a proposal that has divided environmentalists over the best way to expand renewable energy.

California’s Controversial Energy-Grid Bill Advances

By Martin Macias, Jr., COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE

June 19, 2018

https://www.courthousenews.com/californias-controversial-energy-grid-bi…

LOS ANGELES (CN) – In an effort to transform California’s relationship to energy markets in the western region of the country, lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would merge California into a regional energy market.

Tesla Hit Parked Police Car 'While Using Autopilot'

By Staff Reporters, BBC NEWS

May 30, 2018

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44300952

The driver suffered minor injuries and told police she was using the car's driver-assisting Autopilot mode.

The crash has similarities to other incidents, including a fatal crash in Florida where the driver's "over-reliance on vehicle automation" was determined as a probable cause.

Warning, Drivers: Your Car Can Cruise On Its Own, But You're Still Responsible

By Marco della Cava, USA TODAY

May 29, 2018

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/05/29/car-makers-semi-self-dri…

Car companies battling for their share of $2 trillion in annual global auto sales increasingly lean on shiny tech that takes over some of the driving from humans.

Aetna Sues Plaintiffs Firm, Consumer Watchdog in HIV Patient Privacy Debacle

The insurance giant was originally sued in federal court in Philadelphia after it mailed notifications to patients about how to fill their HIV drug prescriptions that clearly identified them in envelope windows

By P.J. D'Annunzio, THE LEGAL INTELLIGENCER

May 25, 2018