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Legal news from Thursday, June 18, 2015
by Laura DeGeer

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression David Kaye on Wednesday issued a report calling the use of anonymity and encryption software in digital communication vital to free speech. Kaye noted that due to heightened online security and mass and targeted surveillance and data collection, individuals use encryption and anonymity to provide …

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by Laura DeGeer

The US District Court for the District of Minnesota on Wednesday ruled that Minnesota's sex offender program and civil commitment statutes are unconstitutional, but has chosen to await further proceedings on a remedy before taking any immediate action. The civil commitment program allows the state to detain individuals with "acute symptoms of severe …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans that state governments can restrict the kinds of messages printed on specialty licence plates. The Sons of Confederate Veterans had argued that the Texas government's refusal to issue specialty licence plates including an image of the confederate …

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by William Helbling

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Wednesday that it plans to fine AT&T Mobile 100 million dollars for their actions in slowing internet speeds after "unlimited data" users reached a certain limit. The FCC claims that AT&T slowed down internet speeds for unlimited users and failed to notify them that they would …

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by William Helbling

The Ukraine Prosecutor General on Wednesday revealed that two government soldiers have been detained for alleged links to the murders of two women who sympathized with armed separatists from the east. It is reported that earlier this week the soldiers broke into the home of the victims in village of Luhanske and shot them both …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The California Labor Commission has ruled that drivers for the personal transportation service Uber are considered employees, not contractors. The ruling, which was handed down on June 3, only became known to the public on Tuesday after Uber appealed it in state court in San Francisco. The commission had previously found in 2012 …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11. In a 2-1 ruling the court ruled that former Attorney General …

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