Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired New California Bill Restores Strong Net Neutrality Protections

Hexbyte Tech News Wired New California Bill Restores Strong Net Neutrality Protections

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Last month, a California Assembly committee voted to remove key protections from a state-level net neutrality bill. Critics said the changes opened loopholes that would allow broadband providers to throttle some applications, or charge websites or services for “fast lane” access on their networks. Now those key protections are coming back. At a press conference…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Thanks to California, a news site (or other business) now has to let you cancel your subscription online

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Thanks to California, a news site (or other business) now has to let you cancel your subscription online

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Here’s a script you’re surely familiar with if you’ve ever tried to cancel a subscription to, well, anything: FADE IN: INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY On a couch sits CUSTOMER, alcoholic beverage in one hand, smartphone in the other pressed to her ear. CUSTOMER looks steely, resolute, and frustrated, all at once. CUSTOMER Hi. I’d…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

Hexbyte Tech News Wired California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

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California lawmakers unanimously passed a new privacy bill on Thursday that would give residents of the state more control over the information businesses collect on them and impose new penalties on businesses that don’t comply. It is the first law of its kind in the United States. The so-called California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018…