Trump vacancy raises consternation with Europe

A key vacancy in the State Department is creating friction between the European Union and United States over a new agreement affecting thousands of U.S. companies that do business in Europe.

The agreement, known as the privacy shield, allows businesses to swiftly send personal data across the Atlantic, something that affects a huge swath of U.S. companies, from Facebook and Apple to Netflix and Google.

Without the shield, companies that operate in Europe would have to enter into special contracts to transfer personal data.

EU officials are worried that the Trump administration has yet to nominate an ombudsman at the State Department to oversee complaints from Europeans about the access U.S. national security agencies may have to their data.

Trump vacancy raises consternation with Europe | TheHill



Senators: Facebook’s cooperation on Russian ads  is nice but not enough

Facebook has agreed to provide details to congressional investigators about ads purchased by Russians to influence the 2016 presidential campaign, and on Thursday vowed greater transparency in political advertising. But some …senators want to make those pledges mandatory.

The moves come amid mounting pressure from Congress to release the Russian-related ads….

…writing legislation that would require web platforms with more than one million users to publicly disclose the names of individuals and organizations that spend more than $10,000 on election-related advertisements.

The sites would also have to provide a copy of the advertisement, and disclose details about the targeted audience, the number of people who view the ad, the time and date it was published, the amount of money charged and the buyer’s contract information.

Facebook’s cooperation on Russian ads doesn’t stop Democrats’ demands – POLITICO


Has asset forfeiture gone too far? Truck seizure case sparks outrage, a call for change 

Critics argue that civil asset forfeiture program’s abuses outweigh its benefits.

Has asset forfeiture gone too far? Truck seizure case sparks outrage, a call for change | Fox News

Although the truck incident is unfair it is far from the most egregious example of asset seizure gone wrong. Apparently the truly outrageous thing here is that this dude is a white republican???

Asset seizure IS wrong but this case is nothing compared to what’s out there.