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Facebook changes privacy settings amid data scandal

Facebook changes privacy settingsFacebook unveiled changes to its privacy settings Wednesday -- making it easier for users to control what they share and delete collected data.

In a statement, Facebook said it heard "loud and clear" that privacy settings are difficult to find and access on the social networking site.

"We're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy," Facebook said.

The privacy settings came after it was revealed Facebook shared personal data of nearly 50 million users with Cambridge Analytica, a company accused of using the information to post targeted political ads for President Donald Trump.


Federal judge orders Rick Scott, Cabinet to create new voting rights restoration system for felons by April 26

Scott ordered to restore felon voling rights

A judge on Tuesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to dismantle Florida's "fatally flawed" system of arbitrarily restoring voting rights to felons and to replace it by April 26.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee issued a permanent injunction in support of the Fair Elections Legal Network, which sued the state a year ago. The group successfully challenged the constitutionality of the state's 150-year-old voting rights restoration process for felons in the nation's third-largest state.


Video Shows Unarmed Texas Man With Pants Down Before Fatal Police Shooting

Unarmed man shown with pants down before being shot

Last Thursday morning, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas issued Cameron Brewer a body camera, making him one of the last deputies in the department to receive one. But two hours later, the camera was off and still charging in his patrol car when he came upon a fight at a Houston intersection.

Within 30 seconds of arriving, Deputy Brewer had exited his car, confronted a man in the street whose pants were around his ankles and fatally shot him once in the chest. While the deputy’s body camera did not capture the shooting, the Sheriff’s Office released footage from his car’s dashboard camera on Monday that offered another angle of the encounter, which many in Houston had quickly criticized as a case of excessive force and the latest example of an officer killing an unarmed black person.


Linda Brown, woman at center of Brown v. Board case, dies

Linda Brown: Brown v Bd. of Ed. ended school segregationLinda Brown, who as a little girl was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation in American schools, has died, a funeral home spokesman said.

Brown, 75, died Sunday afternoon in Topeka, Kansas, the spokesman said.
Brown was 9 years old in 1951 when her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll her at Sumner Elementary School, then an all-white school near her Topeka home. When the school blocked her enrollment her father sued the Topeka Board of Education. Four similar cases were combined with Brown's complaint and presented to the Supreme Court as Oliver L. Brown et al v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, et al.

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

John Paul StevensFormer Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens on Tuesday called for the repeal of the Second Amendment, the constitutional right used to defend gun ownership.

In a New York Times op-ed, Stevens — a Gerald Ford appointee who emerged as a liberal voice on the court and who retired from the court in 2010 — said the March for Our Lives demonstrations and civic engagement in the wake of last month's Parkland, Fla., school shooting "demand our respect."

And while protesters were calling for legislation that would ban semi-automatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy guns and establishing more comprehensive background checks, he said they should seek a "more effective and more lasting reform."


Remington Declares Chapter 11 Amid 'Trump Slump' In Gun Sales

Remington declares chapter 11

Firearms manufacturer Remington Outdoor has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes of staving off creditors amid a slump in sales and public outcry over gun violence.

Reuters reports that Remington's creditors, including Franklin Templeton Investments and JPMorgan Asset Management, have agreed to exchange debt for equity in the company.

Remington was founded in 1816 in upstate New York and is one of the largest and oldest U.S. producers of firearms. It was bought in 2007 by Cerberus Capital Management for $118 million.


Facebook's privacy practices are under investigation, FTC confirms

Facebook being investigated by FTC

Facebook’s privacy practices are under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission following a week of scandals and public outrage over the company’s failure to protect the personal information of tens of millions of users.

“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” said Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection in a statement on Monday noting that the investigation would include whether the company engaged in “unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers”.


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