Kent Covington
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Judge blocks ‘third country’ asylum rule

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/25/19, 10:55 am

A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday halted a new Trump administration asylum policy just hours after another federal judge in Washington let the nine-day-old rule stand. The policy says that to seek asylum at the U.S. border, migrants who pass through another country along the way must first apply for protection there. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar halts the new regulations while the lawsuit plays out in court.

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DOJ taking hard look at Big Tech monopolies

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/24/19, 10:18 am

The U.S. Department of Justice is opening a sweeping antitrust probe of major technology companies, investigating whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or harmed consumers. The Justice Department did not name specific companies, but it said the review will consider the widespread concerns about search engines, social media, and some retail services online.

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Equifax agrees to massive payout for data breach

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/23/19, 12:05 pm

The credit reporting bureau Equifax has agreed to pay $700 million and potentially more to the U.S. government and to states over a 2017 data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and private information of nearly 150 million Americans. Under the settlement, Equifax will initially pay nearly $400 million into a special fund to cover costs related to potential identity theft and other damages. The company’s total payout could dramatically increase from there, potentially into the billions.

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