Lost in the frenzy over the Mueller Report and the calling out of the “squad” in Washington, D.C., is an event of truly epic proportions — the historic split being engineered by the Trump administration between the economies of the United States and China.
It has been more than a day since Capital One disclosed one of the largest thefts of personal information from a bank ever, but if you’re wondering if your data was in that trove, it appears you’ll have to wait.
Equifax will pay at least $700 million — and potentially much more — to settle lawsuits over a 2017 data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and similar sensitive information of roughly half of the U.S. population.
Legally, the heart of it is that in 1935 the court ruled that income was technically “property,” like land. Longtime UW law professor Hugh Spitzer wrote the definitive takedown of that 1935 ruling. He says it was mistaken even at the time, and it has been rendered a relic of a bygone era by subsequent rulings.
Dozens of workers say the company’s app hectors them to take on low-paying grocery deliveries—and doesn’t stop there. Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, says such systems are “designed to be manipulative and coercive.”
But even when used correctly, “technology is not a substitute for building trust,” said Mary D. Fan, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law and author of “Camera Power: Proof, Policing, Privacy and Audiovisual Big Data.”
Follow the law. It’s a common phrase kicked around political circles, especially — but not exclusively — when it comes to the Permanent Fund dividend debate. A question that often follow is, which law? That’s an on-going debate that gets reprised Monday when lawmakers gavel in for a second special session.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook discussed external oversight of large corporations at the Aspen Ideas Festival, "so that private companies are not making morally complex decisions by themselves." Writer Gregory Ferenstein traces the concept to a thought experiment published by Professor Ryan Calo in the Stanford Law Review in 2013.
One of the victims had $27,000 deposit credited back to her account from her bank, but University of Washington law professor Craig Allen says that was a lucky break. “The fact that either federal or state law enforcement may be involved in investigating it could delay any sort of civil remedy for the victims in the case,” Allen said.
University of Washington family law professor Terry Price said the case set precedent by “a slim margin.” “Here the company argues that once your parents divorced, you are no longer a stepchild,” Price said. “But the court is saying, ‘Yes, you are.’ This is another way the law will recognize a substantial paternal relationship.”
Professor Steve Calandrillo talked about Daylight Saving Time on the Going Forward Podcast. "I do think that anytime you have a chance to improve society, anytime you have a chance to save a few hundred lives per year, you should take advantage of it."
Mary D. Fan, a University of Washington Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, said the use of genetic genealogy in criminal investigations may have broad support among the public when it’s being used to arrest serial killers or to solve other cold homicides. It’s less clear that support would hold if authorities used it to identify shoplifters or other low-level suspects.
In an email to The Appeal, University of Washington law professor Mary Fan emphasized a need for concrete policies to guide police use of body cameras and dissemination of video evidence, noting that “people have to be able to access body camera videos to be able to use them for accountability and harm prevention efforts.”
Last Christmas, while others lined up at a local post office to ship presents to loved ones, Angélica Cházaro joined the queue holding a box of ashes. A law professor at the University of Washington and a volunteer attorney with the group known as La Resistencia, Cházaro was holding the remains of Mergensana Amar, the former detainee at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma declared dead soon after he was transported to a nearby hospital in November.
The case’s “underlying importance is because it involves whether the legislature is subject to the same public records laws as everyone else—for better and worse,” according to Hugh Spitzer, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law.