Posts tagged as: California

California Earthquake Early Warning System Is Now Up And Running

California on 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, which was Thursday, California became the first state roll out a statewide earthquake early warning system.California Earthquake Early Warning System Is Now Up And Running The system uses data from hundreds of sensors across the state that measure ground motion. When an earthquake starts,send an instant […]

Uber Says It Won’t Treat California Drivers As Employees- Despite Assembly Bill 5

Uber’s top lawyer announced in a news conference (H/T NYTimes) that Uber will not treat its drivers, who are independent contractors, as employees under the newly passed California bill. Tony West, Uber chief legal officer, pledged that its drivers will remain independent contractors. Mr. West said Uber’s business is not providing rides but “serving as […]

California Awards Waymo The First Permit Test Self-Driving Auto Without A Human On Board

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Tuesday (Oct. 30) issued Waymo the state’s first permit to test self-driving cars on public roads without a human in the driver’s seat. Alphabet’s autonomous-driving subsidiary has had permission to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers since 2014, but it can now dispense with humans to test three dozen test vehicles in […]

California Waiting To Enforce Its Own Net Neutrality Law Until Ruling In Federal Case

California today said it has agreed not to enforce its own net neutrality law until a final decision is reached concerning the FCC’s scrapping of Obama-era regulations. In December 2017, the FCC voted to get rid of the previous administration’s net neutrality rules, which classified broadband as a utility under Title II and set bright […]

California Plans To Require Unique Passwords For Every Connected Device

The State of California has passed new legislation that will require hardware makers to provide a unique password for each and every device made or sold in the state. The “Information Privacy: Connected Devices” bill was approved by the legislature and will become law on January 1, 2020. It prevents devices from shipping with default […]

California Legislature Approves Strong Net Neutrality Laws

Lawmakers in California have sent a new net neutrality bill to Governor Jerry Brown in the hopes of restoring regulations. The bill was approved by the California Assembly 58-17 and later the Senate 27-12. With both houses approving the bill, it only needs Governor Brown’s signature to become law. The move is a rebuke of […]

California Forces Uber to Cancel Their Self-Driving Auto Test in San Francisco

California has forced Uber to remove its self-driving vehicles from the road, canceling the company’s controversial pilot program in San Francisco after a week of embarrassing reports of traffic violations and repeated legal threats from state officials. The California department of motor vehicles (DMV) announced late on Wednesday that it had revoked the registration of […]

California Has All But Outlawed All Use of Mobile Devices in Autos

California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed new legislation that expands the restrictions placed on mobile phone use in cars. Specifically, drivers are now forbidden from “holding and operating” mobile devices for any reason. The lone exception allows drivers to perform functions that require only “the motion of a single swipe or tap of the […]

California Law Proposal Would Require Encryption Backdoors on Smartphones Sold in California

A bill presented in California is seeking to force smartphone manufacturers to add backdoors to their devices, if they are to be sold in the state. Introduced by Democrat assembly member Jim Cooper, bill 1681 echoes a similar bill proposed in New York, aiming to make it easier for law enforcement officials to gain access to […]

California to Require Warrants for Stingrays

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that prohibits the government from snooping on citizens’ electronic communications without first obtaining a warrant. The law, called the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, forbids the government from “accessing electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device.” For example, police will […]

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