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Legal News Roundup – June 17

Here’s a roundup of some major legal stories from the past week.

LGBTQ Rights

LGBTQ flag

SCOTUS made a landmark ruling.

CNN – The Supreme Court ruled that federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers. The decision is a huge win for LGBTQ rights. The landmark 6-3 ruling will extend protections to millions of workers.

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eBay Employees Charged With Cyberstalking

Reuters – Six former eBay employees were criminally charged with cyberstalking a Massachusetts couple. The alleged victims published an online newsletter considered critical of the e-commerce giant. EBay fired the defendants last September.

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Qualified Immunity

ABA – The Supreme Court refused to hear several cases challenging the doctrine of qualified immunity. The policy often shields police officers accused of misconduct. One of the cases stemmed from a homeless man bitten by a police dog.

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Amazon Pauses Facial Recognition Software

Amazon Rekognition

Amazon’s Rekognition is a facial recognition cloud service.

CNBC – Amazon is banning use of its facial recognition software by police for one year. Amazon declined to comment on the number of police departments using its technology. IBM recently announced its exit from the facial recognition business.

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