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  • Jul 20th, 2018 @ 4:28am

    Same Scam from "Black Mirror"

    Season 3, episode 3 contains essentially this exact scam, plus a bunch of other dystopian tech stuff (of course).

  • Jul 20th, 2018 @ 4:21am

    Contractual Basis?

    Just for fun, let's assume GDPR applies to them in full.

    If a person's request to a government agency necessarily requires processing, there is a basis for this in the GDPR already: to perform under a contract.

    The government could probably use this basis for all processing that is actually necessary to fulfill the constituent's request.

    Legitimate interests might justify some analysis thereof. Sharing... I don't know if legitimate interests justifies sharing information among agencies.

    At any rate, even if you could just infer consent, you'd have a new problem: your basis for processing is now consent, which is very inconvenient. Consent under GDPR is always revocable and cannot be made contingent on providing the service, which means all the government agencies sharing information on the basis of consent would need to tag all such data with some identifier which allows them to find and delete it later if the constituent revokes!

    Good thing they don't subject themselves to the GDPR rules that they think are so great when applied to everyone else! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Jun 25th, 2018 @ 4:48am


    There are 45 states with sales and use tax. For most of those states, individual counties and cities within those counties may add additional sales tax on top of the state (or county) rate.

    And states define goods differently, or have different exemptions (e.g., prepared foods are often taxed while unprepared foods are not taxed).

    The result is that there are over 10,000 sales tax jurisdictions in the United States.

    Not that this case limits its effect to United States businesses. Technically anyone selling anything from anywhere that is shipped into a state would have to worry about this ruling and the 10,000 tax jurisdictions mentioned above.