gig economy
Sorry, Deliveroo Drivers: No Group Negotiation For You, Says High Court

Working out the finer legal points of the gig economy has been a key pastime for the UK legal system over the last couple of years, and it's just upheld a previous ruling that Deliveroo drivers are not employed by the company and therefore can't negotiate as a group. Read More >>

London TV Company Openly Discriminates Against Anti-Trump, People’s Vote Protesters

Discrimination in UK business is very much still in existence, but few companies are as open about it as London-based Sense The Future Pictures, a "television and communications business" based in Covent Garden. Read More >>

Electric Shock Collars for Dogs Are Getting Banned in England

The government has announced that electric shock collars, frequently used as a 'training tool' for pets, are to be banned. The ban in England follows Scotland, who banned the collars earlier this year, and Wales, where the use of such collars has been illegal since 2010. They are also banned in several other countries, including Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden. Read More >>

The Government Wants to Ban Children From Owning and Flying Drones

For a while the government has been scrambling to try and figure out what it should do about regulating drones, especially since there are dumb fucks out there that think it's still acceptable to fly them into planes. We already know that there are laws in the works that would prevent anyone owning a drone over 250 grams without registering and passing some sort of proficiency test, but now the government would like to stop children from flying them too. Read More >>

Police are Predictably Annoyed About Apple’s Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to prevent anyone who wants to gain access to a encrypted iOS device via techniques like Cellebrite’s GrayKey phone-hacking box by introducing an option to lock USB data access an hour after it’s locked, essentially turning iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed black boxes. Officials in the law enforcement community, which has been scaremongering about Apple’s encryption technology for years over the objections of actual tech experts, aren’t happy about it. Read More >>

Swiss Voters Overwhelmingly Choose to Legalise Online Gambling, But Block All Foreign Sites

Switzerland has elected to allow online casinos, though a newly approved law intends to keep foreign operations from sharing in the take. Read More >>

Drone Users are *This* Close to Having to Pass an Online Pilot Proficiency Test

It's no secret that the government has it in for drones, or rather the people who think they can fly drones wherever they like and leave chaos in their wake. It's been gunning for there to be some sort of proficiency test for would-be drone pilots to make sure they understand how to use them safely. Well today the government has announced a bunch of new rules that will crack down on reckless drone flight. Read More >>

Alleged Co-Owners of Charged With Extortion 

The California Attorney General announced criminal charges against four men it claims are the owners and operators of The website has been under fire for years over its practice of scraping law enforcement websites to publish mugshots and often incomplete criminal records. It then demands large fees through a sister site for removing the information. Read More >>

Experts Sign Open Letter Slamming Europe’s Proposal to Recognise Robots as Legal Persons

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament’s proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who’s liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics say it’s too early to consider robots as persons—and that the law will let manufacturers off the liability hook. Read More >>

Grumpy Cat Wins £500,000 for Copyright Infringement as Memes Continue to Dominate American Society

There is no greater force in America than The Brand—and those who disrespect it suffer the consequences. This law was recently demonstrated by the owners of Grumpy Cat (née Tardar Sauce), the viral internet superstar with a permanent Clint Eastwood-like scowl, who scored a massive $710,001 payout (£500,000) from a copyright infringement lawsuit. Read More >>

TVAddons Reports That Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ Is Adding Built-in Video Game ROM Emulation

Uh-oh - it looks like modified Kodi boxes may not just be a menace to the film and TV industries - but the platform could soon be upsetting the games industry too. Read More >>

EU Courts Are Set to Decide Whether Uber is a Taxi Service or Not

Uber is not a taxi service. Or at least, that's what Uber would have you believe. Instead the company insists that it's a technology platform that links drivers with passengers, and nothing more. That would mean it's not subject to the same rules and regulations as, say, a local minicab firm. Read More >>

BitTorrent Inc Just Won a Long-Standing EU Trademark Dispute

When you hear the name BitTorrent, you tend to think of piracy, torrenting, and possibly arguments that the communications protocol isn't just used for downloading illegal files. But there was another company called Bittorrent out there, and the two have been locked in a legal battle over the EU trademark for quite some time. A battle that BitTorrent Inc (the well known one) just won. Read More >>

Uber’s Not Leaving London Until Next April or June or Never

The court battle between London and Uber for the right to run app-controlled taxis about the city has kicked off today, with the expensive lawyers beginning their opening arguments. Read More >>

Convicted Drunk Drivers Say Smartphone Breathalysers Helped Prevent Impaired Driving

Back in August, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the US gave 475 people with drunk driving convictions (DUIs) a smartphone breathalyser, a mobile device that can estimate one’s blood alcohol level instantly. Now CDOT has surveyed the participants, and the results are hugely positive: 90 percent said the breathalyser helped them avoid driving while impaired and 94 percent said they would recommend the product to anyone who drinks regularly. Read More >>