Since early June there have been protests in Hong Kong in response to a proposed bill which would allow extradition to China for crimes such as murder and rape. Extradition is the act of sending an individual back to the country or state in which a crime was committed. This is especially controversial due to the “special status” of Hong Kong which is a result of the “One Country, Two Systems” framework; a framework which gives Hong Kong an element of autonomy from China. Whilst the bill has now been formally withdrawn, it is unlikely to quell the anger of the protesters.
In September 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the tech giant’s plans to develop its own draft legislation to regulate facial recognition technology. Amazon hopes to pitch this to lawmakers and for them to adopt its as many of its suggestions as possible.
Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, is suing the Ministry of Justice for racial discrimination. This raises long-standing concerns about the judiciary’s composition and will potentially trigger more substantive discourse on diversity in the legal profession.
Facebook’s appeal against a class action case has been thrown out by a US federal appeals court in San Francisco. The lawsuit could go on to cost Facebook billions of dollars if they are found to have fallen foul of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).