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The Robots Are Coming to Terminate Your Pot Convictions

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SAN FRANCISCO – As part of a major expansion of automatic record clearance, a group of software developer hacktivists from Code for America announced the launch of its new Clear My Record App which is being made available to every county in California.

This software will allow district attorneys to expeditiously review cannabis convictions eligible under Proposition 64 within the timeline provided under AB 1793. The California Department of Justice estimates that there are 220,000 convictions potentially eligible for relief.

This milestone builds on the success of a five-county automatic record clearance pilot that has set the standard for record clearance statewide. Through this pilot alone, approximately 75,000 cannabis convictions will be dismissed or reduced. 

Code for America’s Clear My Record technology reimagines the record clearance process, moving from the unworkable petition-based process that was in place to an expedited and automatic process, and shows that automatic record clearance—in California and across the nation—is possible.

“Today we’re expanding Clear My Record statewide, which will open the door to relief for tens of thousands of Californians,” said Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America. “We are demonstrating that government can make good on its promises, especially to those who have been denied jobs, housing and other opportunities because of their criminal record. Clear My Record is igniting change across the state and the nation.”

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is the first to utilize the Clear My Record application and toolkit to implement AB 1793. 

“Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is excited to be working with Code for America to provide conviction relief to those eligible under law,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, “The Clear My Record Application and Implementation Blueprint dramatically accelerates our efforts to review convictions and implement AB 1793, well in advance of the law’s July 2020 deadline.” 

The Clear My Record Application and Implementation Blueprint

Code for America today launched the Clear My Record toolkit, a free, open source software application and step-by-step guide available to every District Attorney’s office in California. This equips every county with the tools and information needed to implement AB 1793, a new California law that requires automatic, expedited review of convictions eligible under Proposition 64. 

The toolkit includes: 

  • The Clear My Record Application: software that analyzes Prop 64 conviction records based on a DA’s eligibility criteria, and produces output files with eligibility determinations that courts can use to update records.
  • An Implementation Blueprint: a step-by-step guide to implementation of AB 1793.

By leveraging Code for America’s software and blueprint, California is on track to implement automatic conviction relief statewide for the first time. 

How the Technology Works 

This technology analyzes bulk criminal history data sets provided to county District Attorneys by the California Department of Justice (CADOJ), scanning for and identifying every Proposition 64 eligible conviction based on each DA’s eligibility criteria. 

Clear My Record can analyze conviction eligibility for approximately 10,000 individuals in just one minute. The software then outputs the results of this analysis with all eligibility determinations, including the reasons for each determination. 

Finally, Clear My Record provides a report that summarizes key aggregate conviction data based on eligibility criteria chosen, including the number of people who would receive specific types of relief. This summary report allows counties to better understand the overall impact of Proposition 64 automatic record clearance in their jurisdiction.

Record Clearance for the Digital Age 

Our current record clearance processes were not built for the digital age. Today, each person seeking conviction relief must petition the court on their own to clear their records, but this is a time-consuming, expensive, and confusing process. 

Code For America’s work in this area began in 2016 with the development of its first Clear My Record technology, an online intake tool that connects people with convictions to attorneys in 14 California counties. To date, Code For America has connected over 12,000 people with legal help to navigate the petition-based record clearance process. But that effort was insufficient given the hundreds of thousands of people who need this relief.

In 2018 Code for America launched a five-county pilot to leverage technology and user-centered design to fundamentally rethink the record clearance process. 

New Clear My Record technology was built with the five pilot counties, in close partnership with other state agencies and courts, to quickly evaluate eligibility for record remediation relief under the applicable statute. 

This novel approach also creates a blueprint for record clearance for remedies beyond Proposition 64—the development of policy and technology that expands, streamlines and automates the record clearance process at scale.

This requires no action on the part of the individual, and minimal government staff time and resources—two obstacles for record clearance. Streamlining conviction data processing will also make it easier for courts to update court records, ensuring that individuals can obtain relief as soon as possible. 

Code for America has set a goal of clearing 250,000 eligible convictions nationwide by the end of 2019. 

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Trump’s Iran Conflict Has Americans Shopping for Bunkers

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Trump's Iran Conflict Has Americans Shopping for Bunkers

(TMZ) –The United States conflict with Iran has had Americans freaked the f**k out lately — and, accordingly, they’ve been looking far and wide to burrow themselves underground.

TMZ spoke with some of the best bunker retailers in the biz, and wouldn’t you know it … they say their sales and window shoppers have gone through the roof over the past week or so as missiles and nuke threats have been flying back and forth in the Middle East.

Let’s start with Rising S — which hawks pretty pricey shelters, ranging from $45k to a whopping $1 million. They tell us bunkers have been selling like hotcakes since Trump took out Gen. Soleimani. RS says they’ve sold 17 bomb shelters since then. A recent uptick of 150%.

Next is Hardened Structures … which sells some of the most expensive shelters — in the multi-million dollar range. Your average Joe probably can’t afford ’em, but they say they’ve had 12 inquires of late. Another surge.

President Trump says “the missiles fired last night (by Iran) were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.”

Then we got a company called Vivos, which tells us they’ve had 1,000-plus inquiries for products in the last week alone, and 300-plus in a 24-hour period. They’ve even sold 20 “spots” in shelter communities they operate. Pretty wild, huh?

Here’s another crazy thing … all of the places we contacted say most of their recent potential buyers have cited Iran as the reason they were in the market.

We circled back after DT’s Tuesday AM speech, which seemed to be an attempt to deescalate things. Nonetheless, nobody’s canceled.

Take cover, y’all!!!

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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WeHo Tech Company Shows Off Water-Proof Earbuds at CES 2020

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — For 2020, EarFun will be releasing its second pair of headphones- the Air, a next-generation True Wireless earbuds experience serving as an enhanced version of their critically-acclaimed earbuds, the EarFun Free.

CNET selected the EarFun Free as one of the Best True Wireless Earbuds of 2019, and it was also recommended by both CNET and PCMag as a budget-conscious alternative to other brands.

The new earbuds have been recognized by CES 2020 (Consumer Electronics Show- in Las Vegas this year) for featuring proprietary water-proofing technology, a substantial improvement over the basic design requirements needed to achieve IPX7 certification, all designed by EarFun’s R&D. Attendees can get a sneak peek at the new earbuds.

Just over a year ago, EarFun emerged from the plethora of small audio brands. What has separated them from the newcomers is how quickly EarFun has solidified themselves as a curator of value-conscious audio. 

“We wanted to create something very comfortable for casual listening and secure enough for physical sports or exercise” said Directing head of EarFun, CEO and Founder White Wong, “Our research and development team have been dedicated to achieving a combination consisting of a perfect fit that is wireless and convenient, and produces great sound all at an affordable price.”

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New Year, New Data Privacy Rights: CA Setting the Standard for Consumers

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SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued an advisory for consumers highlighting their new rights as part of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into in effect on January 1, 2020.

The advisory describes consumers’ basic privacy rights under the CCPA and methods for consumers to exercise those rights, information about the data broker registry, and new guidelines related to data security. Enforcement of CCPA is the responsibility of the Office of the Attorney General.

“Knowledge is power, and in today’s world knowledge is derived from data. When it comes to your own data, you should be in control,” said Attorney General Becerra.

“In California we are rebalancing the power dynamic by putting power back in the hands of consumers. I encourage all Californians to take a moment to understand their new rights and exercise these rights to take control of their personal data.” 

CCPA grants new rights to California consumers

  • Right to know – Consumers may request that businesses disclose what personal information is collected, used, shared or sold by the business, in both categories and specific pieces of information;
  • Right to delete — Consumers may request that a business delete the consumer’s personal information held by both the business and by extension, the business’s service providers;
  • Right to opt-out —Consumers may direct a business to cease the sale of the consumer’s personal information. As required by the law, businesses must provide a “Do Not Sell” information link on their websites or mobile apps;
  • Rights for minors regarding opt-in consent — Children under the age of 16 must provide opt-in consent, with a parent or guardian consenting for children under 13; and
  • Right to non-discrimination — Businesses may not discriminate against consumers in terms of price or service when a consumer exercises a privacy right under CCPA.

Businesses subject to CCPA

Not all California businesses are subject to CCPA. A business is subject to CCPA if the business:

  • Has gross annual revenue in excess of $25 million;
  • Buys, receives, or sells the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices; or
  • Derives 50 percent or more of its annual revenues from selling consumers’ personal information.

In addition, as proposed by the draft regulations, businesses that handle the personal information of more than four million consumers will have additional record-keeping obligations.

Data Broker Registry 

As required by California Civil Code section 1798.99.80, a data broker must register with the Attorney General at oag.ca.gov/data-broker/register. The law mandates that a data broker shall pay a registration fee and provide information including primary physical, email, and internet website addresses, as well as any additional information or explanation the data broker chooses to provide concerning its data collection practices. The registry is accessible to consumers.

Consumers’ private right of action in the case of a data breach 

Businesses are required to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices to protect consumers’ personal information, and CCPA authorizes a consumer to institute a civil action if their personal information, as defined in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 1798.81.5 is subject to an unauthorized breach as a result of a business’s failure to reasonably secure this data.

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