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Repro Legal Helpline

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The Repro Legal Helpline is a free, confidential helpline where you can get legal information or advice about self-managed abortion, young people's access to abortion or judicial bypass, and referrals to local resources.

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If you have been arrested, questioned by the police, or charged with a crime for your abortion, we may also be able to help you by finding you a lawyer in your state, or working with your lawyer to help with your defense.

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How to Protect Your Digital Privacy if 'Roe v. Wade' Falls | WIRED

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A critical component of Roe v. Wade is its determination that the "right of privacy ... is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether to terminate her pregnancy." But comprehensive digital privacy is challenging to achieve in an age of widespread user-tracking, location-tracking, and corporate data retention. 

Organizations like Digital Defense Fund and Electronic Frontier Foundation offer detailed guides for steps you can take to protect your digital privacy while researching and seeking an abortion or related services. When it comes to a potential dismantling of Roe, though, it remains to be seen how far criminalization will extend in different states and what exactly the landscape will look like. In the meantime, researchers and reproductive health experts note that incorporating a few basic privacy strategies could go a long way later.


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Pages 12, Numbers 12, and Keynote 12 - TidBITS

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Apple has updated its iWork apps to version 12, providing Shortcuts support in all three apps to create and open documents when running in macOS 12 Monterey. You can also now use Shortcuts to add rows to a table in Numbers and rehearse a slideshow or start presenting in Keynote. Pages now enables you to publish files up to 2 GB directly to Apple Books and can read comments and tracked changes using VoiceOver. And Numbers now lets you create formulas and quickly fill cells with autofill using VoiceOver and enables copying a snapshot of table cells without formulas, categories, or hidden values. (Free; Pages, 284.5 MB, release notesNumbers, 252.8 MB, release notesKeynote, 341.8 MB, release notes; macOS 11.0+)

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German citizens told to uninstall Kaspersky antivirus • The Register

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Germany's BSI federal cybersecurity agency has warned the country's citizens not to install Russian-owned Kaspersky antivirus, saying it has "doubts about the reliability of the manufacturer."


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n America's case, however, an NSA hacker's carelessness proved to be Kaspersky's undoing. Nghia Hoang Pho, who worked in the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit, was in the habit of taking his work home with him. When he uploaded an exploit onto his home laptop in 2015, his Kaspersky antivirus functioned exactly as intended: it recognized the malware and uploaded a copy to Kaspersky's servers.

Enraged, the US said Kaspersky had handed the exploit to Russia's FSB spy agency, jailed Pho, and banned the use of Kaspersky across its entire government.

Days after the Pho story first broke, however, rumors (started by the New York Times newspaper) began swirling that Israeli spies had hacked Kaspersky only to discover (so the story went) the infosec firm was working hand-in-glove with Russian spy agencies. This explosive allegation served its evident purpose: Kaspersky was, as far as the US government was concerned, kaput, and its denials of espionage collusion fell on deaf ears.

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250,000-plus lawyer disciplinary records leak • The Register

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Approximately 260,000 nonpublic disciplinary records stored on behalf of The State Bar of California were found to be exposed to the public and to have been republished on Judyrecords.com, a website that aggregates over 630 million public court records.

The sensitive records exposed include the case number, filing date, case type, case status, and respondent and complaining witness names.

Full case records were not disclosed, the State Bar said, and it's not yet clear how many attorney and witness names were revealed. The State Bar, which oversees the licensing of attorneys in the US state of California, also expressed concern that other government entities may be affected.

"We believe the issue is broader than the State Bar, because it appears that confidential records from other jurisdictions are appearing on the site as well," the State Bar said on its privacy breach update page.

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Web Surrogate--NY Courts

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https://websurrogates.nycourts.gov/

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WebSurrogate provides information on estate proceedings and other filings within New York State Surrogate's Courts. WebSurrogate is a free service that allows you to search files, retrieve documents, and view historical records that are considered to be public information.

Available Search Options

Find Surrogate's Court files by Party Name, narrow your search by date of death. View file history and associated documents.

Find Surrogate's Court files by file number. View file history and associated documents.

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Find historical Surrogate's Court records (Old Indexes) by file number or file name. View images of available file records.

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Browse and view available images of pages from Surrogate's Court index books.

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Find records for Wills Filed For Safekeeping with a Surrogate's Court by Testator name. View a list of matching Will records held at a Surrogate's Court. Wills Filed For Safekeeping are not available for public view.


*Not all Surrogate's Courts have these records available online.

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NEW YORK - A federal district court in New York on Wednesday evening ordered the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to establish an online library of its unpublished opinions - the result of a settlement between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the U.S. Department of Justice. By giving immigrants and their lawyers full access to the Board's opinions, the settlement will allow them to fight removal and other adverse actions with the same knowledge of case law that attorneys representing the government already have. Public Citizen Litigation Group served as lead counsel for NYLAG in the case, along with NYLAG's own lawyers.

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NEW YORK -- Civil rights groups sued over its constitutionality. State legislatures are studying its efficacy. San Francisco declared it antithetical to democracy.

But the mayor of the nation's most populous city is fully embracing the use of facial recognition technology by the police and is now exploring a dramatic expansion in how it is used.

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Top 5 legal technology news stories of 2021--ABA Journal

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BY NICOLE BLACK

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In other words, if nothing else, 2021 was an eventful year. Identifying the top five legal technology news stories of the year wasn't easy, but the common thread of remote work and its effects filtered through the newsworthy items that made the list.

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Why this personal injury firm set up shop in the metaverse--ABA JOURNAL

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BY LYLE MORAN

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Dating back to his time watching The Jetsons as a child, New Jersey lawyer Richard Grungo Jr. has been fascinated by depictions of the role that new technologies may play in the way that we live our future lives.

In more recent years, his imagination has been captured by the possibilities offered by virtual reality, including the virtual universe featured in the 2018 film Ready Player One.

Richard Grungo Jr.

And with the continued growth of digital worlds featuring attributes of the real world, including 3D virtual spaces located in the so-called metaverse, Grungo thinks that the future is "really here now."

As a result, Grungo Colarulo, based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and with offices also in Philadelphia; Medford, New Jersey; and Hamilton Square, New Jersey, recently launched an office in an online metaverse world known as Decentraland.


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The two women announced they were seeking a $150,000 investment in exchange for a 10% stake in the company they co-founded called HelloPrenup. The digital platform helps couples create prenuptial agreements by filling out in-depth questionnaires and comprehensive financial disclosures instead of having to go to a lawyer.

"Young couples are getting prenups more and more. But the traditional process of getting a prenup is expensive, time-consuming and a bit taboo," Jaffe said on the Shark Tank episode that aired Nov. 12. "But with HelloPrenup, the process is as easy as 1,2,3."

She also shared that a prenup on helloprenup.com costs $599, while the average cost when attorneys are involved is typically $5,000. Rodgers added that the addressable prenup market is valued at more than $500 million.

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LII has always strived to discover new and better ways to make the law more findable and understandable for the public. Last spring, LII, along with the Canadian Legal Information Institute and Harvard's Library Innovation Lab became advisors to a new Law-and-Artificial-Intelligence research project entitled "FAI: Using AI to Increase Fairness by Improving Access to Justice."

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New Microsoft Office is coming: Release date, pricing and major changes - CNET

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Don't want to subscribe to Microsoft 365? Don't worry: Consumers and small businesses will be able to buy Office 2021 as a one-time purchase this fall, the same time Windows 11 launches. Here's what to know.

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By Sean Lyngaas, CNN Business

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(CNN Business)Apple has updated its software for iPhones to address a critical vulnerability that independent researchers say has been exploited by notorious surveillance software to spy on a Saudi activist.

Researchers from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said the software exploit has been in use since February and has been used to deploy Pegasus, the spyware made by Israeli firm NSO Group that has allegedly been used to surveil journalists and human rights advocates in multiple countries.
The urgent update that Apple (AAPL) released Monday plugs a hole in the iMessage software that allowed hackers to infiltrate a user's phone without the user clicking on any links, according to Citizen Lab. The Saudi activist chose to remain anonymous, Citizen Lab said.
    Apple credited the Citizen Lab researchers for finding the vulnerability.
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    How AI-powered tech landed man in jail with scant evidence--AP

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    By GARANCE BURKE, MARTHA MENDOZA, JULIET LINDERMAN and MICHAEL TARM

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    Williams was jailed last August, accused of killing a young man from the neighborhood who asked him for a ride during a night of unrest over police brutality in May. But the key evidence against Williams didn't come from an eyewitness or an informant; it came from a clip of noiseless security video showing a car driving through an intersection, and a loud bang picked up by a network of surveillance microphones. Prosecutors said technology powered by a secret algorithm that analyzed noises detected by the sensors indicated Williams shot and killed the man.

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    Williams' experience highlights the real-world impacts of society's growing reliance on algorithms to help make consequential decisions about many aspects of public life. Nowhere is this more apparent than in law enforcement, which has turned to technology companies like gunshot detection firm ShotSpotter to battle crime. ShotSpotter evidence has increasingly been admitted in court cases around the country, now totaling some 200. ShotSpotter's website says it's "a leader in precision policing technology solutions" that helps stop gun violence by using "sensors, algorithms and artificial intelligence" to classify 14 million sounds in its proprietary database as gunshots or something else.

    But an Associated Press investigation, based on a review of thousands of internal documents, emails, presentations and confidential contracts, along with interviews with dozens of public defenders in communities where ShotSpotter has been deployed, has identified a number of serious flaws in using ShotSpotter as evidentiary support for prosecutors.

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    Historical Listing of Banks

    DFS maintains a historical listing of New York banking institutions - banks and trust companies, savings banks, savings and loans, credit unions, investment companies and foreign banking institutions - that are or were New York State-chartered, as well as most federally chartered institutions that have ever operated in the state of New York.

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    Corporation and Business Entity Database--Public Inquiry--NYS DOS

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    The New York State Dept of State has "updated" its corporate entity searchable database.  There is no guidance on the site as to what it is compatible with.  We will leave it to you to decide if the "update" is an improvement.

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    The Corporation and Business Entity Database includes business and not for profit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and other miscellaneous businesses. The database also includes assumed name filings for corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships.

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    A powerful hacking tool called Pegasus, sold to governments around the world by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, has been used to spy on journalists, human rights activists, the fiancée of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and others, according to a months-long investigation by 17 news organizations, including FRONTLINE.

    The investigation of the spyware was coordinated by the journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories, with technical support from Amnesty International's Security Lab. Forbidden Stories and Amnesty had access to a leak of more than 50,000 records of phone numbers concentrated in countries known to be NSO clients. NSO has disputed the findings of the reporting and said it will investigate all credible claims of misuse and take appropriate action.

    FRONTLINE is producing a documentary with Forbidden Stories. We are linking here to major stories from our partner news outlets.

    ARISTEGUI NOTICIAS | DARAJ | DIE ZEIT | DIREKT36
    FORBIDDEN STORIES | HAARETZ | KNACK | LE MONDE | LE SOIR
    OCCRP | PROCESO | RADIO FRANCE | SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
    THE GUARDIAN | THE WASHINGTON POST | THE WIRE


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    Stop Ransomware | CISA

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    Ransomware is a form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption. This website is the U.S. Government's official one-stop location for resources to tackle ransomware more effectively.


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    Model Local Laws to Increase Resilience | NYS Department of State

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    Model Local Laws to Increase Resilience--Webinar Recording and Resources

    DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program recently hosted a webinar on Model Local Laws to Increase Resilience, featuring Barbara Kendall from NYS Department of State and Mark Lowery from DEC.

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