STLR Link Roundup – December 6, 2019

Democrats Unveil New Federal Online Privacy Pill, Promising Tough Penalties for Data Abuse Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unveiled the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA), proposed a new piece of aggressive Federal privacy legislation. Fellow senior members Senators Brian Schatz, Amy Klobuchar, and Ed Markey of Massachusetts have also backed the bill. The legislation penalizes companies that fail to meet data Continue Reading →

Scraping Together Best (Scraping) Practices: Is There an API for That?

Despite its evocative name, “web scraping” is just a blitz of electrical impulses zipping across fiber at approximately the speed of light. Not so easy to envision. I find, however, that many digital phenomena, like this one, are best demystified and understood by conjuring an analogue:  Last Sunday, those who braved New York City streets to run the Marathon careened down Central Park West, visibly fatigued as they neared the end of the race. The Continue Reading →