Online forums – Forum Della Magia Thu, 19 May 2022 18:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online forums – Forum Della Magia 32 32 What rules should Baton Rouge school staff follow on social media? The new policy raises questions. | Law courts Thu, 19 May 2022 18:00:00 +0000

Superintendent Sito Narcisse is asking the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board to adopt a sweeping new policy tightly regulating what school employees can do on social media when it comes to interacting with students and discuss their work and the school district.

The proposed policy, titled “Employee Use of Social Media,” is due for a vote at the school board meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday. With little discussion, the board gave unanimous preliminary approval to the new policy on May 5, but some parents raised questions about the proposed policy in the days that followed.

Harmony Hobbs, a parent of public school children, sees the new policy as a clear effort to muzzle employees tempted to share concerns about their school or the school district.

“Fundamentally, our leaders want the ability to fire any employee who has the audacity to speak out against them on social media,” Hobbs wrote Monday in a public Facebook post. “SILENCE WILL NOT WORK.”

Benjamin Owens, another parent and practicing lawyer, said it took him only minutes to conclude the proposed policy was unconstitutional and “has no chance of surviving a legal challenge”.

“In particular, it is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad, involves due process, and would chill First Amendment-protected speech,” Owens said.

Despite these concerns, several Louisiana school districts have similar policies for employees using social media. One of the first was the Orleans Parish School Board in June 2016, which is nearly identical to what East Baton Rouge Parish is currently considering.

Locally, Livingston Parish Schools adopted a similar policy in July 2020. Lafayette Parish Schools considered a version of this policy in November 2018, but quietly dropped the idea.

Currently, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System has a set of rules about what school employees can do on school property and with school computers. But there are no specific rules about what employees can do on the Internet outside of school.

The school district has a policy establishing general “standards of conduct” for employees that can be invoked if they do anything questionable outside of school.

The new policy includes several new employee-specific restrictions that, if not followed, could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination:

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  • No publication of confidential information about students, employees or businesses of the school district.
  • No posting that “defames or defames” the school board, school board members, school employees, or students.
  • All posts “related to or referring to the school district, students, and other employees” must be “professional.”
  • No posting of “profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent, lewd, vulgar or sexually offensive language, images or graphics or other communications which could reasonably be expected to cause substantial disruption of the school environment.
  • No posts with “inappropriate content that negatively impacts their ability to perform their job”.
  • No posting “identifiable images of a student or student’s family without the permission of the student and the student’s parent or legal guardian.”
  • Never accept current students as “friends” or “followers” or otherwise connect with students on social media sites unless there is a “family relationship or other type of appropriate relationship that originated outside the school setting.

The policy defines social media to include personal websites, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, online forums, virtual worlds and video sharing websites. It also has a catch-all that covers “any other social media generally available to the public or consumers that is not part of the school board’s technology network (e.g. Web 2.0 tools, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, Flickr, Youtube).”

Gwynn Shamlin, the board’s general counsel, told the school board on May 5 that he helped develop the new policy after receiving a request from Nichola Hall, director of human resources.

“This looks at our employees’ social media usage, which may occur outside of our system, including internet and email usage,” Shamlin said. “So it’s the use of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Shamlin said the policy was developed so as not to violate employee rights.

“We had to walk a bit of a tightrope to develop this because there are free speech issues that you have to be careful of,” Shamlin said.

In his letter, Owens notes that a judge on May 10 struck down an employee policy used by Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Mississippi that bears similarities to the one East Baton Rouge is considering. In that case, the judge ruled that the rules that the policy violated the Mississippi state constitution, “but also seriously threaten the public interest in public education.”

“By silencing its teachers, staff, employees, and their organizational advocate, JPS deprives its students, their parents, and other interested parties such as legislators and taxpayers, of important information necessary to fully understand and participate in their system of public education, and call for meaningful improvement where and when needed,” Special Circuit Judge Jess Dickinson wrote in the ruling.

In Louisiana, the city of New Orleans recently settled litigation over an employee social media policy in a 2020 case brought by two public library workers who said the policy violated their First Amendment rights. As part of the settlement, the city government removed the most controversial aspects of the previous policy, including a provision that city employees are not allowed to “engage or respond to negative or derogatory messages.” on city government.

Katie Schwartzmann, director of the First Amendment Clinic at Tulane University School of Law, helped represent these two city employees. She said the city of New Orleans’ policy was different in some ways, but she said the proposed policy in East Baton Rouge raises several potential First Amendment concerns. For example, the policy does not define “professional” when it comes to what employees post on the Internet and could be used to target otherwise protected free speech.

“What does it mean to be professional and is it meant to cover criticism of otherwise public issues?” says Schwartzmann.

PIFS General Secretary hosts Solomon Islands ‘Tok Stori’ session Tue, 17 May 2022 04:00:29 +0000 Hosted by Forum Secretary-General Henry Puna at the Forum Secretariat, the dialogue allowed Forum members to hear directly from the Solomon Islands government on the context of its security agreement with China.

Pacific Forum Leaders and Foreign Ministers attended a unique ‘Tok Stori’ hybrid event in Suva.

Last week’s event was launched by the Solomon Islands as part of a ministerial visit to Fiji, including an appeal to the Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Prime Minister of Fiji, the Honorable Josaia V. Bainimarama.

Hosted by Forum Secretary-General Henry Puna at the Forum Secretariat, the dialogue allowed Forum members to hear directly from the Solomon Islands government on the context of its security agreement with China.

In his opening address, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Jeremiah Manele and Minister of Policing and Corrections, Hon. Anthony Veke welcomed the opportunity to speak to regional colleagues.

The two ministers highlighted the value of regional security agreements, including the Biketawa, Boe and Aitutaki declarations, which also make available to members the good offices of the Forum Secretary General to facilitate dialogue on issues of concern. within the Forum family.

In tok-stori mode, Forum members reiterated their respect for the sovereign right of each member to conduct their national affairs without outside interference or coercion. Some members also took the opportunity to highlight some of their own regional security concerns, noting the Forum’s shared vision of a region of “peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity”. so that all people in the Pacific can live free, healthy and productive lives”. .

Minister Manele welcomed the opportunity to engage with Members, thanking those present for the opportunity to share an update on Solomon Islands’ efforts to address their national security concerns. He further thanked all Member countries for their comments and expressed his support for the sovereign decision taken by the Solomon Islands.

In his closing remarks, SG Puna noted Members’ significant and continued interest in this issue and reaffirmed the value of dialogue in resolving differences of opinion within the Forum family.

Source: press release

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North Lake Tahoe Fire officials analyze available resources Sun, 15 May 2022 13:03:47 +0000

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — As fire departments prepare for the possibility of another major fire season, officials are assuring residents that there are enough resources available, especially water.

Chief Ryan Sommers of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has taken a deep look at the resources and infrastructure around Incline Village/Crystal Bay when dealing with a catastrophic event such as a wildfire .

According to the NLTFPD website, the identified goals and objectives, as outlined in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Strategic Plan, will guide the community towards a more prepared future, however, it is important to recognize that issues unpredictable events will arise and impact how the district operates and provides services to the community.

This plan states that “these issues will provide both a challenge and an opportunity for our Board of Directors, Fire District Administrators and staff to consider, evaluate and work together to identify options and find solutions.” to the problems encountered during the Caldor fire. .”

One of the unpredictable issues Sommers addressed includes the amount of traffic Tahoe freeways can take while still getting people out safely and efficiently. In recent events, the Caldor fire and the evacuation of South Lake Tahoe have given insight to the NLTFPD.

“The strategic plan in place with collaborations between the Nevada Department of Transportation, CalTrans, the Washoe County Emergency Manager and a third-party resource is actively working together to produce zoning plans that should hopefully be released in later in the middle of summer,” Sommers said.

In the lead up to the water project recently discussed in local online forums, and an opinion piece in last week’s Tribune, posed the question of whether Incline Village/Crystal Bay would be left high and dry with not enough water. water during a catastrophic forest fire.

To understand the resources available, it is important to also understand that there are a variety of fire trucks that are used, depending on the situation.

“While Type I engines pump 1,500 gallons per minute, they are used for structural firefighting and are intended to be hooked up to fire hydrants,” Sommers said. “The engine cannot be used to move the wheels as it is used to pump water. This in turn puts equipment and crews at risk when used in wildfires.

Understanding the usage of each of the water engines is an essential step when evaluating the resources available when developing a wildfire plan for the community of Incline Village/Crystal Bay. Type I engines are used in situations that a crew member could safely position atop the engine where the nozzle must fight structural fires while Type III engine is used in more dynamic situations like forest fires.

“The use of Type I engines in wildfires is unrealistic,” Sommers said. “Type 3 engines allow crews to stay dynamic, they have to stay mobile. They fill the tank and go do their job.

The Insurance Services Office, better known as ISO, provides ratings to fire departments and the communities they serve. Over the history of the NLTFPD, there has been progress from an ISO of five in 1975 to the current ISO of One.

“In [an] ISO assessment, officers come in and review a variety of details within the department as a whole,” Sommers said. “Factors such as the location of the fire stations, the equipment housed in the fire stations, the equipment of the engines, the amount of hose, the type of nozzles we use, the level of response to specific stations , how many engines respond to a structure fire or motor vehicle accident, how many chief officers are in the district, and most importantly, how we respond.

The hot topic since the Caldor fire has focused on a limited resource and access to that resource: water.

“One of the main elements is the amount of water available to a community during a catastrophic event, such as a forest fire. Working with the Incline Village General Improvement District, we were off the charts when it came to the amount of water needed for this community. This is precisely what took us from an ISO 3 to an ISO 1. Our equipment had not changed since our last audit, no new fire stations had been built and the staffing level remained static. IVGID’s improved water infrastructure is really what gave us enough points to become an ISO 1 rated community.” – Ryan Sommers, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief

“One of the main elements is the water available to a community during a catastrophic event, such as a forest fire,” Sommers said. “Working with the Incline Village General Improvement District, we weren’t on top of the amount of water needed for this community. This is precisely what took us from an ISO 3 to an ISO 1. Our equipment had not changed since our last audit, no new fire stations had been built and the staffing level remained static. The improved water infrastructure by IVGID is really what gave us enough points to become an ISO 1 rated community.”

Community members who inquire about the Crystal Bay Water Pump can rest assured that the resource is a very realistic option should a wildfire strike the North Shore.

“Using the Crystal Bay water pump is absolutely viable,” Sommers said. “After speaking with IVGID, it wouldn’t take much to get the pump usable. We can run this pump between IVGID and NLTFPD.

Sommers also noted that the NLTFPD has millions of gallons in storage for water above the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area. Another backup uses Placer County water.

In unfortunate scenarios around the United States, it has become abundantly clear that regardless of the level of preparedness, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Sommers echoes the Al Tahoe Firewise community in that “you’re only as safe as your neighbors.”

NLTFPD is ready and willing to partner with community members to increase the number of Firewise communities on the North Shore.

Sommers concluded with reminders to prepare a defensible space around your home and encourage neighboring lots to do the same, have your family’s escape plan composed, know what you’ll grab and where you’ll meet, and especially listening to local authorities about when to evacuate.

See the full NLTFPD Strategic Plan at

See the full emergency preparedness guide at

Engines from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District tower over the area they serve, including (left to right) a ladder truck, a squad truck, and three Type I engines.

Pandemic and Housing Highlight TB-Atikokan Election Forum Fri, 13 May 2022 13:06:50 +0000 For the second time this week, the Conservative and New Blue Party candidates did not attend an all-candidates forum.

THUNDER BAY — Ontario must learn from its lack of preparedness when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, say candidates vying for the Thunder Bay-Atikokan seat.

It was one of many topics discussed Thursday night at the DaVinci Center at an all-candidates forum — which the two right-wing candidates declined to attend — hosted by the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group.

Green Party hopeful Eric Arner, a first-time candidate in provincial politics, said everyone likes to say they love healthcare workers, but actions speak louder than words.

To this end, the government has been miserably short.

“What we did was cap their salaries and not allow them to fairly negotiate a decent salary,” Arner told a crowd of about 50 who attended the debate in person.

“Bill 124 must be repealed for nurses and personal support workers. These people work very hard to save lives and they need to be properly compensated. So put our money where our mouths are and show them some respect.

Arner added that the province needs to hire more nurses and other support workers to avoid the burnout that has occurred since the pandemic began.

“COVID is still here and more variations could occur or another pandemic could occur. We need to take care of these people.”

Outgoing NDP incumbent Judith Monteith-Farrell said Ontarians need to be reassured that the proper measures are in place ahead of time, to take proactive action rather than being forced into reactive action. .

It’s not like a pandemic couldn’t have been predicted, especially after the SARS outbreak a decade earlier, she said.

“We had the lessons of SARS and we had the recommendations, and when we were faced with this pandemic, we discovered that the things that were supposed to be in place were not. The other thing that really needs to happen is that we’ve seen people with disabilities and older people take a heavy toll during the pandemic,” Monteith-Farrell said.

Liberal Rob Barrett fully agreed with his two competitors.

Barrett said the Liberals are committed to working with people and systems to rebuild trust.

“And as we learn those lessons, we will conduct an independent public inquiry to learn the lessons of the pandemic that we have all suffered and are still suffering, especially our most vulnerable,” Barrett said, adding that ‘they will constantly increase the laboratory. testing capacity and stock rapid tests and personal protective equipment.

Affordable housing was also discussed.

Barrett said the Liberals would build at least 138,000 affordable homes over the next decade, helping to create 150,000 new jobs. They will also impose a use-or-lose tax to prevent homes from sitting empty.

Arner said the Green Party has proposed a 20% tax on second homes, also aimed at large-scale homeowners.

“It’s for companies that buy houses and leave them empty or try to sell them to the highest bidder,” Arner said.

The Greens will build 182,000 permanent affordable homes and have also pledged to create 260,000 community rental units.

Monteith-Farrell said the NDP would restore rent control policies that were lifted by the Conservative government to protect tenants.

“We would also provide assistance to new owners,” she said.

Conservative candidate Kevin Holland and New Blue Party candidate David Tommassini were not present.

A historic event took place on May 7, 2022, the international online forum “Global Crisis. We are the people. We want to live. Wed, 11 May 2022 06:32:00 +0000


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Will the planet survive?

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The information expressed in the forum may shock even the most hardened skeptics. The facts presented leave no doubt as to their veracity.

Each person must discover the truth expressed in the Forum. The survival of our civilization depends on it. ”

– World crisis. We are the people. We want to live.

ATLANTA, Georgia, USA, May 11, 2022 / — What are they hiding from us? A historic event of the utmost importance took place on May 7, 2022.

The International Online Forum “Global Crisis. We are the people. We want to live” took place. It was broadcast live for 11 hours and simultaneously interpreted by volunteers in 100 languages. The information expressed at the Forum may shock even the most hardened skeptics. The facts presented leave no doubt as to their veracity.

Everything the minority tries to hide from the majority has been brought together at the Forum in a single image for the first time in history. People saw the truth and started to act. Leading scientists of our time participated in the Forum. Their research shows that humanity has encountered such an enemy as we have never encountered before. This enemy is the climate.

Indeed, many people are already suffering from climate disasters and climate change. However, false theories are still popularized around the world, thanks to which businesses and the so-called “elite” continue to thrive. But what good is their accumulation of wealth if the planet turns into Mars? Don’t they know it? Isn’t there enough evidence of the cyclical nature of climate change? After all, everyone knows about the existence of previous civilizations. And growing climate anomaly statistics suggest time is running out too.

Each person must discover the truth expressed in the Forum. The survival of our civilization depends on it. It’s time to stop being an instrument of someone’s greed and start taking action. Especially since there is a platform for it. This is the international Creative Society project.

The international online forum “Global Crisis. We are People. We Want to Live” is a large-scale and unprecedented event, organized through the independent unification of millions of people from 180 countries on the Creative Society platform. It will be broadcast worldwide on tens of thousands of channels on social and media platforms. The event is initiated and implemented on a voluntary basis through the efforts and resources of people.

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Page County Public Forum Hosting Benefits and Support Discussion Mon, 09 May 2022 14:29:14 +0000
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The Page County Public Forum is an upcoming discussion of benefits and assistance available to local residents, where and how to seek and receive assistance.

This event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Luray VFW, 218 Veterans Lane, Luray.

Guest speakers will be Lois Shaffer, Director of Page One, Joe Fudge, Director of Arise, and Linda McClain, Benefits Manager, Virginia Department of Social Services.

Page One offers many services, including family assistance with food, gas cards, rent, and utilities; for veterans and seniors and also offers assistance by providing contacts for housing, medical and dental care and professional support specialist. All of this on top of operating three successful thrift stores to help fund their services.

Arise offers meal programs, housing, job placement, emergency housing for up to three days, and resume assistance. They deliver 40 meals a day, three days a week. They fed 4,000 meals last year and are expected to feed 5,000 to 6,000 this year.

The Virginia Department of Social Services offers many services and Linda McClain will offer tips on completing applications and obtaining these services successfully.

Eagle County begins charting the future of its fairgrounds Fri, 06 May 2022 21:20:02 +0000

This will be the first comprehensive master plan the county has developed for the property since 2006.
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On Tuesday, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners held a kick-off session for the development of a new master plan for the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Over the next five months, a steering committee of county officials will work closely with outside consultants to come up with a number of recommended plans to improve the fairgrounds.

It will be the first comprehensive master plan the county has developed for the property since 2006, when most goals had to be shelved due to the ensuing recession shortly after its completion. Facilities manager Jan Miller said the property needed an updated plan and the county was well positioned to undertake the changes.

“I think the time is right, and this project definitely supports the Board of County Commissioners’ strategic priorities for 2022-23, to encourage economic diversification,” Miller said.

The plan will be developed by design firm Populus in conjunction with Crossroads Consulting Services, which will conduct market assessments to determine the cost and feasibility of the plans. Populus previously worked with Eagle County on planning for the Eagle River Center in 2013.

The 2013 Eagle River Center Master Plan, developed by Populus.
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The master plan will address a number of pre-identified priorities, such as expanding spectator seating at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo.

“It’s been a request for years, and it will make the arena more attractive to other promoters who may want to put on different types of shows here,” Miller said.

The plan will also include a dedicated facility for 4-H displays away from the cattle at the rodeo.

Another proposal includes improving on-site camping infrastructure and creating official campsites for visitor use. The county is also looking to conduct a road infrastructure impact analysis and create an emergency traffic evacuation plan. All infrastructure and facilities developed will be done with sustainable practices in mind to support the county’s climate action goals.

County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry has been closely involved with Fairgrounds and the County Fair and Rodeo since childhood, and said she looks forward to using the plan to bring Fairgrounds of Eagle County in the future.

“We are excited to begin the master plan process,” Chandler-Henry said. “The Fairgrounds is such an amenity for the people of Eagle County – it hosts the annual county fair and rodeo, and is used year-round by families, community organizations and as an event space. We look forward to working with our community residents, the Fair & Rodeo Advisory Board, 4-H families and other partners to make this amazing space the best it can be moving forward.

The 4-H Freedom Riders started the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo last summer.
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Community contribution

Community ideas and feedback will play an important role in the development of the master plan. Starting in June, the county will host in-person and online forums for community members to share what they want to see included in the new master plan.

Ideas of all kinds will be considered and the community will be an integral part of determining the future of the fairgrounds. The new master plan is designed as a collaborative process shaped by the uses and needs of the community. Stakeholders will also be contacted for feedback in the coming months.

The first in-person community engagement session is scheduled to take place on June 8. More specific information about the forum and other ways of community contribution will be posted later this month.

Once the master plan is developed, it will include a fully budgeted project schedule divided into phases, which can be executed at will in future years. The priority wish list of projects and their execution will be based on community input, cost, market dynamics and space needs.

Creating this plan is the first step towards building the fairground of the future. If there’s anything you’d like to see added or improved on the Eagle County Fairgrounds, bring your ideas to the community engagement sessions and maybe they will become a reality.

Virtual Forum on Racial Inequality Coming in May Thu, 05 May 2022 00:26:41 +0000

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is hosting a virtual community forum on racial inequality.

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The virtual event, Racial Inequities in Law, will take place at 6 p.m. on May 24 and will feature two legal professionals who will share their lived experiences. A particular focus will be on the challenges of navigating unfair laws as lawyers and people of color

“Education and open dialogue are essential to advancing a more equitable and inclusive community, which is central to the mission of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation,” said Vivian Oden, Vice President for Equity and inclusion. “We look forward to continuing these conversations through the lens of our distinguished panelists, and anticipate an engaging discussion that will result in takeaways for attendees.”

The forum will be moderated by Jonathan C. Zur, President and CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. In addition, the panel will feature Khiara M. Bridges, JD/Ph.D., Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law and Wendell Taylor, Managing Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth (DC office).

Registration is now open and required to attend..

Millie Bobby Brown talks about people who ‘criticize’ her body Tue, 03 May 2022 10:19:05 +0000

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stranger things Star Millie Bobby Brown has opened up about how she deals with body shaming, likening the comments she receives about her appearance to “cyberbullying”.

Talk to Charm, the actor revealed the “things she didn’t ask for” when it comes to fame, highlighting how attention to her body tops the list. “Some of the things I found more difficult were people criticizing my body, who I am, the kind of person I am, if I talk too much,” she said. “Things like that – I didn’t ask for those things. It’s cyberbullying.”

Describing her experience in the acting industry, she called her time “a wild ride” and recalled how growing up in the public eye had affected her. “My story is complicated and it’s not like the ordinary kind of childhood,” added the 18-year-old. On the advice she would give to her younger self, Millie said: “I would say, wait. You’re going to have a crazy ride! Try to remember who you are and not the people around you. People come and walk into your life and they can influence it negatively and positively.”

She continued, “Understand that the only person you can hold on to is yourself, and don’t get lost in that. Because it’s so easy, in this industry, especially at a young age. I paid the price for it.”

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But this is not the first time that she has denounced this type of behavior. In 2020, when she was just 16, she took to social media to hit back at how she was treated by the public and the press. “I am frustrated with the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization and unnecessary insults which ultimately resulted in pain and insecurity for me,” Millie said in a post. “I hope this video educates you on the behind-the-scenes stuff from the headlines and flashing lights.”

More recently, the actor spoke out about the “gross” change in treatment she has received since turning 18 earlier this year. Ahead of his birthday in February, ‘scary’ forums had sprung up online leading up to the teenage actor’s 18th birthday, with comparisons drawn to the treatment other child stars also received, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Britney Spears and Emma Watson.

Chat with the host on the guilty feminist podcast, Millie – who has been in the public eye since she was 12 – said: “[I’m] definitely see a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media react to my coming of age. It’s disgusting.”

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You can now ask Google to remove your phone number, email address or address from search results – Krebs on Security Sat, 30 Apr 2022 01:17:06 +0000

Google said this week that it was expanding the types of data people can request to remove from search results, to include personal contact information such as your phone number, email address or physical address. The move comes just months after Google rolled out a new policy allowing people under the age of 18 (or a parent/guardian) to request removal of their images from Google search results.

Google has for years accepted requests to remove certain sensitive data such as bank account or credit card numbers from search results. In a blog post Wednesday, Google michelle chang wrote that the company’s expanded policy now allows for the removal of additional information that may pose an identity theft risk, such as confidential login credentials, email addresses, and phone numbers when appear in search results.

“When we receive removal requests, we will assess all web page content to ensure that we are not limiting the availability of other widely useful information, such as in news articles,” Chang wrote. “We will also assess whether content appears as part of the public record on government or official source sites. In such cases, we will not perform removals.

Google says a removal request will be considered if the search result in question includes the presence of “explicit or implied threats” or “explicit or implied calls to action to harm or harass others.” The company indicates that if it approves your request, it may respond by removing the URL(s) provided for all queries or only for queries that include your name.

While Google removing a search result from its index will do nothing to remove the offensive content from the site hosting it, getting a link decoupled from Google search results will make the content of that link much less visible. According to recent estimates, Google has a market share close to 90% in the use of search engines.

KrebsOnSecurity decided to test this expanded policy with what seems like an obvious request: I asked Google to remove the search result for BriansClub, one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) cybercrime shops for sale of stolen payment card data.

BriansClub has long abused my name and likeness to pimp its products on hacking forums. His homepage includes a copy of my credit report, social security card, phone bill, and a fake official government ID.

The login page for perhaps the most bustling cyber crime store for stolen payment card data.

Briansclub updated their homepage with this information in 2019, after it was massively hacked and a copy of their customer database was shared with this author. The leaked data – which included 26 million credit and debit card records from hacked online and physical retailers – was eventually shared with dozens of financial institutions.

Tech Crunch writes that the policy expansion comes six months after Google began allowing people under the age of 18 or their parents’ request to remove their photos from search results. To do so, users must specify that they want Google to remove “imagery of an individual currently under the age of 18” and provide personal information, image URLs, and search queries that would bring up the images. results. Google also allows you to submit requests to remove non-consensual explicit or intimate personal images from Google, as well as unintentional fake pornography, TechCrunch notes.

This post will be updated in case Google responds in some way, but it may take a while: Google’s automated response said: “Due to preventative measures being taken for our support In light of COVID-19, it may take longer than usual to respond to your support request. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will respond to you as soon as possible.

Update at 8:14 p.m. ET: There’s a heated discussion about it on Hacker News in which at least one person claiming to work at Google Search said the explanatory document could be confusingly worded and there was no need for people to show threats express or implied regarding requests to remove information like phone number, physical address, or email address from a search result. KrebsOnSecurity has asked Google for clarification.