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First Video Jury Trial in U.S. Held in Suburban Dallas

A trial over a disputed insurance claim, conducted remotely because of the pandemic, began with 26 jurors taking the oath over Zoom. Such trials raise complex questions about security, a person’s right to a fair trial, and whether virtual deliberation might prevent 12 people from forming the bonds needed to hash out justice, say some judges and lawyers.

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Concerns Mount Over Hate Groups’ Use of Facebook to Promote Violence

Facebook has come under sharp scrutiny following the armed protests against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her stay-at-home orders, which led to the Michigan state capitol being closed Thursday. Facebook insists it is taking measures to prevent being used as a channel for hate groups and conspiracy theorists.

Australian Contact-Tracing App Rings Privacy Alarms

COVIDSafe saw 1 million downloads within the first five hours of launching on Saturday. But its algorithms that use location data to assist in tracing those who may have had contact with a COVID-19 patient trouble privacy advocates, who argue the information isn’t secure.

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Have You Been Zoom-Bombed? Experts Blame Security Flaws, China Ties

The company is facing a backlash from users worried about the lack of end-to-end encryption of meeting sessions and “zoombombing,” where uninvited guests crash into meetings. A study published last week found new and significant security flaws in Zoom, including ties to China, and the company is reportedly facing several investigations on data privacy and security.

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Will Privacy Be Another Casualty of the Pandemic?

Countries like China and Russia have been quick to apply facial recognition technology and other forms of high-tech surveillance to monitor the spread of infections, but little is known so far about how these tools are being used in the U.S.