Your Consumer Rights Are Disappearing, But Here's How To Protect Yourself Now

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

The proposed rule, ordered in the waning days of the Obama administration, would have required airlines and ticket agents to clearly disclose to consumers all customer-specific fee information, including charges for a first and second checked bag and a carry-on bag, wherever fare and schedule information is provided to consumers. It also would have mandated that the baggage fee information be disclosed, adjacent to the fare, at the first point in a search process where a fare is listed in connection with a specific flight itinerary.


British Airways: Passengers complain about lack of information

BBC News

Passengers stranded at Heathrow airport say that they are being kept in the dark by British Airways airline, as disruptions continue for a second day.


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Engadget

The tough part here is designing the algorithms that will control these self-driving rides, and how to teach the artificial intelligence deal with unavoidable harm. It's tricky and raises the question of which lives are more important, those outside the vehicle or its passengers? When humans make split-second decisions, it's out of instinct and self-preservation -- not programming. But if someone knowingly bought an autonomous vehicle that favored passengers over pedestrians, would they be held liable if a loss of public life occurred?


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U.S. News

Judge Jennifer Eady dismissed an appeal Friday from the company in a closely watched decision that is expected to have broad implications for those working in the so-called gig economy, where people work job-to-job with little security and few employment rights. Such employment, often for companies that use mobile phone apps to provide everything from food delivery to health care, has surged as the Internet cuts the link between jobs and the traditional workplace.


Uber Gave U.S. Agencies Data on More Than 12 Million Users

TIME - Tech

Uber has given up data on more than 12 million users at the request of U.S. agencies and regulators, the company said Tuesday in its first transparency report. The ride-sharing company said it provided information on trips, trip requests, pickup and drop-off areas, fares, vehicles, and drivers between July and December 2015. Data from more than 12 million riders and drivers was given to various U.S. regulators and information from 469 users went to state and federal law agencies, Reuters reports. "A large number" of law enforcement requests were related to fraud investigations or the use of stolen credit cards, according to Uber.