Month: August 2018

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California adopts toughest data protection laws in the US

By Pawan Naidu

On June 21, California passed legislation that will bring the toughest data protection laws in the United States. The groundbreaking law is set up to reshape how Silicon Valley does business and it requires companies to stop the collection and selling of user’s personal data upon requests from consumers. The California Consumer Privacy Act will come into effect in 2020.

exPLAINers of the Week Aug 20-26

By Perfectly Plain Staff

This week we have stopped on two great pieces. The first is Vessela Sergueva’s look into the state of Bulgarian mental health care. The second is Umair Irfan explanation of the invasion of electric scooters in America. Both do a great job and their works are worth a read.

Commentary: AFC Playoff Teams

By Pawan Naidu

A week ago we discussed who will make the NFL playoffs from the NFC. Now we couldn’t leave the other conference out, so here’s my predictions for the AFC!

exPLAINers of the Week August 13-19

By Perfectly Plain Staff

This week we have stopped on two great pieces. The first is Jennifer Williams’ look at the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca each year. The second is the Ben Shapiro’s look at why Trump backed candidates do better than those that oppose him. Williams and Shapiro do a great job and their works are worth a read.

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Commentary: NFC Playoff Teams 2018

By Pawan Naidu

Football is back! We’ve played the Hall of Fame game and now we’re all excited about what this NFL season has in store. The storylines are endless: from the Eagles trying to defend their first-ever Super Bowl, Kirk Cousin debuting with the Vikings, Aaron Rodgers coming back from injury and plenty more. Who are the six NFC teams that will make it to the playoffs?

Six Things Businesses Need to Know About the GDPR

By Teodor Teofilov

The European Union’s (EU) new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is complicated and has vast consequences, affecting any company that collects the personal data of any citizen within the blocs’ borders. It was passed on April 14, 2016, and gave companies two years to prepare for its eventual enactment, which happened on May 25 of this year. Here are the six main things to keep in mind.

exPLAINers of the Week Aug 6 – Aug 12

By Perfectly Plain Staff

This week we have stopped on two great pieces. The first is Margaret Coker’s profile of an Iraqi spy that infiltrated ISIS. The second is the Ben Strauss’ peek into Ted Cruz’s passions outside of Congress.

exPLAINers of the Week July 30 – Aug 5

By Perfectly Plain Staff

This week we have stopped on two great pieces. The first is Nathaniel Rich’s look at how we almost stopped climate change in the 1980s. The second is Michael Krepon’s look at nuclear weapons in wake of the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

A Coffee Shop Connects Colombia and Madison, Wisconsin

By Teodor Teofilov

López, now age 50, stands almost every day behind the counter of Café Social waiting for the first customer of the day. He has changed little since he first arrived in Madison – the only sign of his age are the wrinkles around his eyes. Almost every day López goes through the routine of preparing the coffee shop for the day.