Netflix password crackdowns are already confusing, California’s right to repair law is failing, and Australia’s digital driver’s license is hackable.
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Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing is already encountering problems in the three Latin American countries where it’s going into effect. The company began testing a stricter enforcement policy in March to prevent users from sharing passwords with people outside of their “household” in Costa Rica, Chile, and Peru. according to a rest of the world According to the report, Netflix subscribers in Peru said the messages surrounding the policy change were confusing and that they would not face surcharges for sharing passwords. Under Netflix’s new policy, subscribers will be charged $2.99 for each person outside of their household who shares their account. Corresponding Business Insider, rest of the world reported that an anonymous Netflix customer service representative said she and other customer service representatives were confused about what to tell account holders when asked about the new policy.
Source: rest of the world, Business Insider
The California Senate Budget Committee failed to pass the Right to Repair Act, which could have expanded Californians’ access to parts, tools and service information needed to repair consumer electronics. This was the furthest that a consumer electronics right to repair bill went into actual law. The policy had support as 75 percent of Californians and a majority of both parties supported the Right to Repair bill. The bill, which passed the Judiciary Committee with just one dissenting vote, had a similar outcome to the popular Right to Repair bill introduced in 2021.
An Australian digital driving license implementation (DDL), which officials have claimed is more secure than a physical driving licence, has been shown to be easily defaced. New South Wales, Australia, launched its DDL program in 2019, and as of last year officials said more than half of the state’s eight million residents use DDL’s companion app to access government services. However, according to a report by The Register, a security researcher has claimed he was able to break his way into the app with nothing more than a Python script and a consumer laptop. When he got in, he found many security holes that made it easy to change the DDL stored in the app. The researcher also found five other design flaws discovered in the app.
Source: The registry
On Monday, French officials continued their long fight to preserve the French language, revising rules on the use of English video game lingo. Some expressions have simple translations, such as B. The expression “pro-gamer” becomes “joueur professionnel”. But others seem more tense as the word “streamer” changes to “joueur-animateur en direct,” The Guardian reported. The culture ministry involved in the process said the video game sector is riddled with anglicisms that could act as a “barrier of understanding” for non-gamers. The ministry said experts had scoured video game websites and magazines to see if French terms already existed. According to the ministry, the basic idea is to make it easier for the population to communicate with each other.
Source: The guard
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