Online shoppers across Europe now have new rights
‘While shopping on the web has exploded in popularity in recent years, there are still some who prefer to buy their stuff in good ol’ fashioned brick and mortar stores. But new laws have come into force across Europe to protect those who buy online, which may help to alleviate some of the concerns of online shopping hold-outs.
‘Previously, anyone who bought a product online was allowed seven business days during which they were able to change their mind and return the product for a full refund. This ‘cooling-off period’, during which a refund can be requested without being required to give a reason for the cancellation, has now been extended to fourteen calendar days from the date on which the goods are received.
‘Online retailers and providers are now also banned from ‘pre-ticking’ optional extras on order forms, such as those adding insurance to the cost of a purchase, as The Guardian notes…’
2 Fictional Facebookers Causes Arrest of Niece
Aunt makes up boy on Facebook to talk to her niece, who asks fictional boy to kill her aunt, uncle, cousin and dog
‘A 19-year-old is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail after asking a fictional stranger to shoot and kill her family.
‘According to court records filed Tuesday, 19-year-old Marissa Williams has lived with her aunt in Fosters, Ala., since April 2014. Their relationship was strained by Williams’ habits on social media — she allegedly would invite strangers she befriended on sites like Facebook over to her house.
‘When her aunt asked Williams to stop inviting men she met online to her home and did not allow her to go to parties with strangers, the 19-year-old blocked her aunt on Facebook, prohibiting the woman from seeing what her niece was doing there…’
Is Online Parodying Illegal Now?
Man arrested for parodying mayor on Twitter files civil rights lawsuit
‘The Illinois man who made headlines when he was detained for parodying the town’s mayor on Twitter sued the Peoria politician and local police, claiming on Thursday that his civil rights were violated.
‘As part of the April raid, the authorities seized the mobile phone and laptop of the 29-year-old prankster, Jonathan Daniel, and reviewed their contents, which he says was in violation of his First Amendment rights. According to the suit (PDF) lodged in Illinois federal court:
‘From March 9 through March 19, 2014, Mr. Daniel tweeted from a Twitter account, @peoriamayor, which used a picture of Jim Ardis (“Ardis”), the mayor of Peoria, as the account’s avatar. Displeased with the content of the tweets, Defendants embarked on a plan to shut down the account and identify and punish its creator in violation of his constitutional rights. As part of Defendants’ plan, Peoria Police Department officers searched Mr. Daniel’s residence, seized his personal property, reviewed personal information on Mr. Daniel’s electronic devices and in his mail, and arrested, detained, and interrogated Mr. Daniel purportedly for the crime of false personation of a public official…’