Tech Radio: April 17

Apr 17, 2020

In The Moment ... April 17, 2020 Show 798 Hour 2

During this brief Tech Radio, we welcome your usual Tech Radio host, SDPB's Kent Osborne. We're also joined by SDPB's Heather Benson. 


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SD Legislature

South Dakota lawmakers are weighing the issue of a mother's privacy over her infant's health. The debate begins in the Senate Health and Human Services committee.

Senate Bill 105 authorizes healthcare practitioners to test infants up to 28 days old for controlled substances if they exhibit relevant symptoms. The bill allows the test with or without parental consent. If results are positive, the practitioner must report them to the Department of Social Services. 

Purchases Of LinkedIn And Joyent

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Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" discussed the sale of the San Francisco based cloud storage business Joyent to Korean phone manufacturer Samsung.  They also touched on Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn and Apple's "differential privacy" and what it means for consumers.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A bill that mandates accommodations for transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools is on its way to the state Senate floor. An education committee Thursday voted to pass House Bill 1008. Supporters say the measure protects students’ privacy. Opponents say it’s discrimination.

House Bill 1008 is a bill that restricts the use of bathrooms by transgender students. It would require all students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms aligned with the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of their gender identity now. Supporters say it protects the privacy of all students. Opponents say it isolates and discriminates against transgender South Dakotans and takes control away from local decision-makers.

Apple iOs 9

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The day after Apple released iOs 9, ad blockers topped the app charts taking advantage of the new functionality. Users were thrilled with the ability to get rid of the annoyance while addressing privacy concerns and faster surfing. Meanwhile, advertisers are up in arms.

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" discussed iOs 9 along with other Apple news and big announcements from Amazon among other topics on Tech Radio.

The South Dakota House of Representatives granted final approval on legislation aimed at banning the use of red light cameras in the state. Democratic State Representative Peggy Gibson says red light cameras could still be enforced but they’d have to be purchased, set up and monitored by the city who wants them.

"It says basically that no state, county, municipal or township can contract with a private corporation such as “Red Flicks” for photo monitoring devices. [This] way South Dakota dollars don’t go out of the state," Gibson says.

Members of a committee in Pierre support a bill that aims to protect student data. The measure moves to the full chamber after little debate in the Senate State Affairs committee, and lawmakers say the legislation is a step in the right direction.

Senate Bill 63 adds elements to state law to limit the kind and type of information K-12 students must provide and where it goes. The bill doesn’t stop South Dakota from providing the federal government with aggregate data, but it does prevent the state from reporting personal identifiable information from education records.