While the live Southeast Michigan Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Summit event scheduled for April was postponed for a virtual event that occurred on June 30th, most attendees received the information and messages they were going to hear last Spring. Similar information was provided as planned, but the overall message was slightly different in a Post Covid-19 world. More on that later.More
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SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces that Sunday, July 5 is an Ozone Action day in Southeast Michigan.
According to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) meteorologists, we remain under a stagnant air mass. Light winds are forecast to switch to the southwest, keeping the stagnant air in place. The long-range forecast keeps the region in the same hot, humid air mass until the end of next week. Expect more Ozone Action days during that time.More
Creating a new, sustainable planet that is safe for future generations is becoming a priority, and it’s placing more and more focus on how each and every industry is impacting the environment. Those at the top of each company in all industries have both the right and the responsibility to make sure that their decisions take the company’s carbon footprint into consideration. Portable toilets are one such product where the industry is taking great strides to improve eco-friendliness.More
In spite of what most Americans may believe, tap water in the US is not always safe to drink directly. To understand why that is indeed the situation and what we can do to prevent getting infected by waterborne disease, or be stricken down by heavy metal poisoning, let’s go through some of the important facts next.More
A very important rate case with Consumers Energy is currently before the MI Public Service Commission. This case (U-20697) will determine what the new ‘net-metering’ credit will be for homeowners and business that sell extra solar generated electricity back to Consumers. Under the current law established in 2008, the amount that a homeowner would receive was the retail rate at around 15 cents per kWh. But under the new law enacted in 2016, each utility in Michigan must go through a MPSC rate case to establish a new amount, called the Distributed Energy Tariff.More
DR. TIAH MCKINNEY, Ph.D, CO-FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
To strengthen the metropolitan Detroit community by reinvesting in the citizenry through quality educational programs which help promote healthy living, entrepreneurship, and environmental responsibility.
We’ve only had smartphone technology for a little over a decade and yet about 36 percent of the worldwide population is using it. We use it for just about everything, everyday. We talk, text, listen to music, play games, learn, and photograph practically everything we do. With over five million apps available between Android and Apple, there’s not much they can’t be used for. We’re even using apps to monitor our health and communicate with our doctors. At this point, it’s safe to say, most of us can no longer imagine our lives without our personal devices.More
|Ossian Law IT Law Alert March 10, 2020|
|Google Argues Accidental Recording Doesn’t Violate Applicable Laws|
Last summer, a proposed class action was filed in a California federal court against Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google, alleging that the accidental recording of conversations by Google Assistant violates various state and federal privacy and wiretap laws. The voice activated device is intended only to record a conversation when a ‘hotword” such as “Hey Google” or “OK Google” is spoken. The plaintiffs allege that Google Assistant also recorded conversations after being accidentally activated.
Google recently filed a motion to dismiss each count of the lawsuit, arguing that the recording by the voice activated device was not intentional, as required by wiretap laws. Google also argued that accidental recording is not unexpected – “Plaintiffs knew that a function of the Assistant is to respond to voice-activated queries, so it is reasonable to expect that it may activate in error.” The court has yet to rule on Google’s motion.
Google’s brief in support of its motion to dismiss is available here.
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