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A data disaster is looming for every business – and our snooping laws are to blame

A new ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has set limits to government collection of mobile and internet data within the bloc’s member states, in a push against mass surveillance that is likely to cause trouble for the UK because of Brexit.

As part of the judgement, the CJEU established that the bulk collection and retention of citizen data from internet and phone operators was contrary to the EU’s charter of fundamental rights.

What’s more, the court confirmed that the rights defined in the charter effectively rule out national legislation, despite member states having previously disputed the supremacy of EU laws over their own on this matter.

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The only times that governments may be handed their citizens’ personal communication data is in the case of a “serious threat” to national security, said the CJEU.

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Is Covid to blame for business closures or is it helping new startups? The answer is both



a person standing in front of a store: Photograph: Rick Bowmer/AP


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Last week brought some grim data for small businesses.

Yelp, the popular online review site, revealed that approximately 163,000 of the businesses – mostly restaurants – that listed on their site had disappeared and that, through July, almost 98,000 businesses won’t return. Around that same time a new report issued by the National Restaurant Association warned that more than 100,000 restaurants have permanently closed this year and unless action was taken, more will also fail.

The culprit of all this? Covid-19, of course. But is Covid really to blame? Yes. And no. Let’s dig a little deeper into the numbers.

The fact is that restaurants don’t have a great track record for success. Margins are thin, competition is tough and consumers can be fickle. Which is why, according to industry reports, 60% of restaurants don’t make it past their first year and

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If your small business died, blame President Donald Trump

Corrections & Clarifications: This column has been updated to clarify that PPP loans are forgivable and clarifies the author’s views on the program’s usefulness to small businesses. This version also clarifies how IRS guidance may increase a company’s tax burden if it uses PPP funds for legitimate business expenses. Additionally, a previous version of this column misidentified the governing agency that made changes to Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Mnuchin open to restarting talks with Pelosi

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If your small business died in the last six months, blame Trump. If your small business is suffering, blame Trump. It wasn’t COVID-19.

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President Donald Trump could have rescued American small businesses, but he didn’t. And this week, he could help save hundreds of thousands more if he took action, but he won’t.

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If your small business died, blame President Donald Trump. Here’s why.

If your small business died in the last six months, blame Trump. If your small business is suffering, blame Trump. It wasn’t COVID-19.

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I’ve been closely monitoring what has – and has not – been done for small businesses since the start of the pandemic. And at virtually every turn, Trump and his administration ignored the needs of small business or actually made it harder for them to survive. Moreover, his continuing refusal to develop a national policy and coordinated response to the pandemic has turned what could have been a limited shutdown into a long, lingering economic disaster. The worse may be yet to come.

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Blame Trump for your business dying

Rhonda Abrams, Special to USA TODAY
Published 3:09 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2020

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Pressed by Democrats to quickly negotiate a new coronavirus relief package, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration remains willing to work on a bipartisan agreement to aid small businesses, the unemployed, and schools. (Sept. 1)

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If your small business died in the last six months, blame Trump. If your small business is suffering, blame Trump. It wasn’t COVID-19.

President Donald Trump could have rescued American small businesses, but he didn’t. And this week, he could help save hundreds of thousands more if he took action, but he won’t.

I’ve been closely monitoring what has – and has not – been done for small businesses since the start of the pandemic. And at virtually every turn, Trump and his administration ignored the needs of small business or actually made it harder for them to

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