By Sonthonax B. SaintGermain
On January 22, 2021, when the Standards and Poor 500 Index grew by one dollar, GameStop Corp.’s stock price rose by $33.73 to a high of $76.76 before closing at $65.01. And the surge did not stop there. After the weekend (the 22nd was a Friday), GameStop opened 52 percent above its previous closing price and rose another 40 percent—to a high of $159.18. The following two days only added rocket fuel to GameStop moon-bound propulsion. On January 27, the closing price was $347.51. The rapid price movements and high trading volumes triggered multiple instances of the New York Stock Exchange’s 5-minute trade suspension policy against its shares. 
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By Jessica Wilkerson
As society has become increasingly intertwined with and reliant upon the Internet, so have criminal investigations. While this explosion in digital evidence has in many ways been a boon—some commentators speak of a “golden era of surveillance”—the growth and continued evolution of relevant technologies poses significant challenges to the prosecution of criminal acts.
This is especially true in the context of human trafficking investigations, which tend to heavily leverage digital infrastructures like mobile phones and the Internet. This article explores two evolving technologies—device encryption and DNS-over-HTTPS—to provide an explanation of how they work, and the challenges, both practical and legal, that they create for law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking. In doing so, this article aims to create a deeper understanding of these technologies, dispel myths or confirm theories about their impacts, and explore proposals for ways in which necessary advancements in technology can, should, and must coexist with the needs of law enforcement to prosecute crime.
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By Wamiq Babul
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, biometric identifiers were serving an important role in American lives. Experts predict that to facilitate contactless transactions, post-pandemic businesses will increasingly rely on biometrics, especially facial-recognition technology. This article discusses some of the purposes, privacy concerns, and legal issues regarding biometric data, highlighting the need for a federal act that governs its use.
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