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Ryanair Wins Legal Case Against Booking.Com Over Screen Scraping & Reselling Tickets

Bloomberg via MSN: “Ryanair, a major player in European aviation, has won a case in the US court against Booking.com, one of the world’s largest online travel agencies. The US court has ruled that the Dutch agency violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by accessing the Ryanair website without permission. Court documents identified that Booking.com would on-sell unauthorized tickets by screen scraping the airline’s website. This isn’t the first time that Ryanair, the largest carrier in Europe and one of the world’s biggest low-cost carriers, has taken legal action against third-party booking platforms, to which they sell the carrier’s tickets at a higher markup, without permission. Ryanair is renowned for its low fares for travel across its network, and the airline noted that screen scraping software then finds and resells tickets to passengers with extra fees. It is also alleged that third parties limit personal contact information, making it difficult for the airline to contact the passengers directly…”

 

Flight Rights – Airline Customer Service Dashboard

U.S. Department of Transportation: “Secretary Buttigieg has called upon airlines to improve their customer service commitments to passengers, which all have done to varying degrees. The dashboards below provide information for air travelers on airlines’ commitments to families flying with young children and customers experiencing significant flight disruptions due to circumstances within the airline’s control.… Continue Reading

We mapped weather forecast accuracy across the U.S. Look up your city.

[unpaywalled] “Everyone complains about the weather forecast, but some people have more cause to grumble than others. In Miami, the temperature forecast is usually accurate a week into the future. But in Paonia, Colo., even the one-day temperature forecast is wrong by almost 6 degrees Fahrenheit on average. That’s according to our analysis of government… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 13, 2024

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 13, 2024 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex… Continue Reading

Association between passenger-vehicle front-end profiles and pedestrian injury severity in motor vehicle crashes

The association between passenger-vehicle front-end profiles and pedestrian injury severity in motor vehicle crashes. Journal of Safety Research Volume 90, September 2024, Pages 115-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2024.06.007 – “Introduction: Vehicles play an important role in pedestrian injury risk in crashes. This study examined the association between vehicle front-end geometry and the risk of fatal pedestrian injuries in… Continue Reading

Here’s how machine learning can violate your privacy

Via LLRX – Here’s how machine learning can violate your privacy – Jordan Awan, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Purdue University explains how machine learning has pushed the boundaries in several fields, including personalized medicine, self-driving cars and customized advertisements. Research has shown, however, that these systems memorize aspects of the data they were trained with in order… Continue Reading

Cars & Consumer Data: On Unlawful Collection & Use

FTC: “Some say the car a person drives can say a lot about them. As cars get “connected,” this turns out to be truer than many people might have realized. While connectivity can let drivers do things like play their favorite internet radio stations or unlock their car with an app, connected cars can also… Continue Reading

America in Facts 2024: A Data-Driven Report for Congress

“To create America in Facts 2024, USAFacts interviewed Congressional staff on their topics of interest and the challenges they face when using data. These interviews spanned the House of Representatives and the Senate, included Republicans and Democrats, and identified several topics that we used to inform this report. We hope that members of Congress and… Continue Reading