Day: July 1, 2020

California’s Big Privacy Law Gets Teeth

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  • Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act began July 1, after a six-month grace period on enforcement.

  • The CCPA gives California residents more control over data held by private companies, and many companies have extended the same controls to all U.S. residents.

  • Consumer Reports research shows that people trying to use the mandated controls often run into confusing red tape, and some ultimately give up on the process.

At the beginning of this year, a new law gave consumers in California unprecedented rights to control how companies use and sell their data—and many firms extended those rights to all Americans. But until today, California’s attorney general could not bring the hammer down on companies that didn’t comply.

The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act provided companies with a six-month grace period before enforcement started, and thousands of companies have scrambled

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6 Key Takeaways From Skift Forum Europe

You already know about the massive layoffs and furloughs, the hacksaw that eviscerated budgets, the borrowing and the lockdowns that generated massive cancellations, but many travel brands and tourism boards also used the coronavirus crisis to remake their businesses.

That was just one of the key takeaways of the fourth annual Skift Forum Europe on Tuesday. Here are others.

1. An Opportunity to Reboot businesses

From online travel companies to tour operators and tourism boards, the Covid-19 shutdown presented an unusual opportunity — a time for brands to rethink their core missions, and to refashion their businesses.

Tripadvisor CEO Steve Kaufer said the company will downplay flights, put less emphasis on optimizing the hotel-booking process, and will hone trip-planning functionality for crafting what he labeled “the considered trip.” He said this might lead to a reduction in the company’s sometimes global-leading unique visitor numbers in favor of enticing customers to

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How to make a Walt Disney World park reservation for its July 2020 reopening

With Walt Disney World starting its phased reopening of Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11 and Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15, fans are wondering how to make a Walt Disney World reservation.

Before you visit a park, you must make a reservation on the new Disney Park Pass reservation system online tool. All guests with valid admission will be required to make a reservation in advance for entry. The number of Disney Park Pass reservation days you can hold at one time varies based on your plans.

MORE: Disney’s Splash Mountain to be re-themed to the ‘Princess and the Frog’

Who can make a reservation

– Disney Resort and other select hotel guests with valid theme park admission can make reservations for their length of stay.

– Annual passholders can make theme park reservations for up to three days at a time or for

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UK firms slash more than 12,000 jobs in two days

More than 12,000 people in the UK are set to lose their jobs after a raft of firms announced cuts in the past 48 hours.

The cuts are mainly being made by High Street retailers and in aviation – two of the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus lockdown.

John Lewis has said it will close stores but has not confirmed how many jobs will go.

Topshop owner Arcadia and Harrods said they planned a total of 1,180 job cuts.

Where are the cuts falling?

Other lay-offs that have been announced include:

WH Smith, Bensons for Beds, Wrights Pies, tableware-maker Steelite International, the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool and Norwich Theatre Royal have also announced plans to reduce staff.

Businesses have been hit hard since the UK went into lockdown on 23 March, and even though restrictions are gradually being relaxed, consumer demand is likely to remain depressed for some time.

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Supreme Court rules generic website names can be trademarked

The USPTO, among others, suggested that allowing Booking.com to claim the trademark would harm other travel companies with the word “booking” in their domain names. Federal trademark law defines generic terms as those that don’t make a service or product distinct from other ones. It prevents companies from staking an exclusive claim to commonly used words such as “tailor” or “laundromat” in store names.

Booking.com claimed that people associate its brand with reservations and that denying its trademark application could lead to consumers becoming misled. In writing the Supreme Court’s majority opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with the company, suggesting that public perception of a name is the core issue. 

“[If] Booking.com were generic, we might expect consumers to understand Travelocity — another such service — to be a Booking.com,” Ginsburg wrote. “We might similarly expect that a consumer, searching for a trusted source of online hotel-reservation services, could

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How to Plan and Save for Your Wedding During the Pandemic, According to Experts

PEOPLE’s Real Tips for Real Life presents practical answers to some of the most commonly asked questions around finance, employment and preparing for the future — even when that future can seem very uncertain.

Almost every big wedding this year has been rescheduled for 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating impact on the world, celebrity wedding expert Colin Cowie tells PEOPLE.

“I’m telling couples to get engaged now — and wait,” says the party planner, whose A-list clientele includes Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Seacrest. “The idea of a socially distanced wedding with people standing 10-feet apart, I don’t find anything exciting or glamorous about that.”

Couples were “extremely and bitterly disappointed” at the idea of postponing their weddings, Cowie says. But after he explained what would have to be done to follow CDC guidelines and ensure everyone’s safety, all of Cowie’s clients elected to wait.

“A wedding is a

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Data Reveals Millennials Are Increasing Online Spending

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While 64 percent of Generation Z, 60 percent of Millennials, 58 percent of Generation X, and 63 percent of Baby Boomers reported reduced spending throughout the pandemic, Clutch’s latest research found spending decreases were found to have affected each generation differently. Millennials, the company said, have been seen shifting spending habits to consider present concerns rather than focusing on the future.

In the early weeks of the pandemic, the company’s survey showed 60 percent of Millennials were spending less overall, though spending more on groceries, alcohol, restaurants, and health and beauty. Cost savings and increases are in part due to wide restrictions put on lifestyles. In fact, 40 percent of Millennials reported having increased grocery expenses during the pandemic. However, the company also found Millennials are saving money due to travel restrictions. Twenty-three percent have canceled existing travel plans and an additional 32

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Soren Bjorn says online grocery shopping is here to stay

It took a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders for 1.5 billion people worldwide, but something is finally occurring to us: The future we thought we expected may not be the one we get.

We know that things will change; how they’ll change is a mystery. To envision a future altered by coronavirus, Quartz asked dozens of experts for their best predictions on how the world will be different in five years.

Below is an answer from Soren Bjorn, the president of Driscoll’s. Before coming to Driscoll’s in 2006, Bjorn worked as a vice president at Del Monte Foods.

Sorting through all the stuff that has changed in the short term, and figuring out what is more permanent, is the million-dollar question. One of the things that we very clearly believe has changed once and for all is online grocery shopping. If you think about online shopping when it comes to

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A Fourth of July to remember (but not because you did anything cool and fun)

People don masks while walking along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs over the weekend. Health officials ordered bars shut down again, effective Tuesday, as cases of coronavirus spiked.
People don masks while walking along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs over the weekend. Health officials ordered bars shut down again, effective Tuesday, as cases of coronavirus spiked.

Tune your TV sets to PBS for the annual Fourth of July extravaganza, because big IRL firework displays and parties are, for now, a thing of memories. And see how coronavirus cases are tracking in your ZIP code via USA TODAY’s exclusive analysis. Plus: In-N-Out loses double-double style.

It’s Arlene Martínez with news for Tuesday. I’m not bad, and you? 

But first, bison do not like it when you get too close, as this 72-year-old Golden Stater found out after being gored by one in Yellowstone National Park. She’d been trying to take their picture.

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