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HC Wake-Up Call: North Korea Says It’s Still Willing to Meet With Trump, Amazon’s Alexa Recorded & Sent a Private Conversation & All Those Privacy Policy Emails You’re Getting

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

North Korea Says It’s Still ‘Willing’ to Meet With Trump

Despite the fact that President Trump abruptly canceled his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday, North Korea released a statement Thursday evening saying it would still be willing to meet with the U.S.

“We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format,” North Korea’s vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement.

The historic meeting was scheduled to take place June 12 until Trump released a statement Thursday morning saying he’d decided to cancel the meeting as a result of Kim Jong Un’s “open hostility” in recent statements toward the U.S. that felt “inappropriate.”

Alexa Recorded and Sent a Couple’s Private Conversation & It’s Terrifying

If you’ve ever joked that your Alexa or Google Home was probably eavesdropping on your in your own, private home even when it wasn’t in use, well, ha, it’s not exactly a joke. As CNN reports, one Alexa user was totally freaked out to learn that her device had recorded a private conversation between her and her husband and sent it to her husband’s coworker — who later called telling the couple to unplug their Alexa after she received the recording.

While they at first assumed their Alexa had been hacked, a lengthy phone call with an Amazon engineer revealed that the device had probably misheard a few of the “wake words” it constantly listens for in the background, prompting it to place a call to one of the couple’s contacts. But still…scary.

All Those Privacy Policy Emails You’ve Been Getting, Explained

If you feel like your inbox has been inundated with emails about an update to a site’s privacy policy lately, it’s because it has been. Per Time, tons of companies are being forced to quickly update their privacy policies in preparation for a new Internet privacy law that takes effect in the European Union on Friday. Basically, the law will now require that all businesses explain their privacy policy on their site in ways that an average person can read and understand — a.k.a, say goodbye to scrolling through tons of legal jargon, lying and checking the box that you’ve read it all.

Because most major sites that do business in the U.S. also do business in the European Union, they’ll be required to make their privacy policy readable for everyone — so even though the law doesn’t apply in the U.S, we’ll still see its effects here.

What to look out for…

It’s National Wine Day! (You know, in case you needed an excuse other than rosé season and, you know, *Friday* to pop open a bottle.)

Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 
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