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It has articulated that, at a minimum, the company should avoid developing technology that falls afoul of international norms.
The Op is always cleaning up messes made by the wealthy; when an heiress apparently falls afoul of kidnappers in 'Crooked Souls', Hammett stokes up 1920s nativist fears by having the Op discover a ransom note threatening to sell the girl to 'a Chinaman who will buy her.'
It's the story of a fox that falls afoul of a wily grandmother when caught eating her cache of wheat -- an allegorical reflection upon Berfe and Jiyan's story.