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Source: Global News

‘Completely unacceptable’: Canadian watchdog to take Facebook to court over privacy concerns

Today 02:24 GMT

Canada’s federal privacy commissioner says he’s taking Facebook to court to enforce privacy laws on the social-media giant, following a major leak of personal data that was later used for political purposes.

McEvoy, B.C.’s privacy commissioner, said Facebook has often expressed a commitment to protecting personal information, but when it comes to taking concrete actions needed to fix transgressions, “they demonstrate disregard.”

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Source: Fox News

Strzok-Page texts suggested using post-election briefing to gather information on Trump team

Today 07:00 GMT

Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could "develop for potential relationships," track lines of questioning and "assess" changes in "demeanor" – language one GOP lawmaker called “more evidence” of irregular conduct in the original Russia probe.

FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: INTERNAL FBI TEXT MESSAGES REVEAL DOJ CONCERNS OVER 'BIAS' IN KEY WARRANT TO SURVEIL TRUMP AIDE. Barr was criticized by Democrats for testifying earlier this month that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign – an apparent reference to a well-documented surveillance warrant against Trump adviser Carter Page, among other incidents. Barr stressed that the question for him, as the DOJ reviews the conduct of the original investigation, is whether that "surveillance” was justified and based on solid intelligence.

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Source: BBC

An information chain that could end contaminated seafood

Today 07:00 GMT

“The traditional supply chain is based on relationships and a complete lack of information from one actor to the next,” says Brett Haywood, the New Zealand managing director of Sea Quest Fiji, the tuna fishing and processing company involved in the pioneering programme.

On one hand it is not our business to know what the fish is sold for down the supply chain but on the other hand, we are subject to the inefficiencies of the actors down that chain,” he explains.

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Source: BBC

Tracking the toxic air that's killing millions

Today 07:00 GMT

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says air pollution causes the death of seven million people a year and accounts for a third of fatalities from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease, with more than 90% of children breathing toxic air every day.

"To understand and act against toxic air properly everywhere we need to be able to measure pollution better," says Jenny Bates, clean air campaigner at environmental lobby group Friends of the Earth. "And technology such as AI shows promise in providing us with more information about the levels of pollution in the air we breathe.

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Source: Global News

YVR under fire after blocking ads with information on travellers’ privacy rights

Today 07:00 GMT

The ads were commissioned by the digital rights non-profit Open Media and were meant to be posted at the YVR terminal of the Canada Line.. “They were large, bright ads with very simple text that said, ‘Your phone is not safe at the border,’ with a link to our website,” said Open Media executive director Laura Tribe.

The Vancouver International Airport is taking heat for rejecting advertisements advising passengers about their privacy rights.

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Source: Fox News

Former State Department worker, 63, pleads guilty in China spy case

Thursday 23:40 GMT

A former State Department employee admitted Wednesday to misleading investigators about accepting thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits from Chinese intelligence agents in exchange for information.

"Candace Claiborne broke the public trust when she accepted gifts and money from foreign officials, and then lied about it to State Department background investigators," U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu said in a statement. "The United States will continue to seek to hold accountable those who abuse their positions of trust."

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Source: Fox News

How AI changes B-2 and F-35 attack strategies

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

Attack missions, targeting and combat data-sharing in an F-35 or B-2 are all transforming quickly due to the rapid integration of emerging AI systems, leading the Air Force to adjust tactics and adapt future war strategies.

This not only increases mission efficiency and safety but also helps ensure that B-2 stealth bomber missions remain effective and relevant for years to come.

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Source: Reuters

U.S. congressional leaders query Google on tracking database

Thursday 02:23 GMT

Top U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday wrote to Google’s chief executive raising concerns about reports of a massive database known as Sensorvault that allegedly contains precise consumer location information from hundreds of millions of devices.

The bill from Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Deb Fischer, a Republican, would also ban online platforms with more than 100 million monthly active users from designing addicting games or other websites for children under age 13.

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Source: Reuters

Foreign groups likely behind Sri Lanka attacks, U.S. ambassador says

Thursday 08:03 GMT

The scale and sophistication of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka suggested the involvement of an external group such as Islamic State, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday as the death toll jumped to 359.

“If you look at the scale of the attacks, the level of coordination, the sophistication of them, it’s not implausible to think there are foreign linkages,” the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina Teplitz, told reporters in Colombo. “Exploring potential linkages is going to be part of (investigations),” she said.

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Source: DW

US offers $10 million for information on Hezbollah financing

Tuesday 20:55 GMT

The State Department said it would give money to anyone who could provide intelligence that allows the United States to disrupt Hezbollah in key ways, including information on Hezbollah's donors, on financial institutions that assist its transactions and on businesses controlled by the movement.

The United States on Monday offered a reward of up to $10 million (€8.9 million) for information that would allow the US to disrupt the finances of Lebanon's Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.

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Source: Fox News

What Chinese spies want from Americans

Tuesday 20:55 GMT

US SPEAKS UP FOR MINORITY MUSLIM UIGHURS IN CHINA - WHILE ISLAMIC COUNTRIES STAY MOSTLY SILENT. But what do Chinese spies ultimately want from ordinary and not-so-ordinary Americans?

Questions continue to swirl around Chinese woman Yujing Zhang, who was arrested on March 30 on the grounds of President Trump’s Florida abode, Mar-a-Lago. Her story suspiciously changed between security checkpoints, and she was in possession of two passports, four cellphones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive that authorities later claimed contained malware.

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Source: Global News

Man charged in death of Nova Scotia man in Mexico

Wednesday 18:10 GMT

A man has been charged with homicide in relation to the death of Bruce Allen, who was found dead in his apartment in Progreso, Mexico on Friday.

The Yucutan Peninsula is statistically one of the safest areas in Mexico, but Steele says there are still crimes of opportunity. A Facebook post on Saturday from someone claiming to be Allen’s lawyer said Allen and his partner were “victims of a thwarted robbery, of a man who decided to take the life of another.”


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