The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  announced  Wednesday that it intends to fine Facebook  a maximum £500,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act of 1998 . The announcement follows an investigation  into whether campaigns on both sides of the EU membership issue inappropriately used personal data. Facebook with Cambridge Analytica , among other organizations, have been the focus of [...]

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Amnesty International (AI) called  Monday for the Egyptian parliament to vote down proposed laws  that would increase the government’s control over online content. Najia Bounaim , Director of Campaigns in North Africa, said, These proposed laws would increase the Egyptian government’s already broad powers to monitor, censor and block social media and blogs, as well as criminalize [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday affirmed a decision to freeze assets of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s cousin, Rami Makhlouf. The ECJ referred to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1836 of 12 October 2015 that amended Decision 2013/255/CFSP discussing restrictive measures against Syria. Relying heavily on Article 27 and 28, a travel ban and asset [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced the “Place to Worship Initiative” to assist in religious organizations’ ability to build, rent and maintain places of worship. The initiative seeks to educate communities on the provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by providing community outreach, education of civic and [...]

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Amnesty International called on the Iranian government Wednesday to release prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, whom the government had arrested on unknown charges. Recently, Sotoudeh had advocated against Article 48 of Iran’s 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure . A note to Article 48 requires that individuals charged in serious criminal cases and in cases [...]

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Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that AT&T could go through with its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Time Warner. The Department of Justice (DOJ) had brought suit in November arguing the merger would violate section 7 of the Clayton Act. The DOJ claimed that the acquisition [...]

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision Monday calling for immigration judges to adopt a narrower interpretation of “membership in a particular social group” when deciding whether to grant asylum to undocumented immigrants. This interpretation would deny most asylum seekers who are victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. The Immigration and Nationality Act [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemned the government of Bangladesh on Wednesday for the killing of suspected drug offenders by security forces in the country. The High Commissioner responded to reports that 130 individuals had been killed in three weeks and thousands arrested after the government proclaimed a zero-tolerance policy [...]

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