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Spanish President Pedro Sánchez on Wednesday announced publication of the Carta Derechos Digitales, or Digital Rights Charter. Rather than presenting the Charter as regulation or new legislation, Sánchez stated that the Charter is meant to be a framework of reference for all Spanish authorities and to inform future action. Thus, the announcement does not present [...]

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The US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions Thursday against Cuban Defense Minister Alvaro Lopez Miera and an entire special forces unit for alleged human rights violations in relation to the suppression of peaceful protests. Earlier this month, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in anti-government protests, motivated by dissatisfaction [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday unanimously held that the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court has violated Polish lawyer Joanna Reczkowicz’s right to a fair trial and does not represent a lawful tribunal. Reczkowicz was suspended from practice for three years following a series of incidents when she was representing [...]

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The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday found that Mauritius’ amendments to the National Identity Card Act 1985, which introduced a new ID card containing biometric information of the cardholder, violated the privacy rights of Mauritian citizens. The Committee held that there were no sufficient guarantees against the risk of abuse and arbitrariness following from [...]

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The European Commission put forth Tuesday a package of legislative proposals in an effort to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism in the EU. The package included a proposal to create a new anti-money laundering watchdog. Altogether, the package consists of four proposals. First, a regulation establishing a new EU anti-money laundering Agency. Secondly, [...]

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The Lok Sabha approved the fifth extension requested by the Indian Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. This grant allows the committee to submit its report during the Winter Session of the Parliament. The motion for extension was submitted by the newly appointed Chairperson of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the [...]

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Moscow’s Tagansky District Court imposed fines Thursday against Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, and Pavel Durov’s Telegram. The Russian government stated that these fines were the result of Facebook and Twitter failing to delete illegal content. The court first decided the case against the tech giants back in April and found that the companies violated the Code [...]

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Austria’s Supreme Court of Justice referred four fundamental questions regarding the legality of Facebook’s collection and use of EU customers’ data to the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) on Tuesday. The questions arose in a civil case filed by Maximilian Schrems, an Austrian lawyer and privacy activist, who alleges that Facebook deprives users [...]

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The US Department of State on Tuesday blocked entry of former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla Avila into the country due to their corruption allegations. Both have been designated under § 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, which makes designated foreign government [...]

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The High Court of Delhi ruled Thursday that a promise made by the Chief Minister of State during a press conference is an enforceable promise that has to be implemented by the government. On March 25, 2020, India announced a nationwide lockdown because of COVID-19. Consequently, Delhi witnessed a mass exodus of daily-wage workers leaving for [...]

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