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Italy’s administrative authority on personal data protection, Garante Privacy, on Friday asked its Irish counterpart, the Irish Data Protection Commission (Irish DPC), to solicit answers from Facebook to a series of questions on the privacy implications of its new smart glasses before the company markets them on the Italian market. Facebook’s smart glasses, called Ray-Ban [...]

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Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court denied the bail request of a pro-democracy group’s vice-chairwoman on Friday, after her arrest early last week. Chow Hang Tung, the vice-chairwoman of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (Alliance), had been instrumental in the organization of Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil, commemorating [...]

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The Court of Justice of the European Union clarified Thursday that the protected designation of origin (PDO) “champagne” and similar designations are protected “vis-à-vis prohibited conduct in respect of both products and services.” The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), an organisation that protects the interests of champagne producers, brought an action in Spanish [...]

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The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) on Wednesday released a report detailing incidents of torture by Sri Lankan police and military against political prisoners, just days ahead of a UN summit on human rights. The ITJP took statements from 15 ethnic Tamilians who were illegally detained and tortured since the government of former defense [...]

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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement on Friday condemning the increasing amount of violence against peaceful protestors in Afghanistan over the past month at the hands of the Taliban. The statement noted the use of live ammunition, batons and whips by Taliban forces against protestors, including large [...]

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) raised concerns Thursday about Turnitin’s proposed acquisition of Ouriginal. Turnitin first announced its intent to acquire Ouriginal in March 2021. Turnitin and Ouriginal are anti-plagiarism software vendors that largely provide their services to higher education consumers, such as educational institutions. They are two of only three companies that [...]

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Dutch non-profit Stichting Massaschade & Consument filed suit Tuesday against TikTok, seeking to force the social media app to compensate 4.5 million Dutch users for “harvesting and auctioning sensitive user data” in violation of European privacy laws. Stichting Massaschade & Consument is asking the court in Amsterdam to order TikTok to pay €6 billion, an [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Tuesday accusing Egypt’s Interior Ministry police and National Security Agency officers of having killed dozens of alleged terrorists across the country in unlawful extrajudicial executions they contend are “shootouts.” The report, titled “‘Security Forces Dealt with Them:’ Suspicious Killings and Extrajudicial Executions by Egyptian Security Forces,” found [...]

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The US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on Tuesday that Turkey cannot reclaim possession of the “Guennol Stargazer,” a 6,000-year-old marble idol owned by hedge fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt. While Judge Alison Nathan agreed with experts that the idol was originally manufactured in the region of Anatolia between 4800 and [...]

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala appointed a three-person panel Monday to address Australia and China’s dispute over Chinese barley subsidies. This is not the first anti-dumping dispute between Australia and China. Australia imposed remedial duties on Chinese wind towers, train wheels, and stainless steel sinks. China imposed similar duties on Australian wine. [...]

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