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U.S. Supreme Court restricts police on cellphone location data

U.S. Supreme Court restricts police on cellphone location dataThe U.S. Supreme Court on Friday imposed limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data pinpointing the past location of criminal suspects in a major victory for digital privacy advocates and a setback for law enforcement authorities. In the 5-4 ruling, the court said police generally need a court-approved warrant to get the data, setting a higher legal hurdle than previously existed under federal law. The court said obtaining such data without a warrant from wireless carriers, as police routinely do, amounted to an unreasonable search and seizure under the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.



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Harvard, Asian-Americans group spar over data in bias case

Harvard, Asian-Americans group spar over data in bias caseBOSTON (AP) — Even though they bring stronger academic records than any other racial group, Asian-Americans who apply to Harvard University face the lowest acceptance rates, according to a study of admissions records filed Friday by a group that's suing the school over alleged discrimination.



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Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish archipelago

Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish archipelagoUS tech giant Microsoft has submerged a data centre off the Orkney archipelago in northern Scotland in a project to save on the energy used to cool the servers on land, the firm said Wednesday. The Northern Isles data centre consists of a 40-foot (12.2 metre) long white cylinder containing 864 servers — enough to store five million movies — and can lie on the seabed for up to five years. “More than half of the world’s population lives within about 120 miles of the coast,” Microsoft said on its website, describing the data centre as a “milestone” for the company.



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Austrian data privacy activist takes aim at 'forced consent'

Austrian data privacy activist takes aim at 'forced consent'VIENNA/LONDON (Reuters) – As Europe’s new privacy law took effect on Friday, one activist wasted no time in asserting the additional rights it gives people over the data that companies want to collect about them. Austrian Max Schrems filed complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, arguing they were acting illegally by forcing users to accept intrusive terms of service or lose access. “You have to have a ‘yes or no’ option,” Schrems said in an interview recorded in Vienna before he filed the complaints in various European jurisdictions.



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Professor Who Sold Facebook Data To Cambridge Analytica 'Sincerely Sorry'

Professor Who Sold Facebook Data To Cambridge Analytica 'Sincerely Sorry'Aleksandr Kogan, the University of Cambridge psychology professor who



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Missouri governor charged with felony computer data tampering

Missouri governor charged with felony computer data tamperingMissouri Governor Eric Greitens, already facing an invasion-of-privacy trial next month in connection with an extramarital affair, was charged separately on Friday with felony computer tampering tied to his political fund-raising. The new case was brought by the same St. Louis prosecutor two days before the statute of limitations deadline for the charge, which stems from Greitens’ alleged theft of a donor list from the military veterans charity he created and ran for several years. Greitens, a Republican under mounting pressure from Missouri politicians of both parties to resign since the sex scandal broke earlier this year, called the latest case part of a “smear” campaign orchestrated by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat.



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Philippines says wants to probe Facebook over data breach

Philippines says wants to probe Facebook over data breachThe Philippine government said Friday it was investigating the breach of data of its citizens who use Facebook, after a massive leak of user information to British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Manila’s National Privacy Commission has written to Mark Zuckerberg requiring the Facebook chief to submit to the government body documents that would shed light on the scope and impact of the leak on Filipino users. “We are launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether there is unauthorised processing of personal data of Filipinos,” said a copy of the letter, released to the press Friday.



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Mark Zuckerberg Says EU Users Have 'Different Sensibilities' On Data Protection

Mark Zuckerberg Says EU Users Have 'Different Sensibilities' On Data ProtectionNext month, the European Union will enact strict new data protection laws



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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Ditches Facebook After Data Scandal

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Ditches Facebook After Data ScandalApple cofounder Steve Wozniak is ditching Facebook.



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Full Wylie Interview: 'Very difficult to verify' whether Facebook data has been purged

Full Wylie Interview: 'Very difficult to verify' whether Facebook data has been purgedIn an interview with Meet the Press, Christopher Wylie, the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, says that the amount of Facebook data his former firm used could "absolutely" be higher than previously announced.



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