In at least one case a child was kept on a coach for four days, waiting to join his family.
An Irish High Court judge has thrown out Facebook Ireland’s attempt to stop an investigation by the country’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), which had ordered the tech giant to stop sending data from its EU users to the US.
“For the reasons set out in this judgment, I refuse all of the reliefs sought by FBI (Facebook Ireland) and dismiss the claims made by it in the proceedings,” Justice David Barniville said in his 197-page ruling on Friday.The judge said Facebook Ireland “has not established any basis” for impugning the DPC’s preliminary draft decision to suspend its data transfers to the US or move to start investigating the matter.The DPC was not in breach of its “duty of candour” in how it defended itself in the case, as Facebook had claimed, although the regulator should have answered questions put to it by the company last year, the judge added.He also said there was “no basis” for the DPC to make now-withdrawn allegations that Facebook’s case amounted to an “abuse of process and improper purpose,” adding that the allegation should have been withdrawn sooner.
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In a statement following the ruling, Facebook vowed to defend its compliance with EU law, saying it had not broken data privacy rules and that it applies “appropriate data safeguards.”A spokesperson for the social media site said the DPC’s “preliminary decision could be damaging not only to Facebook, but also to users and other businesses.”The DPC has for years acted as the EU’s main watchdog as regards Facebook, owing to the tech firm basing its European headquarters in Dublin.The Irish agency issued an order in August for Facebook not to transfer EU user data to the US following a ruling by the bloc’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), that Facebook’s protection of data transfers was not in line with EU standards.The regulator welcomed the CJEU’s ruling, saying it highlighted that “EU citizens do not enjoy the level of protection demanded by EU law when their data is transferred to the United States.”
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Facebook then asked for a judicial review of the DPC’s decision, which was rejected on Friday.A separate action was also launched against the DPC’s inquiry by data and privacy campaigner Max Schrems, who feared the watchdog’s Facebook probe could interfere with his own complaints against the platform over its handling of his data.Schrems has long raised concerns over how his personal information may have been intercepted by US intelligence agencies known to intercept data transferred to the US.In a statement on Friday, the activist welcomed the saga nearing an apparent end, saying in a statement that the DPC could get its inquiry “out the door within a matter of two months, after almost eight years of procedures.”Like this story? Share it with a friend!
NHTSA said it previously had opened 28 special investigations into Tesla crashes, with 24 pending.Washington: The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) said on Wednesday it is opening a safety probe into a fatal May 5 Tesla crash in California amid growing concerns about the automaker’s driver assistance systems.A Tesla crashed into an overturned truck on a highway near Fontana, California, killing the Tesla’s driver and injuring the truck driver and a motorist who had stopped to help him, the California Highway Patrol said.The highway patrol report did not say whether the Tesla was operating on Autopilot, its semi-autonomous driving system, when the crash occurred. The Mack truck had crashed and overturned five minutes earlier, blocking two lanes of the highway, the report said.Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.NHTSA said it previously had opened 28 special investigations into Tesla crashes, with 24 pending.Police in Texas last month said they believed an April 17 fatal crash near Houston occurred with no one in the driver’s seat. A preliminary government report Monday said footage from the owner’s home security cameras showed the owner entering the driver’s seat and the passenger entering the front passenger seat.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Egypt’s prosecutors says they have shelved their months-long investigation into an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl by young men from wealthy families at a luxury Cairo hotel, for lack of evidence
The probe still has a vast distance to cover before it lands in Utah desert on September 24, 2023(FILE)Washington: The US space probe Osiris-Rex on Monday left the orbit of the asteroid Bennu, from which it collected dust samples last year, to begin its long journey back to Earth.The probe still has a vast distance to cover before it lands in the Utah desert on September 24, 2023.Osiris-Rex is “now moving away over 600 miles an hour from Bennu, on its way home,” Dante Lauretta, head of the mission, said on NASA’s video broadcast of the event.The spacecraft’s thrusters were engaged without incident for seven minutes to put the probe on the correct trajectory home, a journey of 1.4 billion miles (2.3 billion kiometers).It is carrying more than 60 grams of dust and fragments from the asteroid, the largest sample collected by NASA since the Moon rocks brought back by the Apollo missions.To achieve this goal, the US space agency launched a high-risk operation in October 2020: the probe came into contact with the asteroid for a few seconds, and a blast of compressed nitrogen was emitted to raise the dust sample which was then captured.The surprise for NASA was the probe’s arm sank several centimeters into the surface of the asteroid, showing the scientists that “the surfaces of these rubble pile asteroids are very loosely consolidated,” said Lauretta.The whole mission almost came to nought when NASA realized a few days later that the valve of the collection compartment was failing to close, letting fragments escape into space.But the precious cargo was finally secured after being transferred to a capsule fixed in the spacecraft’s center.In two and a half years, that capsule will be released a few hours before entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, and will be slowed down by a parachute system for its landing.The samples will then be transported to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, but 75 percent will be kept intact to be studied by future generations, who will have advanced technologies that have not yet been created, the agency said.The analysis should help scientists better understand the formation of the solar system and the development of Earth as a habitable planet.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Boris Johnson’s spokesman reiterated that the British premier had followed the rules throughout. (File)London: Britain’s parliamentary standards watchdog confirmed Monday it is investigating Prime Minister Boris Johnson over how he paid for a luxury Caribbean holiday, the latest of multiple probes into his conduct.Kathryn Stone, the current Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, is looking into the controversial trip to the privately owned island of Mustique over Christmas 2019 by the UK leader and his fiancee Carrie Symonds.Johnson, who was buoyed by successful local election results in England last week, has long been dogged by questions about the holiday.In the register of MPs’ interests, he claimed the 15,000 ($21,200, 17,400 euros) trip was provided by David Ross, a businessman and donor to his ruling Conservative party.However there was confusion after Ross initially denied handing over any money, and later clarified that it was a “benefit in kind”.Johnson’s spokesman reiterated Monday that the British premier had followed the rules throughout.”The prime minister transparently declared this benefit in kind in the Commons register of interests,” he said.”Clearly the rules are set out and it’s important that everyone abides by them.”Meanwhile a spokesman for Ross said in a statement he had “facilitated accommodation” for Johnson on Mustique which was valued at 15,000.”Therefore this is a benefit in kind from Mr Ross to Mr Johnson, and Mr Johnson’s declaration to the House of Commons is correct.”‘Lavish lifestyle’The luxury trip is one of a host of controversies swirling around the British leader that have sparked multiple investigations by watchdogs and scrutiny agencies.They include a probe by the Electoral Commission, which regulates the accounts of political parties, into who initially footed the bill for a reported200,000 (230,000 euros) refurbishment of Johnson’s Downing Street flat.The parliamentary commissioner — an independent figure — investigates allegations that MPs have breached parliamentary code of conduct rules, which include correctly declaring financial interests and gifts.Stone, who confirmed the Johnson probe is one of nine current investigations into lawmakers for possible breaches, can refer serious offences to parliament’s Committee on Standards for sanctioning.The main opposition Labour Party — which is still reeling from a disappointing performance in last Thursday’s local elections — seized on the latest probe as further evidence of “sleaze” within Johnson’s government.”We need to know what these donors were promised or expected in return for their generosity,” said Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner.”Boris Johnson needs to stop using the office of Prime Minister as an opportunity to fund his lavish lifestyle and enrich his mates.”(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 83%. (I’m a bot)At least 10 Japanese companies have had direct business ties with firms affiliated with Myanmar’s military or have taken part in projects that could be sources of income for the junta, a Kyodo News investigative team found recently.The results of the probe were released Saturday amid concerns that funding and business deals by Japanese state-run and private entities may be aiding human rights abuses by Myanmar’s military government, while calls are growing in the United States and European countries, as well as from shareholders, to sever ties with the junta.The probe targeted Japanese companies listed by the United Nations and international human rights organizations as having ties to the Myanmar military.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: military#1 Myanmar#2 firm#3 company#4 Japanese#5
Human rights groups and Brazilian opposition politicians have denounced one of the deadliest police raids at a Rio de Janeiro favela, which saw 25 killed. They have demanded an investigation into possible extrajudicial killings.
Thursday’s raid on the Jacarezinho community in northern Rio left 25 dead, including a drug squad officer who was shot in the head. The slums, also known as favelas, are notorious for rampant crime and violence. The raid was the deadliest police operation in a Rio favela since 2005.Although police said they had only targeted dangerous criminals who attacked the officers first, the high death toll from the operation quickly drew suspicion and criticism from locals, human rights groups, and opposition politicians.The UN, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International called for an independent investigation into possible extrajudicial killings by police. Jurema Werneck, executive director of Amnesty’s Brazil office, called the raid a “massacre” carried out in a slum, whose residents are “mostly Black and live in poverty.” “Even if the victims were suspected of criminal association, which has not been proven, summary executions of this kind are entirely unjustifiable,” Werneck said in a statement.Photos and videos shared on social media show a trail of blood on a staircase leading to an apartment, and more blood splattered on a tile floor in the room. Brazil- A massacre took place today in Rio de Janeiro. About 200 heavily armed members of Rio’s civil police stormed Favela do Jacarezinho, 25 people were killed. This is one of the biggest massacres committed by the state of Rio against the people of the favelas! pic.twitter.com/8Xt3TyHGel— Nathália Urban (@UrbanNathalia) May 6, 2021Residents were filmed pouring water on the pavement in an effort to remove large blood stains from the street. THE POLICE MURDERED 25 PEOPLE IN THE FAVELA OF JACAREZINHO TODAY IN RIO DE JANEIRO. IN MY COUNTRY. THE LATIN BLACK COMMUNITY SUFFERS AS MUCH AS THE BLACK COMMUNITY OF THE REST OF THE WORLD AND STILL HAS NO VISIBILITY AND WE ALREADY KNOW WHY. pic.twitter.com/uJcNc7GVds— eddie vedder anão de jardim (@foostrange) May 6, 2021One resident told AP she saw how police shot and killed an unarmed man who barged into her home and hid in her daughter’s room. The man was already bleeding from a gunshot wound when he rushed into the building, she said. An identical story was told to AFP.AP reported that roughly 50 locals shouted “Justice!” and some raised their right fists into the air when the state legislature’s human rights commission arrived to inspect the aftermath of the raid.Newspaper O Globo said that two commuters sustained gunshot wounds at the Triagem subway station, and a resident was shot in the leg inside his house. Locals were trapped in their homes during the shootout, the paper said, including a pregnant woman who had a C-section scheduled on that day.Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva tweeted of the raid: “This is not public safety.” He added that unemployment and a lack of education were causing much of the violence in the slums.
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The raid was slammed by opposition politicians, with some even demanding that Rio de Janeiro Governor Claudio Castro be arrested.“We have a police that kills the most and gets killed the most, and what have we accomplished?” an MP from Rio, opposition PSOL party member Marcelo Freixo, wrote on social media. “Did we reduce drug trafficking? Did we decrease the number of homicides? Has Rio become safer?” Freixo said PSOL has also pushed for an investigation into the raid.Castro defended the operation, which he said was based on “long and detailed investigative and intelligence work that took months.”Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo Bolsonaro, also an MP, accused PSOL of being detached from reality when talking about the slums. “It’s not surprising seeing that PSOL MPs are defending a criminal when a police officer has been slain on duty,” he tweeted.“The theories of PSOL wouldn’t last a day in the reality of a favela,” Bolsonaro wrote.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!
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The investigation into the January 6 Capitol insurrection has challenged law enforcement, taking officers across thousands of miles and digital images, searching for rioters and stolen property, including US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.
“We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents told Marilyn Hueper on April 28 after briefly handcuffing her.
Hueper told The Associated Press news agency: “That still doesn’t explain why you’re in my home. Or in Homer, Alaska.”
The agents walked out of Hueper’s home with iPads, mobile phones and a pocket-sized copy of the Declaration of Independence, the AP reported. They took a laptop, but it was not from Pelosi’s office. And it is possible they may have the wrong person altogether, Hueper claims.
Homer Residence Raided By FBI Wednesday
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Federal prosecutors have charged more than 400 people in relation to the riot, and expect to charge at least 100 more in one of the largest undertakings by the US Justice department in American history. The investigation has included scores of defendants who posted images and videos of their crimes online and boasted about breaking into the hallowed building.
These include far-right figures, conspiracy theorists and anti-government militias.
Some are facing serious charges and considerable prison time, including conspiracy. Reports suggest evidence is trending towards sedition charges for some, a serious charge rarely used by prosecutors.
But the Justice department’s far-reaching prosecution of those who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 has not been without its problems, including this potential instance of mistaken identity. And as Republicans increasingly seek to minimise the insurrection and play down the horror of the day, any missteps by federal prosecutors could be used in that effort to discredit what actually happened.
The volume of people inside the Capitol building, along with the lack of arrests made at the time of the riot, has made it difficult to identify people, even with the glut of social media evidence.
Federal agents have dug through thousands of social media posts, gotten sweeping warrants to obtain information on mobile phones in the area of the Capitol, used facial recognition tools and obtained logs of devices that signed into the congressional WiFi during the riot.
But by far the most effective tool for federal agents has been old-fashioned tips. Many of the rioters have been identified by their friends and family members.
Violent rioters, loyal to then-President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021 [File: John Minchillo/AP Photo]Hueper and her husband first came to officials’ attention this year when Alaska Airlines in February banned the couple for refusing to wear masks on a flight, according to court documents obtained by AP. Then two other people called in tips saying they recognised Hueper in photos that authorities had released of suspects wanted for storming the Capitol.
Riley June Williams, a Pennsylvania resident, was arrested in January after a tip that she took Pelosi’s laptop. Legal proceedings in the Williams case are ongoing, according to court documents seen by Al Jazeera.
The warrant, obtained by the AP, identifies Hueper as the woman who took the laptop.
Hueper insists they are wrong. She told the AP that another woman wearing her same coat and with a similar hairstyle was inside the Capitol during the insurrection, not her.
She admits she was in Washington, DC, for Trump’s rally that day but says she did not get any closer than 91 metres (100 yards) from the Capitol and spent part of the day being lost in an unfamiliar city.
She said agents showed her one photo of the woman inside the Capitol, and they looked so similar that Hueper wondered if someone had used photo-editing software to put her in the photograph.
Proud Boys members stand in front of the Capitol on January 6 before they were later arrested [File: Jim Urquhart/Reuters]The warrant details how FBI agents located an image showing Hueper wearing similar clothing in a photo on her husband’s Instagram account. It said Hueper’s husband had also posted photos of them near the Capitol.
Hueper said an agent came back with a different and larger photo of the woman, which showed the suspected thief wearing a black sweater with large white snowflakes on it. The agent asked where in the house they could locate the sweater.
Hueper insisted she was not inside the Capitol, and said the sweater was hideous.
Hueper said she grabbed the photo and held it next to her face, asking the female agent to look at both closely, “Me. Her. Me. Her,” she told the agent. Hueper said the agent grabbed the paper and walked off.
Hueper listed further differences. After insisting, Hueper was shown the front page of the warrant but not allowed to thoroughly read the document, she told the AP. She read it only after receiving a copy as the dozen or so agents and Capitol Police officers left.
Hueper said she has not heard back from federal authorities, nor have agents returned her laptop, two iPads, two mobile phones or the 50-cent pocket-sized Declaration of Independence booklet they confiscated.
She has not been arrested. Justice Department officials would say only that the investigation is ongoing.
But she decided to go public with her story, just in case.
“I better go online and protect myself before they call me in and make me this person,” she told the AP.