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Diplomatic immunity applied in a case of hacking of personal data

Yabiladi media reports the news that a Manhattan-based federal appeals court ruled that Moroccan diplomat Jamal Benomar is immune from a civil suit by major Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy. The latter accused the Moroccan diplomat last year of allegedly orchestrating a «Qatari hacking campaign», sending his trade secrets and personal information to US media.

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Hungarian Competition Authority fines Facebook Ireland of € 3.6M: users do pay indirectly with the "sale" of their data

The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) found that Facebook Ireland Ltd. had infringed competition law when it advertised its services as being free of charge on its home page and Help Centre. According to the Authority, the slogans ‘It's free and anyone can join’ and ‘Free and always will be’ used by Facebook distract its users’ attention from the fact that they are indirectly paying for the use of its services in the form of the transmission of their data, the extent of the data collected, and all of the resulting consequences.

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Switzerland accesses the 1981 CoE Convention n.108

Switzerland accessed the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention n. 108 of 21 January 1981 for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data. The message of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police reads that "l'adhésion à ce nouvel instrument permettra à la Suisse de garantir un niveau élevé de protection des données dans la sphère privée et simplifiera les échanges transnationaux dans les secteurs public et privé".

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Compliance with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: FTC order against Cambridge Analytica

The Federal Trade Commission issued an Opinion finding that the data analytics and consulting company Cambridge Analytica, LLC engaged in deceptive practices to harvest personal information from tens of millions of Facebook users for voter profiling and targeting. The Opinion also found that Cambridge Analytica engaged in deceptive practices relating to its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.

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QUT: a study on employees use of mobile phones and privacy risks

Dr Kenan Degirmenci from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Science and Engineering Faculty's School of Information Systems said workers worldwide expected to take their work with them whenever and wherever. But he warned Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) had opened up a can of worms for employers and employees alike. Organisations aren’t moving quickly enough to identify cyber security threats linked to the drive toward using personal mobile devices in the workplace.