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Australia sues Facebook, alleges breach of user data

first_imgThe Australian privacy regulator filed a lawsuit against Facebook Inc accusing the social media giant of sharing the personal details of more than 300,000 people with political consultant Cambridge Analytica without their knowledge.In the Federal Court lawsuit, the Australian Information Commissioner accused Facebook of breaching privacy law by disclosing 311,127 users’ information for political profiling via a survey product, ‘This Is Your Digital Life’, on its website. “The design of the Facebook platform meant that users were unable to exercise reasonable choice and control about how their personal information was disclosed,” Information Commissioner Angelene Falk said in a statement.  The suit sought unspecified damages, adding that each breach of privacy law could draw a maximum penalty of A$1.7 million ($1.1 million). The fine would amount to A$529 billion if the court awarded the maximum for each of the 311,127 instances.A representative for Facebook in Australia was not immediately available for comment. Last July, Facebook was fined a record $5 billion by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission after a probe triggered by the same user personality quiz from 2014 to 2015. All up, Facebook was accused of inappropriately sharing information belonging to 87 million users globally with the survey tool of now-defunct British firm Cambridge Analytica. The consultancy’s clients included U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. In the months after Trump’s election, Cambridge Analytica registered a business in Australia but never went to work for an Australian political party. In the Australian lawsuit, the Information Commissioner said Facebook did not know the exact nature of the data it shared with Cambridge Analytica’s ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ program, but that it failed to take reasonable steps to protect users’ personal information.“As a result, the Affected Australian Individuals’ personal information was exposed to the risk of disclosure, monetization and use for political profiling purposes,” the court filing said. “These breaches amounted to serious and/or repeated interferences with the privacy of the Australian Affected Individuals,” it added.Topics :last_img read more

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Multi-million dollar home for sale with award-winning bed and breakfast

first_imgKate and Neil Robson are selling up their Hawthorne bed and breakfast business and family home. The couple will be interviewed in front of potential buyers at an upcoming champagne sipping event and open night for the house.The owners of a multi-million dollar Brisbane property are inviting buyers to sip champagne and learn more about their property at an exclusive open home event.The evening open home of the seven-bedroom, six-bathroom property at 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, which also runs as an award-winning bed and breakfast, is expected to attract plenty of interest on May 29.The entire inner-city home, which has a price tag of $2.4 million, has been “booked” from 6pm.The property at 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.Owners Kate and Neil Robson have made the decision to downsize from their property, which has also been operating as Number 12 Bed and Breakfast for the past four years.Mrs Robson said the property was built in 1907 and had undergone a major renovation.She said the new owners could purchase the property to live in, and continue operating the bed and breakfast if they wished.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We’re hoping potential buyers will share a love for our house as much as we do,” Mrs Robson said. “It has been our family home for a while.”12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne. 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.Cush said the property was a Hawthorne landmark and close to cinemas, shops and restaurants.He said guests often strolled to the river to step onto the CityCat or Cross River Ferry to explore the Powerhouse precinct and parks beyond. 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.Champagne will be served from 6pm with the owners to be interviewed soon after. A private viewing of the residence has been booked until 6.30pm.Living Here Cush Partners principal Haesley Cush described the property as a “warm family home”.“I’ve had a relationship with this property for about 20 years,” Mr Cush said. “I went to school with the owner’s son Trent, part of the benefit of being a friend of Trent’s meant you got invited over for family dinners.”12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.last_img read more

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Homes with character go under the hammer

first_img“It’s a beautiful house and it’s got some incredible features,” Mr Coussens said.He said the large sunroom and stunning cornice work in the lounge room were standout features.9 Northgate Road, NundahAs it was located in a low-medium density residential zone, Mr Coussens said there was also the potential to develop the site. 83 Langton Street, BanyoBUYERS on the hunt for homes with character are in luck with three quirky properties set to go under the hammer this Saturday.A renovated 1930s Queenslander in Banyo will go to auction at 2pm.Ray White real estate agent Dwight Colbert said the five-bedroom property at 83 Langton St had been well maintained and much loved by its owners.83 Langton Street, Banyo“It’s quite a beautiful, renovated Queenslander with dual living,” Mr Colbert said.“We’ve had a couple of offers during the (advertising) campaign.”The home sits on a 615sq m block and is split over two storeys.Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, a combined dining and living room, a kitchen, bathroom, study, sunroom and undercover deck.83 Langton Street, BanyoDownstairs, there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open kitchen and living room, rumpus room and laundry.A fresh coat of paint has breathed new life into the property but its charming features, including leadlight and casement windows and French doors, have been retained.83 Langton Street, BanyoOn the coast, a four-bedroom Wynnum home will go to auction at 11am.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoSash & Gable Property principal Gail Gobey said there had been a lot of interest in the architecturally designed home at 45 Waterloo Esplanade.45 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum.“We’ve had a huge amount of interest – the first two weeks have seen 45 groups through,” Mrs Gobey said.“This house has got absolute waterfront views.“It’s a prime property.”45 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum.The two-storey home sits on a 607sq m block.It offers dual living, with the main bedroom upstairs as well as a kitchen, combined living and dining room, and entertaining deck.Downstairs, there are three bedrooms and an open kitchen, living, and dining area with separate rear access for private accommodation.45 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum.“It’s not going to suit everybody but certainly the opportunity is there for families or a dual living scenario,” Mrs Gobey said.A 1920 Californian bungalow in Nundah will go to auction at 10.30am.Vivid Property consultant Thomas Coussens said the 895sq m three-bedroom property at 9 Northgate Rd had a lot to offer.9 Northgate Road, Nundahlast_img read more

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ATP, PFA to invest DKK3bn in controversial DONG Energy deal

first_imgDanish pension funds ATP and PFA are to invest DKK3bn (€402m) in state enterprise DONG Energy, as part of a highly controversial deal to recapitalise the ailing company, which has now split the country’s coalition government.As part of the recapitalisation, funds managed by US banking group Goldman Sachs will put in DKK11bn for an 18% stake in the company.ATP will invest DKK2.2bn for a 4.9% stake, and PFA will take 1.8% for DKK800m.The government’s holding will be reduced to 57.3% from 81%. A Danish parliamentary committee approved the Goldman Sachs investment yesterday.Finance minister Bjarne Corydon said: “It is good DONG Energy now has solid ground under its feet. Today, Parliament has ensured that one or the biggest companies we have here can make massive investment instead of cutting back.”Carsten Stendevad, chief executive at ATP, said it was a great deal for ATP members. “We see a significant upside potential in DONG Energy and have great confidence in the ability of the executive team to deliver on the business case,” he said.ATP looked forward to working with the company and its co-investors on unlocking value, Stendevad said.The deal now depends on the conclusion of final agreements between the parties.Goldman Sachs’s involvement has prompted public and political criticism, and led to demonstrations outside the Danish Parliament. Critics have cited the US bank’s behaviour during the global financial crisis and voiced concerns over the fairness of the investor selection process.Events reached a climax yesterday as Annette Vilhelmsen resigned as chairman of the Socialist People’s Party (SF), and her party withdrew from the ruling Social Democrat-led government coalition.Vilhelmsen said she failed to persuade the government to consider alternatives to the DONG Energy deal or to get her own party to side with the government in approving the deal as it stood.Prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said she would soon announce a new government, but that SF would remain its close collaborator in Parliament.On Saturday, the labour organisations behind four labour-market pension funds — Lærernes Pension, PKA, PBU and PenSam — called on the government to consider a “Danish solution to DONG’s need for new capital”, suggesting the pension funds could themselves provide the money in a joint investment project.However, the Finance Ministry rejected the approach, saying it had not received a serious proposition from the labour organisations’ leaders.“The process has been very structured and everyone has had the opportunity to take part along the way, including the pension funds that have gone to the media today,” the ministry said in a statement.PFA’s chairman Henrik Heideby responded to the furore surrounding the deal, saying the stake it was taking in DONG was only small and that it would not have a place on the company’s board.“Having said that, I would like to emphasise that the process leading to the offer to the Danish state from Goldman Sachs, ATP and PFA has been both fair and professional, from our viewpoint,” he said.DONG Energy’s main focus is deep drilling, but it is also the largest power producer in Denmark. It has built and operates high-profile offshore windfarms off the coasts of Denmark and the UK.last_img read more

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Herbert sabaroche arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest

first_img Share 66 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Herbert sabaroche arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest by: – June 29, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Copy of complaint filed against Mr. Sabroache.Former Minister of Education under the Dominica Freedom Party Mr. Herbert Sabaroche Administration was arrested this morning on his way to attend the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament under the 1978 Consitution.According to Leader of the United Workers Party Mr. Ron Green; Mr. Sabaroche was walking with two other colleagues when he was walking to the Parliament just outside of the Fort Young Hotel when he was intercepted by a police officer who instructed him to use another route.Click here to listen to Mr. Ron Green: Mr. Sabaroche was arrested and charged for resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.His party colleague Mr. Johnson Boston posted his bail in the amount of $6000.00.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Duterte tells Marines: Use new weapons to kill enemies

first_imgManila – President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Marines to use their newweapons “to kill the enemies of the State,” particularly terrorists. President Rodrigo Duterte urges Marines to use their new weapons “to kill the enemies of the State,” during the ceremonial turnover of military equipment and firearms to the Philippine Marine Corps. REUTERS/ROMEO RANOCO He urged the Marines to continueworking with this administration not only in the promotion of peace and orderbut also in humanitarian and disaster response in times of unfortunatedisasters./PN “‘Wagkayong matakot. Kung sakali, ako ang bahala.I will see to it that your family will survive, and I will see to it that yourchildren will have good education,” Duterte said. “I do not want my soldiers captured,treated like dogs in their camp, mgaterorista, tapos after one month, two months, iharap ka sa video, puputulinang ulo mo,” he said. During the ceremonial turnover ofmilitary equipment and firearms to the Philippine Marine Corps, Duterte saidthe newly-acquired weapons must be used “to exterminate the enemies.”center_img He assured the Marines that thegovernment will take care of their families should they die on duty. During the ceremony, Duterte laudedthe 103 officers and 1,800 enlisted personnel who successfully regained theMapandi, Banggolo and Masiu bridges in Marawi. “Use it to kill enemies of the State. Ubusin niyo,” he added.  Duterte told the military to sparethree bullets to shoot themselves when cornered by enemies.last_img read more

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Switzerland County set to rehab wastewater treatment facility

first_imgSwitzerland County, Ind. — Switzerland County has been awarded $700,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to rehabilitate the East Enterprise Wastewater Treatment facility.The project will benefit East Enterprise residents by upgrading efficiencies and provide safe wastewater treatment compliant with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.last_img

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Honor Lineworkers and frontline workers by turning your light on

first_imgSnapped poles and tangled power lines over a battered landscape of downed trees are the usual challenges lineworkers face after severe weather strikes – but the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recommended safety guidelines added new complexities to lineworkers’ already complicated work.Today, April 18 is National Lineworker Appreciation Day – a day set aside each year to honor the men and women who dedicate themselves to the often hazardous work of keeping the lights on. But this year, Duke Energy is sharing the spotlight with all essential workers who are keeping the nation safe and functioning during the pandemic.“I’ve been awestruck by the selfless acts of everyday heroes – from the health care workers fighting the virus on the front lines, to store clerks stocking the shelves with food, to concerned citizens delivering groceries to elderly neighbors,” said Harry Sideris, senior vice president of Duke Energy customer experience and services. “We are all united in the midst of this uncertainty, and we find ourselves – as we often do in crises – on the front lines doing the necessary work to keep things running. We’re especially proud of our lineworkers for keeping the lights on for the essential facilities, homes and businesses that depend on us during such an important time in our nation.”As part of the shared recognition, Duke Energy is encouraging its customers and communities to turn on front lights on April 18 at 9 p.m. for its “Front lights for Front-Line Workers” initiative to recognize all front-line heroes.Those who wish to participate are encouraged to use the hashtags #FrontLights4FrontLineWorkers and #ThankALineman on social media.last_img read more

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Whitewashed Windies suffer minimally in ODI Rankings

first_img(CMC) – WEST Indies have suffered minimal fallout from their one-day series whitewash at the hands of New Zealand.In the latest rankings released yesterday, the Caribbean side were still ninth in the ICC rankings and had lost only one point to slip to 76 ratings points.They are now eight points behind the eighth-ranked Sri Lanka and still some 16 points adrift of Bangladesh in seventh spot.The recent series represented an opportunity for West Indies to close the gap on Sri Lanka but instead they failed to win a single match.They lost the opener in Whangarei by five wickets before suffering heavy defeats in the doubleheader in Christchurch, going down by margins of 204 runs and 66 runs under Duckworth/Lewis.The series topped off a wretched run in ODIs this year for the two-time former World champions. They started the year bidding for direct qualification to the 2019 Wold Cup but lost 16 of their 23 outings while winning just three, to miss out on automatic place at the showpiece in England.The Windies will now enter the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe next March, in another bid to secure one of the two remaining places at the World Cup.Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and hosts Zimbabwe will join West Indies in the tournament, with the finalists from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in February expected to complete the line-up.There has been no change in the ODI positions, however, with the Black Caps remaining fifth despite their dominance, and South Africa still top.last_img read more