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US Judge Rules Uber Drivers are Not Employees

US Judge Rules Uber Drivers are Not Employees

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ruled that Uber’s limousine drivers are not employees, but independent contractors according to federal law. It is said to be the first ruling of its kind on a contentious issue for the ride-hailing firm who has been hit with numerous lawsuits which argue that its drivers should be entitled to employee benefits. However, the Philadelphia judge said that the company does not hold enough control over UberBLACK drivers for them to be considered as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act since they are able to work whenever they want, are allowed activities […]

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchange Loses $3.5 Million, Blames Head of Security

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchange Loses $3.5 Million, Blames Head of Security

Indian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure reported last Thursday that it had lost around $3.5 million, blaming the theft on its head of security. Director Mohit Kalra told authorities that 438.318 bitcoin have gone missing while its Chief Security Officer (CSO) Amitabh Saxena was extracting Bitcoin Gold which was to be distributed to customers. Kalra added that Saxena also kept a copy of the private keys and feared that he might be at flight risk It is said that the incident marks one of the first major issues on a cryptocurrency exchange in the country. Source: CNBC

Duterte Denies Working with Cambridge Analytica in 2016 Campaign

Duterte Denies Working with Cambridge Analytica in 2016 Campaign

Speaking in Davao City last Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that his campaign team did not work with Cambridge Analytica and added that he would have lost if he did team up with them. Duterte won in a landslide victory with 6.6 million more votes than his closest rival, Mar Roxas. However, a photo from 2015 recently surfaced, showing his campaign team sharing a meal with Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix. The Philippines is one of the top countries hit by the Facebook breach involving Cambridge Analytica, and it is estimated that 1.2 million Filipino users had their […]

Facebook Ordered Not to Block User & Comment by German Court

Facebook Ordered Not to Block User & Comment by German Court

A Berlin court has issued a temporary injunction, ordering Facebook to unblock a particular user and reinstate his comment even though it was in violation of the site’s community standards. In what is said to be the first ever injunction of its kind in Germany, the court has instructed Facebook to lift the suspension of Gabor B and undelete his comment which said that “The Germans are becoming ever more stupid. “No wonder, since they are every day littered with fake news from the left-wing Systemmedien about ‘skilled workers’, declining unemployment rates or Trump.” Facebook reportedly unblocked his account, but […]

Telegram Will Bypass Russia Ban, Says CEO

Telegram Will Bypass Russia Ban, Says CEO

Last Friday, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov revealed that their application will be using its built-in systems to bypass the ban Russia had brought down last Friday. Durov said on his VK page that users will not have to do anything. However, he cannot guarantee that the messaging app will work 100% without using VPNs. A Russian court had already ruled in favor of the Roskomnadzor to ban the encrypted messaging service in the country, but the date of effectivity had not been specified. Source: Reuters

India Prohibits Banks from Dealing with Cryptocurrencies

India Prohibits Banks from Dealing with Cryptocurrencies

The Reserve Bank of India issued an announcement last Thursday prohibiting banks from “dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies.” RBI deputy governor Bibhu Prasad Kanungo says that the order, which is to take effect immediately, is a proactive measure needed to ensure financial stability. He added that cryptocurrencies can seriously undermine India’s AML (anti-money laundering) and FATF (Financial Action Task Force) framework. Tech and cryptocurrency personality Pankaj Jain tweeted that the move may just be a knee jerk reaction to an Indian cryptocurrency scammer who was arrested in Bangkok. […]

LTFRB Gives Grab 5 Days to Explain Fare Change

LTFRB Gives Grab 5 Days to Explain Fare Change

The LTFRB issued a show-cause order last Wednesday seeking an explanation from Grab for alleged unauthorized fares. The agency gave the ride-hailing company 5 days to comply, or face suspension or cancellation. The order was said to have been a reaction to a revelation by PBA Party-list Representative Jericho Nograles who said that Grab had been charging passengers Php 2/min of travel time. In response, Grab said that LTFRB is aware of the extra charge, and the Chairman had already acknowledged the scheme last June 2017. Grab Philippines Public Affairs head Leo Gonzales also cited Department Order 2015-011 which allows […]

UK Launches Cyber Attack Against Islamic State

UK Launches Cyber Attack Against Islamic State

GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming revealed this week that they have launched a cyber major offensive cyber-campaign against the Islamic State Group, also known as Daesh. Fleming said that they were able to prevent the IS’ ability to coordinate attacks and also stopped them from spreading propaganda. The GCHQ director added that while the details were too sensitive to divulge, there were also able to destroy equipment and networks.   Despite the victory, the group is still looking to inspire and execute further attacks in the UK, and is currently seeking ungoverned spaces where they can base their operations, according to […]

ECJ Asked to Probe US-EU Facebook Data Transfers

ECJ Asked to Probe US-EU Facebook Data Transfers

It was reported this week that the Irish High Court had sought the help of the European Court of Justice to determine the legality of data transfers from EU to US by tech firms. The referral, which is to be received by the ECJ at the end of April, follows a case involving an Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems who complained against Facebook’s practice of storing the data of EU users in the US. While EU data protection law prohibits the transfer of personal data of EU citizens to a country with inadequate privacy protections, it is still to be […]

Myanmar Activists Support Zuckerberg’s Commitment to 24-hour Takedown of Hate Speech

Myanmar Activists Support Zuckerberg’s Commitment to 24-hour Takedown of Hate Speech

Mark Zuckerberg’s commitment to the removal of hate speech within a 24-hour period was met with positive feedback from civil society groups in Myanmar who called it a “historic” move. Facebook, which has become the main social network in Myanmar, had been criticized by human rights advocates of not doing enough to address the problem of hate messages. However, Yangon-based social media analyst Victoire Rio said that while it may still be unclear how the company intends to achieve the target, they laud the Zuckerberg’s promise as they had been clamoring for it for some time. Facebook had also been […]