The Swiftly Closing Borders of Europe

GAP, FRANCE—In a wood-paneled courtroom in this small town in the French Alps, a local judge dealt a hefty setback last week to the European Union’s treasured principle of open borders, one that has underpinned the bloc. And to do it, she fell back on a law that dates back to one of the darkest periods in European history. In sentencing two immigrants’-rights activists to jail time and handing suspended sentences to five others, Isabelle Defarge, the judge, concluded a case that has pitted volunteers from a shelter for immigrants and asylum seekers against an anti-immigration group. To do so, she relied on a provision of French immigration law—based on… Read More

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Bombshell report shows Facebook let companies like Spotify and Netflix read private messages

A bombshell report from The New York Times revealed that Facebook shared user data with major companies including Spotify, Netflix, Microsoft, Yahoo, and more. The Times reviewed more than 200 pages of documents generated in 2017 by Facebook’s tool used to track partnerships. One of the major revelations in the report was that some partners, such as Spotify, Netflix, and the Royal Bank of Canada, were allegedly able to access users’ private messages — including the ability to read, compose, or delete messages, according to The Times. A bombshell report from The New York Times revealed that Facebook shared user data with major companies including Spotify, Netflix, Microsoft, Yahoo, and… Read More

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Facebook let Spotify read private messages, Bing see friend lists

More than 150 companies, including major tech organizations and online retailers, made arrangements with Facebook to have special access to users’ personal data, even as the social media platform assured people that they had control over their data, The New York Times reports. The Times reviewed more than 270 pages of documents Facebook generated in 2017 to track the partnerships, and spoke with more than 50 former employees of the company and its corporate partners. Under the arrangement, partners were essentially exempt from the usual privacy rules, the Times reports, with Netflix and Spotify granted permission to read users’ private messages; Amazon able to obtain the contact information of users… Read More

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Canucks’ Stecher hurt after high hit from Lightning’s Martel

The Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning engaged in a spirited contest Tuesday night and not everyone came out unscathed. Troy Stecher was on the receiving end of a high hit from Lightning winger Danick Martel late in the second period and the Canucks defenceman was unable to return to the game. As you can see in the video at the top of the page, Martel appears to make contact with Stecher’s head on a blindside hit near the Tampa Bay blue line. Stecher was shaken up, immediately went to the locker room and was ruled out by his team. Martel was assessed two minutes for interference on the play.… Read More

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Gudbranson goes after Martel for hit against Stecher

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