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A visitor works on his computer at France’s Facebook headquarters in Paris, France, May 15, 2018.REUTERS/Charles PlatiauTelecom major Airtel and music streaming app Saavn are among the dozens of firms that received a special exemption from Facebook after it discontinued access to data in 2015.In a written submission to US Congress, Facebook said that these firms were allowed access to data following its partnerships with app developers and software makers to integrate “Facebook and Facebook features” onto their companies’ devices and products.Along with Airtel, 51 other companies were also authorised to use Facebook user data which allowed the Silicon Valley-based giant to increase its reach among users. The other major players involved were Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Blackberry. The mobile streaming app Saavn was offered a one-time extension beyond May 2015. This exemption was given to comply with “restricted API (application programming interface) access” after it imposed restrictions following the alleged misuse of data by researcher Aleksander Kogan. Saavn was later merged with Reliance owned JioMusic platform in March 2018.Notably, in early 2018, Facebook accused Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm of getting the physiological profiles of 50 million people from Kogan, who is said to have violated its data policies by sharing data from his personality prediction app.The app developed by Kogan mined data not only from the participating profile but also from everyone in their friend list. The US investigative agencies are looking its possible involvement in influencing the US Presidential elections.Airtel defended its stance in this matter and denied any wrongdoings. “The matter pertains to the year 2010 when Airtel was granted access to data by Facebook as an app developer. The project ended in 2013 and so did the access to the data. We confirm that the data was used only for our internal purposes. We take data privacy extremely seriously and follow a zero-tolerance policy on the same.” The Economic Times reported, attributing it to an Airtel spokesperson.Facebook is facing a huge public outcry over accusations of data theft, which has forced the tech giant to investigate every app that had access to large amounts of information before it changed its policies in 2014. It has already suspended over 200 apps.read more
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) expressed its deep concern about the Digital Security Act passed by parliament on 18 September.The independent press freedom advocacy organisation, in a letter to Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid, called for returning the act to parliament for review.The letter said CPJ is concerned that this legislation, if allowed to become law, would violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press, and would create extensive legal dangers for journalists in the normal course of carrying out their professional activities.“CPJ respectfully urges you to exercise your constitutional authority to return the legislation to parliament for revisions that would eliminate these dangers,” read the letter signed by CPJ’s Asia Programme Coordinator Steven Butler.The letter outlined the concerns repeatedly expressed by the Bangladeshi journalists and asked the members of parliament to address those.“One of the most worrisome provisions of the Digital Security Act is an amendment added at the last minute in Section 43, which will allow police to arrest or search individuals without a warrant.“In addition, the Digital Security Act includes problematic aspects of Section 57 of the Information and Communications Technology Act, despite public promises by government ministers to eliminate it.“Section 57 has been repeatedly used to imprison journalists in defamation cases. Government ministers had previously acknowledged that police have misused Section 57, and had promised that procedures would be established to prevent this. Instead, journalists continue to be subject to the danger of arbitrary arrest in the normal course of their activities.”Also of concern, CPJ added, is the inclusion of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in the Digital Security Act, which seems to contradict the Right to Information Act provisions, included elsewhere in the legislation. “The extension of the Official Secrets Act into the digital sphere escalates the hazards faced by investigative journalists who play a vital role exposing corruption in government.”The letter expressed fear about the extremely heavy fines and punishments, up to Tk 50 million (US$600,000) and life imprisonment depending on the offense, threaten to make journalism an unacceptably hazardous profession and will result in a timid press that cannot play the important role required to support a vital democracy in Bangladesh.CPJ also expressed concerns over the vague descriptions of potential offenses, such as hurting religious values or causing deterioration in law and order, and said this would invite arbitrary use and misuse of the law to restrict the media.Praising Bangladesh’s 46-year history as a secular democracy with strong affirmations of human rights and freedom of speech and the press, the body feared this legislation will damage that tradition, and severely harm the country’s standing among the community of democracies as a defender of press freedom.“We urge you to take action to prevent this, and ensure that the next bill the legislature sends you adheres to the guarantees made in Bangladesh’s constitution as well as to international norms,” the letter concluded.read more
Map of SatkhiraAn elderly woman has died from electrocution in Patkekghata upazila of Satkhira.The deceased was Aaijan Bibi, 60, lived in Toilkupi village in the upazila.Locals said Ayjan Bibi was cutting mango tree branches on Monday noon with a heaver when it suddenly came in contact with a live electric wire and got electrified.The incident left the woman dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Islam.
Share You’re surely aware that Houston has a ship channel. And perhaps you’ve even heard that the city’s port is one of the busiest in the country. But still, many might not think of Houston as a big sea-faring city.But Houston has enough of a maritime history to warrant its own museum. The Houston Maritime Museum is just down the street from Hermann Park, nestled off a side street. And, in 20017, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin visited the museum to talk with its director, Leslie Bowlin, to learn what visitors can expect to see when they stop by.