Turkey opens investigation into new WhatsApp privacy changes

Turkey’s competition authority has opened an investigation into WhatsApp in connection with a new update that requires users to share more data with Facebook, its parent company.

The popular messaging platform has come under fire for asking its users to agree to the new terms. If not, they will lose access to their accounts from February 8.

Facebook hopes to monetize WhatsApp by allowing advertisers to contact customers directly through the application.

In the UK and the European Union users must accept the new terms and conditions, but data will not be shared with Facebook, due to EU privacy regulations.

According to WhatsApp, with the new terms, users with a business account (WhatsApp Business) will be able to access new functionalities that include a “bridge” between WhatsApp and Facebook’s online shopping application “Shop”.

But outside of Europe, users must agree to share the information of their mobile phone, Internet service provider, with Facebook affiliates. This data could also be your contact and profile information, with the exception of the message content, which remains encrypted.

A spokesperson for the tech giant stated that privacy policy updates are “industry standard” and that the company is providing users with all necessary information.

Why do the new terms differ for Europe?

Facebook, like other big tech companies, has faced months of criticism from Europe and the United States for its behavior on competition and privacy conditions.

The new version of WhatsApp’s privacy policy for European users establishes that data can be shared with other Facebook companies to display personalized advertising and offers.

However, Facebook has confirmed that it will only be used to develop the new functionalities offered to WhatsApp Business accounts.

Regular users in Europe will not see any change in the privacy conditions of their data, although they will have to accept the conditions to continue using the messaging application.

Facebook claims that it does not use WhatsApp information for direct advertising purposes in Europe due to prior negotiations with European data protection bodies.

The exemption has been welcomed by representatives of the bloc as a victory for EU privacy regulators.

When asked further on the matter, a spokesperson for the European Commission noted that Facebook was fined 110 million euros in 2017 for providing inaccurate information during an investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp.

Despite the European satisfaction, since the announcement a WhatsApp rout has been taking place and many users are opening accounts in the SIgnal application, to the point that at times the application’s servers were overwhelmed.

Tycoon Elon Musk added fuel to the fire by posting “Use Signal” on his Twitter account.

Turkey calls it “unacceptable”

However, in Turkey, authorities confirmed they were investigating Facebook and WhatsApp on the policy, and have called for the new terms to be “suspended” pending their findings.

Several government ministers have also urged citizens to use other locally developed messaging apps in favor of WhatsApp, such as BiP from mobile operator Turkcell.

The head of Turkey’s Digital Transformation Office, Ali Taha Koc, said that foreign applications pose serious security risks.

“The distinction between EU members and other countries in terms of data privacy is unacceptable,” Koc wrote on Saturday.

“We have to protect our digital data with our local applications.”

On Sunday, BiP said that two million new users had downloaded its app in the last 48 hours since the WhatsApp update became visible to users.

Rival messaging apps Signal and Telegram have also seen a sudden surge in demand.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently targeted social media companies with new restrictions and fines, forcing them to establish a presence in the country and to obey court orders to remove “offensive” content.

Critics say the laws have stifled opposition voices online in Turkey, after the government had previously tightened its grip on major social media.


Organizational climate in the human talent of Alpha Credit Colombia

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This research aims to analyze the Organizational Climate in the Human Talent of Alpha Credit Colombia, taking into account that each employee perceives in a different way the changes to which they have been exposed in the last year, such as: the Home Office, communication barriers , work-family relationship, workload and adaptation to personal relationships in times of pandemic. With the study of the organizational climate, it is intended to propose an improvement plan, this is elaborated taking into account the results obtained in the satisfaction survey carried out with employees from different areas, this allows to identify what factors are affected by the organizational climate of the Alpha Credit company . The research problem is raised on the basis that the level of employee satisfaction has not been evaluated for more than a year.


Texas in support of Trump sues key states in Supreme Court

Texas sues the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin before the US Supreme Court for changes in electoral laws.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit against the key states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the Supreme Court, accusing them of making unconstitutional changes to election laws this year under the pandemic. of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

According to the demand, the aforementioned states —Where the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, outnumbered his Republican opponent and US President Donald Trump— “have exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify the omission of federal and state electoral laws and the illegal approval of last-minute changes, thereby altering the results of the 2020 general election”.

Republican-affiliated Paxton filed the state complaint directly with the Supreme Court, as is allowed for certain interstate litigation, in an attempt to wire Trump to change the results of the US elections.

In his lawsuit, Paxton argues that the four states in dispute violated the US Constitution, and asks that the highest judicial instance prevent their respective delegates from voting in the Electoral College by determining with their vote on December 14 who will be sworn in. on January 20, 2021.

Considering that Biden won with just over 7 million popular votes to Trump and his candidacy prevails 306-232 in the Electoral College system, it is unlikely that the Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority of 6-3 and includes three judges appointed by the Republican leader himself, rule against the popular will of the American people manifested last November 3 at the polls.

Despite the fact that Trump insists that there was a “generalized fraud” and still does not recognize the victory of the Democrat, from many institutional bodies in the US they point out that the elections were carried out correctly without detecting irregularities that affected the final result of the voting.

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Vietnam committed to optimizing the climate for innovative startups

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the event. (Photo: VGP)

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Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized the need to create the best environment for innovative startups, during a dialogue with investors, experts and young entrepreneurs.

In the activity, developed within the framework of Techfest, a festival for national innovative startups, the head of the government described creativity as an infinite resource of more than 100 million Vietnamese inside and outside the country.

He assured that the government will do its utmost to resolve the difficulties startups face through concrete actions, such as maintaining frequent dialogue with the business community and creating financial assistance mechanisms for emerging businesses.

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‘The investigation’, the series on ‘The case of the submarine’

pamplona –Movistar + will offer from next December 11 the series The Investigation the best premiere of 2020 on Danish television. The miniseries tells The case of the submarine, a real crime that shocked the inhabitants of Copenhagen and made international headlines between 2017 and 2018. It continues to be talked about today.

Copenhagen, August 2017. The Police receive a disappearance report from a Swedish journalist named Kim Wall. The last known of her is that she boarded a homemade submarine with the intention of interviewing its builder and owner. A few hours later, they find the sunken submarine and manage to rescue its captain, whom they interrogate about the facts. But there is no trace of the journalist or conclusive evidence, and the statements are contradictory. Jens Møller, head of the Police Homicide Unit, takes charge of the twisted case, which keeps getting complicated at every turn.

An investigation that is proceeding under pressure from a prosecutor who needs evidence to build a strong case, parents searching for answers and a media hungry for headlines.

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The Investigation is based on the testimonies of the victim’s relatives and the homicide chief and focuses on the methodical as well as frustrating work of the Danish police during the six months that the investigation lasted since the main suspect did not hesitate to change several times your statement. In the director’s words: “I didn’t want to shoot a criminal thriller that focused on the perpetrator or the crime. I was interested in the recomposition process, the people behind the investigation and especially the people who will have to move forward despite of the terrible loss. ”


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Members of the European Parliament call for an investigation into Turkey’s crimes in northern Syria – ANHA | HAWARNEWS

Sixty-eight members of the European Parliament called for the formation of a delegation to travel to northern Syria and gather information on the situation in the areas of the Autonomous Administration, now and in the past, as groups supported by Turkey have been accused to commit human rights. rapes and war crimes, according to Turkey’s European Commission civilian website.

In an open letter to the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, members of the European Parliament called on the Turkish government to stop its political, economic and military support to all groups involved in the systematic human rights violations documented in the United Nations report. United on Syria.

It should be noted that the United Nations Commission of Inquiry has found that mercenary groups affiliated with Turkey have committed systematic looting, sexual violence, confiscation of property, and widespread arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

The members of the European Parliament pointed out that “the victims, most of them Kurds, who fled these atrocities are currently in the regions of the Autonomous Administration of northeast Syria”, and asked Sassoli to initiate “a dialogue with the body politician from the Administration and eastern Syria, and to engage in talks with displaced people from areas under Turkish occupation. “

Members of the European Parliament said that after further investigations, the prosecution of perpetrators of rights violations and war crimes could begin within the framework of the International Criminal Court.



Man ends up shot after domestic violence case in San Diego – News Now

Man ends up shot after domestic violence case in San Diego

Man ends up shot after domestic violence case in San DiegoMan ends up shot after domestic violence case in San Diego

10/14/2020 9:06 PM10/14/2020 9:56 PM

(NEWS NOW) .-Authorities are investigating a shooting between San Diego Police Department officers and a person, registered Wednesday night in the Rancho Peñasquitos area.

The shooting occurred around 7:30 pm in the 8500 block of Celtic Ct. in a residential area at the intersection of Carmel Valley Road and Camino Del Sur, in the Rancho Peñasquitos neighborhood.

A man was wounded by gunshot wounds after a call for domestic violence, the victim was transferred to a hospital in the area.

No officers were injured in the shooting, according to San Diego police.

No further information on the cause of the domestic violence has been released and the case is under investigation.