Facebook to put 1.5bn users out of reach of strict EU privacy law

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Starting next month, 1.5 billion Facebook users outside of the European Union, including those in India, will not be governed by the Terms of Service (ToS) framed under its operations in Ireland, news agency Reuters said on Thursday. While the move is being seen as the social networking behemoth’s hedge against the impending stringent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in the European Union on May 25, Facebook claimed that it is “offering everyone who uses Facebook the same privacy protections, controls and settings, no matter where…

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US Policy: STEM students under OPT extension cannot work at client sites

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MUMBAI: Several international STEM students hoping to work in the United States for a longer duration, post their studies, suddenly find their wings clipped owing to a change in interpretation of employer’s obligations by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), explained on its website. This development applies to the 24 month formal optional practical training (OPT) extension available to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree holders. These students now cannot work at the employer’s client sites. In short it means tech companies or even business consultancies, may…

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Ex-911 operator jailed in US for hanging up

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NEW YORK: A former 911 operator in Houston, who hung up on people calling for emergency services, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation, authorities said. Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, Xinhua news agency reported. Williams, who worked at the Houston Emergency Centre for a year and a half till 2016, reportedly had a large number of “short calls” lasting less than 20 seconds. These short calls mostly concerned violent robberies and speeding vehicles. Williams reportedly told investigators…

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US Senate allows babies in chamber

WASHINGTON: In a rare move, the US Senate has voted unanimously to allow the babies of its members into the chamber. The rule change was done on Wednesday to accommodate senators with newborn babies, allowing them now to be able to bring their less than one year old children onto the Senate floor and breastfeed them during votes, CNN reported. The move came a week after Tammy Duckworth, 50, became the first sitting US senator to give birth while in office. She had expressed concern about how she would be…

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Travel restrictions on Pak diplomats from May 1: US

ISLAMABAD: A senior official of the Trump administration has confirmed that Washington will impose travel restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in the US from May 1, stating that they would not be allowed to move freely without permission from relevant authorities in the state department. In an interview with Voice of America’s (VOA’s) Uzbek service, under secretary of state for political affairs Thomas Shannon said this restriction was placed in response to the same conditions imposed by Islamabad on US diplomats in Pakistan. The Trump administration had recently communicated to Islamabad…

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