Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Facebook search for shy Māori language speaker

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Although Marco describes his childhood with foster parents as happy, he says questions about his birth family were "always on my mind". Image caption Marco Hauenstein's search drew mass media attentionWhen Marco was born in 1997, he was already addicted, and had to spend the first months of his life in hospital withdrawing and recovering. Gina Hauenstein, who came from a small village in northern Switzerland, had been listed as officially missing since 2000. Image caption Marco Hauenstein as a baby with his birth motherA man who launched an online search for his missing birth mother discovered she died years ago in Germany - but bureaucratic errors led to the family never being informed. Police told him that despite a search both within Switzerland and across Europe, no trace of her had ever been found.

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Facebook takes search warrant challenge to top court

Facebook is heading to New York state's highest court to challenge search warrants seeking information from user accounts. Facebook challenged the warrants but lower courts sided with prosecutors, ruling it was up to individual users to challenge the warrants seeking their information. The social media site provided the information but continues to argue that it has the right to challenge warrants for information it possesses about its users. The case has been closely watched by social media companies, civil libertarians and prosecutors. Prosecutors in Manhattan sought search warrants in 2013 for the accounts of 381 individuals in connection with a disability benefits fraud case against New York City police and fire retirees.

Facebook takes search warrant challenge to top court

Facebook to challenge search warrants for personal data of 9
"Moreover, we believe search warrants for digital information should be specific and narrow in scope, just like warrants for physical evidence." During its fight against the warrants, Facebook was told by a lower court that, as an online service provider, it could not legally contest the warrants. Facebook has appealed the case all the way to the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. Facebook has claimed it has a right to legally challenge search warrants that are issued for its users' data, while New York courts have, thus far, said that the company does not have such a right. The DA's office has said the responders' Facebook accounts show proof of fraud.

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