Twitter loses legal battle in user surveillance transparency lawsuit

first_imgAfter years of litigation that spanned the tenures of four US attorneys general — Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Jeff Sessions and William Barr — US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted the government’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.She wrote in an 11-page ruling that the Justice Department had shown — in part through the use of confidential declarations — that releasing the precise number of national security letters from 2014 — which is what Twitter wanted to do — posed a national security risk.Topics : Twitter lost its six-year legal battle to let the public know exactly how many requests it received from the FBI to snoop on private user accounts.A federal judge said Friday the government convinced her that granting the request “would be likely to lead to grave or imminent harm to the national security.”Twitter broke ranks with other large internet companies, including Facebook and Google in 2014 when it balked at the government’s order that it only reveal the number of national security letters — basically search warrants — in aggregate numbers of 1,000.It sued to be allowed to publish the precise number as part of a planned “transparency report” and argued that being prohibited from doing so violated its free speech rights.last_img read more

Astra donates 30 ventilators to three hospitals

first_imgIn total, Astra has donated three aid packages worth around Rp 106 billion since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to Boy.The company’s previous aid packages included 100 vans and 10 trucks that were given to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI).RSPAD’s deputy head Brig. Gen. dr. Albertus Budi Sulistya, who also joined the press conference to receive the aid package, said the hospital had seen a slight decrease in COVID-19 patient admittance, even though the number of cases was still rising.“We have seen a slight decrease recently, as our [COVID-19] dedicated bed occupancy ratio (BOR) has dropped to 62.5 percent from 66 percent previously,” he said. Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International Tbk donated 30 ventilators worth Rp 13 billion (US$836,000) to three hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta on Monday.Fifteen ventilators were donated to the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), while 10 were given to the COVID-19 hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village complex in Central Jakarta and five were given to the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital, the company’s spokesman Boy Kelana Soebroto told journalists in a virtual press conference. “Astra through its CSR program Nurani Astra [Astra’s conscience] donated the third aid package today to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the form of 30 ventilators,” he said. He added that the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) who were in the late stage of pregnancy was also increasing, which required the hospital to follow additional precautions.“We have to follow special precautions for cases who are about to give birth,” he said.Indonesia recorded 275 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, which brought the total number of confirmed cases to 8,882, according to Achmad Yurianto, the spokesman for the government’s COVID-19 task force.Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Yurianto said that 23 more people had died due to the disease, bringing the death toll to 743 people.center_img Topics :last_img read more

THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Ellsworth girls win state cross-country title

first_imgELLSWORTH — The 2018 cross-country season was historic for the Ellsworth girls’ cross-country team, which claimed Hancock County and Class B North championship crowns Oct. 5 and Oct. 20, respectively, before winning the state title Oct. 27.It was the first girls’ cross-country title in 40 years for Ellsworth, which improved with each passing meet throughout the season as it got healthier and gained more experience. Members of the Eagles’ seven-runner team were Abby Mazgaj, Caitlin MacPherson, Emma McKechnie, Trinity Montigny, Kristen Moseley, Miriam Nelson and Sara Shea.MacPherson was the top runner for Ellsworth all year, earning a third-place finish at the state championships. Mazgaj, a sophomore, joined MacPherson in the top 10 by finishing ninth, and Montigny, who ran the second half of the season after recovering from a foot injury, placed 17th to give the Eagles a total of three runners inside the top 20.The state championship win was Ellsworth’s first overall in the sport since Louie Luchini, now the Eagles’ head coach led the boys’ team to the title in 1998. By edging York by three points to win the state crown, the Eagles returned to Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H., where Luchini became New England champion as a senior 20 years ago.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth will be in strong shape to compete for titles once again next season. With MacPherson, Mazgaj, Montigny, Moseley and Shea returning, the Eagles will have another talented squad when they compete on courses around the state next fall.last_img read more