The Switchboard: Facebook faces suit over privacy in Europe


Microsoft presented the Xbox One in Shanghai on Wednesday. A U.S. federal judge has ordered the company to turn over data held overseas. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

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Judge orders Microsoft to turn over data held overseas "In a case closely watched in the United States and overseas, a federal judge in New York held Thursday that Microsoft must comply with a U.S. search warrant to turn over a customer’s e-mails held in a server overseas," reports The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima. "The case — the first of its kind in the United States — is a test of whether the government can assert a right to digital content wherever in the world it is stored. If that view is upheld, Microsoft and privacy advocates argue, it would set a dangerous precedent that other governments might be encouraged to emulate and would have grave implications for customers’ privacy."

Austrian privacy campaigner files "class action" suit against Facebook over privacy policy  "Privacy campaign group Europe-v-Facebook is inviting Facebook users outside the U.S. and Canada to join a lawsuit against the company, which it alleges violates privacy laws," reports PCWorld's Loek Essers. "Europe-v-Facebook’s front man Max Schrems filed suit with the commercial court in Vienna, Austria, where he lives, the group said Friday on a website devoted to the case, fbclaim.com."

Why did all these countries start asking for Twitter’s user data? "Twitter's latest transparency report is out, and the company's new data show a 46 percent jump in the number of government requests for user information since the company issued its last report covering July to December of 2013," reports The Switch's Brian Fung. "That most of the requests, about 61 percent, originated in the United States is also hardly unexpected; for the first time, however, the company has broken down its data on a state-by-state basis. Only two states, Idaho and Wyoming, saw zero requests."

"Iliad shares fall after T-Mobile bid is deemed too low T-Mobile shares may have jumped after French carrier Iliad confirmed that it had submitted a bid to acquire T-Mobile to counter a rumored bid by Sprint. But, as Bloomberg's Scott Moritz, Alex Sherman and Cornelius Rahn reported, "Iliad SA shares slumped the most in almost eight years after the French carrier’s $15 billion bid for a stake in T-Mobile US Inc.increased the risk of a bidding battle with another suitor."

Payment processor Stripe helps launch a new currency, the Stellar "Stripe announced that it has invested $3 million into Stellar, which is an open source project, a currency-exchange network, a currency in its own right, and a non-profit," reports VentureBeat's Kia Kokalitcheva. "Stellar, like Bitcoin, is a decentralized payment network and protocol. Unlike Bitcoin, it supports traditional currencies such as U.S. dollars, euros, and so on."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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