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Judge won’t ease release conditions for salon owner facing Jan. 6 riot charges

A federal judge on Thursday declined to ease pre-trial release conditions for a Beverly Hills, California, beauty salon owner facing felony charges for participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

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WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday declined to ease pre-trial release conditions for a Beverly Hills, California, beauty salon owner facing felony charges for participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

A. Charles Peruto Jr., lawyer for Gina Bisignano, 52, owner of Gina’s Eyelashes and Skincare, asked U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington to terminate a house arrest order and to allow his client to remove an ankle bracelet monitor.

Nichols, however, declined to relax Bisignano’s release conditions, though he said he might reconsider his position.

According to an FBI document, during the riot Bisignano, using a bullhorn, declared “This is 1776, and we the people will never give up.”

The FBI said that as she spoke other members of the crowd sprayed police with a fire extinguisher and attacked their shields “with what appear to be batons.”

Bisignano faces seven criminal charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding and civil disorder.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington said that as of Wednesday, more than 600 defendants had been arrested on charges related to the riot by supporters of Republican then-President Donald Trump, which erupted as Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s November presidential election victory.

Four people died during the riot, and a Capitol Police officer died the following day.

Also on Thursday, prosecution and defense lawyers told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan that a plea bargain had been offered to Lewis Cantwell, the 35-year-old former co-owner of a tea shop in Sylva, North Carolina, who faces felony riot charges. The offer is under discussion, the lawyers said.

And during a lengthy status hearing for 16 Jan. 6 riot defendants alleged to be linked to the Oath Keepers militia movement, defense lawyers expressed concern to U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta that government efforts to give them pre-trial access to massive amounts of riot-related evidence would not be completed by Jan. 31. Mehta has tentatively set that as the date for the start of the first of two Oath Keeper-related trials.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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The FBI said that as she spoke other members of the crowd sprayed police with a fire extinguisher and attacked their shields “with what appear to be batons.”

Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/judge-wont-ease-release-conditions-salon-owner-facing-jan-6-riot-charges-2021-09-16/

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U.S. lawmakers call for privacy legislation after Reuters report on Amazon lobbying

Five members of Congress called for federal consumer-privacy legislation after a Reuters report published Friday revealed how Amazon.com Inc has led an under-the-radar campaign to gut privacy protections in 25 states while amassing a valuable trove of personal data on American consumers.

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Nov 22 (Reuters) – Five members of Congress called for federal consumer-privacy legislation after a Reuters report published Friday revealed how Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has led an under-the-radar campaign to gut privacy protections in 25 states while amassing a valuable trove of personal data on American consumers.

“Amazon shamefully launched a campaign to squash privacy legislation while its devices listen to and watch our lives,” U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who has been involved in bipartisan negotiations on privacy legislation, wrote Friday on Twitter. “This is now the classic Big Tech move: deploy money and armies of lobbyists to fight meaningful reforms in the shadows but claim to support them publicly.”

The revelations underscored the need for bipartisan action on stronger privacy protections, he wrote. No major federal privacy legislation has passed Congress in years because members have been deadlocked on the issue.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has introduced several privacy bills in recent years, said in a statement that the Reuters story showed how companies including Amazon are “spending millions to weaken state laws,” and hoping Congress will also water down federal legislation “until it’s worthless.”

“Congress needs to prove Amazon wrong, and pass legislation that finally stops massive corporations from abusing and exploiting our personal data,” Wyden said.

Asked for comment, Amazon did not directly address the lawmaker criticisms of its lobbying campaign against privacy protections. The company reiterated its statement for the previous Reuters report, saying it prefers federal privacy legislation to a “patchwork” of state regulations. The company said it wants one federal privacy law that “requires transparency about data practices, prohibits the sale of personal data without consent, and ensures that consumers have the right to request access to and deletion of their personal information.”

U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat who chairs a key House consumer protection subcommittee that deals with privacy issues, said the Reuters revelations show how Amazon is working to block consumer privacy legislation while “claiming to support” such regulations.

“What they mean is that they support privacy legislation that protects their profits and their right to mine consumers’ data, including voice recordings and facial scans,” she said in a statement. “Congress is not convinced nor are we intimidated.”

Two other lawmakers who represent areas with a significant Amazon presence – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, and U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene, a Washington state Democrat – also said Reuters’ findings showed the need for federal action to protect consumers.

“Congress will protect consumers’ privacy to stop big tech companies from stealing Americans’ personal information, whether these companies like it or not,” Blackburn said in a statement.

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Reporting by Chris Kirkham and Jeffrey Dastin

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“Congress needs to prove Amazon wrong, and pass legislation that finally stops massive corporations from abusing and exploiting our personal data,” Wyden said.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-lawmakers-call-privacy-legislation-after-reuters-report-amazon-lobbying-2021-11-22/

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GoDaddy security breach exposes WordPress users’ data

Web hosting company GoDaddy Inc said on Monday email addresses of up to 1.2 million active and inactive Managed WordPress customers had been exposed in an unauthorized third-party access.

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Nov 22 (Reuters) – Web hosting company GoDaddy Inc (GDDY.N) said on Monday email addresses of up to 1.2 million active and inactive Managed WordPress customers had been exposed in an unauthorized third-party access.

The company said the incident was discovered on Nov. 17 and the third-party accessed the system using a compromised password.

“We identified suspicious activity in our Managed WordPress hosting environment and immediately began an investigation with the help of an IT forensics firm and contacted law enforcement,” Chief Information Security Officer Demetrius Comes said in a filing.

The company, whose shares fell about 1.6% in early trading, said it had immediately blocked the unauthorized third party, and an investigation was still going on.

(This story corrects second paragraph to say the incident was discovered on Nov. 17, not Sept. 6)

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“We identified suspicious activity in our Managed WordPress hosting environment and immediately began an investigation with the help of an IT forensics firm and contacted law enforcement,” Chief Information Security Officer Demetrius Comes said in a filing.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/technology/godaddy-security-breach-exposes-wordpress-users-data-2021-11-22/

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Gazprom says European requirements being met after pipeline stoppage

Russia’s Gazprom said European customers’ natural gas requirements were being met on Saturday after data from a German pipeline operator showed supplies through the Yamal – Europe pipeline via Poland to Germany had come to a halt.

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MOSCOW, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) said European customers’ natural gas requirements were being met on Saturday after data from a German pipeline operator showed supplies through the Yamal – Europe pipeline via Poland to Germany had come to a halt.

Russia sends gas to western Europe by several different routes, including through Belarus and Poland using the Yamal – Europe pipeline, which has an annual capacity of up to 33 billion cubic metres.

Flows at the Mallnow metering point in Germany, which lies at the Polish border, stopped early on Saturday, according to data from Germany’s Gascade operator.

Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom said the requests of customers in Europe were being met. It added that fluctuations in demand for Russian gas were dependent on the actual needs of buyers.

A spokesman for Poland’s state-controlled PGNiG (PGN.WA) said flows from the east were much lower than usual, but Poland was still receiving amounts consistent with its contract.

Poland’s gas grid operator Gaz-System said on Saturday the Yamal pipeline was delivering gas to Poland via the Kondratki compressor station on the east and Mallnow on the west through “reverse mode” – meaning it was shipping gas from west to east.

“There is no demand for gas transit towards Germany currently,” a Gaz-System spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.

Russian gas export flows have been closely watched as gas prices in Europe have soared amid economic recovery and low inventories.

Gazprom has been accused by the International Energy Agency and some European lawmakers of not doing enough to increase its natural gas supplies to Europe, but the Russian company has said it has been meeting its contractual obligations.

A gas transit deal between Russia and Poland expired last year, but Gazprom can book the transit capacity via the pipeline at auctions.

At the last auction on Oct. 18, Gazprom booked some 32 million cubic metres per day, or 35% of total additional capacity offered by the Polish operator Gas System for transit via the Kondratki transit point for November. read more

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Additional reporting by Anna Koper and Alan Charlish in Warsaw; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Helen Popper and David Holmes

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/russian-westbound-gas-flow-via-yamal-europe-pipeline-stops-data-shows-2021-10-30/

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