Authorities freeze $70m of assets from alleged $144m tax fraud

Authorities have frozen about $70m worth of assets as they begin to claw back the proceeds of an alleged $130m tax-evasion racket, a New South Wales court has heard. The scandal was blown open last month, culminating in the arrest of nine people, including the son and daughter of former Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner [...]

India fails to protect property rights of indigenous and rural women

In what could be a wake-up call to global conservation efforts, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) says that legal protections for indigenous and rural women to own and manage property are missing in India and 29 other low and middle-income countries, together which account for 3/4th of the developing world’s [...]

WikiLeaks Releases Files on CIA Spying Geo-Location Malware for WiFi Devices

The WikiLeaks whistleblowing website on Wednesday released a new batch of CIA documents from the so-called Vault 7 project, showing how ELSA malware is allegedly used by US intelligence services to collect geolocation data from WiFi-enabled devices. According to the statement, the malware, once it is persistently installed on a targeted device, does not have [...]

Need more transparency over Facebook’s ‘insights’ into young users

Facebook should immediately release all documents describing how it collected and analyzed psychological information it recently collected about its youngest users, some as young as 14, and college students, Public Citizen and a coalition of 25 groups said in a letter to the corporation today. The groups are concerned about how this information might have [...]