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Watchdog alleges Stephen Miller violated Hatch Act, requests probe

Aug. 1 (UPI) — A watchdog has accused President Donald Trump’s senior policy advisor, Stephen Miller, of violating the Hatch Act and requested an investigation into his comments on Fox News. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint Friday to the Office of Special Counsel alleging that Miller violated the Hatch Act…

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Australian watchdog accuses Google of privacy breaches

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s consumer watchdog launched court action against Google on Monday alleging the technology giant misled account holders about its use of their personal data.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s action in the Federal Court is the latest litigation Google has faced around the world over allegations of privacy breaches.The commission alleges…

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Tech watchdog calls on Facebook Oversight Board members to demand real power or resign

A new policy-focused nonprofit that emerged from the recent wave of big tech scrutiny is calling for members of Facebook’s Oversight Board to either step up or step down. In an open letter, Accountable Tech urges the five U.S.-based Facebook Oversight Board members to “demand the Board be given real authority” or quit their positions.…

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U.S. consumer watchdog removes ‘ability-to-pay’ need from final payday loan rule

U.S. consumer watchdog removes ‘ability-to-pay’ need from final payday loan rule WASHINGTON — The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday issued its long-awaited payday lending measure that rescinds an Obama-era proposal requiring lenders first ensure a borrower is able to repay them.Consumer advocates blasted the move as a further sign President Donald Trump’s administration is…

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Watchdog files appeal over planned nuclear storage complex

By – Associated Press Sunday, June 14, 2020 CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – A proposed multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico that would store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. is facing another legal challenge as opponents have filed an appeal in federal court. They are taking aim at the federal government’s…

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UK competition watchdog launches investigation into Facebook’s $400M acquisition of Giphy

Facebook wants to be the go-to platform for all of your social needs, but a big move it made last month to take ownership in the world of GIFs — the short, looping videos that people use to convey sentiments in online conversations — may not go as it hopes. The UK Competition and Markets…

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Fired watchdog tells Congress he informed top officials about probe into Pompeo and wife

WASHINGTON — Fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick told Congress in a private interview Wednesday that before he was ousted, he had informed at least three top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he was reviewing Pompeo’s and his wife’s use of government resources, two lawmakers told NBC News.The revelation potentially undercuts…

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Manitoba watchdog clears 2 First Nations police force officers in fatal Long Plain shooting

The Independent Investigation Unit is clearing a pair of Manitoba First Nations police force officers of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Ben Richard on Long Plain First Nation last spring.Patricia Richard, left, poses in an undated photo with her son, middle, and brother Ben Richard. He was shot and killed by Manitoba First Nations…

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Watchdog fired by Trump was investigating Saudi arms sales, Democrats say

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the coronavirus during news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)APWashington — Congressional Democrats say the State Department watchdog fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia…

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Watchdog concerned over Census Bureau’s vetting of workers

ORLANDO, Fla. >> Almost 300 people working for the U.S. Census Bureau last year had “major” issues with their background checks and a lack of vetting oversight could pose risk to the public and the agency as it hires and deploys hundreds of thousands of census takers for the 2020 census, according to a watchdog…