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.... Many of the newest sites feature similar types of landscaped gardens and water features, free wi-fi and big screens showing summer sport, as well as activities like table tennis, climbing walls and outdoor gyms. Alongside these conveniences, and just as omnipresent, are signs of private surveillance and what experts refer to as ‘defensive’ architecture – from CCTV cameras to benches specially designed to prevent homeless people from sleeping there. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 06:30:29 AM
.... Many of the newest sites feature similar types of landscaped gardens and water features, free wi-fi and big screens showing summer sport, as well as activities like table tennis, climbing walls and outdoor gyms. Alongside these conveniences, and just as omnipresent, are signs of private surveillance and what experts refer to as ‘defensive’ architecture – from CCTV cameras to benches specially designed to prevent homeless people from sleeping there. ...
Why you might not be getting what you paid for image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
.... David Templeton is lead officer for Metrology (the scientific study of measurement) for the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. He told the profession’s in-house journal: “Back in the 1960s, 70s and 80s we had a surveillance system, keeping traders on their toes. ...
Hard Brexit has been confounded by some harder realities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of July 2017 06:00:21 AM
....Finally, all those Brexiters who advocate a European Free Trade Area solution ought to be aware that it was because Efta was so unsatisfactory that we joined what became the EU. As Adonis pointed out, Efta’s equivalent of the European commission is called the surveillance authority. ...
Is your smart meter spying on you? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 06:00:00 AM
....They are the mini-computers being installed in 30m UK homes and businesses in an £11bn programme that will allow the energy companies to remotely monitor our gas and electricity usage. But could smart meters also become the new spies in our homes, raising fresh fears about a surveillance society as they track our daily activities?. ...
BAE 'secretly sold mass surveillance technology to repressive regimes' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 11:01:23 PM
. BAE, Britain’s biggest arms company, secretly sold mass surveillance technology to six Middle Eastern governments that have been criticised for repressing their citizens, the BBC has reported. ...
Mapping a new frontier image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:09:51 PM
....Facebook has for years asserted that data privacy and the security of its operations are paramount. Facebook data, for example, cannot be used by developers to create surveillance tools and the firm says it complies with privacy protection laws in all countries. ...
NHS cyber-attack: More ransomware cases 'likely on Monday' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 06:41:08 PM
....Meanwhile, digital rights campaigners Open Rights Group has accused GCHQ of a "very dangerous strategy of hoarding knowledge of security problems". It said Britain's electronic surveillance agency was "in charge of hacking us and protecting us from hackers", making it hard to balance the risks of keeping vulnerabilities secret. ...
Could the IMF's 'world currency' help encourage global unity? | Mohamed El-Erian image
.... The situation today is very different. Broader national engagement – with NGOs, local media and a broad set of politicians – is now viewed as an integral part of effective country advice and program implementation, as well as being essential for the fund’s “surveillance” function under its article of agreements. ...
IMF meeting drops anti-protectionism pledge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 09:58:15 AM
...."What that means is that if our markets are open, there should be a reciprocal nature to other markets which should be open as well," he added. He also called for the IMF to step up its surveillance of members' foreign exchange rates. ...
Malaysia Airlines to track planes with satellites image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 10:30:53 AM
.... . Using a soon-to-be-launched satellite network, the airline will be able to monitor its planes in areas where there is currently no surveillance. ...
Microsoft patched 'NSA hack' Windows flaws before leak image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 10:27:49 AM
.... . Whisteblower Edward Snowden had previously leaked documents in 2013 that alleged the NSA had carried surveillance of the Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) for several years, but did not specify how. ...
Sensors, scanners and surveillance: at the expo to outfit Trump's border wall image
. The Raptor ground surveillance radar has “werewolf positioning” to detect a human being up to seven miles away. ...
Urban spies image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:29:02 AM
....CCTV cameras are a much more obvious city spy and they now dominate the urban landscape. Numbers from security firm IHS suggest that there were 245 million professionally installed video surveillance cameras active and operational globally in 2014 as more cities turn to monitoring technology to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. ...
Bank that lent $300m to Trump linked to Russian money laundering scam image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 07:00:14 PM
.... More than $9bn was funnelled via Seabon, records show. Almost €1m went to a Munich electronics firm, Rohde & Schwarz, which produces surveillance technology for security services and police. ...
Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising image
....A more pernicious side-effect of this data aggregation is the way governments are “increasingly watching our every move online” and passing laws such as the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act, which legalises a range of snooping and hacking tools used by security services that “trample our right to privacy”. Such surveillance creates a “chilling effect on free speech”, even in countries that don’t have repressive regimes, he said. ...
Bad news for online advertisers – you’ve been ’ad | John Naughton image
....And this is done with amazing, fine-grained resolution: Facebook, for example, holds 98 data points on every user. Welcome to the world of “surveillance capitalism”. ...
Police say they were 'authorized by McDonald's' to arrest protesters, suit claims image
....Police claimed they had “authorization from the president of McDonald’s” to arrest protesting fast food workers, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed on Wednesday against the city of Memphis, Tennessee. The suit alleges that local police engaged in a “widespread and illegal campaign of surveillance and intimidation” against a local chapter of the Fight for $15 fast-food worker organization as it campaigned for an increase in the minimum wage and union rights for fast food workers. ...
Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages? image
....He points to several examples of sectors where the end-of-work thesis simply isn’t playing out. In the logistics sector, companies are using technology not to replace warehouse staff and couriers, but to put them under increasing surveillance to control their working patterns, reducing employee autonomy, skill and dignity. ...
G4S to limit filming asylum seekers in their homes without consent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 06:13:26 PM
....The cameras were operated in “constant recording mode”, including when officers were dealing with asylum seekers and their children in their own homes. G4S says the initiative had the support of the Home Office, but it alarmed both the information and surveillance commissioners. ...
G4S filmed asylum seekers in their own homes without consent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 03:24:00 PM
....G4S confirmed that the cameras were operated on a “constant recording mode”, including when officers are dealing with asylum seekers and their children in their own homes. G4S claims the initiative has the support of the Home Office, but it has alarmed both the information and surveillance commissioners. ...
Lloyds bank accounts targeted in huge cybercrime attack image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:20:26 PM
....Outdated computer systems are allowing malicious hackers to target everyone from companies at board level to individuals in their living rooms, according to the chancellor. The money will help boost the National Cyber Security Centre, the new division of the surveillance agency GCHQ created last month. ...
Fiat emissions probe: UK seeks details from US regulator image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 08:35:23 AM
...."Our priority is to protect the interests of UK consumers . the department's new market surveillance unit has the ability to test these vehicles if necessary," he said. ...
Dangerous business: what to do if a product you use has been recalled image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 11:42:14 AM
....Product recalls are essentially safety alerts issued by a manufacturer, importer or retailer. They can be issued on a voluntary or compulsory basis by a market surveillance suthority (MSA), which monitors and enforces legal safety standards on consumer products. ...
Tech startups to make your life more slick, secure and stylish in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 12:00:00 PM
.... It also lets anyone with the technical knowhow examine the app to make sure it does what it says it does. Downloads of Signal spiked in the days after Donald Trump’s election, as many realised that a far-right demagogue would soon be in charge of the world’s most advanced surveillance apparatus. ...
European commission guilty of 'negligence' over diesel defeat devices, says draft report image
....”. Other planned amendments will call for a beefed-up, Europe-wide market surveillance authority, and surprise tests of cars already on the road. ...
GCHQ asked to step up action against cyber-attack threat to financial services image
....More action may be needed to protect the financial services industry from a devastating cyber-attack, the head of the Treasure select committee has suggested. Andrew Tyrie MP wrote to Ciaran Martin, head of the new cybersecurity centre of UK surveillance agency GCHQ, saying the lines of responsibility and accountability for reducing cyber-threats are opaque. ...
JD Sports to investigate conditions at warehouse after 'prison' claim image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 09:01:57 AM
....”. A five-week undercover investigation by Channel 4, broadcast on Wednesday night, claimed there were harsh practices at the warehouse, including a “three strikes and you’re out” policy, intense surveillance and heightened job insecurity among agency workers. ...
'Call me': Donald Trump woos tech leaders at New York meeting image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 09:22:39 PM
....After the meeting, Trump held a private conference with SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who was named to an advisory team working for Trump, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said she worried deeply about the surveillance state under Trump. ...
Present danger: trading standards' battle against deadly Christmas gifts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 07:23:09 AM
.... They are focusing on what they consider high risk products such as toys, electrical items, cosmetics and power tools. “The doll came in a large consignment from the far east and probably cost a few cents, or pence,” declares Phil Reed, an import surveillance officer with the National Trading Standards, tugging at the doll’s clothing and soft moulded plastic feet. ...
2016: the year Facebook became the bad guy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 11:00:10 AM
....”. Suleiman fears that under Trump’s administration, surveillance and silencing of minorities, particularly Muslims and undocumented immigrants, could become more commonplace. ...
Revealed: Rio Tinto's plan to use drones to monitor workers' private lives image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 01:19:54 AM
....Rio Tinto announced in March that Sodexo, a French company that also runs Australian prisons, had been enlisted in a 10-year facilities management contract encompassing three ports, six towns, three aerodromes, 15 operational sites, 42 accommodation sites, 134 town assets, 336 commercial buildings and 3,259 residential properties. Sodexo approached the Guardian about publishing an article by the project’s manager Keith Weston, vice-president for mining global sales and business development, who detailed how as part of that contract the company is in the process of dramatically expanding surveillance of Rio Tinto’s Pilbara assets via a platform that live streams information to a monitoring station in Perth staffed by 50 people. ...
Asos accused of underpaying new warehouse staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:29:02 PM
....It was reported last year that Asos warehouse operatives were so overworked, they did not have time to use the toilet, an allegation the company denied. Earlier this year, the GMB raised concerns about the levels of surveillance on the site and questioned whether so-called “flex” contracts were causing workers to be underpaid. ...
Strong-arm Apple and tax China bigly: a guide to Trump's possible tech policies image
....Civil rights organisations have been quick to seize on the potential impact of Trump’s policies on personal privacy. Neema Guliani, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, said Trump should “categorically reject proposals to mandate encryption backdoors and supports reforming surveillance programs that have violated the rights of millions of Americans”. ...
Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev charged with $2m bribe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 02:31:26 AM
.... . The apparent sting operation came after months of electronic surveillance, including phone-tapping, officials said. ...
Three bank employees arrested in UK insider trading investigation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 06:25:18 PM
....The financial news service Bloomberg reported claimed the operation could be one of the largest UK insider trading inquiries. It said more arrests were planned, and that officers from the NCA were assisting with covert surveillance. ...
Tesco Bank cyber-thieves stole £2.5m from 9,000 people image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 10:10:43 PM
....The National Crime Agency (NCA) is one of a number of organisations scrutinising what has taken place at the supermarket chain’s banking arm, which has more than 7 million customers. The National Cyber Security Centre, the new division of the surveillance agency GCHQ created last month, confirmed it was working with the NCA, which has launched a criminal inquiry. ...
Tesco Bank cyber raid 'unprecedented', says financial regulator image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 11:48:52 AM
....The National Crime Agency (NCA) is one of a number of organisations scrutinising what has taken place at the supermarket chain’s banking arm, which has more than 7 million customers. A new division of the surveillance agency GCHQ – the National Cyber Security Centre – confirmed it was working with the NCA which has launched a criminal inquiry. ...
Beijing threatens legal action over webcam claims image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 11:23:35 AM
....". Video surveillance equipment expert Brian Karas said he did not believe the Chinese government would follow through on its legal threats. ...
Yahoo urges US to publish surveillance order image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of October 2016 08:53:25 PM
. Yahoo has called on the US government to publish a surveillance order it received so it can respond to claims it scanned its users' emails. ...
South Africa's finance minister issued with summons image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 02:08:17 PM
....The fraud charges relate to alleged severance payments made to two senior executives at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), when it was under Mr Gordhan's leadership 10 years ago. Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams also told a news conference that Mr Gordhan was being investigated for his role in setting up a surveillance unit at the tax department around the same time. ...
Wanna be a Bond? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:19:59 PM
....Participants can sign up for a week to be flown to secret locations across the UK and around the world, where they are taught by former members of both UK special forces and intelligence services. "The standard programme includes unarmed combat, weapons, surveillance, kidnap and hostage negotiation, and drinks and poisons," says Secret Me co-founder Sara Fazlali. ...
Pursuing the pirates image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of September 2016 11:01:27 PM
.... It's now in the skies and over the internet. Drones equipped with face-recognition technology are being used to look for known pirates and to act as surveillance scouts in high-threat areas such as the Bab al-Mandab strait between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea, says Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, who commanded EU maritime operations off Somalia between 2009 and 2011. ...

Zika virus found to remain in sperm for up to six months
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 05:45:30 PM
.... On his return to Italy, tests showed the Zika Virus RNA was still present in his urine, saliva and sperm 91 days after the onset of symptoms. After 134 days it was only detectable in his sperm which remained positive after 188 days, the medics said in a report published this week in epidemiology review Eurosurveillance. ...
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Dragonfly drones and lasers: Britain invests £800m in next generation of military technology 
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....It weighs less than two pound coins, is less than five inches long and will be able to fly at speeds of up to 45mph. The drone, which has been developed by a company called Animal Dynamics in Oxford, will be equipped with a camera and a microphone enabling it to carry out covert surveillance. ...

Senior German ministers call for ban on wearing the burqa 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 02:39:09 PM
....The document, already known as the Berlin Declaration, has already been signed by state interior ministers across Germany. It includes 27 measures to increase security, including thousands of new police officers and video camera surveillance in city centres. ...

Suspected arsonist sets leg on fire while attempting to torch Kentucky barbershop
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. Police in Madisonville, Kentucky, are searching for a man caught on surveillance video attempting to torch a barbershop, and in the process, lighting himself on fire. ...
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Trading standards institute: consumers are no longer protected image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 7th of August 2016 05:33:59 PM
.... “We have a situation where trading standards teams in local councils are tasked with holding multi-million-pound firms to account, with just a handful of staff,” said the institute’s chief executive, Leon Livermore. “Spending so little on market surveillance and consumer protection, with an economy as large as ours, simply does not make sense. ...
Airlander 10: Aircraft leaves hangar for first time image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 05:06:55 PM
....The machine is about 60ft (18m) longer than the biggest passenger jets. British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has spent the past nine years developing the prototype in the Cardington hangar after the US Army ran out of money to develop it as a surveillance machine. ...

World's largest aircraft leaves hangar for first time ahead of maiden flight
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....It derives 60pc of its lift aerostatically (by being lighter-than-air), and 40pc aerodynamically (by being wing-shaped), and was helped into being by a £250,000 donation from Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. HAV claims vehicle, which is capable of carrying loads of up to 10 tonnes, could be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel. ...

How this majestic British bird was saved from the brink of extinction
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 05:00:00 AM
....’ Under Lovegrove’s direction, the RSPB started working closely with the volunteers, recruiting additional paid wardens to scare off the egg  collectors. During the 1980s he also struck a deal with local Army commanders to recruit platoons of Gurkhas and SAS for hidden surveillance of vulnerable nests. ...

BBC to deploy detection vans to snoop on internet users
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM
.... . Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the corporation is entitled to carry out surveillance of suspected licence-fee dodgers. ...

Leader of Isil-allied migrant smuggling ring arrested in Italy
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 04:45:00 PM
....” . Police placed him under surveillance after he was arrested on drug smuggling charges and noted he had celebrated terror attacks in France on Facebook. ...

Washington transit police officer arrested on terrorism charges, first US officer tied to Islamic State
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....Nicholas Young, 36, was the first US police officer arrested in connection with Isil. He first drew the attention of the FBI in 2009 when colleagues reported suspicious activity, and had been under surveillance for several years. ...

French 'sea marshals' patrol on board cross-Channel ferries to thwart terror attacks 
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....Heavily-armed “sea marshals” have begun patrolling on board ferries carrying holidaymakers and truck drivers across the English Channel as part of France’s bid to end the wave of terror attacks that have struck the country over the past 18 months. “Their mission is to act as police on these ships, it is one of surveillance, dissuasion and, if necessary, intervention,” marine spokesman Lieutenant Pierre-Joachim Antona told The Telegraph, adding that the patrols will be carried out on a “random but regular” basis. ...

RAF bombs Isil training base in Saddam Hussein's former palace
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:58:35 AM
.... . The attack followed extensive surveillance which established that the terrorist group was using the grounds as a headquarters and training centre for foreign recruits. ...

Royal Navy must be deployed in Channel to protect against terrorists and people smugglers, MPs warn
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....Speaking about this week’s training exercise, Lieutenant Pierre-Joachim Antona, spokesman for the maritime prefecture of the Channel and North Sea, told The Telegraph: “This is a new and permanent plan of action that began on August 1 that consists of maritime gendarmes landing on passenger ships travelling between France and England. “The mission is to act as police on these ships, it is one of surveillance, dissuasion and, if necessary, intervention. ...

Islamist terror could kill off the West's liberal values
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:47:52 PM
.... Both the attackers were well-known to French intelligence. One, Adel Kermiche, was thought dangerous enough to be electronically tagged, but his surveillance was mystifyingly switched off in the mornings, allowing him to move freely wherever he chose. ...

New school opens on the site of the Sandy Hook massacre
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 30th of July 2016 04:11:54 AM
.... Teachers can lock classroom doors and windows from the inside, and key cards are required at entrances and exits throughout the school. Video surveillance is a central part of the overall plan. ...
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France priest killer boasted of plans to cause 'carnage' at a church as video shows attacker threatening countries fighting Isil in Syria
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.... “We just can’t believe that someone so nice got mixed up in all this,” said one friend, Hamid. Amid a row over the release of Kermiche from prison while awaiting trial for membership of a terror group, a ministry of justice spokesman said seven other terrorist suspects in France are under the same type of loose surveillance, as are six people convicted of terrorist offences. ...

Isil's new front as it slaughters priest in French suburb
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of July 2016 09:03:52 PM
.... . He had been kept in custody for 10 months after being caught trying to travel to Syria last year, raising fears French security had blundered in failing to keep him under surveillance. ...

British security services warn attack on UK is ‘very likely’ as churches on terror alert after Normandy priest murder
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.... He says Northern Ireland-related terrorism also remains a severe threat. Privacy International says current secret government surveillance practices go beyond what was revealed in the case of whistle-blower Edward Snowden. ...

Isil knifemen who 'slit 85-year-old priest's throat' and took nuns hostage shot dead as second victim fights for life 
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....On Tuesday night it emerged that one of the alleged killers, Adel Kermiche, 19, had been under police supervision and wearing an electronic tag at the time of the attack. He had been kept in custody for 10 months after being caught trying to travel to Syria last year, raising fears French security had blundered in failing to keep him under surveillance. ...

British shopping centres on high security alert in wake of lone-wolf Munich attack
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....Sources said the review had looked at the use of barriers to stop traffic and potential ram-raid attackers, as well as the numbers of armed police on standby to shoot dead any potential attacker. European nations have also increased police activity and raised surveillance and checks along border regions in recent weeks. ...

Nice killer ‘made 12 reconnaissance trips in illegal lorry’ without being turned back
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.... “He can been seen in the images driving along the Promenade des Anglais with his lorry 12 times between July 11 and 14,” a source close to the investigation said. Officials in Nice refused to obey a police order to delete 24 hours of surveillance images showing the atrocity as the government came under fire over security on the night of the attack. ...

Nice rejects police request to wipe CCTV footage of Bastille Day attack as row over security failings deepens 
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. Authorities in Nice have rejected a request from French anti-terror police to delete surveillance camera images of the Bastille Day truck attack, as a row intensified over alleged security failings. ...
Sports Direct staff 'not treated as humans', says MPs' report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 11:01:29 PM
....". Mr Ashley gave evidence to MPs following a Guardian report last year that workers at the warehouse had been subjected to rigorous searches and surveillance, leading to staff receiving less than the minimum wage. ...

Brazil police arrest 10 in alleged Isil Rio Olympics terror plot
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 03:22:35 PM
....Two suspected members of the group remain at large. Alexandre de Moraes, justice minister, said the suspects, who were all Brazilian nationals, had been under surveillance and were arrested as soon as they appeared to carry out “preparatory acts” for an attack. ...
No more fish in the sea image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of July 2016 11:34:16 PM
....Chinese fishing vessels operate illegally off the coast of Guinea, depleting its fish population and destroying marine life. Despite the economic and social consequences of illegal fishing, the Guinean government has failed to police its waters because it doesn't have money to operate surveillance equipment, as the BBC's Tamasin Ford reports. ...
How can I protect my data if my laptop is stolen? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of July 2016 08:45:58 AM
....The Intercept has a useful article, Encrypting Your Laptop Like You Mean It, which covers Windows, macOS/OS X and Linux. It points out that full disk encryption (FDE) doesn’t protect you against malicious websites and viruses, nor does it stop internet surveillance. ...

Snowden denounces Russia's 'unjustifiable' surveillance bill
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 26th of June 2016 04:20:46 PM
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Nearly one in six workers in England and Wales in insecure work image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 11:01:35 PM
....Zero-hours contracts, which are widely used in the retail industry and do not guarantee employees any work from week to week, have been back in the spotlight this month after the billionaire Sports Direct founder, Mike Ashley, admitted his company had broken the law by failing to pay staff the national minimum wage. Ashley’s admission last week to MPs investigating his firm’s treatment of its workers, confirmed the findings of a Guardian investigation last year in which undercover reporters exposed how the company was paying staff less than the legal minimum and subjected them to a harsh regime of surveillance and financial penalties for lateness. ...
Paper tiger Mike Ashley needs to explain or face being torn apart by MPs image
....This was a risk Ashley could not afford to take and if he has any sense, he will be humble and contrite when he gives his evidence. Clearly, there are questions to be answered about working conditions at the Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook, where a Guardian investigation revealed that thousands of workers were effectively being paid below the minimum wage and that there was a draconian system of surveillance and searches in place for a cowed workforce. ...
Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley agrees to appear in front of MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of June 2016 05:00:17 PM
.... The BIS committee declined that offer, insisting that Ashley report on 7 June. MPs want to quiz Ashley about the Guardian’s revelation that thousands of Sports Direct workers were subjected to an extraordinary regime of searches and surveillance. ...
Sports Direct: MPs to discuss sanctions on Mike Ashley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of June 2016 01:23:37 PM
....In March, the tycoon was formally summonsed to appear before MPs to explain his company’s treatment of its workers, after refusing to agree to a number of dates suggested by MPs. The standoff followed a Guardian investigation into the treatment of workers at Sports Direct’s Derbyshire headquarters that found they were subject to surveillance and lengthy searches which meant effectively they earned less than the minimum wage. ...
Mike Ashley 'will face MPs after they visit Sports Direct' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of May 2016 10:33:53 AM
....MPs on the cross-party business select committee have been trying to quiz Ashley for months about working practices, including the use of zero-hours contracts. He was called on to give evidence after a Guardian investigation revealed that thousands of temporary workers at Sports Direct were in effect being paid below the national minimum wage and that the company subjected warehouse staff to a regime of searches and surveillance. ...
How £14m investigation snared Deutsche Bank insider trading ring image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 12:35:03 PM
....While the pair did not name this insider, the subject of that conversation was referred to as “Hind’s man”. As the surveillance team observed Parvizi leaving Anderson’s office, he climbed into a silver BMW sports utility that belonged to one Andrew Hind, a Manchester University maths graduate and accountant nicknamed “Nobu”. ...
Fantastically crony-capitalist: that’ll be Cameron-land | Simon Jenkins image
.... Little or nothing to end the plague has been done. British ministers are happy to impose the world’s most draconian electronic surveillance on the British people, yet are curiously reluctant to get tough with the finances of the rich. ...

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