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Child support dodgers to lose passports and driving licences

In Engeland hebben ze weer iets nieuws bedacht. Gescheiden vaders die geen alimentatie betalen, kunnen hun paspoort of rijbewijs kwijtraken. Dit kan worden gedaan door overheidsinstellingen die dit zonder tussenkomst van de rechter kunnen doen. Dat kan nu alleen met tussenkomst van de rechter.


Child support dodgers to lose passports and driving licences

Absent fathers who fail to pay towards their children's upbringing could have their passports and driving licences summarily seized by bureaucrats. It represents the first time civil servants and Government agencies will be able to bypass the normal legal process in this way.

At present, the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission must apply to the courts to have a negligent father's driving licence or passport cancelled. But under legislation being unveiled by Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell tomorrow, civil servants will be able to sign the orders themselves.

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Payment Processor Breach May Be Largest Ever

Diefstal van een ongekende omvang van creditcard gegevens wordt gerapporteerd in The Washington Post. Exacte getallen zijn onbekend, maar het zou mogelijk gaan over de gegevens van 100 miljoen mensen, waarmee dat de grootste bekende klap op dit gebied zou zijn. Gelukkig heeft u niets te verbergen...

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EU privacy watchdog laments weakened privacy proposals

Het gaat steeds slechter met de privacy in Europa...

The European Union's Council of Ministers has weakened proposals to overhaul EU privacy laws and left people with fewer protections for their personal information, the privacy watchdog for EU institutions has warned.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said that the Council's revisions to European Parliament and Commission plans to update electronic privacy law leave citizens less protected than before. In quite a few cases [Parliament and Commission] amendments offering safeguards to the citizens are deleted or substantially weakened," said the EDPS opinion. "As a result, the level of protection offered to individuals in [the Council-amended version of the plans] is substantially weakened."

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Online gamers in China must soon register with real names

Onder de noemer "anti verslaving tegen online gaming" moeten de Chinezen zich binnenkort met hun echte naam en de code van hun ID-kaart registreren voor online spellen (MMO-games). Als reden hiervoor wordt opgegeven, dat men kan bijhouden hoe vaak en hoe lang men online spellen speelt om op deze manier verslaving aan MMO-spellen tegen te gaan.

Zhang Yijun, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication's technology and digital publication department in China, said this week in Qingdao that the Chinese government will begin taking in personal information from any players who register to play MMO, free or otherwise. Gamers will need to register their names along with the code for their government-issued ID cards.

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Europe's Big Brothers

As we celebrate the human rights legacy of the last 60 years, the right to a private life is threatened more than ever.

As they prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European governments must do more than just congratulate themselves on the continued appeal of fundamental freedoms. Our right to respect for private life is at risk from undue interference by state agencies.

Surveillance systems no longer just watch. High-definition CCTV is combined with face-recognition software; motorway cameras can read car licence plates and track selected cars; a new generation of satellite-based surveillance tools are being developed; computer programs can monitor, screen and analyse billions of calls and emails simultaneously, in real time; and new software can supposedly identify "suspicious behaviour" or "hostile intent".

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Hackers stelen gegevens 1,5 miljoen Worldpay gebruikers

Hackers zijn erin geslaagd het systeem van Worldpay te kraken en de informatie van 1,5 miljoen gebruikers te stelen die de afgelopen twintig jaar de diensten van de betalingsprovider gebruikten. Het gaat met name om gebruikers van betaalkaarten en cadeaubonnen. Daarnaast bevatte het systeem ook de betaalgeschiedenis van de afgelopen twee decennia.

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