EFF says decision that authorities can no longer access location data without a warrant means an end to government’s ‘free rein’
If you live in the US and carry a cellphone, you might as well be wearing an ankle monitor that logs your location every 15 minutes and maintains an archive of that information dating back as much as five years.
That may sound like the scaremongering of a privacy advocate, but the analogy comes from Chief Justice John Roberts who, on Friday, authored a majority opinion ruling in the supreme court that the government could no longer access an individual’s cellphone location data without a warrant.
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Exclusive: Evidence of horrific treatment emerges as the Hague gives Myanmar deadline to respond to claims
Harrowing accounts of Rohingya women tied to trees and raped for days by Myanmar’s military and men being pushed into mass graves, doused with petrol and set alight have been sent to the international criminal court.
The evidence has been sent by a coalition of Bangladesh organisations to ICC prosecutors who are pushing to investigate allegations of forced deportation from a country where it has no jurisdiction.
The ICC must be brave and accept it has jurisdiction.
Court bars police from accessing data such as call listings and location without a warrant, a landmark decision for privacy rights
A US supreme court ruling issued Friday barred police from accessing cell phone data such as call listings and location data without first obtaining a search warrant, in a landmark decision in favor of privacy protections.
Advocates hailed the 5-4 ruling as a victory for personal privacy rights in an age when digital technology and the widespread use of mobile devices could create easy paths for law enforcement or other state bodies into the most intimate corners of private life.
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Criminalising help for refugees is a sign of Viktor Orbán’s growing authoritarianism. Europe cannot afford to ignore it
It’s time for the European Union to kick Hungary out. There it is, a member state, casually flouting basic democratic norms and human rights, swiftly evolving into an authoritarian nightmare, with absolutely no meaningful consequences.
Consider the latest act in Hungary’s slide towards what its prime minister Viktor Orbán boasts is an “illiberal democracy”. The country’s parliament has not just passed a law making claims for asylum almost impossible: the very act of helping migrants and refugees has been criminalised. Furthermore, a 25% tax has been slapped on funding for NGOs that “support immigration”: in practice, that means having anything positive to say about immigration.
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Years of DIY-testing the dubious stashes of festival-goers have convinced me that urgent reform is needed to keep people safe
While discussion of drugs and drug policy often revolve around facts, figures and complex science, perhaps it’s worth reflecting on what I have witnessed at British music festivals over the past four years.
Summer after summer, I arrive in fields across the UK on a mission to shine a light on how we take drugs. One year, I traipsed across campsites with DIY testing kits – helping revellers understand how pure their stashes were, and what they were cut with.
A sensible drug policy is overdue, one that legalises cannabis and decriminalises possession of all illegal substances
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Justice committee publishes damning report on overhaul instituted by Chris Grayling and urges MoJ review
The part-privatisation of the probation sector spearheaded by Chris Grayling during his time as justice secretary is a “mess” and may never work, MPs have warned in a damning report that heavily criticises the reforms.
Four years after Grayling put his “transforming rehabilitation” plan into action, a report by the justice committee, led by the Conservative MP Robert Neill, said it was unconvinced the changes would deliver an effective or viable service for managing offenders in the community.
Marian FitzGerald highlights a significant change in the way crime figures are recorded
Your report (I was a victim of scooter phone thieves, says home secretary, 18 June) highlights the lower “sanction detection” rates in the Metropolitan police for burglary (5.5%) and robbery (7%) than for offences generally of 13.2% in 2017-18. The term refers to offences where those responsible were not only identified but were subject to some formal penalty. It has always varied by offence type.
Far more important is the fall in the overall sanction detection rate. This has always been lower than the national average in the Met, but appears to have fallen by 40% in just five years. In 2012-13 the Met’s overall sanction detection rate was 22%, against an average of 27% across all forces in England and Wales (with figures for burglary and robbery of 12% and 21%).
James Ibori alleges police corruption and says ban on evidence ‘handicaps’ his case
An embezzler who has alleged that police corruption rendered his conviction unsafe has claimed an appeal he has launched will not get a fair hearing, a court was told.
James Ibori was jailed for 13 years for stealing nearly £50m from the Nigerian government and using it to buy properties in the UK. The conviction of Ibori, one of Nigeria’s richest men, in 2012 was hailed by ministers as a triumph for a Scotland Yard anti-corruption unit.
Protests as men who abused teen at bull running festival to be freed during appeal
The five men jailed for sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman at the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona two years ago are to be released on bail of €6,000, according to reports.
The case, known as the “wolf pack” trial because of the name the men used in their WhatsApp group, caused a national outcry after the defendants were sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual abuse, but acquitted of rape.
Samaritans volunteer whose enduring legacy is the Listeners scheme to help prisoners in distress
A Samaritans volunteer for nearly 50 years, Kathy Baker, who has died aged 70, gave so much of her time to so many. But her enduring legacy will be the groundbreaking Samaritans Listener scheme which she founded in HMP Swansea in 1991 after a 15-year-old boy hanged himself in the prison.
The Listener scheme, whereby prisoners are trained to provide a patient and compassionate ear for fellow prisoners in distress, is one of the most innovative ventures introduced to the UK prison system and has saved countless lives. The governor of Swansea at the time, Jim Heyes, was a man of foresight who had been deeply affected by the death of the youngster and welcomed the Samaritans into his prison. He worked closely with Kathy to establish the Listeners as an integral part of his prison regime. Between them they created “a living organism”, as one governor described it, which has spread so that now every prison in the country is obliged to have such a scheme and to have a relationship with the Samaritans as part of their key performance indicators.