Nine EU countries want looser controls on spy software exports

first_img News June 13, 2018 – Updated on June 14, 2018 Nine EU countries want looser controls on spy software exports RSF_en Czech RepublicCyprusEstoniaFinlandIrelandItalyPolandSwedenUnited KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expression News Organisation If adopted, the position taken by the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom in a working paper leaked to the media last week would constitute a step backward for the fight to control surveillance technology. The nine countries want laxer controls on surveillance software exporters and claim that controlling the software on the list recommended by RSF and Others “could seriously undermine the competitiveness of EU-based industry.” “This is a step backward for press freedom and protection of journalists’ sources,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology desk. “Today, journalists are being spied on or arrested with the help of European surveillance technologies, which discourages the exchange of information. EU member states have to enforce stronger, not weaker export control standards to protect journalists worldwide.” The nine countries circulated their working paper as part of the discussions about a proposal to tighten EU regulations on the export of dual-use technology, including surveillance software, to authoritarian regimes in order to prevent its use to violate human rights. After the European Commission issued the original proposal in 2016, a coalition of NGOs including RSF said it should be amended in order to take greater account of the need to protect human rights, including the protection of journalists’ sources. Many of the NGOs’ suggestions were incorporated into the version that the European Parliament approved at the end of 2017. It is this version that is now being discussed by member countries before its final approval. >>> Read the joint statement by the four NGOs <<< June 7, 2021 Find out more News to go further Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Czech RepublicCyprusEstoniaFinlandIrelandItalyPolandSwedenUnited KingdomEurope - Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expression June 8, 2021 Find out more News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Access Now, Amnesty International, Privacy International and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have issued a joint statement condemning an attempt by nine European Union member countries to weaken an EU proposal to tighten controls on technology exports that can be used to spy on journalists and their sources. Follow the news on Europe - Central Asia Help by sharing this information last_img read more

‘Proptech and eviction laws are emboldening tenants’

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » ‘Proptech and eviction laws are emboldening tenants’ previous nextHousing Market‘Proptech and eviction laws are emboldening tenants’It’s why more tenants are asking for rent reductions, reveals ARLA’s David CoxNigel Lewis3rd October 20160626 Views The rise of proptech-led apps coupled to the introduction of regulation to prevent the worst kind of predatory evictions has emboldened tenants and is one reason why more are asking for rent reductions, says David Cox, ARLA’s Managing Director.Last week ARLA revealed that the percentage of tenants asking for rent reductions has increased from 2.1% to 3%, the highest proportion since ARLA began keeping records.Cox says the relationship between landlord and tenant is now more balanced. This, he says, is because the plethora of private rented sector data now available online via both the portals as well as new apps such as recently-launched Movebubble mean many tenants are now more aware of local rental prices and whether their rent is fair or not.“Tenants are looking around and if they see that similar properties nearby are available to rent for much less, they now feel secure enough in their tenancies to start the rental re-negotiation process with their landlord,” says Cox.He says that many tenants who had complained to their landlord in the past about the condition of their property and subsequently asked for a reduction in rent would have been open to a retaliatory eviction, but that now this has been stamped out.In October 2015 provisions within the Deregulation Act were brought in to prevent retaliatory evictions of tenants using the ‘no fault’ process when a tenant makes a genuine complaint about a property which is then verified by their local authority and an improvement order issued.  proptech lettings ARLA October 3, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Insurance becoming increasingly hard to get for global coal industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal projects more than doubled this year and for the first time U.S. companies have taken action, leaving Lloyd’s and Asian insurers as the “last resort” for fossil fuels, according to a new report.The report, which rates the world’s 35 biggest insurers on their actions on fossil fuels, declares that coal – the biggest single contributor to climate change – “is on the way to becoming uninsurable” as most coal projects cannot be financed, built or operated without insurance.Ten firms moved to restrict the insurance cover they offer to companies that build or operate coal power plants in 2019, taking the global total to 17, said the Unfriend Coal campaign, which includes 13 environmental groups such as Greenpeace, Client Earth and Urgewald, a German NGO. The report will be launched at an insurance and climate risk conference in London on Monday, as the UN climate summit gets underway in Madrid.The first insurers to exit coal policies were all European, but since March, two U.S. insurers – Chubb and Axis Capital – and the Australian firms QBE and Suncorp have pledged to stop or restrict insurance for coal projects.At least 35 insurers with combined assets of $8.9 trillion, equivalent to 37% of the insurance industry’s global assets, have begun pulling out of coal investments. A year ago, 19 insurers holding more than $6tn in assets were divesting from fossil fuels.Lloyd’s, the world’s biggest insurance market, is the only major European firm which continues to insure new coal projects. Lloyd’s started excluding coal from its investments in its own £4bn central mutual fund in April 2018. However, its chief executive John Neal last month ruled out issuing guidelines on underwriting coal projects to its member syndicates.More: Coal power becoming ‘uninsurable’ as firms refuse cover Insurance becoming increasingly hard to get for global coal industrylast_img read more

Area needs grocery, place to do laundry

first_imgThe East Front Street, Stockade and downtown areas are in desperate need of two important businesses.The first is a grocery store. The last market we had in our area was the Trading Port on Lower Union Street that closed many years ago.The second is a laundromat. The former laundromat on Front Street closed in December after the water pipes broke. I urge anyone who is thinking of opening either (or both) businesses to consider our area.It’s a food desert and lacks a place to wash your clothes. Many people who live here don’t drive and would appreciate and support both businesses.Elizabeth VolpicelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more