Threat to freedom and privacy from police use of spyware

first_img Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is worried about a bill that would allow the French police to use spyware to obtain information from privately-owned computers and Internet cafés as part of their efforts to combat organised crime. The concern is shared by the National Commission for Information Technology and Freedom (CNIL), which has examined the bill at the government’s request.“We fear that excessive spyware use by the police could threaten the confidentiality of journalists’ sources,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The circumstances in which spyware can be used to obtain information from computers needs to be more clearly defined. We urge legislators to make the appropriate amendments to the bill.”The bill, which would add 10 articles to the criminal code, was submitted to the council of ministers on 27 May and is to be discussed by the National Assembly at the end of the year. Subject to oversight by a judge, it would allow the police to use remotely-introduced spyware to obtain computer data without the knowledge and consent of those concerned.The CNIL began examining seven of the bill’s articles at the interior ministry’s request on 16 April, In its opinion, issued on 24 July, it described them as extremely “sensitive” because they would represent a major exception to the principles of a January 1978 law protecting personal data. Invasions of privacy under the bill should be “proportionate to the goal pursued,” the commission said.The spyware would allow the police to capture all key strokes and everything appearing on screen for up to eight months. The commission voiced particular concern about the collection of data from law firms, court clerks, doctors and newspapers, and called for solid guarantees to avoid abuses. to go further News News FranceEurope – Central Asia May 10, 2021 Find out more July 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threat to freedom and privacy from police use of spyware RSF_en Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Receive email alerts Follow the news on France June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

Think Ahead

first_imgHome gardeners must fight insects and diseases to keep their vegetable plants healthy and productive. Diseases are harder to identify because, unlike bugs, you can’t easily see a pathogen, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist Elizabeth Little.“Insects can be seen on plants, but diseases are a little mysterious,” said Little, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “You can’t just look at the plant and know what’s going on.”Georgia’s hot, muggy summers provide the perfect conditions for diseases to thrive in, she said.The secret to fighting diseases in homegrown vegetables is to stay a few steps ahead of them, according to Little.“If you wait until after you see the disease, it’s too late,” she said. “It’s all about prevention because diseases can increase very rapidly once they start.”To fight diseases in the home garden, Little offers home gardeners these prevention tips.Plant in an open, sunny location with good drainage and plenty of air circulation.Choose disease-resistant and/or Southern-adapted varieties, if available.Start with healthy seeds and transplants.Plant summer crops, such as tomatoes and cucurbits, as early as possible.Rotate different crops within the garden each year if possible.Give plants plenty of space for good air movement. Trellis tomatoes and cucumbers.Limit the frequency of overhead irrigation to keep foliage dry.Use drip irrigation if possible.To help keep plants healthy, improve soil conditions with organic matter.Adjust pH and soil fertility based on a soil test.Remove old crop debris at the end of the season.Following these practices will help home gardeners avoid most disease problems. If persistent problems occur, contact your local UGA Extension office for a correct diagnosis of the problem and a recommendation on how to treat it.last_img read more

Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’ by: – January 14, 2012 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share Can bacon increase the risk of cancer?A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden.They said eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person’s risk by 19%.But the chance of developing the rare cancer remains low.The World Cancer Research Fund suggested the link may be down to obesity.Eating red and processed meat has already been linked to bowel cancer. As a result the UK government recommended in 2011 that people eat no more than 70g a day.Prof Susanna Larsson, who conducted the study at the Karolinska Institute, told the BBC that links to other cancers were “quite controversial”.She added: “It is known that eating meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer, it’s not so much known about other cancers.”The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, analysed data from 11 trials and 6,643 patients with pancreatic cancer.Increased riskHazel Nunn from Cancer Research UK: ”The increased risk was found only in processed meat”It found that eating processed meat increased the risk of pancreatic cancer. The risk increased by 19% for every 50g someone added to their daily diet. Having an extra 100g would increase the risk by 38%.Prof Larsson said: “Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease.”She recommended that people eat less red meat. Cancer Research UK said the risk of developing pancreatic cancer in a lifetime was “comparatively small” – one in 77 for men and one in 79 for women. Sara Hiom, the charity’s information director, said: “The jury is still out as to whether meat is a definite risk factor for pancreatic cancer and more large studies are needed to confirm this, but this new analysis suggests processed meat may be playing a role.”However, she pointed out that smoking was a much greater risk factor. The World Cancer Research Fund has advised people to completely avoid processed meat.Dr Rachel Thompson, the fund’s deputy head of science, said: “We will be re-examining the factors behind pancreatic cancer later this year as part of our Continuous Update Project, which should tell us more about the relationship between cancer of the pancreas and processed meat.“There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of pancreatic cancer and this study may be an early indication of another factor behind the disease.“Regardless of this latest research, we have already established a strong link between eating red and processed meat and your chances of developing bowel cancer, which is why WCRF recommends limiting intake of red meat to 500g cooked weight a week and avoid processed meat altogether.” By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

Marreese Speights’ personality helps Clippers lighten up

first_imgDoc Rivers has joked that Speights has little to worry or stress about because of his approach to offense.“You would never be afraid either if you shot all the time,” Rivers said of the Clippers’ back-up big man. “…He’s just a great guy to have on your team. You know he’s going to come in with the gun loaded. It’s 100 percent that it’s going to be loaded. He’s going to use it. But, he’s also doing other things. He takes charges. He rebounds for us.”He plays with the bravado of the Golden State Warriors, his former team. He also doesn’t mind the bumps and bruises that define another one of his former stops with the Memphis Grizzlies.Speights is having one of the best seasons of his career, averaging 10.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in only 16.5 minutes. Oh, and he’s launching up shots – 7.5 per game including 3.5 from deep. He’s also drawn a NBA-leading 21 charges.When he drills a high-arcing 3-pointer, he’ll celebrate. When he drives to the basket and scores, he’ll stare at his right hand, almost marveling at what he just accomplished. And, whoever is on the Clipper bench is usually standing, celebrating with “Mo Buckets.”“It’s contagious,” Bass said. “Those types of players and that kind of spirit, it’s contagious. I just think that’s his personality. That’s true to him. And, it shows on the court – feeling good, playing good.”It’s something they could’ve used more of in years past, when it didn’t always look like the Clippers were enjoying themselves.“When you can have fun like that and you can win basketball games, that’s what it’s all about,” Clipper guard Raymond Felton said. “That’s when we take it to the next level, when we can have fun but at the same time, be serious about what we’re doing out there.”As much as the points, rebounds and charges, this is what Speights has given the Clippers.“This team and city welcomed me with open arms even though I used to be rivals with multiple teams,” he said. “It’s been a blessing. It’s been great being here, playing for a team, a city and playing with this team – being able to play for Doc Rivers and with all these guys. It’s been a blessing. It’s been fun and I’m enjoying every minute of it.”Speights eventually grabbed that 10th rebound Monday night to go with a season-high 23 points, the ball falling right into his arms. He got his double-double and the fans and bench all cheered.And Bass wasn’t anywhere near the play. LOS ANGELES >> The Clipper bench erupted in wild laughter. The front rows under the basket could barely believe what they just saw.Marreese Speights, a mountain of a human who looks like someone you’d have to get past on the way to a bout with Mike Tyson in an old video game, gave Brandon Bass a look. Better yet, it was a glare.In the final minutes of the Clippers’ win over Oklahoma City Monday night, Speights had his massive frame camped out underneath the basket, arms pointed toward the Staples Center roof. He was ready to grab a rebound – his 10th of the night.But out of nowhere, Bass skied through the air to intercept the ball. And before Speights started to jog down to the offensive end, he had something to say — well something he wanted to communicate. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I thought it was a selfish play by Mo,” JJ Redick deadpanned, as Speights sat to his right. “Brandon is out there just busting his tail, trying to get a defensive rebound and have us win the possession. I don’t know if that look was necessary.”Speights spoke up.“I don’t remember,” he said with a grin.Whether at the podium, on the bench or on the court, Speights has injected the Clipper team with life and, frankly, some joy.“We look like we’re having fun, right?” he rhetorically asked. “That’s what I’ve been trying to do. They’ve accepted it. You got to win and you got to have fun. You can’t always be a military-style team. You have to have fun and you have to relax.”last_img read more