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4.12.15


COP 21: Anonymous Leaks Paris Climate Summit Officials’ Private Data (Wired, link): "Hackers have leaked the private login details of nearly 1,415 officials at the UN climate talks in Paris in an apparent act of protest against arrests of activists in the city."

EU: Parliament's response to terrorist threat: Europol, passenger records, need for common action (EP, link): "In the wake of the terrorists attacks in Paris on 13 November, the fight against terrorism remains at the top of the European Parliament's agenda. On Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, the civil liberties committee discussed how the EU's strategy could be improved. "

EU: Terrorism’s Power Depends on Our Response (Human Rights Watch, link): "Listening to the debate in Europe on the threat from the armed extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS), which has claimed credit for the Paris attacks, it feels like Europe has forgotten the central lesson from London in 2005 and the train bombings in Madrid the previous year. The power of these attacks lies in how society and -- above all -- the government responds."

Europe’s intelligence ‘black hole’ (Politico, link): "An obscure European agency called Europol launched a project in 2014 to store information about thousands of people suspected of traveling across borders to engage in terrorism, including Islamist “foreign fighters” in Syria and Iraq."

France wants Facebook and Twitter to launch an 'offensive' against ISIS propaganda (The Verge, link): "The French government is once again calling on major web companies to help combat jihadist propaganda online, following a string of deadly attacks last month that left 129 dead and more than 300 injured. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Axelle Lemaire, deputy minister for digital affairs, met with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Microsoft today to discuss plans to counter extremist propaganda and expand safety tools in the event of a future attack. A follow-up meeting will be held at the end of January."

German Intelligence Services Oversight Body Files Action Against Government (IP Watch, link): "For the first time in its history, the G10 Commission, an oversight body over the German Intelligence Services, will go to court to challenge decisions by the German government and the services, German Public Broadcasting and the Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed last night."

IRELAND: NGOs call for the International Protection Bill to be withdrawn and reconsidered (Irish Refugee Council, link): "Doras Luimní, the Irish Refugee Council, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and Nasc are calling for the International Protection Bill, currently before the Seanad, to be withdrawn so that it can be properly amended by the Government and full consideration must be given to concerns expressed by organisations that work directly with asylum seekers and refugees."

UK: Immigration centre firms face £10,000 fine if detainee dies from self-harm (The Guardian, link): "Companies that run immigration detention centres face a £10,000 fine if an incident of deliberate self-harm results in death, it has emerged.

The figure came to light during a Home Office appeal after it was ordered to release data on failures by commercial contractors at two centres. The appeal is being heard by the information tribunal, which considers appeals on freedom of information (FoI) or other information requests."

US adjusting tactics to intensify air war against Islamic State (Stars and Stripes, link): "The United States will adjust its tactics and risk more civilian casualties when launching airstrikes against high-value targets in Syria and Iraq as part of an effort to increase pressure on Islamic State militants."

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