Telegram contests Russian fine

first_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 MAR 2018 HomeAppsNews Telegram contests Russian fine Telegram updates app to boost user socialisation Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleRural US carriers push 4G ahead of 5G spectrum battleNext ArticleSamsung shakes up board Apps Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more center_img Telegram dials in to video chat demand Author Telegram joins App Store resistance Related Secure messaging company Telegram appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding a RUB 800,000 fine ($13,984) imposed on the company by a Russian court.In 2016, Russia enacted laws to deal with terrorism, which required messaging services to provide authorities with the ability to decrypt user correspondence.It fined Telegram last year because it refused to disclose its encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB – Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti). This was followed by an appeal to Russia’s Supreme Court, which was lost earlier this week.If the company doesn’t comply, it could face another fine and even have its service blocked in Russia, one of its largest markets.According to Vedomosti, Telegram complained to the EHRC that the fine violates the right to freely disseminate information without the interference of  authorities and regardless of state borders, guaranteed by article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.It also argued Russian authorities did not consider public security and the protection of the rights of citizens to respect for private life.According to Damir Gainutdinov, a lawyer representing Telegram, this will be one of the first cases in the ECHR dealing with electronic surveillance.“We hope that, from our filing, the court will begin to formulate European standards in this area,” he said.Telegram has had its fair share of trouble. Last month Apple blocked the app temporarily because of “illegal content, specifically child pornography”.In 2017, the Indonesian government threatened to ban the app for unlawful content, particularly radical and terrorist propaganda. Telegram recently raised $850 million in the pre-sale stage of an initial coin offering to develop and maintain its messaging apps, and also to work on its blockchain technology. Telegramlast_img read more

Apple developers opting-out of privacy features

first_imgHome Apple developers opting-out of privacy features Previous ArticleGoogle enhances Pay architectureNext ArticleJapanese operators focusing on partnerships for 5G AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 JUN 2019 Steve Costello Apple targets Chinese apps over iOS privacy loophole Español Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Relatedcenter_img Author Developers have shunned features provided in iOS to ensure data privacy, research by mobile security company Wandera showed.A study of 30,000 iOS apps commonly used by employees found more than two-thirds do not use Apple’s App Transport Security (ATS), which ensures apps and their extensions connect to web services using secure connection protocols.While ATS is enabled by default and Apple’s app review guidelines state developers must justify disabling it, Wandera said its research showed this process is not onerous.It noted developers may have good reasons for disabling ATS, for example enabling connection to third-party advertising, market research, analytics and file hosting: advertising networks MoPub and Google AdMob recommend disabling ATS to ensure ads load correctly.But developers do have the option to set ATS exceptions for specific functions within an app, meaning it is not a straight off/on choice, though this is not a common approach.With ad networks being one of the reasons for disabling ATS, Wandera noted it is unsurprising its use is significantly higher in paid-for apps: it is enabled in 45.9 per cent of cases, rather than 26.2 per cent for free titles.Finance is the leading category in terms of ATS compatibility, but Wandera noted that even among the leading apps in the segment, only a third enable it for global use and many still have exception domains.CausesWandera suggested developers may be disabling ATS because “they don’t actually understand how it works due to its complexity”. Another possibility is they are “taking the easy way out” by submitting all domains needed by apps as exceptions to avoid possible disruption to users.It also noted web service companies can become part of the solution. “They can’t keep supporting unencrypted content when OS vendors like Apple are trying to move toward total encryption”, it said. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Las asociaciones del sector respaldan el acuerdo sobre privacidad de la Unión Europea Tags Facebook to pay $650M in privacy settlement iOSPrivacyWanderalast_img read more

Full Speed Ahead at World Cycling Centre

first_img Related The UCI’s World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Switzerland has signed a new four-year agreement with bike components company Full Speed Ahead (FSA).The World Cycling Centre (WCC), which houses the headquarters of the International Cycling Union, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), is a high-level coaching and training centre. Designed for riders, coaches and cycling managers, the WCC has been given the label ‘Olympic Training Centre’ by the IOC.Under this sponsorship agreement, which runs from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2016, FSA will provide the WCC with handlebars, stems and crank sets for the trainees’ road, track and mountain bikes. In addition, the FSA brand Vision will supply time trial aerobars for the young athletes training in Aigle, Switzerland.The first delivery of components has already arrived at the centre, ready for the 2013 intake of trainees and the beginning of the next Olympic cycle.“We are extremely fortunate to have the support of this major international company,” said WCC Director Frédéric Magné. “This agreement takes us through to Rio 2016 and hopefully we will see some of our trainees performing at the Olympics with FSA and Vision products.”Full Speed Ahead, whose European headquarters are located in Busnago, Italy, is one of the cycling industry’s leaders in the production of high range products for bicycles. The company also sponsors numerous professional road and mountain bike teams.www.uci.chwww.fullspeedahead.comlast_img read more

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The benefits of joining the residential conveyancing scheme

first_img Linda Lee is president of the Law Society Despite the challenges from licensed conveyancers, it is believed that between 85% and 90% of the conveyancing market are solicitors. However, it is hard to tell how accurate this figure is. Of only 600,000-800,000 transactions last year (which includes remortgages), the largest Land Registry users include Enact and My Home Move. Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,500 solicitors’ firms are dependent on conveyancing to remain solvent. Despite the perceived simplicity of this work, a large percentage of complaints and claims against solicitors relate to conveyancing matters. The combination of the downturn in the housing market and economic uncertainty mean that many solicitors who depend on conveyancing for their livelihoods face an uncertain future. The time has come for the profession to make sure that the excellent service and professional guarantee offered by solicitors is recognised by the profession and the public. That is why the Law Society launched our residential conveyancing scheme (CQS) earlier this year. We want to do what we can to make sure that solicitors who are committed to practising excellence and high professional standards stand out in a crowded market. The idea of a scheme was initiated by the Law Society Property Section Executive Committee which foresaw the difficult circumstances many firms now find themselves in. They also recognised the need to protect the current market share from competitors by establishing a quality mark that could be marketed to the public as a badge of excellence. Crucially, for practitioners, the CQS will also help with the problem experienced by some smaller firms relating to mortgage lenders and professional indemnity insurers, which have identified smaller firms as being too great a risk to use or protect. The CQS will help address that by making it possible for both lenders and insurers to know that they are dealing with high-quality solicitors at minimal cost and difficulty to themselves. For a variety of reasons, licensed conveyancers are currently seen as less of a risk in the context of mortgage fraud. The success of CQS through membership of the scheme may offer the only prospect for some firms to remain in the market. The Solicitors Regulation Authority, lenders and insurers have all been consulted during the development of this scheme. I am pleased to say that the CQS has support from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, the Association of British Insurers and Nationwide. A number of key decisions were taken in formulating the scheme. First, the scheme would be run for the benefit of our members and their clients. It will only be open to firms of solicitors, not licensed conveyancers. The second was that the cost of being a member of the scheme would be kept low, and considerable capital investment would be required by the Law Society. This decision was approved by Law Society Council members, many of whom have no contact with the conveyancing market, but have a desire to support other sections of their profession. However, we cannot compromise the integrity of the scheme. Entry to the scheme will test the responsibility of the principals of the firm who apply for membership and their controls over the organisation. You will have to sign up for initial training that includes partners and staff involved in the conveyancing work, whether with legal documents, accounts, or with clients. The forms require detailed information and the standards are high, but I am confident that the majority of firms can meet those standards. Membership of the scheme will prove to be a positive asset, not only as a marketing tool but as an opportunity to reflect on and hone your own practice. At the heart of the scheme will be the new Law Society transaction protocol. This will reinforce consistency of standards throughout the conveyancing process. Work will continue to develop new standards and processes for the benefit of solicitors and their clients. Over time, it is hoped that real improvements to the conveyancing process can be achieved. The process demands interaction between members and relies on cooperation with other professionals as well as clients; the development work will take time and can best be tackled from within the new CQS environment. Assessment for entry to the scheme is based on key risk criteria. There will be ongoing monitoring based on performance against standards. There will also be an element of enforcement to maintain the reputation of the scheme. Membership will be subject to annual renewal. It is designed to be rigorous. We need to make sure that there is no doubt about the integrity and the high standards that CQS accreditation demonstrates for residential conveyancing practices. There is no reason why firms which are committed to achieving and maintaining high standards cannot achieve accreditation. Firms and individuals that achieve membership will create a trusted conveyancing community, which will go a long way to resolving many of the challenges that currently undermine the reputation of many good firms. The profession has shown a real interest in the benefits that this scheme can bring. Since we launched the scheme, we have received 113 applications from firms, ranging from sole practitioners to multi-partnership firms. Over 125 enquiries have been received as a result of our webinar, and we continue to receive a steady stream of telephone calls and enquiries. We hope to accredit our first legal firm shortly. I have made promoting the ‘solicitor brand’ a key theme of my presidency. I am committed to communicating the professional and personal integrity, skill and knowledge that solicitors ­possess. It is my hope that the CQS will go a long way towards helping to do that. I would encourage solicitors to join the Law Society scheme in large numbers, so that we will be able to help ensure solicitors retain their central role and independence in the conveyancing market. The benefits of the scheme to members are well worth the modest costs of application and the effort that is required. I hope that this article addresses the concerns of the small number of correspondents who have written to the editor of this magazine. As someone who had to be accredited to practise in my chosen field, I understand the reluctance to submit to an assessment process, but I hope that you will do so not just for the personal satisfaction of succeeding but also to meet the need for the profession to work together in this specialist area of work.last_img read more

Europe’s human rights system under new scrutiny

first_imgA Europe-wide public consultation has begun on the long-term future of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Strasbourg court that protects and interprets it.The consultation, by the Council of Europe (CoE), is a direct result of the UK’s presidency of the council and the April 2012 Brighton conference.In its Brighton Declaration the council called on the Committee of Ministers, made up of the foreign affairs ministers of the 47 member states, to consider the future of the convention and how the Strasbourg court can best fulfil its key role of protecting and promoting human rights in Europe.Individuals and organisations may respond to the consultation on any aspect of the convention system, such as future challenges to the convention and court; possible reforms to cut the backlog of cases; the procedure for enforcing court judgments; the role of national authorities and payment of compensation to applicants.Contributions should be submitted via the CoE website by midday on 27 January 2014.last_img read more

Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil…

first_imgFailure to secure support for the maritime initiative would be a blow to efforts by the United States, and its Sunni Muslim allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to isolate Shi’ite Muslim Iran and Iran-backed forces in the Middle East. A second Gulf official said: “We’re not going to do anything like that, we are not going to do anything on our own.” Because of fears of confrontation, any involvement by Washington’s allies is likely be limited to naval personnel and equipment already in place – near the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf and the Bab al-Mandab strait in the Red Sea, two Gulf sources and a British security source said. But with Washington’s allies reluctant to commit new weaponry or fighting forces, a senior Pentagon official told Reuters on Thursday that the United States’ aim was not to set up a military coalition but to shine a “flashlight” in the region to deter attacks on commercial shipping. “There are enough resources in the region now for the job at hand. The Americans want an international stamp on this effort,” one of the Gulf sources said. “They (the United States) also don’t want to bear the financial burden.” Addressing such concerns or possible misunderstandings, Kathryn Wheelbarger, one of the most senior policy officials at the Pentagon, told Reuters in an interview that the new initiative was “not about military confrontation.” “It’s just impossible. The Strait is already too crowded,” an Asian official said of an escort system in the Strait of Hormuz which is 21 miles (33 km) wide at its narrowest point. France, Britain and Germany, which with Russia and China are party to the agreement, have tried to rescue the deal and defuse tensions. France, which has a naval base in the United Arab Emirates, does not plan to escort ships and views the U.S. plan as counterproductive to easing tensions because Tehran would see it as anti-Iran, a French official said. Under Washington’s proposal, the United States would provide coordinating ships and lead surveillance efforts while allies would patrol nearby waters and escort commercial vessels with their nation’s flags. A decision by Japan to join such an initiative would be likely to inflame a divide in Japanese public opinion over sending troops abroad. Japan’s military has not fought overseas since World War Two. The United States is struggling to win its allies’ support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said. A senior Western official based in Beijing said there was “no way” China would join a maritime coalition. A South Korean official said Washington had yet to make any official request. RISING TENSION Tensions rose further on Thursday after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel. A U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work “aggressively” to ensure free passage of vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has said foreign powers should leave securing shipping lanes to Tehran and other countries in the region. The British security source said it was not viable to escort every commercial vessel, a view shared by several other countries. Asked what role Riyadh could play in the U.S. initiative, a Saudi military official said it would be the role that the Saudi-led coalition has been playing for the past few years in the Red Sea as part of the war in Yemen, including escorting and securing commercial shipping. “The Americans want to create an ‘alliance of the willing’ who confront future attacks,” a Western diplomat said. “Nobody wants to be on that confrontational course and part of a U.S. push against Iran.” India has deployed two ships in the Gulf to protect Indian-flagged vessels since June 20. Other Asian oil importers are unlikely to have anything but a symbolic presence, such as the involvement of a liaison officer, officials and diplomats said.center_img A U.S. State Department official, who asked not to be named, said Bahrain would host a working group meeting on maritime and aviation security in the autumn as part of a follow-up to a global conference in Warsaw in February that gathered some 60 nations to discuss stability in the Middle East. Britain has a base in Oman and China has a military base in Djibouti, which lies off the Bab al-Mandab strait. Beijing has had to tread softly in the region because it has close energy ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia. Gulf states, which are big purchasers of Western arms, have invested more in air and land capabilities than in naval assets, and have little experience coordinating large naval missions. SMALL SHIPS The United States does not want to go it alone. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are already patrolling the coastline off Yemen where they are leading a coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, though the UAE has said it is scaling down its presence there. Policing burdens would largely fall on the United States, which has protected shipping lanes in the region for decades with its Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet. It also heads the Combined Maritime Forces, a 33-nation naval alliance that carries out security and counterpiracy operations in the region. Technical and financial aspects, such as refuelling, bunkering and maintenance costs, still need to be ironed out before countries sign up, the source said. The majority of vessels are small patrol craft and corvettes that would struggle on extended missions, said Tom Waldwyn, research associate for The Military Balance at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi support U.S. sanctions on Iran, which lacks a strong conventional naval fleet but has many speed boats, portable anti-ship missile launchers and mines. Tension has mounted since U.S. President Donald Trump last year quit a 2015 nuclear pact under which Iran agreed to curtail its atomic programme in return for relief from economic sanctions crippling its economy. Washington proposed on July 9 stepping up efforts to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen where it blames Iran and its proxies for tanker attacks. Iran denies the charges. “The Americans have been talking to anyone interested about setting something up, mainly looking to Asia as it’s of vital importance to their security of (oil) supply and asking for ships, but it’s gone a bit quiet,” a Gulf official said. Wheelbarger, the U.S. Pentagon official, suggested small, quick ships would be helpful. She said several countries has expressed interest in the initiative but did not name them. (Source: Reuters) Sea News, July 22 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Valley West Hawks explode past Kootenay Ice

first_imgThe  Nelson Daily SportsQuick-starting Valley West Hawks used some early offence to take a pair of B.C. Major Midget Hockey League games from the Kootenay Ice during weekend action in the Fraser Valley.The fifth-place Hawks scored three times in each of the two games to stop the Ice 5-3 Saturday at the South Surrey Arena and 6-2 Sunday in Langley at the George Preston Rec Centre.Kevan Kilistoff, Kyle Burroughs and Trevor Cox scored first period goals to stake the Hawks to an early 3-0 lead.Nelson’s Joren Johnson gave Kootenay some brief life with a goal midway through the second frame. But Kilistoff and Ram Brar scored before the period ended to put the game away.Castlegar’s Jesse Knowler had the other goal for Kootenay.Saturday, Kootenay, winless in 12 games, opened the scoring when Carsen Willans of Nelson potted a marker 26 seconds into the game.However, the lead was short lived as Valley West tied the game 24 seconds later before adding two more goals to conclude the period with a 3-1 lead.Knowler and Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored in the second period as Kootenay cut the margin to 4-3. But the Hawks’ Neil James scored the only marker of the third period to give the home side the win.Kootenay, 2-13-3, returns home this weekend for a pair of games against the third-place Greater Vancouver Canadians.Game time Saturday at the NDCC Arena is 5:45 p.m. Sunday the teams drop the puck at 10:30 [email protected]last_img read more

Galway Sports Partnership Announce Programme Funding Scheme For 2018

first_imgThis funding, made available to the Partnership by SPORT IRELAND, is intended to help increase participation levels in sport and physical activity with particular emphasis on those who are currently inactive or who may not have an opportunity to participate. Galway Sports Partnership have five particular target groups in this respect – Women & Girls, Older Adults, People with Disabilities, People who are Unemployed and People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. Applications can also be submitted for programmes for men who are inactive. Galway Sports Partnership is delighted to announce its Programme Funding scheme for 2018. This funding scheme is made available to clubs, groups and communities in Galway to help them organise and facilitate the delivery of initiatives and programmes in physical activities for the above-mentioned groups.The funding is available in three sections –General programme Funding – a fund of €20,000 is available under this section with an upper limit of €2500 per successful application.Club Development Funding – a fund of €5000 is being allocated to this section with an upper limit of €600 per successful applicationProgramme Funding for Persons with Disabilities – a fund of €5000 is being allocated to this section with an upper limit of €1000 per successful application.In 2017 a total of 27 clubs, groups and organisations benefited from this scheme as follows – 17 groups received funding under the General Programme Fund, 5 newly formed clubs were funded and 5 Disability groups/organisations received funding to run their projects.Allocation of this funding will be strictly in accordance with the criteria as laid down and to assist would be applicants, GSP have organised the following workshops in Galway –➢ Thursday 12th April 2018 at 8.00pm in Ard Rí House hotel, Tuam. ➢ Monday, 16th April 2018 at 8.00pm in Peacockes hotel, Maam Cross, Connemara. ➢ Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 8.00pm, in Menlo Park hotel, Galway City. ➢ Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 8.00pm in Loughrea hotel & Spa, Loughrea We strongly recommend that would-be applicants attend one of these workshops to ensure that they gain as much information as possible about the application process and to minimise applications being turned down due to inaccuracies, projects being eligible and lack of information in the application form.For further information on this funding programme please contact Galway Sports Partnership, Galway County Council, County Hall, Prospect Hill, Galway. – Michael Curley at (091) 509577 or Jason Craughwell at (091) 536459 or email [email protected] WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Ballinrobe Racing Preview

first_imgIt’s the final days racing for 2018 in Ballinrobe this afternoon, where the first goes to post at 3.30pm. Looking forward to the action is George McDonagh… George’s Ballinrobe selections:Grand Canyon 4.35Head Turner (NAP) 5.10Oskar High 5.40Holly Flight 6.40Mt Leinster 7.10print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more