Monthly Archives: January 2014

Navy lifts suspension of contractor accused in fraud case

The Navy has quietly lifted the suspension of a shipping contractor under investigation for possible fraud, allowing the company to compete for new work. In exchange, the company has agreed to pay for an independent audit that could help the Justice Department determine how much it may have overcharged the government. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/us/navy-contractor.html?hp Records show that […]

US to pay for GPS devices to monitor mentally ill citizens

The Justice Department will pay for GPS tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions that put them at risk for fleeing their caregivers. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/nyregion/us-will-finance-devices-to-track-children-with-autism.html Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said on Wednesday that the federal government already provided grant money for devices to track seniors with Alzheimer’s and that the […]

Snowden Files: Wi-Fi used to spy on travelers at airport

Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25977620 The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says. The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says. The CSEC is […]

EU looks to add device which can stop vehicles remotely

A device that would enable police to stop vehicles remotely is being considered by an EU-wide official working group, it has emerged. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25961096 The feasibility of such technology is being examined by members of the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (Enlets). The technology could impact on both road safety and civil liberties. The […]

Danes oppose handing state assets to Goldman Sachs

Grassroots opposition has caused a political storm in Denmark over plans to sell part of a state-owned energy company to Goldman Sachs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25978060 Opponents are continuing to sign an online petition, which has collected nearly 200,000 signatures. The governing coalition of PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been undermined by the row over Dong Energy, with the […]

Ukranian leading protestor abducted and tortured

A leading activist in Ukraine’s street opposition who vanished for eight days says he was abducted and tortured before being left to die in the cold. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25977113 Dmytro Bulatov, who organised car protests for the opposition camped out in Kiev, is being treated in hospital after being found near the capital. Mr Bulatov says he […]

Utah school officials throw poor students lunch in trash

School officials in the US state of Utah have apologised after an employee confiscated and discarded the lunches of about 30 children whose parents were said to be in arrears on meal payments. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25972953 Outraged parents in Salt Lake City said the students at Uintah Elementary primary school had been humiliated. The school system has […]