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Emergency powers to ensure police and security services can continue to access phone and internet records are being rushed through Parliament.
Prime Minister David Cameron has secured the backing of all three main parties for the highly unusual move.
He said urgent action was needed to protect the public from “criminals and terrorists” after the European Court of Justice struck down existing powers.
But civil liberties campaigners have warned it will invade people’s privacy.
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The Department for Transport has acted before the invention goes on general sale amid fears that users could be distracted.
Google is expected to put the device, which is worn like a pair of glasses, on the market next year.
» via The Telegraph
It is a bookworm’s dream job: the Royal Collection is advertising for a librarian to look after the Queen’s 125,000 titles.
It is seeking “an exceptional scholar and bibliophile” to run the Royal Library at Windsor Castle for £53,000 per year. The library contains one of the world’s finest collections of Old Master Drawings, including the largest group of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.
It also has a unique collection comprising over 4,500 military maps and documents, spanning the four centuries from Agincourt to Waterloo.
» via The Telegraph
Accusations of broad government surveillance have traveled across the pond. Britain’s intelligence agency has reportedly been collecting and storing vast amounts of data from the world’s telephone calls and Internet traffic — and sharing that information with the National Security Agency.
Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters secretly gained access to fiber-optic cables that carry the world’s communications, reports the Guardian. The GCHQ taps into huge amounts of data from these cables and stores it for up to 30 days to be looked over by analysts from GCHQ and the NSA.
The Guardian reported Friday that documents shown to them by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the secret operation, code-named Tempora. It gives the GCHQ and the NSA access to “recordings of phone calls, the content of email messages, entries on Facebook and the history of any internet user’s access to websites.”
» via CNET