The District Court of The Hague has ruled that surveillance of lawyers by intelligence agencies constitutes an infringement of fundamental rights and orders the State to stop all surveillance of lawyers’ communications.
The Court was questioned on the legality of eavesdropping on lawyers’ calls and communications by domestic intelligence agencies in a challenge brought against the Dutch State by the law firm Prakken d’Oliveira, the Dutch Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (NVSA), and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). In its verdict, the Court recognised that the ability to communicate confidentially with a lawyer is a fundamental right which is currently being breached by Dutch surveillance policy.
An investigation into the recent unauthorized access of personal information from the Japan Pension Service found that 99 percent of the files accessed were not protected by passwords, sources said.
This contrasts with multiple reports issued since 2013 by all JPS offices nationwide claiming full compliance on password rules. If the files accessed were not protected by passwords, it would suggest that most of these reports were false.
Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.
The high school, Chief Sealth International, a public school, began offering the devices in 2010, made possible by a Medicaid program known as Take Charge and a non-profit, Neighborcare. Students can receive the device or other method free of cost and without their parent’s insurance. And while it’s lauded that the contraception is confidential, how can it be beneficial for a parent-child relationship when the parents don’t even know the devices or medication their daughter is using?
On June 26, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed Senate Bill S0134, the Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015, which substantially revises the old law, including breach notification.
Specifically, the new law requires municipal agencies, state agencies and any “person” that “stores, collects, processes, maintains, acquires, uses, owns or licenses personal information about a Rhode Island resident” to implement “a risk-based information security program” which “contains reasonable security procedures and practices…in order to protect the personal information from unauthorized access, use, modification, destruction or disclosure…”