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Top European Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Regime Violates Human Rights Top European Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Regime Violates Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled this week that the United Kingdom government’s surveillance regime violated human rights laws.

In Big Win for Good Boys, England Is Banning Shock Collars In Big Win for Good Boys, England Is Banning Shock Collars

The United Kingdom is banning pet collars that deliver shocks or spray chemicals. The UK’s Environmental secretary Michael Gove announced on Monday that the country would bar “punitive” collars that “cause harm and suffering to our pets.”

Angry UK Legislators Say Facebook Stonewalled Inquiry, Recommend Exposing It to More Liability Angry UK Legislators Say Facebook Stonewalled Inquiry, Recommend Exposing It to More Liability

UK legislators are accusing social media giant Facebook of providing “disingenuous answers” during testimony on alleged Russian infiltration of the site in 2016 while avoiding other questions “to the point of obstruction,” the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Antarctic Exploration Vessel Which Should Be Named Boaty McBoatface But Tragically Isn't Launches Antarctic Exploration Vessel Which Should Be Named Boaty McBoatface But Tragically Isn't Launches

The RSS Sir David Attenborough—the polar exploration vessel that, in April 2016, participants in an internet poll overwhelmingly voted to christen Boaty McBoatface—launched on Saturday, with defensive research officials still defending their decision to override the results of the vote.

Facebook's 'Maximum Penalty' in UK for Cambridge Analytica Is Chump Change Facebook's 'Maximum Penalty' in UK for Cambridge Analytica Is Chump Change

Facebook, the social media giant that recently clocked in at a total valuation of nearly $600 billion, may soon face the maximum penalties UK authorities have available to punish the company for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. And—drumroll, please—it’s $664,000.

The UK Wants Its Own Version of FOSTA/SESTA That Could Push Sex Workers Off the Internet The UK Wants Its Own Version of FOSTA/SESTA That Could Push Sex Workers Off the Internet

The passage of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA)—two well-intentioned but ultimately deeply-flawed laws—have been devastating for sex workers in the United States by pushing them off the internet. Despite the heaps of criticism, the laws have attracted,…

British Counter-Terrorism Officials Are Investigating Two More Novichok Poisonings British Counter-Terrorism Officials Are Investigating Two More Novichok Poisonings

Neil Basu, Britain’s top counter-terrorism official, announced on Wednesday evening that a couple poisoned in the county of Wiltshire appear to have been exposed to Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier this year.

Uber Regains Temporary License to Operate in London After Promising to Stop Being Terrible Uber Regains Temporary License to Operate in London After Promising to Stop Being Terrible

Ride-sharing giant Uber, which lost its license to operate in its millions-strong London market in September 2017 amid a Transport for London (TfL) ruling the company was “not fit and proper to hold a private operator license,” has won at least a temporary reprieve in its battle against UK regulators.

A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban

The first paper straw factory in the “last several decades” in Britain is planning to launch in Wales as fast-food chains prepare for a planned ban on single-use plastic products throughout the UK, the Guardian reported, with some chains already preparing their own plans to phase out plastic in favor of paper.

UK Newsstands Will Sell 'Porn Passes' in Ongoing Pointless Crusade to Shield Minors From Sex UK Newsstands Will Sell 'Porn Passes' in Ongoing Pointless Crusade to Shield Minors From Sex

For months now, the British government has been trying to figure out how exactly to enforce a bonkers law designed to prevent minors from accessing internet porn, and it may finally have a solution. The country will use newsstands and corner stores to sell porn passes to adults that will allow them to look at naked…

Boeing Loses $20 Billion in Contracts After President Trump Violates Iran Deal Boeing Loses $20 Billion in Contracts After President Trump Violates Iran Deal

President Trump announced yesterday that he was unilaterally pulling the U.S. out of the so-called Iran Deal, an international agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for the cessation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But now that the sanctions are being reinstated, some American companies stand to lose…

UK Authorities Order Cambridge Analytica to Give a US Voter All the Data It Has on Him UK Authorities Order Cambridge Analytica to Give a US Voter All the Data It Has on Him

UK authorities have ordered Cambridge Analytica, the sketchy election firm at the center of a data scandal involving at least 87 million Facebook users, to hand over all of the information it acquired on a US voter in a move that could potentially open the floodgates for others to know what information the firm…

Every Blade of Grass Tainted by Novichok Nerve Agent to Be Incinerated in Massive Cleanup by UK Every Blade of Grass Tainted by Novichok Nerve Agent to Be Incinerated in Massive Cleanup by UK

Officials from Britain and Russia are still fighting over who exactly poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. But whoever did it, one thing is certain: The cleanup is costing a lot of money and labor as the UK combs through every blade of grass that…

Independent Experts Say Russian Spy and Daughter Poisoned by Nerve Agent Novichok Independent Experts Say Russian Spy and Daughter Poisoned by Nerve Agent Novichok

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international watchdog group, has confirmed that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned using a military-grade nerve agent called Novichok. The findings come as Russian officials continue to deny that Russia had anything to do with the…

Thousands of UK Teens Will Help Settle a Vaccine Debate Over Meningitis  Thousands of UK Teens Will Help Settle a Vaccine Debate Over Meningitis 

Scientists in the UK are looking to recruit thousands of teens (presumably with attitude) to help them settle a debate over whether vaccines for a certain type of meningitis should be in wider use.

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Floats Wild Nairobi Poison Plot  Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Floats Wild Nairobi Poison Plot 

The Canadian whistleblower at the center of recent international furor over misuse of Facebook data told UK lawmakers on Tuesday that one of his predecessors may have been “poisoned” a half decade ago.

UK Authorities Finally Raid Cambridge Analytica After Obtaining Warrant UK Authorities Finally Raid Cambridge Analytica After Obtaining Warrant

UK authorities with the Information Commissioner’s Office raided the offices of Cambridge Analytica, a shady election-data firm that allegedly partnered with an app to take advantage of mile-wide loopholes in Facebook policies and run off with 50 million users’ data, on Friday.

YouTuber Count Dankula Convicted of Hate Crime for Video of Pug Making a 'Nazi Salute' YouTuber Count Dankula Convicted of Hate Crime for Video of Pug Making a 'Nazi Salute'

A Scottish YouTube comedian, Mark Meechan, was found guilty of a hate crime on Tuesday for posting a video of himself training his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, to mimic a Nazi and respond to commands the court ruled anti-Semitic.

Russia: Well, Maybe It Was Actually the UK That Poisoned Our Ex-Spy With Our Soviet-Era Nerve Agent Russia: Well, Maybe It Was Actually the UK That Poisoned Our Ex-Spy With Our Soviet-Era Nerve Agent

According to the BBC, Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov now says that the nerve agent used in the poisoning of 66-year-old former Russian spy-turned-double-agent Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal in the city of Salisbury, England may have actually came from a nearby…

The British Government's Big Dumb Plan to Keep Minors Away From Internet Porn Is Being Delayed The British Government's Big Dumb Plan to Keep Minors Away From Internet Porn Is Being Delayed

The British government, which is currently alternating between panicking over Brexit and not preparing for Brexit, originally planned to have to have its very prim and respectable new system for preventing people under the age of 18 from looking at naked people on the internet operating by April 2018. But per the …

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