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On Tuesday next week the EU Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice Franco Frattini will submit a package of proposals designed to supplement the EU Action Plan on Terrorism. It includes an action plan for preventing terrorist access to explosives by securing these with the help of storage, transport and tracing measures. A second proposal relates to the collection of flight passenger data by European authorities. Taking its cue from the PNR system adopted by the United States the planned EU system dubbed European Passenger Name Record (PNR) would oblige airlines to hand over data of passengers flying into the European Union to the security agencies. In his proposal Mr. Frattini intends to outline which data will be collected and for how long these will be retained. What is not yet clear is whether the proposed collection scheme will encompass flights within the European Union. The third proposal deals with measures relating to the Internet. According to information obtained by Reuters Commissioner Frattini wants to make inciting, recruiting and training for terrorism on the Internet a criminal offence punishable by minimum sentences throughout the European Union.
A US congressional panel has criticised internet firm Yahoo for not giving full details to a probe into the jailing of a reporter by Chinese authorities. Yahoo had been “at best inexcusably negligent” and at worst “deceptive” in evidence given to the House Foreign Affairs Committee last year, it said. Yahoo’s Michael Callahan originally told Congress he did not know why China wanted the reporter’s details. Shi Tao was jailed after Yahoo helped Chinese officials identify him. Chief executive Jerry Yang said his firm had always been open with Congress and that it was “fully committed to protecting human rights”. Yahoo has previously said it had to comply with Chinese laws to operate in the country.
Trouble In Redmond: Microsoft Boots CIO – TechCrunch
Microsoft has fired chief information officer Stuart Scott for ‘violation of company policies.’ Microsoft refused requests for further information from multiple sites, saying only that ‘We can confirm that Stuart Scott’s employment with Microsoft was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies.’
Google’s dominance of the web will not translate to the mobile phone market, a senior executive at Symbian has said. John Forsyth, vice president of strategy at Symbian, the platform that powers many of the world’s phones, said Google lacked experience. Google has formed an alliance with 33 firms to develop an open platform for mobile phones, called Android.
Christian web editor cleared of hate speech – The Local
Sweden’s Supreme Court has cleared website editor Leif LiljestrÃ¶m of charges of acting as an accessory to incitement to hatred of homosexuals. LiljestrÃ¶m, who runs the Christian website Bibeltemplet, was previously sentenced to one month in prison by the Court of Appeal for allowing the publication of hateful comments about homosexuality.
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it is adding a feature to its Xbox 360 that limits the amount of time children can play video games. The move comes as the software giant tries to make the Xbox 360 more attractive to mainstream consumers ahead of the holiday buying season that is the biggest time of year for the video game industry.
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