18 Jan 2021

UK Accidentally Deletes 150k Arrest Records

An unintentional erasure has plagued the United Kingdom’s government as employees rush to recover data. A technical issue seemingly caused 150,000 arrest records to be wiped from nationwide police databases. Initial investigation has pointed to human error and defective code that earmarked the wrong files for deletion as the culprit.

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11 Jan 2021

High Court Rules Against Government Bulk Hacking

The High Court in the UK ruled against the intelligence agencies’ use of bulk hacking for domestic targets. Edward Snowden revealed the use of hacking to target large numbers of users simultaneously in 2014.  In 2016, the Non-profit Privacy International challenged the practice in a secretive court for cases involving

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05 Jan 2021

U.K. Delays Second Covid-19 Vaccine Dose as Europe Ponders How to Speed Up Immunization

The UK has switched gears and delayed administering the second Covid-19 dose to those who have received the first, instead of seeking to give out as many first doses as possible. The decision was announced on Tuesday and has been criticized due to tot eh lack of data on the

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04 Jan 2021

U.K. Judge Blocks Julian Assange’s Extradition to U.S., Citing Suicide Risk

A British judge has rejected the US’s request to extradite Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, on spying charges. The judge cited suicide risk as a reason to reject the extradition request. The decision marks a setback in the US’s agenda to punish Assange, who was found responsible for publishing

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23 Dec 2020

Thousands of truck drivers scramble for tests at UK port after France eases blockade

On Sunday night, several countries around the world such as France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, shut down borders with the UK and banned travel due to renewed fear brought on by the discovery of a  new mutated variant of coronavirus that was in England. Due to the announcement,

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21 Dec 2020

World closes borders to Britain as new coronavirus strain breeds panic

Countries such as India, Poland, Switzerland, Russia, and Hong Kong have suspended travel for UK residents after Prime Minister Boris Johnson released information claiming that a mutated variant of the virus had been discovered within the country. Japan and South Korea have not moved to close their borders to Britons

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10 Dec 2020

UK and EU extend Brexit talks to Sunday

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have decided to extend Brexit trade talks until Sunday following an extensive in-person discussion in Brussels. The conversation occurred on Wednesday evening and concluded with the idea that the two entities must find common ground. The future

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10 Dec 2020

Hackers Raid European Agency for Pfizer Vaccine Docs

Yesterday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) disclosed that they had suffered from a cyberattack in which documents related to covid-19 vaccinations in the UK were compromised. The agency did not comment further on the details of the incident due to the impending investigation. BioNTech offered a few more details, stating

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09 Dec 2020

Two in U.K. Suffer Allergic Reaction to Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine

Two of the first recipients of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the UK have developed an allergic reaction to the concoction, according to the National Health Service. Both victims are recovering well and the adverse response to the injection is not life-threatening. The incident prompted the NHS to

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07 Dec 2020

UK prepares to give first Covid-19 vaccinations as the world watches

Britain is gearing up to administer the first doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine less than a week after emergency approval. Vaccines will begin in Tuesday in England, Wales, and Scotland whereas Ireland stated that it would begin the process early in the week, however, it is unclear

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