Amnesty: Privacy must not be ‘another casualty’ of the virus

Warning comes as Government plans to introduce COVID-19 tracking app Move could ‘open the door to pervasive state surveillance and privacy infringement’ – Kate Allen UK Government plans to introduce a COVID-19 tracing app with a potentially centralised contract tracing system are deeply concerning and may mean that people’s right to privacy could become “another casualty” of coronavirus, Amnesty International UK warned. Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK Director, said: “We’re extremely concerned that the Government may be planning to route private data through a central database, opening the door to…

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Leading charities call on the government for better accessibility of public health information for disabled people about coronavirus

A group of leading disability charities has teamed up to directly challenge Downing Street about significant concerns over the accessibility of public health information in relation to coronavirus, and the significant risk this poses to disabled people and the nation as a whole. The following charities have written directly to Downing Street as the communities they represent are not receiving vital public health information in a way they can access or understand: Action on Hearing Loss, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), SignHealth, Sense, Visionary, Thomas Pocklington Trust,…

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City of London’s Beech Street set to become UK’s first 24/7 zero emission street

The City of London Corporation has backed plans to launch the UK’s first 24/7 zero emission street in a bid to improve air quality in the Square Mile. Beech Street, much of which runs under the Barbican Estate, is now expected to be restricted to zero emission vehicles*, cyclists and pedestrians by Spring 2020, pending final approval by Transport for London (TfL). Exceptions will be provided for emergency vehicles, access to the car parks off Beech Street and for refuse collection and deliveries. Bus route 153, which is fully electric and…

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UN Women rallies partners to take a stand against sexual violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, multiple events worldwide, such as marches, art competitions, cycling rallies and marathons will be organized as part of the UN System-wide activities for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, to urge actions to end this scourge that impacts one in three women worldwide. At the UN, the annual 16 Days campaign, which mobilizes governments and public alike, is commemorated under the umbrella of the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women. The…

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