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News digest: 15 August 2012

Mind these sites: Security and social networking (Corporate Watch, link): "Social networking turns privacy on its head. Rather than cautiously releasing our information on a need-to-know basis, we willingly put it on display. Under the gentle encouragement of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo and their ilk, the right to privacy is being devalued with no questions asked as to how it affects our security and freedom. Security is about protecting privacy and that requires understanding how information is collected and used against us. To see this in practice, we first need to understand how information operates in the cyberworld" Taken from: the latest issue of Corporate Watch magazine

DENMARK: Calls for police to wear ID numbers (Copenhagen Post, link): "While the police union says that numbering officers will put their lives at risk, politicians and legal experts argue the numbers will provide the public greater legal security"

DENMARK: Police: Video surveillance doesn't deter crime (Copenhagen Post, link): "CCTV too expensive and yields too little, police say to the disappointment of politicians that hoped for more extensive video surveillance in Copenhagen"

DENMARK: UPDATED: Police misconduct investigation to be reopened after criticism (Copenhagen Post, link): "The police public prosecutor said she would reopen the search for policemen accused of mistreating a man wrongly arrested on suspicion of terrorism"

FRANCE: Heavy police presence ensures quiet night in French riot city (AlertNet, link): "A heavy police presence in Amiens ensured no repeat of violence in the northern French city overnight on Wednesday, after President Francois Hollande pledged to do all in his power to stamp out unrest"See also: Amiens riots spark French fears of economic unrest (France 24, link)

GERMANY: DNA tests solidify suspicions in police killing case (Spiegel Online, link): "German police have uncovered evidence that could help link the 2007 murder of a police officer to a neo-Nazi group thought to be responsible for a series of brutal killings. With the spotlight on far-right crime, calls are also increasing for a ban on the country's most prominent right-wing extremist party, the NPD"

GREECE: Greek police accused of stoking racist attacks (Euronews, link): "Human rights groups say hate crimes in Greece are rising and that police behaviour is making the situation worse"

GREECE: Wave of suicides shocks Greece (Spiegel Online, link): "Greece has always had one of the lowest suicide rates in Europe, but its economic crisis has triggered a disturbing increase in the number of people killing themselves. Are the deaths the result of personal desperation or are people making a political statement with the only thing they have left to sacrifice?"

NORWAY: "We could have stopped Breivik" (Presseurop, link): "In its report submitted on 13 August, an independent commission tasked with the inquiry into the Oslo bombing and the Utøya massacre, which killed 77 people, has concluded that the terrorist attacks perpetrated on July 22 last year by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik could have been avoided" See also: Norweigan police slammed for mass shooting response (The Epoch Times, link) And: Full report of the 22 July Commission (pdf)

SPAIN-EUSKADI: ETA hunger strike gathers momentum (El Pais, link): "More than 150 ETA prisoners were on hunger strike on Monday in an attempt to force through the release of Iosu Uribetxeberria Bolinaga, who is suffering from cancer"

UK: G4S advertises for staff to help police investigate crimes (The Guardian, link): "Company at centre of Olympic security fiasco seeks 'civilian investigators' to work on 'sensitive high-profile cases'" And from April: Who should investigate murder - the police, or a private security company? (OpenDemocracy, link)

UK: Twitter and the law: 10 legal risks in tweeting from or two the UK (Out-Law.com, link): "Debates in parliament, home visits from the police and distressed celebrities all seem a little unclear as to what is and what is not acceptable by law on Twitter. The list of those offending and those offended keeps growing with recent high profile reports referring to Louise Mensch, Tom Daley, Guy Adams, Steve Dorkland, Helen Skelton and Kevin Pietersen. This guide discusses 10 legal risks which apply, or potentially apply, to Twitter, in the context of recent media attention given to the lawfulness of tweets"

US-UK: US government is secretly spying on EVERYONE using civilian security cameras, say Wikileaks (Daily Mail, link): Anyone who takes a photograph at high-risk locations is logged as a suspected terrorist on a vast network of secret spy cameras linked to the U.S. Government, according to leaked emails... More than 500 cameras using the technology have been installed on the New York subway. There are estimated to be thousands more around various U.S. cities and in London at potential terrorist targets such as Downing Street"