Supreme Court to Examine Case of Paedophile Caught by Vigilantes

  • A convicted paedophile who was caught by an online child sexual abuse activist group is to have his case examined at the UK Supreme Court.
  • Judges at the UK’s highest court will consider whether activities and prosecutions stemming from so-called “paedophile hunters” contravene the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
  • The convicted paedophile used the dating app Grindr to communicate to who he thought was a 13-year-old boy. 
  • Activist groups have attracted controversy in recent years from the police.

Google Being Sued for Breach of Privacy

  • Google has been sued in the US for $5bn (£4bn) over claims it illegally invades the privacy of users by tracking people even when they are browsing in “private mode”.
  • The class-action lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the federal court in California.
  • The complaint says that Google “cannot continue to engage in the covert and unauthorised data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone”.
  • The company claims it is not illegal and says they clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity. A spokesperson said “the collection of search history, even in private viewing mode, helps site owners “better evaluate the performance of their content, products, marketing and more.”

Zoom Sales Boom

  • The use of Zoom increased 30-fold in April, as the coronavirus pandemic forced millions to work, learn and socialise remotely
  • At the highest rate of usage, the firm counted more than 300 million daily participants in virtual meetings, while paying customers have more than tripled.
  • Zoom said it expects sales as high as $1.8bn (£1.4bn) this year – roughly double what it previously forecasted in March. “It’s a huge opportunity,” chief executive Eric Yuan told investors on Tuesday.
  • When the firm sold its first shares to the public last year, it was valued at $15.9bn. The value stands are more than $58bn as of Tuesday.

Drug Gangs on Recruitment Drive During Lockdown

  • Drug gangs have been on a “recruitment drive” during the lockdown, targeting vulnerable children and increasingly girls, according to a report published by The National Youth Agency. 
  • Social media and “unsafe outdoor spaces” are being used to recruit children.
  • The Children’s Commissioner for England warned that with schools and youth clubs closed, thousands of vulnerable young people had “simply gone off the radar”.
  • The National Youth Agency report, based on responses from youth workers on the ground, is the first detailed examination of drug gangs during the lockdown.

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