Ministers Rethink UK Tracing App

  • The UK government’s contact tracing app is facing further delay as the government postpones further trials on the Isle of Wight.
  • Ministers are considering switching to a model developed by Apple and Google, which privacy campaigners have called for months ago.
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP had originally said the NHS COVID-19 app was to be launched across England – and possibly other parts of the UK – by 1st June.
  • One of the main reasons the initiative is running behind schedule is that developers are having problems using Bluetooth as a means to estimate distance.

Man Groomed Children Online With Fake Modelling Agency

  • A man from Bury who offered fake modelling opportunities in order to groom children online has been jailed for 13 years.
  • The offences relate to 17 victims – all girls, who were aged between 12 and 17 at the time.  – Daniel  Berry (31 years)  targeted his victims online between February 2017 and January 2019.
  • The man used fake profiles to build trust with girls and make them believe he ran a modelling agency and would ask them to audition for him.
  • 5000 indecent images of children were found on devices alongside extreme pornography. 
  • Detective Constable Mark Tiffany said the man “built false trust with his victims before pressuring and threatening them into doing as he asked”.

Australia Set to Introduce Life Sentences for Paedophiles 

  • A bill enabling paedophiles to be jailed for life is set to pass federal parliament in Australia. 
  • Attorney-General Christian Porter says paedophiles were too often given short sentences and released into the community without supervision and said: “sexual crimes against children destroy lives”. 
  • Offenders would face mandatory minimum sentences under the bill which would also limit bail for repeat offenders. Several new offences would also be created, targeting those who administer websites that distribute child sexual abuse material.
  • It would also create offences for when someone subjects a child to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, or which causes a child to die.

Health App Leaks Videos of Patient Consultations

  • Babylon Health, an app-based health service has acknowledged that it’s GP video appointment app has suffered a data breach.
  • A user discovered he had been given access to dozens of video recordings of other patients’ consultations. A follow-up check by Babylon revealed a small number of further UK users could also see others’ sessions.
  • A user who found over 50 videos of patient consultations said “you don’t expect to see anything like that when you’re using a trusted app. It’s shocking to see such a monumental error has been made.”
  • The firm said it had since fixed the issue and notified regulators.

Kent County Council Receives Additional Funding for Unaccompanied Minors

  • A council that is “breaking at the seams” due to the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children crossing the English Channel has welcomed additional funding from the Home Office. 
  • Kent County Council was caring for 450 unaccompanied minors in April, compared with 257 in April 2019.
  • Kent County Council’s deputy leader, Peter Oakford said: “We currently have four reception centres and with the quarantine laws that have been put into place at the moment we are breaking at the seams and don’t quite know what to do next”.

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