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Archive for November 24th, 2009

File-sharer disconnection law published to continuing opposition

OUT-LAW: The Government has published the legislation which would force internet service providers to disconnect internet connections used by alleged file sharers without a court order. The Digital Economy Bill contains the controversial provisions.

“The Secretary of State may at any time by order impose a technical obligation on internet service providers,” says the Bill. ‘Technical measures’ is the term used to denote action relating to a connection up to and including disconnection.

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‘Civilian detectives’ investigating rapes and murders

Telegraph: Civilians working for police forces across the country are being used to investigate serious crimes including rape and murder in a cost-cutting initiative.

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Iraq inquiry: witnesses could be given immunity from prosecution

Telegraph: Sir John Chilcot, a former civil servant, will begin his investigation on Tuesday into events surrounding the 2003 invasion by hearing evidence from officials at the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence.

Future witnesses to be called to the inquiry include Tony Blair, the former prime minister, and his closest aides. Many of the senior military and intelligence officers involved in the conflict will also testify.

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Police routinely arresting people to get DNA, inquiry claims

Guardian: Police officers are now routinely arresting people in order to add their DNA sample to the national police database, an inquiry will allege tomorrow.

The review of the national DNA database by the government’s human genetics commission also raises the possibility that the DNA profiles of three-quarters of young black males, aged 18 to 35, are now on the database.

The human genetics commission report, Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?, says the national DNA database for England and Wales is already the largest in the world, at 5 million profiles and growing, yet has no clear statutory basis or independent oversight.

The highly critical report from the government’s advisory body on the development of human genetics is published as the number of innocent people on the database is disclosed to be far higher than previously thought ‑ nearing 1 million.

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Police pay compensation to De Menezes family

Guardian: The family of Jean Charles de Menezes have revealed they have agreed a compensation deal with the Metropolitan police.

Relatives of the Brazilian have been locked in a legal battle with the force since he was shot dead at Stockwell tube station on 22 July 2005. De Menezes, 27, was mistaken for the failed suicide bomber Hussain Osman by members of the force’s CO19 unit.

In a statement released today, his family said “all litigation” between them and Scotland Yard had been resolved. The announcement followed speculation that the payout could be substantially lower than expected. The Daily Mail claimed it may be around £100,000 because De Menezes had no wife or children and came from a poor background.

In a joint statement released by the Met, the De Menezes family said the agreement would allow them to “move forward with their lives.

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