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US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

World
A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms.Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed published downloadable gun blueprints five days early on Friday.The firm had reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the plans. But eight states and the District of Columbia sued the government on Monday to block the settlement, arguing the untraceable guns were a safety risk. US District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order halting the release hours before the 1 August deadline, saying the blueprints could fall into the wrong hands. 3D-printed firearms, explained Will 3D printing change my world? "There are...
GDPR: US news sites blocked to EU users over data protection rules

GDPR: US news sites blocked to EU users over data protection rules

Technology
A number of high-profile US news websites are temporarily unavailable in Europe after new European Union rules on data protection came into effect.The Chicago Tribune and LA Times were among those posting messages saying they were currently unavailable in most European countries.The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives EU citizens more rights over how their information is used.The measure is an effort by EU lawmakers to limit tech firms' powers. Under the rules, companies working in the EU - or any association or club in the bloc - must get express consent to collect personal information, or face hefty fines.What sites are unavailable?News sites within the Tronc and Lee Enterprises media publishing groups were affected...
Telegram chat app blocked in Russia

Telegram chat app blocked in Russia

Technology
The Russian government has started to block messaging app Telegram, according to reports from the local news agency Tass.Russia's media regulator had sought to block the app because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages.Telegram had missed a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys. The company said the way the service was built meant it has no access to customers' encryption keys.Russia's main security agency, the FSB, had said it wants access to the keys so it can read messages and prevent future terror attacks in the country. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceIn its court filing, media regulator Roskomnadzor had said Telegram had failed to comply with its legal requirements as a "distributor of information". Telegram's lawyer, Pavel Chiko...
Next week's Royal Mail strike blocked by court

Next week's Royal Mail strike blocked by court

Business
Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week's 48-hour strike by postal workers.Around 110,000 members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) were set to walk out from 19 October in what would have been the first national postal strike since Royal Mail was privatised in 2013.Staff had voted overwhelmingly earlier this month in favour of industrial action in a long-running dispute over pensions, pay and jobs.Union leaders say they have been trying to find a solution to the impasse for 18 months.But a High Court judge supported Royal Mail's case that the CWU was breaking its contract by calling a strike before outside mediation, which began on 5 October, is completed.The injunction is necessary to prevent hundreds of thousands of people across the UK being deliberately ...