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Report: FBI doesn’t warn hacking victims of their rights

Technology
Americans caught up in international cyberespionage campaigns are routinely being left in the dark by the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department's watchdog said in a report published Monday. The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General said that advisory letters typically sent by the FBI to victims of cybercrime were almost never issued in "national security cyber cases," echoing a 2017 Associated Press report that found the FBI was routinely failing to warn targets of Russian hackers that their personal emails were under threat. The inspector general quoted the FBI's Office of Victim Assistance saying that out-of-date guidelines were among the problems that kept American victims of foreign spies from getting timely advice. In a letter dated Dec. 21, 2018, and published alon...
Pentagon outlines Tenant Bill of Rights for troops, families

Pentagon outlines Tenant Bill of Rights for troops, families

Business
March 7 (UPI) -- All four military branches of the U.S. Department of Defense put together a joint Tenant Bill of Rights designed to prevent substandard housing and clarify rights for service members and their families. The document was released on Wednesday night, one day before a hearing Thursday for the service chiefs before the Senate Armed Services Committee amid reports of housing problems. "It is intended to increase the accountability of privatized housing companies by putting more oversight authority in the hands of local military leaders," according to a Pentagon statement released Wednesday night. "All three service secretaries have seen firsthand and reviewed problems in housing units, and the Tenant Bill of Rights is intended to help remedy them by both protecting and empowe...
Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Technology
Uber has lost a Court of Appeal battle against giving its drivers basic employment protections, including minimum wage and holiday pay. The judgement could put Uber's business model in the UK at risk, requiring it to recognise drivers as "limb (b)" workers - crucially allowing them to collective bargaining rights.The company has been engaged in legal appeals since 2016, when an employment tribunal found it unlawfully classed drivers as independent contractors.Sir Terence Etherton, the second most senior judge in England and Wales, told the court that the tribunal was "not only entitled, but correct" to class Uber drivers as workers. He added: "Not only do we see no reason to disagree with the factual conclusions of the [tribunal] as to the working relationship between U...
Video games workers create union to demand rights

Video games workers create union to demand rights

Technology
Workers in the video games industry have formed a union for the first time in the UK. Excessive and unpaid overtime, precarious contracts and discrimination are all serious problems in the industry, according the the Games Workers' Union, which launched on Friday.Now it is hoping to use collective organising to fix a "broken sector and create an ethical industry", according to founding member Dec Peach."For as long as I can remember it has been considered normal for games workers to endure zero-hours contracts, excessive unpaid overtime, and even sexism and homophobia as the necessary price to pay for the privilege of working in the industry," he said.When the union holds its first meeting on Sunday, one of the biggest concerns for Mr Peach and his follow members is likely...
Deliveroo wins latest court battle over rider rights

Deliveroo wins latest court battle over rider rights

Business
Riders hired by food courier Deliveroo are not entitled to collective bargaining, the High Court has ruled.The ruling confirmed a previous judgement by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain was attempting to overturn the verdict, reached in November last year, that the riders are self-employed, However, the court rejected claims that this categorisation breached their human rights.Decisions by the CAC can be challenged in the High Court on a point of law, but the application for a judicial review was rejected.Mr Justice Supperstone said Deliveroo riders were not "in an employment relationship" with the firm, so the right to collective bargaining did not apply. M...