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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge When Albion College announced it would be re-opening back in June it said it would put a number of health measures in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, including reduced lecture sizes, and virus tests for staff and students. But as TechCrunch reports in a new investigation, it also introduced a mandatory contact-tracing app with a number of privacy issues. The report highlights the problems facing these apps and the institutions that are introducing them, and it’s well worth a read as a case study. The app, called Aura, is designed to alert the school when a student tests positive for the virus and to let students know when they may have come into contact with someone else who has it. But rather than relying on local Bluetooth... Continue reading…
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As part of an internal investigation probing communities with potential ties to violence on its site, Facebook found millions of followers across thousands of groups associated with the far-right fringe conspiracy theory QAnon, per an NBC News report. However, some Facebook employees fear the company won't take the necessary action against the 3 million online QAnon group members, according to internal documents viewed by NBC News.  The employees also expressed concern that QAnon's presence on the popular social network might influence the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Facebook has received pushback for its hands-off approach to content moderation in the past. It also isn't the only social media firm that has cracked down on QAnon content recently — Twitter and TikTok have also made similar strides. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook reportedly led an internal investigation into QAnon, which turned up evidence that the conspiracy theory may have reached millions of users, through thousands of groups on the platform.  Internal company documents viewed by NBC News show that Facebook's scrutiny of QAnon's spread was just one aspect of a broader scan of communities on the platform with possible ties to violence, including "militias and other violent social movements." The investigation into the communities was launched to help Facebook in deciding how to address QAnon's presence on the platform. Per the report, one option could be for the social media firm to avoid amplifying QAnon group pages in its recommendations reel. The company could also ban advertising associated with the far-right movement. One finding in the preliminary report showed 185 ads for merchandise and demonstrations that were "praising, supporting, or representing" QAnon, according to NBC News, which, over a 30-day period, turned $12,000 into the company's pockets and generated 4 million impressions. But anonymous Facebook employees involved in the investigation told NBC News they don't think the company will implement outright bans of QAnon groups and will instead respond instead with weaker actions. The employees reportedly also said that there is concern at the company over how much influence QAnon's Facebook presence could have on the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Since Facebook's Groups feature has been used to form a broad range of communities, but it's also served as a meeting ground for radical groups, including QAnon supporters, as NBC News notes. In an emailed statement to Business Insider, a Facebook spokesperson said, "enforcing against QAnon on Facebook is not new: we consistently take action against accounts, Groups, and Pages tied to QAnon that break our rules. Just last week, we removed a large Group with QAnon affiliations for violating our content policies, and removed a network of accounts for violating our policies against coordinated inauthentic behavior. We have teams assessing our policies against QAnon and are currently exploring additional actions we can take." QAnon is a far-right movement whose members support the unfounded belief that a secret coalition of powerful figures is targeting President Donald Trump. QAnon members are largely supporters of the president and have circulated disproven theories in the past surrounding President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including that they practice Satanism and are involved in a global pedophilia ring.  Facebook has faced scrutiny over its laissez-faire approach to content moderation, and employees have raised concerns about it in the past. Just last week, Facebook also said it removed a QAnon group page that had more than 200,000 members after it found they were "repeatedly posting content that violated our policies." Facebook isn't the only social media company that has cracked down on QAnon content. Twitter said in July that it was zeroing in on "so-called QAnon activity" and reportedly removed 7,000 accounts associated with content pertaining to the movement. TikTok disabled two popular hashtags associated with QAnon in late July as well. The FBI has also warned that conspiracy theories pose domestic terrorism threats. The bureau identified how an individual's belief in conspiracy theories or hoaxes may have or did result in violence, citing the Tree of Life synagogue shooting and the QAnon conspiracy. You can read the full report on NBC News here.SEE ALSO: What is 'QAnon'? Understanding the far-right conspiracy movement embraced by Trump supporters that originated on 4chan. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
A criminal investigation has been launched after a police officer was filmed apparently kneeling on a teenager’s neck in July during an arrest.The incident, on July 17, came as Leeds United fans celebrated their club’s promotion to the Premier League. Just one day earlier, a Metropolitan Police officer in London had been suspended, and another placed on restricted duties, after a separate video appeared to show one of them kneeling on a man’s neck in Islington.The West Yorkshire Police officer will be interviewed on suspicion of common assault by investigators from the police watchdog and investigated for gross misconduct.Footage shared on social media shows a 17-year-old boy restrained by officers on the ground outside Elland Road stadium, with one appearing to use his knee.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is appealing for witnesses to the incident at around 5pm on July 17.IOPC regional director Miranda Biddle said: “We understand why the images that were circulated caused considerable public concern.“After the footage was shared on social media, a voluntary referral was made to us in relation to the conduct of the officer.“Having examined a range of evidence including body-worn video and initial accounts from the officers involved in the restraint, we have taken the decision that this is now a criminal investigation.“A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.“It is vitally important that the circumstances of this incident are subject to an independent investigation so we can fully understand what happened and impartially determine the facts.“We have already begun to gather evidence but would like to speak to anyone else who was at Leeds United’s ground at the same time for these celebrations and may have witnessed the incident.”A wave of Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been sweeping the UK following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of US police officers.Floyd was killed on May 25 when a police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.Meanwhile the Met’s Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House has described footage of the earlier Islington incident as “deeply disturbing” and said some of the techniques, which are “not taught in police training”, caused him “great concern”.The man’s lawyer called for a formal apology from Scotland Yard.Related... How Boris Johnson's Vow To Tackle Race Inequality Stands A Year On Trump Repeats False Claim About Black Lives Matter Origins Museum Ignores Its Own Poll And Keeps Slave Trader Statue
Jake Paul is a 23-year-old YouTube star who got his start on video-sharing app Vine. The former Disney Channel actor has nearly 20 million subscribers on YouTube, where he posts vlogs and pranks. Paul appeared to marry fellow YouTuber Tana Mongeau in 2019, but it was later revealed that the marriage was fake.  The FBI raided Paul's Calabasas, California mansion on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into unspecified "criminal acts" regarding Paul's May visit to a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall, an agency spokesperson said.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jake Paul, 23, is one-half of the Paul brothers, two of the most recognizable and controversial YouTube stars. Paul garnered online fame on Vine before even graduating high school, and found early notoriety as a star on Disney Channel.  Since then, Paul has gained millions of followers across social media who watch his outlandish pranks and vlogs, often featuring his many friends and collaborators in his Calabasas, California, mansion.  Forbes estimated in 2017 that he was worth $11.5 million. But his career has also been marked by a string of controversies. Most recently, Paul's mansion was raided by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation related to his presence at an Arizona mall in May that was looted and vandalized. Law enforcement officers seized several guns from the property, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed to Insider.  Here's everything you need to know about YouTube star Jake Paul:SEE ALSO: Logan Paul reveals his plans to become a professional boxer, release a music album, and try out TikTok in the future Jake Paul was born on January 17, 1997, and grew up in a suburb of Cleveland with his parents and older brother (and fellow YouTuber), Logan. Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer The two brothers started making videos as children after their father gave them a video camera one year for Christmas. Jake, who was 10 at the time, said he and his brother would film "comedic bits" around the house. "We were posting them to YouTube and just generally having a good time, and the people at school thought we were funny," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer in 2016.   As a sophomore in high school, Jake Paul joined the wrestling team. He got "really serious" about it, and video making with his brother took a back seat. Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer However, that changed when the video-sharing app Vine came out in 2012. Paul said he downloaded it "the first day it came out," and he gradually rose in popularity on the app. By the time Vine shut down in early 2017, Paul had 5.3 million followers and nearly 2 billion video plays. Source: Insider, Cleveland Plain-Dealer "We didn't care what people thought. We were the loud brothers from Cleveland, kind of crazy, and that made us relatable," Paul said in a 2016 interview. "We were in the right place at the right time, and we were making more money than our parents before we knew it." Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer When it came time for his senior year of high school, the younger Paul brother decided to finish his diploma online and move to Los Angeles with his older brother. "We knew we had to move to Los Angeles if we wanted to pursue this as a full-time thing," Jake Paul said. "We immediately started taking acting and improv classes and making connections, while still doing the video thing." Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer Paul's first film role came thanks to YouTube: He was cast in "Dance Camp," a movie the platform debuted on its paid streaming subscription service, YouTube Red. He also scored small roles in films like "Mono" and "Airplane Mode," in which his brother was the main character. Source: Mashable, Cleveland Plain-Dealer Paul entered the mainstream when he was cast in 2015 as the main character in a Disney Channel show called "Bizaardvark." Paul said his character, Dirk Mann, was "a perfect fit" for him. In the show, Dirk was an online video star that hosted a channel where he performed crazy stunts and challenges. Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer As his acting career took off, Paul formed Team 10, a group of social media influencers that he essentially took under his wing to make content with and groom into even bigger stars. The earliest members of Team 10 members included social media stars like Alissa Violet, and Lucas and Marcus Dobre. Team 10 moved into an $18,000-a-month rented house in Los Angeles' Beverly Grove neighborhood in August 2016. Source: Hollywood Reporter Alongside acting, Paul continued to create content on YouTube, where his channel now has over 20 million subscribers. His channel hosts videos of over-the-top stunts, wild vlogs, and Jackass-style challenges. One of his earliest attention-grabbing stunts took place when he was invited to the White House in January 2017 for a social media event, along with other online stars. Paul proceeded to sneak away from the crowd, hideout for hours in the White House bathroom, and sneak out in the middle of the night without being caught by security. Source: The Sun That same month, on his 20th birthday, Paul officially unveiled TeamDom, a creative talent agency aimed at helping influencers grow their audience and secure brand deals. Paul announced TeamDom had raised $1 million in venture capital, and Team 10 as the agency's talent roster. Source: TechCrunch It didn't take long before Team 10 started to get more attention — but not the positive kind. Team 10 member Alissa Violet was kicked out of the squad's house in early 2017 after Paul publicly accused her of cheating on him, and a feud between the former couple ensued across social media. Source: Seventeen In July 2017, neighbors living around the Team 10 house complained that Paul had turned their quiet community into a "living hell" and "war zone," and that it was frequently invaded by screaming teenage fans because Paul publicized his address online. Source: KTLA Neighbors were debating whether to file a class-action public nuisance lawsuit against him, but Paul and Team 10 had moved out of the neighborhood and into a new home in Calabasas by October 2017 (pictured below). That didn't stop the landlord of the former Team 10 house from filing a $2.5 million lawsuit against the YouTuber in 2018 for allegedly trashing the rented house. Source: KTLA, Tubefilter Paul felt the fallout from the incident with the Team 10 house and its neighbors. Disney announced that Paul would not return to his role on "Bizaardvark" for the second season. "At this point in time I am wanting to focus more on my personal brand, my YouTube channel, business ventures, growing Team 10, and working on more adult acting roles," Paul wrote on Twitter. Source: Variety Beyond Team 10, Paul has also ventured into music and has released a flurry of songs over the years. One the music videos for his song called "It's Everyday Bro" is the third-most-disliked video on YouTube, with over 4.4 million thumbs downvotes. Source: Business Insider Paul's music has also been a source of controversy. In a video leaked in January 2018, Paul dropped the n-word twice while freestyle rapping. A source told TMZ at the time that Paul had "matured a lot" since the video was recorded. Source: TMZ Around this time, Paul started dating YouTuber and model Erika Costell. Costell was briefly Team 10's chief operating officer after the former COO left in May 2018. The couple broke up at the end of 2018, and Costell also departed from Team 10. Source: Crunchbase, Famous Birthdays Team 10 is no longer the influencer collective it once was. Over the years, members have come and gone amid controversial management, relationships, and drama. Two transgender YouTubers said they were kicked out of the Team 10 house after a video editor told them they weren't "real girls." The YouTube channel and Instagram page for Team 10 have not been active since September 2019. The group's Instagram bio reads: "who will leave next? stay tuned!!!!!!!"  Instagram Embed: //instagram.com/p/B1piY6Vn-ey/embed Width: 540px   Paul drew negative attention in 2019 for actions both on and off of YouTube. Paul was criticized for advertising "mystery boxes" on his channel derided as scams, and was reportedly the subject of a police investigation related to allegations that a woman was drugged at a party held at Paul's Team 10 house in May 2019.  Source: Insider, Business Insider In 2019, fans followed Paul along his wild ride of a relationship with fellow YouTuber, Tana Mongeau. The couple started dating in May 2019 in what many speculated was a joke. The couple maintained that their love was real.  Source: Insider The following month, Paul proposed to Mongeau on her 21st birthday. He also bought her a car worth more than $120,000 to celebrate. The sudden engagement sparked even further rumors that the relationship was inauthentic. Source: Business Insider Paul and Mongeau got married in July 2019 in a Las Vegas wedding that reportedly cost $500,000. Photos of the wedding showed Paul, Mongeau, and their friends flying in on a private jet, a brawl breaking out seconds after the couple was pronounced husband and wife, and Paul cutting the wedding cake with a "Game of Thrones" replica sword. Source: Business Insider It's since come out that Paul and Mongeau's marriage isn't legally binding on paper, but they insisted that the love between them was real. Paul later revealed that the couple was "open." "Any wedding I have, if I have three more f---ing weddings, I really wouldn't want to do it on paper because I think that legally binding yourself to someone takes away the love," Mongeau said. Mongeau released a YouTube video on December 29 where she hinted that her and Paul's relationship had gone downhill since their wedding night — which she called "just hell." Days later, the couple announced they were "taking a break" from their relationship "to focus on our own very crazy lives." In an Instagram post, Paul wrote: "This is bitter sweet but it's what's best for us right now." The two remain close friends.  Source: Insider Paul has continued to fight in boxing matches. Paul, who wrestled in high school, has followed in his older brother's footsteps by participating in various boxing boxes. He is currently preparing for a match against Nate Robinson, a former NBA player, in September.    Paul was charged in May with unlawful assembly and trespassing after video showed him at a mall that was being looted and vandalized in Scottsdale, Arizona. In May, Paul was charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after he and his videographer Andrew Blue had both posted footage on Instagram that showed chaos and vandalism at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall in Arizona. Paul denied the allegations on Twitter. "For context, we spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrid injustices our country has ever seen, which led us to being tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona," he said in a May 31 tweet.    Paul came under fire for partying during the COVID-19 pandemic — and even drew ire from the city of Calabasas' mayor. As cases of the novel coronavirus continued to spike throughout Los Angeles, many influencers and creators — including Paul himself — continued to party and flout social-distancing guidelines. Paul hosted a day-long party at his Calabasas home in July as he filmed a new music video. Guests of the massive party documented their day on Instagram, showing many of them without face coverings both inside and outside of the home. Bryce Hall, Mongeau, and Arman 'Armani' Izadi were among the guests.  Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1283238582195384322?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw NEW: The mayor of Calabasas & neighbors tell me they're outraged after they say YouTube celebrity @jakepaul threw a massive party at his mansion on Saturday. They call it irresponsible, selfish, & say it's businesses & workers who pay the price for this w/ lockdowns. 10pm @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/COiVleuDH2   Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub told local Fox affiliate network Fox 11 that she was outraged by the event. "They're having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it's just a big, huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning," she said.  In an interview with Insider, Paul said he wasn't sure if he would give up partying during the pandemic. After his party stirred up controversy, Paul told Insider's Kat Tenbarge in a phone call on July 31 that "everything is cool" with the Calabasas mayor. "I don't know what to think of it, to be honest. I don't think anyone really does," Paul said of the pandemic. "No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn't know what to do. But I personally am not the type of person who's gonna sit around and not live my life."  On Aug. 5, Paul's Calabasas mansion was searched by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation related to the Scottsdale mall incident, a spokesperson for the agency's Phoenix field office told Insider.     The search was an execution of a federal search warrant. Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officers assisted the FBI's search, a spokesperson said, transporting several guns from the property. The FBI could not comment on whether the guns were being used as evidence in the investigation because of the sealed affidavit.  Agents in Las Vegas also searched the mansion of 'Armani' Izadi, Paul's longtime friend and collaborator who also officiated his faux wedding with Mongeau in 2019. Soon after the raid on his home, Izadi posted Instagram story videos with several bikini-clad women at the hot-pink mansion.  Izadi is an accused pimp who has pleaded guilty to attempted battery with substantial bodily harm, The Daily Beast reported in 2018.  In 2013, Izadi was indicted on 20 counts of pimping, robbery, battery, and kidnapping. Investigators described a "prostitution ring" that Izadi would lure women into under false pretenses. "Izadi lured women to his prostitution ring with promises of immense wealth, his companionship, and most of all, his protection," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in 2013 after reviewing police records.  Izadi took a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of pandering, the legal term for pimping, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.   In an interview with the YouTube drama reporter Daniel Keem (a.k.a. Keemstar), Adam Quinn, a former manager of Izadi and Paul's YouTuber collective Team 10, said that he left his job because of Izadi's allegedly nefarious behavior.
Google purchased Fitbit in 2019 for $2.1 billion
The EU has officially opened an investigation into Google's acquisition of Fitbit. Google announced it planned to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion in November, but the deal has yet to get regulatory approval. The EU investigation will focus on whether the acquisition would give Google an unfair advantage over competitors by hoovering up Fitbit user data. Google's senior vice president of Devices and Services put out a blog post on Tuesday defending the acquisition. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The EU has officially opened an in-depth investigation into Google's planned $2.1 billion acquisition of wearables company Fitbit. The European Commission, which was already conducting a preliminary investigation of the deal, announced the probe on Tuesday. The investigation will center on whether Google's acquisition of Fitbit will allow it to hoover up health data, which could in turn give Google an unfair advantage over competitors. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement: "The use of wearable devices by European consumers is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. This will go hand in hand with an exponential growth of data generated through these devices. This data provides key insights about the life and the health situation of the users of these devices. Our investigation aims to ensure that control by Google over data collected through wearable devices as a result of the transaction does not distort competition." Sources previously told Reuters a full-blown investigation was on the way, and that it will take about four months to complete. Google announced it had agreed to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion in November. Last month the tech giant formally promised the EU it would not use health data from Fitbit to target ads at Google users. On Tuesday, Google's Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Rick Osterloh put out a blog post defending the acquisition. "This deal is about devices, not data. We've been clear from the beginning that we will not use Fitbit health and wellness data for Google ads," Osterloh wrote, referring back to Google's promise not to use health data for ad targeting. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with the European Commission on an approach that addresses consumers' expectations of their wearable devices. We're confident that by working closely with Fitbit's team of experts, and bringing together our experience in AI, software and hardware, we can build compelling devices for people around the world," he added.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
Former trade minister Dr. Liam Fox named as source of leaked trade docs Former UK trade minister and current Conservative MP Dr. Liam Fox has been named as the source of hacked trade documents released during last year's British elections.…
Investigation could cost the company $250 million.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge One of Ubisoft’s most influential executives has been fired after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against him, reports Business Insider. Ubisoft confirmed to The Verge that the executive, Tommy François, departed the company, but declined to comment on the nature of his departure. François was formerly Ubisoft’s vice president of editorial and creative services, a role that gave him oversight over the development of many of the studio’s largest franchises. A separate Business Insider report detailed some of François actions, which included commenting on how his female colleagues looked, massaging people without asking, and, on one occasion, telling his colleagues he had spent the previous evening... Continue reading…
The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from New York and California have opened a new antitrust investigation into Amazon's online marketplace, Bloomberg reported Monday. The agencies will coordinate on the probe and plan to interview witnesses starting in the next few weeks, according to the report. Amazon has come under fire over potential anti-competitive behavior in recent months following reports that it secretly used its data on third-party sellers and startups to launch competing products. Lawmakers grilled CEO Jeff Bezos over Amazon's treatment of sellers last week in a historic hearing on the growing power of the tech industry.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. State attorneys general from New York and California have teamed up with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon's online marketplace, Bloomberg reported Monday. The agencies plan to begin interviewing witnesses in the coming weeks, according Bloomberg. California's probe was previously reported by The Wall Street Journal, but Bloomberg first reported on the collaboration across the agencies. The New York Times reported last month that Washington has also been looking into the issue.  Amazon has faced increasing scrutiny over how it uses the vast trove of data it collects from third-party sellers on its site, with competitors and regulators claiming that Amazon has leveraged the information to launch competing products, or favor its own, in violation of its own stated policies. The company initially refuted those claims publicly and under sworn testimony to Congress, but reporting from the Wall Street Journal in April challenged the accuracy of its statements, leading Amazon to open an internal probe into the issue. Last month, dozens of entrepreneurs and investors also told The Wall Street Journal that Amazon used its investment deals in their companies to gain access to their internal data and use it to develop competing products. In a major congressional antitrust hearing last week, lawmakers grilled CEO Jeff Bezos (as well as CEOs from Apple, Facebook, and Google parent Alphabet) about how tech giants use their market power. In perhaps the most revelatory moment of the hearing, Bezos told them that he couldn't guarantee Amazon had never violated its own policies against using trend data about third-party sellers to inform Amazon's in-house brands. Amazon is already the subject of several investigations concerning its potentially monopolistic behavior as well as its treatment of workers. Those include probes by the FTC into "hundreds" of Amazon's past acquisitions, the House Judiciary Committee over a wide range of antitrust issues (which informed its hearing last week), and regulators in the European Union, who are looking into the company's treatment of third-party sellers specifically.  Amazon is also facing inquiries from officials in New York state, New York City, and California as well as the National Labor Relations Board over claims it failed to protect workers during the coronavirus pandemic or retaliated against them for speaking out. A spokesperson for the New York attorney general's office neither confirmed or denied the investigation. A spokesperson for the California attorney general's office referred Business Insider to the New York attorney general and the FTC declined to comment for this story. Avery Hartmans contributed reporting for this story.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. The government has insisted it has “robust” security systems in place, following reports that secret documents detailing trade talks between the UK and US were stolen from former trade secretary Liam Fox.On Monday, Reuters reported suspected Russian hackers had accessed Fox’s emails multiple times last year.Fox is currently the UK’s nominee to lead the World Trade Organisation (WTO).The documents, which were leaked, were seized upon by Jeremy Corbyn during the 2019 election campaign as proof Tories were hatching a trade deal with Donald Trump to “sell off” the NHS to American private health and drug firms.There is no suggestion that Labour was in any way involved in the original leak of the papers.Dominic Raab announced last month that the UK’s intelligence assessment was that “Russian actors” – a way of describing hostile hackers as opposed to Moscow’s intelligence agencies – had “almost certainly” sought to interfere in the election by “amplifying” the documents online.A government spokesperson said today: “There is an ongoing criminal investigation into how the documents were acquired, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point.“But, as you would expect, the government has very robust systems in place to protect the IT systems of officials and staff.”Fox served as international trade secretary from July 2016 until July 2019, having previously been the defence secretary. The former cabinet minister has been contacted for comment.Parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) recently accused the government of being too slow to recognise the potential threat posed by Russia to British democratic processes.The committee said ministers did not properly consider whether Moscow could interfere in the Brexit referendum until after the event.The ISC report found that the government “took its eye off the ball” of the Russian threat, underestimated its dangers and was “still playing catch-up” on attempted manipulation of British democracy.Related... London And Other Areas Could Face Travel Lockdown, No.10 Confirms
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