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PM's internet safety adviser urges end to password sharing

The prime minister’s special representative on internet safety has said that MPs should not be sharing their work computer passwords with staff. Baroness Shields’s advice follows an admission by three Conservative MPs that they had given their login details to their assistants. There have also been suggestions that the practice is relatively commonplace. Sharing passwords is not a breach of the UK’s Data Protection Act. But House of Commons staff are explicitly banned from disclosing their own passwords. And documents posted online by the Associated Press news agency indicate MPs…

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PM's deputy Damian Green investigated over 'suggestive' text

Prime minister Theresa May’s deputy, Damian Green, is to be investigated following an allegation of inappropriate behaviour. Activist Kate Maltby wrote in The Times that he “fleetingly” touched her knee in a pub in 2015, and this year sent her a “suggestive” text message after she posed in a corset for the paper. The Cabinet Secretary is to consider whether he broke the ministerial code. Mr Green has described the claims as “absolutely and completely untrue”. Ms Maltby, a writer and academic some 30 years younger than Mr Green, said…

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London attack: PM's condemnation of tech firms criticised

Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that her promise to tighten regulation on tech firms after the London attacks will not work. Mrs May said areas of the internet must be closed because tech giants provided a “safe space” for terrorist ideology. But the Open Rights Group said social media firms were not the problem, while an expert in radicalisation branded her criticism “intellectually lazy”. Twitter, Facebook and Google said they were working hard to fight extremism. Google (which owns Youtube) Facebook (which owns WhatsApp) and Twitter were among…

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David Davis urges MPs 'not to tie PM's hands' over Brexit bill

David Davis has urged MPs to back the Brexit bill next week and insisted the UK would be prepared if it has to leave the EU with no deal in place. The Brexit Secretary urged MPs not to “tie the prime minister’s hands” over the issues of a final vote on the deal and EU citizens’ rights in the UK. He said while they were preparing for a “no deal” Brexit he thought it was unlikely negotiations would break down. The Brexit bill returns to MPs on Monday after two…

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