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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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Worst US nightclub fire influences safety codes, burn care

In the blink of an eye the Cocoanut Grove — one of Boston’s swankiest nightclubs — became an unimaginable inferno, trapping hundreds of panicked victims as they jammed the club’s exits. In less than 15 minutes, 492 people were dead and another 166 injured, making the blaze the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. While no one knows exactly how the fire started 75 years ago on Nov. 28, 1942, its influence on fire and safety codes and on the medical treatment of burn victims still resonates. ——— FIRST FLAMES…

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UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law

Drone users in the UK will be required to do safety awareness tests as part of planned new legislation on their usage. Police will also be given new powers to crack down on illegal use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. The government hopes to harness new drone technology which could see them used on oil rigs, in construction, for organ transport and parcel deliveries. The bill has been welcomed by the pilots’ union, which has warned of near misses involving drones and aircraft. Balpa said there had been 81 incidents…

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News: Airbus A350-1000 receives European and US safety accreditation

Following an intensive flight test campaign performed in less than a year, the A350-1000 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.  The EASA A350-1000 document was signed by EASA certification director, Trévor Woods, while the FAA A350-1000 type certification was signed by FAA international section manager, Bob Breneman. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus executive vice president engineering, Charles Champion. “Receiving the A350-1000 type certification from EASA and FAA less than…

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UK diver swims to safety after Australia shark scare

A British diver says he swam 7.5km (4.5 miles) to safety off the coast of Australia after losing sight of his boat and being “followed” by a shark. John Craig, 34, had been spear-fishing underwater in Western Australia on Friday when he surfaced and could not see the boat, being crewed by a friend. Mr Craig said he noticed a shark as he called and splashed for help. He then began a long swim back to shore before reaching land and walking for another 30 minutes until he was seen….

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Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

Some smartwatches designed for children have security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, a watchdog has warned. The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids. It said it discovered that attackers could track, eavesdrop or even communicate with the wearers. The manufacturers involved insist the problems have either already been resolved or are being addressed. UK retailer John Lewis has withdrawn one of the named smartwatch models from sale in response. The smartwatches tested essentially serve as basic smartphones, allowing parents to…

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