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GDPR: What is it and It's effects?

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an EU regulation that will come into effect on the 25th May 2018, this means that the UK Parliament is not involved in whether this regulation is to pass. Although what exactly does it mean for individuals?

The GDPR attempts to give the EU citizens/residents control over their personal data and provide the following things for individuals(in relation to data):

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

The regulation means that companies will have to take more measures in protecting "personal data" inside and outside of the EU. It should allow individuals to more easily access what information companies hold on them and possibly even allow deletion of such data (Right to erasure/forgotton).
 

YouTube Comedian Count Dankula Found Guilty

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YouTube Comedian @CountDankulaTV has been found GUILTY under the Communications Act of causing "mass offence" for telling a "grossly offensive" joke despite not a single complaint reaching the police.

Count Dankula has well over 100,000 subscribers on youtube and outreach on other platforms, such as around 50,000 twitter followers. His notoriety only started to boom when he created the Nazi Pug video joke. Before, during and after the video he made it clear it was a small wind up joke to annoy his girlfriend and the premise of the joke is that, Nazi's are bad, yet he has been subjected to legal proceedings initiated by police intelligence units for over two years as a result of this joke.

Two minutes to midnight

The Doomsday Clock has been advanced to two minutes to midnight by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) [01]. They are a group of leading scientists and engineers founded by members of the original Manhattan Project. The setting of the Doomsday Clock is symbolic, where midnight is the time of the apocalypse: it is supposed to alert politicians and citizens around the world to the dangers our technologies (especially nuclear weapons) pose.

 

The clock has been set forward by half a minute by the BAS for a number of reasons including North Korea's development of nuclear missiles; the rise of distrust in the political system, news media and science, and world leaders' inaction on climate change. 

 

Amendment of Civil Liberties Bill

Hello all,

While on my emails and surfing the web I saw an email about future amendments to Civil Partnership Act.

The current act allows couples of same-sex to form a Civil Partnership and have similar legal status as married, although since 2013 marriage is also available for same-sex couples too.

The new amendment to be debated on 2nd February will allow opportunities to let opposite-sex couples to also form Civil Partnerships.  Although it may not seem an issue since marriage already exists, some people still prefer to idea of Civil Partnership as it does not have such historic significance and context and allow all couples to enjoy Civil Partnership! We're one of the countries still yet to do it.

How can you help? You can write to your MP and get them to vote on the bill.
You can read a bit more in depth from here and other ways to support: http://equalcivilpartnerships.org.uk/

Happy Pirating!
 

Pirate Party UK Appoints New (Old) Deputy Treasurer

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The fools! They’ve trusted me with all the money!

 

 

The newly elected NEC is currently strategising for 2018 and the up coming local elections – but while they do that, I’m now sitting in my nice little back office, counting pieces of eight as the new Deputy Treasurer. Well, maybe not "new" as I've been in the party a while now... but you ge the picture.

Here are some things you might not know about our finances:

  1. We are the most affordable political party in the UK to join, with membership as low as £3.
  2. We are the first British political party to accept Bitcoin.
  3. We have a great Deputy Treasurer.

Fascinating right?

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