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Access to quality education main agenda of govt, says provincial minister

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Schools Education Murad Raas on Friday said that access to quality education for all was the main agenda of the government, ARY News reported. "Access to education, provision of quality education and improving the overall standard of government schools are our main agenda as schools education is the most important tier of the educational system," he said while addressing a press conference at DGPR Office. Provincial Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan was also present on the occasion.…

Facebook fires engineer who ‘violated user access’ to stalk women

WASHINGTON: Facebook spokesperson on Thursday said that they fired an employee accused of bragging about his access to private user information over matchmaking app Tinder. The incident comes as Facebook faces global concerns about personal data privacy, including Congressional hearings at which Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified. A Twitter user earlier on Wednesday posted about the Tinder conversation along with screenshots, saying Facebook's security engineer is "likely using privileged access to stalk…

Pakistan urges India to allow access to UN investigators for human rights abuse in IoK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Tahir Andrabi called on India to stop killing Kashmiri civilians, end the impunity enjoyed by its security forces and allow unfettered access to the UN fact finding team to investigate human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK). Speaking at the 37th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, he said India's denial of access to the UN Fact Finding Team is a "desperate attempt" to hide its atrocities in "the most militarized…

Netflix to give parents more control over access to content

Netflix is rolling out features that will give parents more control over access to content by allowing them to block individual movies and specific shows. Users can currently restrict content with only a specific maturity rating by using a numeric password. The new features will be available globally in the coming months, Mike Hastings, Netflix’s director of enhanced content, wrote in a blog post. Netflix has more than 100 million users across the world and spends billions of dollars in creating original shows such…

Iran temporarily restricts access to social media to control protests

LONDON: Iran will temporarily restrict access to some social media and messaging apps to control protests, Iranian state television quoted an informed source as saying on Sunday. “It has been decided in the highest security level to restrict access to Telegram (messaging app) and Instagram,” the source said. Read More: Iran warns protesters who pose major challenge to country’s leadership Tens of thousands of Iranians have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s unelected clerical…

App developer access to iPhone X face data spooks some privacy experts

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple’s privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to build entertainment features for iPhone X customers, such as pinning a three-dimensional mask to their face for a selfie or letting a video game character mirror the player’s real-world facial expressions. Apple allows…

Italy agrees on grant of duty free access to Pakistani products

ISLAMABAD: Italy has agreed to grant duty free access to Pakistani products for stimulating an impressive growth in bilateral trade. Ministry of Commerce, in a statement, said that this was agreed during two days visit of Secretary Commerce Muhammad Younas Dhaga to Italy. High level meetings between officials of ministry of foreign affairs and ministry of economy of Italy also held. Read More: Govt offers duty-free concession to woo new carmakers Both sides agreed that bilateral trade could be enhanced beyond the…

Google to push for law enforcement to have more access to overseas data

WASHINGTON: Google will press US lawmakers on Thursday to update laws on how governments access customer data stored on servers located in other countries, hoping to address a mounting concern for both law enforcement officials and Silicon Valley. The push comes amid growing legal uncertainty, both in the United States and across the globe, about how technology firms must comply with government requests for foreign-held data. That has raised alarm that criminal and terrorism investigations are being hindered by outdated…

Israel denying human rights workers access to Gaza: HRW

JERUSALEM: Israel is blocking rights activists’ access to and from the Gaza Strip, hampering their work in the Palestinian enclave run by Hamas, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. A new report from the rights group “documents how Israel systematically bars human rights workers from travelling into and out of Gaza, even where the Israeli security services make no security claims against them as individuals,” it said in a statement. Human Rights Watch said it had only once since 2008 received permission from Israel for…