Tracking app data used in Australian gang murder case

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Australian police used data collected by Covid-19 tracking app to help track down a suspect in the high-profile murder case of motorcycle gang leader Nick Martin. The leader of the Rebels Motorcycle Club was shot dead in December by a sniper on a race track in the city of Perth. Police, who gained access to data from Western Australia’s contract tracing app SafeWA, are now at the center of a nationwide privacy debate. Local opposition leader Mia Davies said the police action was a “significant breach of trust” and introduced legislation to the state parliament that would make this information inaccessible to police.

Vaccines use Yelp and Google to tarnish the reputation of American bars and restaurants that require customers to show proof of vaccination. “We built six years of great reviews that were chiseled into months,” said Marshall Smith, one of the nation’s first business owners to force customers to show vaccination certificates at his bar door. in Denver, Colorado. . The MIT Technology Review reported that many of the bad reviews come from people in other parts of the country – or the world – and are often reactions to photographs shared online showing bars and restaurants with signs saying the vaccination is required to enter.

In Afghanistan, only 0.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated. This can be attributed to limited stocks and strong hesitation about vaccines, exacerbated by deadly attacks on health workers. Last March, gunmen murdered three health workers on the second day of a polio vaccination campaign in Nangarhar province. After finally reopening this week, the center was closed in another attack, in which five workers were shot dead and four others injured. A third pandemic wave has overwhelmed hospitals, leading to widespread oxygen shortages, as doctors fear the variant of Covid-19 that has ravaged India is now spreading across the country.

In a few days, the municipal authorities of Moscow and St. Petersburg banned and then banned Russians from sitting on park benches under a new set of Covid-19 restrictions. Social media users scoffed at regulations that banned the use of outdoor spaces such as playgrounds, kiosks, and exercise areas, but still allowed thousands of football fans to congregate to watch European Football Championship matches in St. Petersburg.

Spotlight: Hungary’s anti-pedophile laws target LGBTQ + community

Hungary’s historic chamber of parliament filled with applause on Tuesday, as pro-government lawmakers applauded the passage – with a 99% majority – of the country’s most restrictive anti-LGBTQ + set of laws .

Until about a week ago, the legislative package was limited to creating new criminal measures against pedophilia, including banning certain jobs for convicted pedophiles and creating a searchable public database on sex offenders. . Next, pro-government MPs added amendments that link homosexuality to child abuse, prohibit the “promotion” of homosexuality to children, and establish a registry of organizations authorized to discuss sexuality and gender in schools.

The new laws “can really only be seen as a Russian model,” wrote Andras Racz, associate professor at the Peter Pazmany Catholic University in Hungary, a view echoed by Amnesty International Hungary, Human Rights Watch and various activist groups. Hungarian. “However, the Hungarian bill is significantly broader and stricter on LGBTQI matters than the Russian bill,” Racz added.

Hungarian and Russian laws give open definitions of what it really means to “promote” homosexuality. In Russia, this has allowed prosecutors to broadly apply the law to speech by simply acknowledging the existence of LGBTQ + people. In Hungary, rights groups say the door is now open for law enforcement to harass members of the LGBTQ + community. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s law also goes beyond Russian law by deliberately linking homosexuals to pedophilia and regulating who is allowed to participate in sex education.

The big picture: Thousands of Hungarians gathered in Budapest this week to protest the laws, as opposition parties boycotted the vote outright. However, Orban now enjoys unprecedented support nationwide, due to the perceived success of its response to the coronavirus. In May, the country of 10 million people achieved a total of 5 million vaccinations and lifted most pandemic restrictions. Orban, Hungary’s longest-serving prime minister, is gearing up for the 2022 election, and passing the bill appears to be the latest push to please his right-wing base.

Coda researcher Masho Lomashvili and intern Deeksha Udupa contributed to this week’s Infodemic. Sign up here to receive the next edition of this newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox.

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