Daily Digest (8/11)

Hong Kong Media Tycoon Arrested in Police Raid; DC Police Union Opposes Releasing Body-Cam Footage; US, EU Begin Talks on Enhancing Privacy Shield; Teachers Think Schools Haven’t ‘Done Enough’ on Cybersecurity Issues. Click “Continue reading” below.

Hong Kong Media Tycoon Arrested in Police Raid

Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday in a public raid of the publisher’s headquarters, in line with Beijing’s new national security law.

“Jimmy Lai was arrested for collusion with foreign powers,” Mark Simon, a Next Media executive, posted on Twitter, CBS News reports.

The owner of the tabloid Apply Daily and an outspoken pro-democracy figure, Lai regularly criticized China’s authoritarian rule.

More than 100 police raided Next Digital’s headquarters in Hong Kong, entering the newsroom and searching desks. The company owns the Apple Daily tabloid.

While it wasn’t clear what police were seeking, Simon tweeted that the police were “executing a search warrant” — taking away 25 boxes of evidence for processing.

During the raid, Lai was led away in handcuffs through the office, and at times officers appeared to get into heated exchanges with Next Digital staff, CBS News reports.

“Shutting down Apple Daily and threatening other media organizations is the goal — so that no one dares to speak the truth in the end,” an Apple Daily journalist said in a tweet posted by Shibani Mahtani, Hong Kong bureau chief of The Washington Post.

However, a senior Apple Daily executive vowed the newspaper would be published Tuesday, according to CBS News.

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DC Police Union Opposes Releasing Body-Cam Footage

The Washington police union said Monday that it asked a court to block the mandatory release of body-camera footage and police officers’ names involved in shootings.

The death of George Floyd in May by Minneapolis police, and similar incidents, led three dozen states to introduce initiatives to change or study policing, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Reuters reports.

The Metropolitan Police Department now is required to release officer names and body-camera footage within five days of shootings involving officers or in cases of serious use of force.

The union argued in its Friday court filing that releasing records of incidents from October 2014 onward could harm officers’ reputations.

“Releasing body-camera footage and names of officers will unjustly malign and permanently tarnish the reputation and good name of any officer that is later cleared of misconduct concerning the use of force,” the union said in a statement, according to Reuters.


US, EU Begin Talks on Enhancing Privacy Shield

The U.S. Commerce Department and the European Commission said Monday that discussions had begun to enhance EU and U.S. privacy shield frameworks in compliance with last month’s court decision in the “Schrems II” case.

The ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the privacy shield, placing additional requirements on companies transferring European citizens’ data to non-EU countries, according to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAAP).

Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross and Didier Reynders, the European commissioner for justice, said in a statement that they recognized the importance of data-protection and the “significance of cross-border data transfers.”

“As we face challenges and the recovery of the global economy after COVID-19, our partnership will strengthen data-protection and promote greater prosperity for nearly 800 million citizens,” they said, according to IAPP.

More than 5,000 companies participated in the privacy shield arrangement to conduct trans-Atlantic data transfers before the court’s invalidation.


Teachers Think Schools Haven’t ‘Done Enough’ on Cybersecurity Issues

Fifty-one percent of U.K. school teachers said they were skeptical that their schools were equipped to address cybersecurity issues, according to a study published by Essential Security Against Evolving Threats (ESET).

Because of COVID-19, many schools have provided alternative online classes for students unable to attend in person, Infosecurity News reports.

In a survey of 1,000 teachers by Internet Matters, only 49% felt their school had “done enough” to prepare them for security-related issues.

A third of the teachers said no information was provided by schools on cybersecurity in the past year, while 20% received training after lockdowns.

Nearly 45% feel their students know more about cybersecurity issues than they do.

These studies show the need for more focus on educating teachers about cybersecurity issues, particularly as 96% of teachers with training said they found it useful, according to Infosecurity News.

“Tackling cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for schools, as they potentially turn the online world to support pupils and their education,” said Julian Roberts, ESET’s marketing chief.


— By DPN Staff