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UK proposes EU treaty to protect security ties

Security links between Britain and the European Union should be secured with a new legal pact, says the Home Secretary. Amber Rudd says current security arrangements including membership of Europol and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) “will end” after Brexit. But days after Britain was hit by a terrorist attack at Parson’s Green tube station1, the UK is preparing to present proposals for a new treaty to give legal backing to intelligence, law enforcement and criminal justice partnerships post Brexit. Writing in The Sun on Sunday, Amber Rudd praises existing arrangements within the EU as “some of the world’s most sophisticated cross-border systems in the fight against crime”. The Home Secretary makes reference to the success of the EAW and Europol but goes on to say: “When we leave the EU, these current arrangements will end, but our partnership must go on for the security of the UK and the continent.” She adds: “Tomorrow, the Government will publish a paper outlining how we want to achieve this . It will suggest that the fight against crime and terror could be underpinned by a new security treaty between the UK and the EU.

“A new treaty would allow us to maintain and strengthen our current level of cooperation and provide a new legal framework to do this.”

Image: New security treaty proposed following Parsons Green terror bombing

In the past, both the EU and the UK have accused each other of using intelligence services as leverage in negotiations. In March, the Home Secretary stated it was “likely” the UK will leave Europol in the wake of Brexit unless a deal is made. Last month, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier also warned that Britain would be forced to leave Europol and that the EU-UK split would weaken British security and counter-terrorism.

And Theresa May linked failure to strike a trade deal with a reduction of intelligence sharing in her Article 50 letter in March.

She wrote: “In security terms, a failure to reach agreement would mean our cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened.”

References

  1. ^ Britain was hit by a terrorist attack at Parson’s Green tube station (news.sky.com)

Woman bailed after security at Prince George’s school breached

A woman arrested on suspicion of trying to break into Prince George’s school has been released on bail. The 40-year-old, who was arrested on Wednesday following an “incident” at Thomas’s Battersea, now faces further inquiries and will appear in court in October. She had reportedly been detained by undercover officers in a square just 100 yards from the school. Scotland Yard said: “We are working with the school, which is attended by His Royal Highness Prince George, to review its security arrangements after the incident.”

“Police are part of the protective security arrangements for the Prince and we will continue to work closely with the school, which is responsible for building security on its site.” Several plain-clothed officers have been spotted in the area.

Image: The prince meets Helen Haslem, head of the lower school

Prince George’s father, the Duke of Cambridge, said it had been an “interesting week” as he visited Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool on Thursday. Asked by a patient about the Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting the couple’s third child, William said she was doing “very well”. The four-year-old prince1, who started lessons last Thursday, was driven into the 17,604-a-year school through a side entrance on Thursday morning.

He is attending half-day reception classes – building up to staying for lunch.

References

  1. ^ four-year-old prince (news.sky.com)

Expert: Equifax website raises security concerns

NEW YORK (AP) – A security expert says a website created by credit monitoring company Equifax to help its customers find out if their personal information was stolen after a massive data breach raises its own security questions. Georgia Weidman, the founder and chief technology officer for security firm Shevirah, says the website Equifax created looks like the kind of website set up by attackers to trick people into disclosing information. Weidman says it’s teaching people “entirely the wrong things about using the internet securely.”

Weidman says she’s troubled by Equifax’s approach to security generally, including reports that it didn’t respond to basic scripting bugs it was warned about last year. The website is, https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/1 . Equifax says consumers can also call 866-447-7559 for more information about the breach.

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  1. ^ https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ (www.equifaxsecurity2017.com)