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UK Court rules Welsh Police’s use of face recognition tech as unlawful

In a landmark judgement, the UK’s Court of Appeal, on Tuesday, that South Wales Police’s use of facial recognition technology was unlawful as it breached privacy rights, data protection laws and equality laws. The South Wales Police has confirmed to the court that it will not appeal against this judgment. With this, the Court of Appeal overturned a September 2019 ruling by the High Court in Cardiff, UK, which said that SWP’s use of facial recognition technology was lawful and that it complied ...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Privacy, Australia, Court, High Court, Surveillance, Liberty, Cctv, Cardiff, Court of appeal, South Wales, Facial Recognition, South Wales Police, ClearView

What are ‘offensive cyber capabilities’? — by Gunjan Chawla and Vagisha Srivastava

By Gunjan Chawla and Vagisha Srivastava In our previous post, “Does India have offensive cyber capabilities?”, we discussed a recent amendment to the SCOMET list appended to the ITC-HS classification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). The amendment did not define, but described software for military offensive cyber operations as a term including (but not limited to) software which are designed to destroy, damage, degrade or disrupt systems, equipment and other softwares specifie...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Australia, India, US, Cybersecurity, Cyber Security, United States, Ministry Of Defence, United Kingdom, States, US Congress, Itc, CSC, State

Accor Bushfire Disaster Relief Appeal brings vital aid to fire affected communities

Accor, the largest hotel operator in Australia, has raised $404,000 through its Accor Bushfire Disaster Relief Appeal, for bushfire affected people and communities across Australia.
Tags: Travel, Australia, Accor, Accor Bushfire Disaster Relief Appeal

Domestic getaways that feel like a world away

At a time where Aussies are usually heading to Europe or warmer places abroad, the question bids: Where do or can we go now? To help Aussies fulfill their overseas dreams without having to leave the country, Expedia has uncovered the top domestic swaps for international favourites. Offering the same, if not better experiences, here is how you can discover the world in your backyard. Daintree Ecolodge Bali Ranked as the top booked destination for the July and August period last year. Aussi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Bali, Australia, Singapore, Inspiration, Los Angeles, Philippines, Hawaii, Brisbane, South Australia, Bahamas, Expedia, Aussies, Travellers, Explore

Luxury Expedition Cruises

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CATALOG Luxury Expedition Cruises When Carol and I take our first luxury expedition cruise, one of the first places we will look at is with our friends at Abercrombie & Kent (A&K). Two thousand twenty-one marks a special year for Abercrombie & Kent as they will celebrate 30 years of exploration by sea. And in true A&K spirit, they are commemorating this milestone with several brand-new journeys for the 2021-2022 season. Most notably, The Northeast Passage: Across the Russia...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Featured, Greece, Australia, Antarctica, Faroe Islands, Norway, Copenhagen, Pacific, St Petersburg, Carol, Expedition Cruises, Abercrombie Kent, Falkland Island, Roaming Boomers Travel Services

Singapore-based Volopay wants to be the “Brex of Southeast Asia”

Volopay founders Rajith Shaji and Rajesh Raikwar Small- to medium-sized companies that do a lot of international business have to deal with two big headaches: high foreign exchange fees and corporate expense tracking. Volopay, a Singapore-based financial tech startup with offices in Bangalore, wants to help by integrating prepaid multi-currency corporate cards, expense tracking and accounting tools into one free-to-use platform. Volopay is currently taking part in Y Combinator and is also ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Enterprise, Indonesia, Australia, Finance, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Fintech, Mastercard, Bangalore, Moneysmart

Accor’s ALL Heartist Fund brings vital support to 1,300 people in the Pacific

Accor, the largest hotel operator in Australia and New Zealand, is providing vital aid for employees and partners in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis thanks to its ALL Heartist Fund.
Tags: Travel, Australia, New Zealand, Accor, Pacific

Australian regulator sues Google for linking users’ data ‘without their consent’ to target ads

Australia’s competition and consumer rights watchdog — Australian Competition & Consumer Commission — on July 26, sued Google for allegedly “misleading” “millions of Australians” to collect “potentially sensitive and private” browsing history of its users, without people’s informed consent. It said that the company did not gain explicit informed from users, about its move in 2016 to start combining personal information in consumers’ Google accounts with information about those individuals’ activ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, News, Privacy, Australia, Eu, Ads, App Store, Data Privacy, Sims, DoubleClick, ACCC, Rod Sims, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Top 5 Pumpkin Recipes!

Heads up pumpkin lovers! Pumpkin or squash is available all year round here in Australia and is delicious, inexpensive and can go sweet or savoury! Here are the top 5 pumpkin recipes from an AMAZING pumpkin pasta sauce, vegan caramelised pumpkin wedges, a four cheese pumpkin fondue using a whole pumpkin, pumpkin spice choc chip cookies to classic roast pumpkin with feta!
Tags: Travel, Australia

The sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism — regional travel bubbles are the future

Unprecedented border closures and the domestic lockdown have paralysed New Zealand's $40.9 billion a year tourism industry. In the process, the vulnerability of the sector to external shocks and the tenuous nature of tourism employment have been exposed. While New Zealand's handling of the pandemic has been hailed as a global masterclass, and the prospect of travel bubbles promoted as a way to restart the tourism economy and save jobs, it is clear there is no quick fix.The inherent dangers of re...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Australia, European Union, Public Health, Innovation, New Zealand, Pacific, Nz, Don, Kiwis, Pandemic, United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO, Global Issues, Coronavirus

7 Ways to Evoke a Vacation State of Mind

With various restrictions and travel limitations still in place, many Aussies may be feeling holiday-deprived now more than. In fact, even pre-pandemic, Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprivation study, which looks into the trends and attitudes around annual leave, revealed deprivation levels were on the rise in Australia. However, Aussies widely understood and appreciated the benefits of taking a holiday. The top reasons cited for taking a trip were: Travelling improves my general health and well-b...
Tags: Travel, Cook, Australia, Inspiration, Expedia, Aussies, Vacation State of Mind

US charges two Chinese hackers, associated with Chinese govt, for their decade-long hacking spree

The Department of Justice announced charged against two Chinese hackers who, among other things, targeted companies developing COVID-19 vaccines, testing technology and treatments. “The campaign targeted intellectual property and confidential business information held by the private sector, including COVID-19-related treatment, testing, and vaccines,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said. Their hacking campaign lasted more than ten years and targeted companies in countries with high te...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Hong Kong, News, Maryland, Australia, California, China, Virginia, Massachusetts, India, US, Atlanta, Cnn, Cyber Security, Cyber Crime

Regent Seven Seas Grand Voyages

GRAND EUROPEAN TOUR. CLICK FOR A LARGER VIEW. Regent Seven Seas Grand Voyages Regent Seven Seas Grand Voyages are a fabulous way to visit the world. So-called “Grand Cruises” are very popular as they give you an intensive look into a specific region of the world.  Yet they don’t require the 4-6 month time commitment it would take to accomplish a world cruise. You can still see the entire world with a few Grand Cruises, but you accomplish the feat in more bite-size pieces. Further, you will be...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Australia, South America, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Grand Cruises

listening to joni: #15: turbulent indigo

Turbulent Indigo, 1994 Front Cover Turbulent Indigo is a rich album, one that demands repeated listening. Every time I hear it, I discover new sounds and meanings, and I find that it has slyly become one of my most beloved of Joni's work.The name of the album is itself enigmatic. Many reviewers have noted that it echoes an earlier masterpiece, since the colour indigo is a form of blue. I don't find much in common between 1972's Blue and this one. On Turbulent Indigo, the music is spars...
Tags: Travel, Music, Australia, James Brown, Canada, Ireland, Paris, United Nations, Beethoven, Catholic Church, Leonard Cohen, Mitchell, Van Gogh, Allan, Jackson Browne, Yvette

What Is Modern Australian Cuisine And Why You Should Try It

When you travel to any country, food is undoubtedly one of the main cultural experiences you wish to participate in. However, defining Australian cuisine is more complicated than it is for other countries (for example, Italian cuisine is very well-defined and is world-famous). While there are no doubt famous examples of Australian food out there […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Travel, Australia, Australian Food

Oil prices slip as coronavirus cases surge - Reuters

Oil prices slip as coronavirus cases surge - ReutersOil prices edged lower on Friday as concerns about the surge in coronavirus cases sapping fuel demand while major crude-producing nations ready increases in output.The United States reported at least 75,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a daily record. Spain and Australia reported their steepest daily jumps in more than two months, while cases continued to soar in India and Brazil.Fuel demand has broadly recovered from a 30% drop in April aft...
Tags: Travel, Australia, India, Spain, United States, Brazil, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Oil prices slip amid uncertainty over fuel demand, easing supply curbs - Reuters

Oil prices slip amid uncertainty over fuel demand, easing supply curbs - Reuters:Oil prices slipped on Friday amid growing uncertainty about the global recovery in fuel demand as coronavirus cases surged in several countries, while major producers were set to ease output curbs.Brent crude futures LCOc1 fell 26 cents to $43.11 a barrel by 0822 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 dropped 23 cents to $40.52.The United States reported at least 75,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a ...
Tags: Travel, Australia, India, Spain, United States, Brazil, Reuters, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

The Delivering Group Launches Good to Go Recovery Platform for Asia Pacific Hospitality and Tourism Businesses

Asia Pacific hospitality companies, hotels and resorts, destinations and tourism businesses can now access a platform designed to help plan and manage their recovery from the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Developed by the Delivering Group, the Good to Go platform offers a wide range of customised services, including planning, marketing, AI and chatbot solutions, sales and resourcing. Delivering Group co-founder Mark Simmons explained the platform was an initiative developed b...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Europe, Australia, China, Singapore, US, Beijing, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, North America, Group, Trans Tasman, Simmons, APAC, Yates

India should explore remote drone identification instead of mandatory pre-flight clearance: Chinese drone maker DJI

Chinese drone maker DJI has recommended that India’s Civil Aviation Ministry look at remote identification of drones instead of insisting on the no permission no takeoff (NPNT) protocol that is currently mandated in India, the company’s policy lead for India and Sri Lanka, Mitul Arora said while speaking to MediaNama. Remote ID is the ability of a drone in flight to provide identification information that can be received by other parties, and is currently being used by the US Federal Aviation Ad...
Tags: Travel, News, Australia, China, India, US, Drones, Dji, Ministry, Civil Aviation Ministry, US Federal Aviation Administration, Arora, Medianama, DGCA, Drone Rules, Internet Freedom Foundation

Oil dips on demand fears as OPEC+ considers output increase - Reuters

Oil dips on demand fears as OPEC+ considers output increase - Reuters:Oil prices fell on Tuesday on worries that new restrictions to stem surging U.S. and Asian coronavirus cases could threaten a recovery in fuel demand just as OPEC+ producers prepare to increase output from August.Brent crude futures fell 44 cents to $42.28 a barrel by 0840 GMT and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slid 53 cents to $39.57.The governor of California, the United States’ most populous state, on Mond...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Florida, Texas, Australia, California, Opec, United States, Reuters, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Top 10 stories of the week: July 6th to July 12th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 12th July 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: , for their support. Week after ‘Chinese’ app ban, Indian govt launches ‘Atmanirbhar’ app innovation challenge Within a week of banning 59 ‘Chinese’ apps, the Indian government on July 4 launched an ‘app innovation challenge’, involving cash rewards and other incentives, to promote existing Indian apps, and help in the development of new apps. Read it here Fac...
Tags: Travel, Home, Facebook, Hong Kong, UK, News, Instagram, Australia, China, India, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ministry, UK Australia, ClearView, CBSE

TikTok transparency report: India leads in official user information and content takedown requests 

India topped the charts in several metrics revealed by TikTok as part of its for the second half of 2019 — content removals, legal requests for user information, and government requests for content takedowns. The revelations for the second half of 2019 are more or less in line with the first half of the year when India had led requests for user information and content takedowns. The report comes a week after TikTok, along with 58 other ‘Chinese’ apps was banned in India over national security ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, UK, News, Australia, India, US, Netherlands, Norway, Transparency Report, Tiktok, TikTok TikTok, TikTok India, Content Takedowns, TikTok Content

UK, Australia launch joint investigation into controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI

Adding to the increasing scrutiny of controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI, the governments of Australia and the UK are now opening a joint investigation into the company. The Information Commissioner’s of the two countries, Thursday said, will investigate the “personal information handling practices” of Clearview AI, focussing on its use of ‘scraped’ data and biometrics of individuals. Both the privacy commissioners will also engage with other data protection authorities who hav...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Congress, Australia, Youtube, Saudi Arabia, Boston, India, US, Surveillance, Canada, United Arab Emirates

How You Can Help Australia Get Back On Its Feet

As Australia goes through different phases of recovery, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave traces of uncertainty, Aussies are starting to scratch that travel itch, from dreaming, to planning, to actually packing their bags and sneaking in a quick (and safe) getaway. Expedia data reveals the appetite for travel continues to rise, with search results indicating Aussies are wasting no time in researching where they want to escape to. But the big question remains top of mind: where can ...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Adelaide, Travel Tips, Expedia, Aussies, Explore, Port Stephens, Kangaroo Valley, Noosa Farmers Market, Blackall Range, Adelaide Central Market, McLaren Vale Enjoy, Barossa House, Maggie Beer 's Farm Shop Escape

Paytm, Vijay Shekhar Sharma to buy insurance company Raheja QBE

Paytm parent company One97 Communications and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma will acquire Mumbai-based Raheja QBE General Insurance Company. The current owner Prism Johnson disclosed the purchase in a BSE filing on Monday. This was reported by Business Standard. Raheja QBE is a joint venture between cement-maker Prism Johnson and Australian insurance group QBE. For a total consideration of almost Rs 290 crore, Prism Johnson will divest: Its own 51% stake in the company to QORQL Pvt. Ltd., a company i...
Tags: Travel, News, Australia, Insurance, Johnson, Mumbai, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm, Sharma, QBE, One97 Communications, Paytm Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Raheja QBE, QorQl Pvt Ltd, Prism Johnson, Raheja QBE General Insurance Company

What Does the Future Look Like for Australia Hotels?

As markets slowly begin to reopen and leisure demand picks up, specifically on weekends, it is important to look towards business-on-the-books data to see how these markets will perform in the coming weeks and months.
Tags: Travel, Australia

UK to lift ban on non-essential travel to up to 90 countries

Change set to allow visits to nearly all EU countries, British overseas territories and Australia and New ZealandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOverseas holidays and visits to up to 90 countries will be possible for Britons from Monday without the need to quarantine for 14 days on return.The Foreign Office is expected to lift its ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU countries, British territories such as Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Australia and New Zealand. C...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, Australia, Eu, UK News, New Zealand, Gibraltar, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, Foreign Office, Bermuda, Coronavirus outbreak

Koalas may be extinct by 2050 in NSW

According to the year-long parliamentary inquiry conducted by the Australian state of New South Wales, koalas are in danger of going extinct before 2050 in the region. The report revealed that the species is seriously threatened by habitat loss, largely due to logging and clearing of forests. The bushfires earlier this year certainly didn’t help either, with about 24 percent of koala habitat on public land impacted. “Given the scale of loss as a result of the fires to many significant local p...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Animals, New South Wales, Koalas, Extinction, All, New South Wales Australia, Chris Gambian, Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Quest Griffith and Quest Robina Adopt BeyondTV GuestCast™ to Provide Guests With Latest in Content Casting Functionality

MELBOURNE, Australia — June 30, 2020 — BeyondTV (BTV), a full-service provider of guestroom entertainment services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has announced the successful implementation of BeyondTV GuestCast™ at Quest Griffith and Quest Robina. Owned and operated under the Quest Apartment Hotels franchise, one of the largest and most successful apartment hotel brands within Australasia, Quest Griffith, located within the Riverina region, and Quest Robina, situated on Aust...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Australasia, Gold Coast, Melbourne Australia, Griffith, Riverina, Quest Robina Owned, Quest Apartment Hotels, Liveport

Facebook launches Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor, in India

Facebook Avatars, which lets users customize a virtual lookalike of themselves for use as stickers in chat and comments, is now available in India, the social juggernaut’s biggest market by users account. The American firm said Tuesday it had launched Avatars to India as more social interaction moves online amid a nationwide lockdown in the world’s second largest internet market. The company said Avatars supports a variety of faces, hairstyles, outfits that are customized for users in India. ...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Australia, India, Snapchat, Xiaomi, New Zealand, New Delhi, Messenger Facebook, Bitmoji, Avatars, Facebook Avatars

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