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Month: February 2018

Update Planned to Scottish Football Act

SCOTTISH Labour stated they’ll draw up a fresh anti sectarianism strategy after SMEs voted to repeal the law aimed at solving the problem. James Kelly MSP stated that the legislation wasn’t the answer, and he’d bring together charities, campaign groups, faith leaders, locals authorities, soccer clubs and police to develop a fresh strategy. His Bill to scrap the Offensive Behaviour in Football and Threatening Communications Law passed its first parliamentary hurdle in Holyrood a week ago after opposition parties combined to back it. The law was introduced in the last parliament by the then bulk SNP authorities. There are fears that repealing the action could impact on communities.

Kelly said Labour could assess SNP Government activity on handling the matter and examine the financing available for anti sectarian programs in order to perhaps calculate a figure for next year’s budget. The party will probably look at the uptake of recommendations made in 2015 from the Independent Advisory Group for Combating Sectarianism headed by Dr Duncan Morrow. It’ll also consider the function of clubs, fans teams and the police in tackling sectarianism and the new challenges posed by online bigotry. Kelly stated: There should be no doubt that Labour is dedicated scooting Scotland of sectarianism. Religious bigotry existed long prior to the Football Act and it’s an issue we’re still shamed by today.

This has been a huge problem in Scottish football for years and it’s sometimes difficult for those outside to understand. When you watch the Premiership on Match of the Day which you can see online, then it’s difficult to understand the sectarian conflicts that exist in Scottish football. They have existed for years though and although violence is thankfully rare it does happen outside the stadiums all too frequently.

Nonetheless, it isn’t restricted on the terraces of football stadiums and can’t be combated through broken legislation. Rather than unworkable legislation, we must change our focus to communities into attack the root causes of bigotry, such as through community groups and education, as recommended by experts at the Justice Commission. Kelly continues that he was deadly serious about utilizing his role as a member of the Scottish Parliament to handle this present day shame.

“This is why I’ll be developing an anti sectarianism strategy match for 2018, which I hope every party, including the SNP, will I am hoping that the whole Parliament will get behind”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: Ministers have been consistently clear that tackling the scourge of sectarianism takes a broad assortment of actions, such as education and wider community based projects backed by unprecedented Scottish Authorities investment of over 13 million pounds because 2012 alongside the work of the justice system in enforcing the law. This is an important initiative and it’s been compared with the work on increasing unit prices of alcohol in Scotland. This is another important area for the Scottish government to reduce the impact of alcohol abuse by pricing deterrents and making drugs like Selincro more available for individuals.

In latest days the Minister for Community Safety has also underlined the need for all parties to work together to build consensus on how we may mitigate the possible adverse impacts that repeal of the 2012 Act might have on communities that are vulnerable a threat that was increased by an assortment of organizations in evidence to Parliament. Ministers remain resolute in their determination to fight religious bigotry, alongside broader hate crimes like those between homophobia and racism, which is why they’ve commissioned a wider overview of the legislation in this region, to report later this year.”.

Guidance on Blogging and Social Networking

This is a short summary document which provides an introduction for organisations with a general awareness of the associated risks of blogging and social networking that may potentially affect the effectiveness of local services.

Terms used: Blogging is using a public website to write an on-line diary (known as a biog) sharing thoughts and opinions on various subjects. The word blog is derived from the phrase weB LOG. Examples of blogging websites include Twitter.com and Blogging.com. Social networking is the use of interactive web based sites that mimic some of the interactions that occur between people in life. Examples include Facebook and Linkedin.

Why are Blogging and Social networking an Information Governance issue? The use of blogging and social networking websites by an NHS organisation’s employees can expose that organisation to information risks, even where these sites are not accessed directly from work. Whilst there is nothing new about the information risks, what has changed is the availability of high capacity broadband, the popularity of Web2.0 sites and the rapid growth of internet enabled devices such as mobile phones, blackberries etc.

This has resulted in significant awareness and uptake of these websites from home, from work and when mobile. What are the potential dangers to the organisation of using blogging and social networking? A range of potential threats exist that organisations should be aware of: Unauthorised disclosure of business information and potential confidentiality breach.  Additionally users can access unauthorised websites which may have little risk but can hugely effect productivity.  For example accessing sites like BBC iPlayer using the company VPN from Ireland like this may not have any risks but it can’t waste time and effect  the company network.  Blogging and social networking sites provide an easy means for information to leak from an organisation, either maliciously or otherwise.

Once loaded to a site, organisational information enters the public domain and may be processed and stored anywhere globally. In short, organisational control is lost and reputational damage can occur. Malicious attack associated with identity theft.   People often place a large amount of personal information on social networking sites, including details about their nationality, ethnic origin, religion, addresses, date of birth, telephone contact numbers and interests. This information may be of use to criminals who are seeking to steal identities or who may use the information for social engineering purposes.

Another important risk from allowing employees to use social media and public forms is from the possibility of defamatory postings by their employees. Take for example a public forum, most of these enforce a user to accept some terms and conditions before they are allowed to post. These can often be quite substantial and are intended to both protect the web/forum and enforce any rights such as copyright.   This is important in any site which allows people to express their views even large corporations like the BBC use them.  The problem is that any infringement by a company employee using company hardware and on their time could be considered as a liability against the company not the individual.

There are numerous risks online, and one of the problems is that many organisations have little experience in dealing with these issue. Most companies have probably only allowed large scale internet access for a decade or so and may still only be developing internal policies and procedures in order to mitigate these risks.

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