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26th June 2013 Issue no. 174

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EU websites track users without warning, against own rules

European institutions are tracking users of their web sites, in breach of the EU's own data protection rules, EurActiv has learned. The fact has been confirmed by Europe's data protection watchdog, in an interview with EurActiv, while Brussels is reviewing privacy legislation to tackle the abuse.

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, said that institutions were aware of the problem, that new guidelines are being drawn up to deal with the issue, and that his own office avoided using EU institutional software last year  because he realised they were "inappropriate."

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MiraClone comes out as No.1 in Australasia

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The Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia commissioned a report by its Training Director, Jeremy Phillips. He tested all of the leading transponder cloners and included Lockdecoders' MiraClone even though it is not an entry level cloner but an advanced Eeprom machine and lost points because it is naturally more expensive.
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This Week's News

US security expert says surveillance cameras can be hacked

A U.S. security expert says he has identified ways to remotely attack high-end surveillance cameras used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military, something that potentially would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks.

Craig Heffner, a former software developer with the National Security Administration who now works for a private security firm, said he discovered the previously unreported bugs in digital video surveillance equipment from firms including Cisco Systems Inc, D-Link Corp and TRENDnet.


CES Security Solutions Ltd appoints Business Development Manager

* CES-BDM.jpgCES Security Solutions Ltd, a leading provider of state-of-the-art locking and security systems, has recently appointed Brian Ferguson to the role of Business Development Manager. He will be responsible for sales to architectural ironmongers and selected locksmiths and will cover the Midlands and the North of England.
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New DHF training scheme to drive up safety levels in powered gate sector

The drive to increase levels of safety of powered automatic gates has taken a major step forward with the introduction of a comprehensive training scheme by the Powered Gate Group of the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).
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Free Key Codes With Genuine Lishi

* Citroen-Peugeot-Set.jpgUAP TradeLocks have launched a new Genuine Lishi 2-in-1 set which will enable Auto-Locksmiths to obtain the key codes for various Citroen and Peugeot models for free.

The Citroen/Peugeot 2-in-1 set has been put together following Citroen and Peugeot cancelling all non-dealer licenses, thus limiting the provision of key codes to dealers only. It is believed that other car manufacturers are set to follow suit.
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Greggs gets SmartWater protection

Smartwater.jpgLeading high street retailer Greggs has turned to SmartWater to deter thieves and protect its staff and premises.

The company has adopted SmartWater Technology's retail risk management strategy, which includes the use of its SmartWater spray systems as well as the wider deployment of its uniquely coded forensic marking products across the stores.
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Royal Institute of British Architects approves Mobotix educational seminar for Continuing Professional Development credits

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has had its seminar: "A Vision of Future Proof Digital CCTV" approved by Royal Institute of British Architects for credits towards CPD requirements. The seminar offers insight into elements of modern CCTV systems and covers topics including decentralised technologies, Power over Ethernet and UK Home Office guidelines on identification standards.

The seminar conforms to the CPD core curriculum for construction skills giving attendees a general understanding and awareness of CCTV and related network technologies to assist when specifying and choosing materials for construction projects.
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Countdown to Transport Security Expo

Transport Security Expo is the largest business to business event in the UK that will bring the international aviation, maritime, public transport and supply chain communities together at one major-scale event.??At Transport Security Expo 13-14 November 2013 you can expect:

An exhibition featuring 100 exhibitors supplying the latest solutions for transport security including: Morpho Detection, Zaun, SouthWest Microwave, Rapiscan Systems, OptaSense, Gallagher, Allens, Proximex, Siemens and Varian.
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ACT gets hyper in France

* hyper-u.jpgFrench retail chain Hyper U is using an access control solution from ACT at one of its largest stores, a 20,000-square-metre property with 200 full-time personnel at the western town of Savenay in the Loire Estuary. The integrator is 2ACOM who have installed the equipment in two phases after the end-user found the ACT solution to be robust, reliable and with the functionality needed to both secure the site and improve logistics by reporting on staff activity.
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Plumbing theft throwing a wrench in the works of businesses

According to a recent report, fast food restaurants, churches, warehouses, and other types of businesses are reporting more and more thefts of plumbing parts from their washrooms.

One reason for this: The price of copper often used in pipes or pipe fittings remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen.
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UAP TradeLocks' VAT Free Summer

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UAP TradeLocks, leading supplier of specialised locksmith tools, is celebrating the start of the Great British Summer by covering the cost of the VAT for all products on the website.
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'The Security Oscars' are open for nominations

The nomination process for the 2013 Security Excellence Awards - organised by UBM Live - is now open. Celebrating its 15th year in 2013, this highly prestigious industry awards scheme is specifically designed to commend and honour the very best professionals, projects and processes which both the UK and international security sectors have to offer.
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MOBOTIX re-invents motion detection and reduces false alarms

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MOBOTIX AG has unveiled the MxActivitySensor - a revolutionary technology that registers traveling movement of people and objects, while dismissing redundant changes and movement in the scene. This drastically reduces the number of false alarms. Through the development of the MxActivitySensor, MOBOTIX has re-invented a method for intelligent video motion detection.
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Greater Locksmith to make substantial donation to Amici children's charity

Greater Locksmith, a prominent locksmith & security company operating in the Toronto, recently announced that it would make a substantial donation of 5% of all locksmith revenues generated in the first week of June to Amici, a registered charitable organization. Amici is dedicated to sending children from low income families to overnight summer camps all across Ontario.
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The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) shortlists SmartAlarm Gold system from VPS in the BIFM Awards 2013

VPS are the largest vacant property specialists in Europe, securing more than 90,000 properties and employing over 2000 staff in 100 locations across the UK, the US, and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors, working with facility managers, local authorities and the UK's leading construction companies, property developers, estate managers and insolvency practitioners.
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British Transport Police focus on roads and ports to target stolen scrap metal

British Transport Police (BTP) officers across the country last week carried out a series of linked operations with a number of agencies to enforce recent changes to the laws governing scrap metal dealing across England and Wales.
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Undercover locksmith investigation on TV

"I'm mad as hell," Jerry Goodwin exclaimed, standing on his back deck in Acworth, "They said it'd cost about 100 bucks." He was talking about a bill he got from a locksmith who replaced his lock, reports US TV Channel 11Alive.

"It was 424 dollars! They said, 'Oh yeah it'd cost a 100 bucks', a 30 dollar call out and 70 dollars, to replace the lock."

Jerry Goodwin is not alone. The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection has been getting complaints about locksmiths, accused of gouging customers.
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EU directive on network and information security: call for evidence

The European Commission published a proposal for a directive for network and information security on 7 February 2013. This was accompanied by a cyber security strategy that contains non-legislative measures on a broad range of issues. These documents can be found on the European Commission website.

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At-risk industrial units should consider benefits of a Keyhold

Operators of industrial units can prevent employees being threatened or injured or disturbed out of hours when attending security alerts, if they look at a Keyhold from Sector Security that will safeguard both employee safety and wellbeing.
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Westminster locks out metal theft with Taylor-made bin device

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Westminster City Council will be rolling out a new waste bin container-locking device across the borough this summer following successful security trials earlier this year.

The patented bin container locking device from Taylor, Slam-Lock, has been developed in conjunction with the council and waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services

It is designed to deter metal theft in the borough and will support the council in its waste reduction efforts.

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