Privacy Commission concerned about the speed camera database

Privacy Commission concerned about the speed camera database

The Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon wants the database used by the 500 speed cameras on Belgian motorways and dual carriageways to be linked to smart cameras in local police zones. This would allow police to follow suspect’s movements. The Privacy Commission has criticised this project. The Minister has wanted this in place since 2016, De Standaard wrote on Saturday. The Commission is concerned about the storage of data from cameras that recognise number plates. Data on the location and identification of vehicles is stored for a year at local…

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Brexit – the Europeans and British will meet to negotiate for the fifth time on Monday

Brexit – the Europeans and British will meet to negotiate for the fifth time on Monday

The EU and the UK will meet for the fifth round of Brexit negotiations on Monday. Brexit is the term used for the UK’s exit from the EU. There has been little progress so far, and tensions within the British government have become worse and worse. This fifth round comes barely two weeks after the fourth. The tone at the end of the fourth round was slightly more positive than the previous ones. The EU’s head negotiator, Frenchman Michel Barnier, said that there had been no progress several times. The…

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Government opens access to “second pillar” of pension for self-employed

Government opens access to “second pillar” of pension for self-employed

On Friday the cabinet approved a measure which opens up the second pillar of the pension system, the additional pension, to the self-employed. This was announced by Minister for Pensions, Daniel Bacquelaine, and the Minister for the Self-employed, Denis Ducarme. To date, only those employed, and business leaders, are able to accumulate a pension in addition to the statutory pension. The system will now be extended to all those who are primarily self employed (as individuals) – a total of 432,500 people. It will also apply to assisting spouses, self-employed…

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Belgian ports batten down the hatches for Brexit trade shock

Belgian ports batten down the hatches for Brexit trade shock

In Zeebrugge, which does 45% of its trade with the UK, there is growing concern about the impact of the worst-case scenario – no deal, and the resumption of WTO tariffs. Gridlock at the border, vast motorway car parks and jobs lost: British ports have been vocal about the risks of a hard Brexit. In case Conservative MPs missed the message, the Port of Dover advertised at the party conference, warning that an extra two minutes on lorry inspections could lead to queues of 17 miles at Dover and similar…

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