UK inflation rate falls as clothes prices drop

UK inflation rate falls as clothes prices drop

The UK’s inflation rate unexpectedly fell to 0.4% in February, down from 0.7% in January, as the cost of clothes and second-hand cars tumbled. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there had been a rise in the cost of petrol and diesel. But that impact on consumer prices was more than offset by downward pressures, which also included falls in the cost of travel and toys. February is traditionally a month where clothing prices would rise. However, ONS deputy national statistician, Jonathan Athow said: “The impact of the pandemic…

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Commission seeks to calm fears over Europol’s decryption platform

Commission seeks to calm fears over Europol’s decryption platform

The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol’s new decryption platform will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will maintain closely guarded access rights over the data retrieved. However, some MEPs remain unconvinced that the operation of Europol’s technology will be completely free from abuse, particularly in countries where the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary has been called into question. Since Europol launched its decryption platform in December last year, MEPs in Brussels have been seeking clarification on whether the technology…

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Police peacefully disperse young people gathered in Leuven town square

Police peacefully disperse young people gathered in Leuven town square

Dozens of young people came together in a square in the centre of Leuven last night, in what seemed to have been a largely coronavirus-compliant gathering. At least for the first part of the evening, groups were kept to a maximum of 10 people and police officers reported that most were adhering to the social distancing measures intended to lessen the spread of the virus, according to De Standaard. “It was busy, but not too bad,” one of the young people in attendance told reporters. “We really enjoyed this. We…

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