Federal officials in Russia want to jettison privacy protections that currently require law enforcement agencies to obtain a court order before accessing cell-phone users’ geolocation and billing data. This amendment could facilitate mass surveillance of citizens.
People in Spain wishing to change their official gender will no longer have to undergo medical and psychological exams or years of hormone treatment if a bill from the Equality Ministry is taken up by the government and becomes law.
Protests will take place across France in support of a woman allegedly raped by 20 firefighters when she was between 13 and 15 years old. Her case is being examined in the country’s highest court and campaigners hope it will lead to an age of sexual consent being enshrined in law as it is in the rest of the EU.
Source: The Guardian
The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court cancelled parts of the country’s election laws that favored bigger political parties, leaving lawmakers scrambling to agree amendments before a planned parliamentary election in October.
The Russian human rights organisation “Public Verdict” has asked state investigators to launch a criminal case against police officials for violating sanitary and epidemiological rules while detaining protesters amid the pro-Navalny rallies on January 23 and 31.
Source: The New York Times