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Security services broke phone tap rules on lawyers, journalists

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The Dutch security services AIVD[1] and MIVD[2] broke the rules on phone tapping several times when they listened in to both journalists and lawyers without prior approval, according to the official regulator. The AIVD wrongly recorded and wrote up three phone calls involving lawyers without first clearing the taps with officials. In addition, the transcripts do not show any implications for national security, which would have legitimized the taps, the CTIVD said in its annual report[3]. In turn, the MIVD transcribed an interview between a suspect and foreign lawyer even though there were no national security implications in their conversation.

Security service officials also tapped someone s communications for a period of six months in an effort to find out which journalist he was talking to. It is not clear if this is illegal and jurisprudence is still being developed in this field, the CTIVD said. The watchdog says journalists should be covered by the same legislation as lawyers, which means that taps need to have prior approval. Home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk and defence minister Jeanine Hennis say they have no plans to include the extra check, the Volkskrant[4] reported. New legislation[5] on phone and internet taps which is awaiting approval in the senate does not include such additional safeguards against abuse.


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Farnek enters Abu Dhabi security services market

(MENAFN Editorial)

Leading FM company signs business partnership with Abu Dhabi businesswoman HE Badria Almulla; UAE FM sector poised for 9% annual growth over the next five years – security services expected to register fastest rate of growth

Dubai, UAE, March 28, 2017: Leading UAE-based total facilities management company, Farnek has now entered the Abu Dhabi security market and can now provide full protection services across the entire range of real estate assets, such as commercial and residential buildings, shopping malls, hotels and industrial premises.

The move follows the formal signing of a business partnership agreement with HE Badria Almulla, Chairperson of the Abu-Dhabi-based International Emirates Business Group (IeBG).

‘We are honored to serve our beloved country and to support its vision of being a hub for business excellence. To that end we have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Farnek, not only because of their enviable reputation, solid experience and technical expertise, but also because I am confident that together, we can help to raise the bar in terms of TQM, HSE and CSR, while simultaneously achieving great business results.

With existing customers in the banking, residential real estate and industrial premises, initially Farnek will station 100 guards at its Abu Dhabi offices and increase resources in line with market demand. Farnek plans to have over 500 security personnel permanently based in Abu Dhabi by 2020.
‘Industry experts value the current UAE FM sector at around 6 billion. So, if 9% annual growth is accurate that means the FM sector should be growing at approximately 500 million per year, calculated Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.

Farnek has been providing total FM services in the UAE for more than 37 years and until now has subcontracted its security services in Abu Dhabi. But due to demand from its customers and the market potential, especially for manpower tracking systems, fully automated incident reporting and automated access control, Farnek decided to set up its own dedicated security company in Abu Dhabi in partnership with HE Badria Almulla.

Speaking about the partnership, Oberlin said: ‘HE Badria is highly respected and is a multi-award-winning businesswoman. Her leadership and support will be invaluable to us.

‘We already have a workforce of over 4,000 employees, with more than 200 vehicles, so naturally we will benefit from economies of scale. This will allow us to integrate the security services seamlessly into our existing operation. We will also be able to service contracts that require broader FM services across multiple UAE locations, especially for banks, branded retail outlets, restaurants and hotels, added Oberlin.

According to the research company TechSci, the facilities management (FM) industry in the UAE is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of up to 9% over the next five years, driven by mega projects like Abu Dhabi’s Emirate-wide Vision 2030, and Urban Development Master Plan 2020.

In total, it is estimated that there are over 55 billion worth of major infrastructure projects in the UAE, the majority with completion dates within the next decade. With mega projects in Abu Dhabi as the Etihad railway network, Abu Dhabi Airport expansion and Abu Dhabi Metro, as such the FM sector is facing a period of robust and sustained growth not only in Abu Dhabi but throughout the UAE.

‘The focus of the UAE government is also to diversify the economy away from hydrocarbon receipts. Quite apart from managing new smart buildings the maintenance of older buildings and facilities is also providing the FM sector with ample opportunity, added Oberlin.


Shock as security guard left ‘badly shaken’ in robbery outside Barclays bank in Hessle

Residents and businesses have spoken of their shock after a security van robbery in Hessle[1].

A manhunt was launched after two men jumped a G4S security guard outside Barclays Bank[2] in Ferriby Road at 1.20pm yesterday. The two men were still on the run last night after racing away from the area in a red Renault Clio. G4S have said the guard was “badly shaken” by the attack. Those living and working nearby have described the dramatic moment police descended on the scene.

Stephen Hartley, 40, lives right next door to the bank. He said: “We were not here when the robbery happened but we returned at 2pm and there were police everywhere.

“It was quite a surprise to come back to something like this and I was a bit worried. I joked that there must have been a robbery and then shortly after I found out that is exactly what happened.

“I was told it was an armed robbery and you don’t expect something like that round here. I have lived here all my life and nothing like this has ever happened before.”

Shock As Security Guard Left 'badly Shaken' In Robbery Outside Barclays Bank In Hessle

HU13 Kitchen[3] is just a couple of doors down from the bank and was serving customers at the time. Co-owner Ashley Curtis said: “We didn’t actually see what happened as it is just round the corner but suddenly lots of police arrived.

“One of our customers told us what was going on and it was a big shock. There were at least four police cars at one point.

“It did affect trade as people didn’t want to come where there were lots of police but we did serve quite a few officers cups of tea.”

Bluefin Insurance is situated right next to the bank but staff didn’t realise what was happening.

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One staff member said: “We didn’t have a clue what was happening until more and more police arrived and then we realised something serious had happened.

“We saw a forensic team searching the area and the police were here for a good couple of hours. This is normally a really quiet area so it was a real shock to hear there had been a robbery.”

Police have now confirmed they are looking for a red Renault Clio which raced from the scene at 1.20pm. GS4 say they are working closely with police to help bring the robbers to justice. Head of Operational Risk for G4S Cash Solutions, Gareth Skinner said: “On Tuesday one of our cash crew members was attacked during a routine service at Barclays Bank on Ferriby Street, Hessle. Unfortunately our colleague was badly shaken by the incident.

“We are working closely with Humberside Police and I would urge anyone who may have been nearby and seen this attack to get in touch with the police or dial 101 so that those behind it can be brought to justice.”

Shock As Security Guard Left 'badly Shaken' In Robbery Outside Barclays Bank In Hessle

Barclays Bank closed for the rest of the day after the robbery.

But a spokeswoman said: “We closed the bank for the day following the robbery and we apologise to customers for any inconvenience. But we should be open again as normal on Wednesday.

“Our staff helped the security guard and brought him into the bank and gave him a cup of tea. He was clearly shaken.”

Police say inquiries are underway and anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 277 of March 28.

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  2. ^ A manhunt was launched after two men jumped a G4S security guard outside Barclays Bank (
  3. ^ HU13 Kitchen (
  4. ^ Next of kin appeal for Hull man Michael Leadbetter found dead in Tameside river (
  5. ^ Nick Clegg says Article 50 and Brexit ‘turbulence’ could kill future Siemens investment in Hull (