The Lords report says “If a product looks like gambling and feels like gambling, it should be regulated as gambling”. “The government must act immediately to bring loot boxes within the remit of gambling legislation and regulation” said a statement accompanying the report.
Lord Grade, chairman of the committee, said lots of other countries have already started to regulate loot boxes because “they can see the dangers.”
Read our recent blog to find out more about the dangers of loot boxes
An Anonymous account tweeted on July 1 “Delete TikTok now, if you know someone that is using it, explain to them that it is essentially malware operated by the Chinese government running a massive spying operation.”
The account linked to a story that appeared on Reddit from a user who claimed to ‘reverse engineer’ TikTok to find countless security and privacy abuses. There has been no confirmation yet as to the veracity of these allegations, and TikTok did not provide any comment on the claims when approached.
This news comes after the USA government warned millions of military personnel to delete the app due to security concerns, as well as India banning it for similar reasons.
UK Watchdog Says Facebook and Google Are Too Powerful
In an 18-month study, researchers at Medact found that a significant proportion of NHS referrals to Prevent came from mental health trusts or mental health departments.
Freedom of information responses from a sample of four mental health trusts showed 89 referrals to Prevent in the two years to March 2019, compared with a combined 90 referrals from 18 non-specialist trusts in the same period.
The report concluded, “while further research is urgently needed, it appears that mental health may be a significant factor related to Prevent referral”.
Education Secretary Sets Out Plans to Reopen All Schools in England
Boris Johnson has promised a full return to the classroom five days a week from the autumn term – with the government facing intense pressure to ensure children do not lose any more school time.
In primary schools, the maximum size of bubbles is expected to be raised from the current level of 15 to 30 children. The pupils and their teacher must still maintain distance from other classes.
For secondary schools, where older pupils choose multiple subject options, it is expected that whole year groups – of up to 200 pupils – will be permitted to form bubbles, with social distancing optional.