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Submission + - Uber could be banned in New Zealand over safety concerns (

MoaDweeb writes: Uber — scourge of the taxi industry- is at risk of being banned from New Zealand.
Apparently Uber are not vetting their drivers criminal and medical history sufficiently:

'Uber could be banned in New Zealand if it fails to comply with safety laws, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.
A ban was not the Government's preferred option, but passenger safety was paramount, Bridges said today.
All drivers in New Zealand need to have a passenger or "P" endorsement to be able to operate a passenger service vehicle.This includes a police check, a fit-and-proper person inspection and regular checks that the driver is able to provide a transport service.
Some Uber drivers already have P endorsements.
But the company has also been carrying out its own vetting policy, which falls short of the standards required under New Zealand law.'

Probably will not amount to much however consistent with Uber's worldwide policy of 'our way not your way'.

Submission + - GCHQ chief expresses regret at treatment of Alan Turing (

MoaDweeb writes: The Guardian reports that the current Head of the UK GCHQ, Iain Lobban, told a Leeds audinece that
  "We can't rewrite the past," he said. "We can't wish mid-20th century Britain into a different society with different attitudes. We can be glad that we live in a more tolerant age. And we should remember that the cost of intolerance towards Alan Turing was his loss to the nation."...

"But Turing was not an eccentric, unless you believe that there is only one way of being normal and to be otherwise is to be peculiar. Turing wasn't eccentric. He was unique."

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