181 / Kanton Zug: Keine Flussfahrt ohne Kontaktdaten und Rettungswesten

Source: Swiss Canton Zug – news in German

Zug, 7. August 2020, 11:45 Uhr

181 / MEDIENMITTEILUNG

Kanton Zug: Keine Flussfahrt ohne Kontaktdaten und Rettungswesten

Sich mit dem Schlauchboot oder auf einem Flamingo auf der Reuss treiben zu lassen, ist im Trend. Damit der Ausflug aber nicht ins Wasser fällt, sind die geltenden Sicherheitsvorschriften einzuhalten.

Das schöne Wetter lockt am Sommerabend und Wochenende zahlreiche Personen aufs Wasser. Sich mit dem Schlauchboot oder auf einem Flamingo die Reuss hintertreiben zu lassen ist aktuell sehr beliebt. So schön und angenehm eine solche Fahrt auch ist, birgt sie auch Gefahren.

Für ein unfallfreies Wasservergnügen gilt es, folgende Sicherheitsregeln zu befolgen:

Wassersportgeräte wie Stand Up Paddle, Surfbrett, Kajak, etc.

Die Geräte müssen zwingend gut sichtbar mit Namen und Adresse des Eigentümers versehen sein. Beim Befahren von Fliessgewässern wie der Reuss ist zwingend eine Schwimmhilfe pro Person mitzuführen (50 Newton Mindestauftrieb). Idealerweise wird die Schwimmhilfe vor der Fahrt angezogen. Im Ernstfall bleibt dazu keine Zeit. Für Kinder tragen Erwachsene die Verantwortung.

Schlauchboote mit mehr als einer Luftkammer, Ruderboot, Paddelboot

Der Name sowie die Adresse des Eigentümers ist zwingend gut sichtbar anzubringen. Weiter ist beim Befahren von Fliessgewässern zwingend eine Rettungsweste pro Person mitzuführen (75 Newton Mindestauftrieb). Idealerweise wird die Schwimmhilfe vor der Fahrt angezogen. Im Ernstfall bleibt dazu keine Zeit. Für Kinder tragen Erwachsene die Verantwortung.

Strandboote (nicht mehr als eine Luftkammer), aufblasbare Tiere, Inseln, Luftmatratzen

Diese Artikel müssen ebenfalls mit dem Namen und Adresse des Eigentümers oder des Halters versehen sein.

Weiter gilt, Gummiboote und Schwimmhilfen jeglicher Art (zum Beispiel Tiere oder Inseln), sollten nicht zusammengebunden werden. Sie sind so nicht mehr manövrierbar. Auch darf die auf dem Boot angegebene Nutzlast nicht überschritten werden. Besondere Vorsicht gilt bei Brückenpfeilern, Wehranlagen, etc.

182 / Kanton Zug: Strafverfahren gegen mutmassliche Covid-Kreditbetrüger

Source: Swiss Canton Zug – news in German

Zug, 7. August 2020, 13:15 Uhr

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Kanton Zug: Strafverfahren gegen mutmassliche COVID-Kreditbetrüger

Die Zuger Strafverfolgungsbehörden haben bis heute bereits 20 Strafverfahren gegen mutmassliche COVID-Kreditbetrüger eingeleitet. Die Ermittlungen richten sich gegen gesamthaft 22 Personen. Die mutmassliche Deliktssumme beträgt insgesamt rund 3.8 Millionen Franken.

Die Staatsanwaltschaft des Kantons Zug und die Zuger Polizei ermitteln derzeit gegen zahlreiche mutmassliche COVID-Kreditbetrüger. Gesamthaft wurden 20 Strafverfahren gegen 22 beschuldigte Personen eröffnet und zahlreiche Hausdurchsuchungen durchgeführt. Im Vordergrund stehen die Vorwürfe Betrug (Täuschung über die Umsatzhöhe und die Verwendung der Kredits), Urkundenfälschung sowie Geldwäscherei.

Die Beschuldigten werden verdächtigt, bei verschiedenen Banken mit unwahren Angaben COVID-Kredite erhalten zu haben. Anschliessend wurde das unrechtmässig erhaltene Geld für Zwecke verwendet, die nicht der geltenden COVID-Verordnung entsprechen. Der mutmassliche Deliktsbetrag beläuft sich insgesamt auf rund 3.8 Millionen Franken.

Bei 11 Hausdurchsuchungen an zahlreichen Standorten in mehreren Kantonen wurden umfangreiche Dokumente und zahlreiche Datenträger sichergestellt. In einigen Fällen ist es gelungen, Bankkonten mit namhaften Geldbeträgen zu sperren. Oftmals wurden die gewährten Kredite jedoch umgehend auf ein ausländisches Bankkonto transferiert. Zudem wurden teilweise Bargeldbezüge in der Höhe von jeweils mehreren Zehntausend Franken getätigt.   

Bei den Beschuldigten handelt es sich um 19 Männer und 3 Frauen verschiedenster Nationalitäten.

Weiter besteht in einigen Fällen der Verdacht, dass Kurzarbeitsentschädigungen für nicht mehr oder gar nie angestellte Mitarbeitende bezogen wurden. Zudem wurden teilweise schon über eine längere Zeit keine Sozialabgaben bezahlt.

Die teilweise komplexen Ermittlungen sind noch nicht abgeschlossen und dauern weiter an. Bis zu einer rechtskräftigen Verurteilung gilt für alle Beteiligten die Unschuldsvermutung.

Wichtige Information für Faxnutzer/innen

Source: Swiss Canton Zug – news in German

Wir weisen Sie darauf hin, dass per 30. September 2020 der Service «Zentraler Fax» im ganzen Kanton Zug eingestellt wird. Dies da seitens des Telekommunikationsanbietenden seit der Umstellung auf IP-Telefonie der vollständige Fax-Versand und -Empfang nicht mehr garantiert wird.

Bitte nutzen Sie zukünftig für die Übermittlung Ihrer Anfragen unser sicheres E-Mail über Secure Messaging. Weitere Informationen zum Secure Messaging finden Sie hier.

Wir weisen Sie darauf hin, dass Dienstleistungen wie Auskünfte oder Registerauszüge kostenpflichtig sein können und in Rechnung gestellt werden.

Vorsicht vor Entenflöhen im Sämtisersee

Source: Switzerland – Canton Government of Appenzell Innerrhoden in German

Headline: Vorsicht vor Entenflöhen im Sämtisersee

Nach einem Bad im Sämtisersee haben mehrere Personen einen Hautausschlag gemeldet. Es ist davon auszugehen, dass sich im Wasser des Sämtisersees sehr viele Entenflöhe befinden. Der Kantonsarzt rät im Moment vom Baden im Sämtisersee ab.

TechDispatch #2/2020: Quantum Computing and Cryptography

Source: European Union

TechDispatch #2/2020: Quantum Computing and Cryptography

07/08/2020

Quantum computers can be highly beneficial to scientific developments due to the new, speedy way of performing computing. Once available, they however could break currently used cryptography and undermine the protection of (personal) data.

Data Protection requirements must go hand in hand with the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing

27/07/2020

Report from the IPEN workshops on encryption – what is encryption and who needs it for what?

23/07/2020

Read the EDPS Blogpost on encryption following the IPEN workshops 

Newsletter n°81

17/07/2020

Our last newsletter before the summer is out now! 

EDPS Statement following the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-311/18 Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Ltd and Maximilian Schrems (“Schrems II”)

17/07/2020

Orientations from the EDPS: Reactions of EU institutions as employers to the COVID-19 crisis

15/07/2020

The EDPS has issued guidelines to advise on questions such as teleworking tools, staff management, health data aspects and replying to data subject access requests.

Reinventing the trainee conference in times of COVID-19

13/07/2020

Data Protection Impact Assessment Infographics and Video

08/07/2020

EDPS Report: EU Institutions’ use of Data Protection Impact Assessments

06/07/2020

EDPS Report on the EU Institutions’ use of Data Protection Impact Assessments 

EDPS Investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services

02/07/2020

Paper on the issues raised by the EDPS’ own-initiative investigation into European institutions’, bodies’, offices’ and agencies’ (‘EU institutions’) use of Microsoft products and services.

Read Paper and Press Release.

Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade – EDPS Strategy 2020-2024

30/06/2020

The EDPS presents its 2020-2024 Strategy ‘Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade‘ to the public. In a connected world, where data flows across borders, solidarity within Europe, and internationally, will help to strengthen the right to data protection and make data work for people across the EU and beyond. The Strategy focuses on three pillars: foresight, action and solidarity to address digital challenges for a safer, fairer and more sustainable future.

EDPS Opinion on European Commission’s AI White Paper

29/06/2020

In February 2020, as a part of a wider package of strategic documents, the European Commission published a White Paper on “Artificial Intelligence: A European approach to excellence and trust”. 

This Opinion presents the EDPS views on the White Paper as a whole, as well as on certain specific aspects, such as the proposed risk-based approach, the enforcement of AI regulation or the specific requirements for the remote biometric identification (including facial recognition).

The EDPS recommendations in this opinion aim at clarifying and, where necessary, further developing the safeguards and controls with respect to protection of personal data.
 

IPEN Webinar on Encryption

24/06/2020

24 June, EDPS-IPEN Webinar on the state of the art on encryption in PETs. 

Revised MoU – EDPS – FRA

23/06/2020

Opinion on Strategy for Data

17/06/2020

EDPS Opinion on the European Commission’s Strategy for Data.

Newsletter n°80

28/05/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

TechDispatch #1/2020: Contact Tracing Apps and Mobile Applications

11/05/2020

In public health, contact tracing is the process to identify individuals who have been in contact with infected persons.

A post Covid-19 Future: #Solidarity #FreedomofMovement #DataProtection

09/05/2020

The EDPS and EDPB trainees share their thoughts on the future of the EU.

EDPS activities and Action plan in the fight against the pandemic

08/05/2020

The outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting our lives at an unprecedented pace. It is testing the resilience of our societies as we respond to this global crisis and try to contain its consequences, both in the short and in the long run.

Covid-19 outbreak is also testing fundamental rights to data protection and privacy. EU Member States, EU institutions and Big Tech companies are trying to explore solutions to tackle the uncontrolled spread of the virus.

As a result, the EDPS established a Covid-19 task force to follow developments and to prepare for the future of data protection and privacy after Covid-19 crisis.

Newsletter n°79

30/04/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Carrying the torch in times of darkness

30/04/2020

The outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting our lives at an unprecedented pace. Personal data have and will continue to play an important role in the fight against the pandemic.

EDPS remarks at Senate of the Republic of France

27/04/2020

Introductory remarks by Wojciech Wiewiórowski  at the committee for European Affairs of the senate of the Republic of France

‘EU Digital Solidarity: a call for a pan-European approach against the pandemic’

06/04/2020

Watch video address by Wojciech Wiewiórowski.

Read full text. 

Newsletter n°78

26/03/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Monitoring spread of COVID-19

25/03/2020

EDPS Comments to DG CONNECT of the European Commission on monitoring of COVID-19 spread.

EDPS closes investigation into European Parliament’s 2019 election activities

23/03/2020

Read the press release.

The moment you realise the world has changed: re-thinking the EDPS Strategy

20/03/2020

When we started our work on the Strategy for the five-year mandate of the European Data Protection Supervisor, one of the first issues we discussed was whether it should be either a living document, ready to be changed or adjusted, or a robust, future-proof plan. 

EDPS response to COVID-19 outbreak

19/03/2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the EDPS has decided to activate its Business Continuity Plan. All EDPS staff will be teleworking from 13 March to 29 May 2020. We understand it as a change of working modality, and we try to operate as normally as possible. We invite you to contact us via our general email: edps@edps.europa.eu, or using the contact form.

Annual Report 2019

18/03/2020

2019 could be described as a year of transition, across Europe and the world. The 2019 Annual Report provides an insight into all EDPS activities in 2019, which was the last year of a five-year EDPS mandate. EDPS activities therefore focused on consolidating the achievements of previous years, assessing the progress made and starting to define priorities for the future. Read the Press Release.

EDPS Newsletter 77

26/02/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Opinion: negotiations for a new partnership with UK

24/02/2020

EDPS Opinion on the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with UK.

AI and Facial Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities

21/02/2020

On 13 February, the EDPS organised a workshop to discuss and debate challenges and opportunities of AI and Facial Recognition applications in the future to come.
The event gathered more than 50 leading researchers, experts and practitioners from academia, regulators, business and civil society, to share their insights and experiences to deepen our understanding of the challenges ahead and the possible policy responses.
There was a general consensus that as AI can have a significant impact both on an individual and on society as a whole, clear red lines on certain extremely high-risk scenarios need to be defined where the essence of rights and freedoms of individuals may be at stake.
Artificial Intelligence should be used to improve our lives, individually and as a society, but such improvement should never come at the cost of our values and fundamental rights.

CPDP 2020 – Closing remarks

04/02/2020

Closing remarks by Wojciech Wiewiórowski at CPDP 2020.

Data Protection Day

28/01/2020

On 28 January each year, member states of the Council of Europe and EU institutions celebrate Data Protection Day. It marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”. It was the first binding international law concerning individuals’ rights to the protection of their personal data. Happy Data Protection Day!

EDPS Newsletter 76

17/01/2020

The latest edition of the EDPS Newsletter is online now!

Right to information – guide for authorities when taking fingerprints for Eurodac

16/01/2020

Read the informative leaflet.

Belarus: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell ahead of the Presidential Elections

Source: European Union External Action

The presidential elections in Belarus will take place this Sunday, 9 August, and early voting has already started.

During the electoral campaign, the Belarusian people have shown unprecedented political mobilisation in favour of free elections and democracy. The peaceful mobilisation of the society has been met so far with unacceptable further restrictions on freedoms of media and assembly, as well as with detentions of peaceful protesters, domestic observers, journalists and activists.

The country’s sovereignty and independence can only be strengthened by peaceful, free and fair elections. The EU continues to call on the Belarusian authorities to ensure that fundamental freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly, in line with Belarus’ international commitments, are respected.

The EU appeals to the Belarusian authorities to guarantee the exercise of full political rights of the candidates, to avoid using force against peaceful protesters, to refrain from further detentions of elections observers, peaceful protesters, candidates and members of their teams and immediately release all activists, human rights defenders, bloggers and journalists detained on political grounds.

The EU remains committed to strengthening its engagement with the Belarusian people. We support the independence and sovereignty of Belarus, while human rights and democracy will remain at the forefront of the EU’s considerations when shaping its policy towards the country.

Coronavirus: news on EU action, Team Europe support, disinformation, repatriation and solidarity stories

Source: European Union External Action

Stronger Together against COVID-19

In Europe and in the world, all minds are focused on actions to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19 and mitigate the effects of the crisis. The European Union works on all fronts to support these efforts. 

“The coronavirus has not only Europe but the entire global community in its grip and is the world’s common enemy. An enemy we can only defeat with a global approach and cross-border coordination”, said EU High Representative Josep Borrell. 

To this aim, the European Union has launched its “Team Europe” package to support partner countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. The objective of the “Team Europe” approach is to combine resources from the EU, its Member States, and financial institutions, in particular the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The overall figure of the “Team Europe” package reaches almost 36 billion euros.

 

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: Declaration by High Representative Josep Borrell, on behalf of the European Union, 9 August 2020

Source: European Union External Action

As we mark the International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the EU extends its solidarity to all indigenous peoples around the world at a time when their health, lives and livelihoods are endangered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indigenous peoples are among those in the most vulnerable situation in face of the pandemic. Especially older persons, persons with underlying health conditions, persons with disabilities, women and children are at risk both in urban and rural areas, mainly due to pre-existing inequalities and disadvantages. Indigenous peoples are nearly three times more likely to live in extreme poverty compared to other population groups. They often lack access to health care and social services, water and sanitation, to education, and to decent work. Dispossession of lands, environmental degradation, displacement due to conflict and violence, and natural disasters is the reality for many.

In the fight against and the recovery from the pandemic, there is an urgent need to redouble global efforts to tackle the discrimination, racism and inequalities facing indigenous peoples. Response measures must be in accordance with international law, including of human rights law, and take account of the specific needs of indigenous peoples. Importantly, measures affecting indigenous peoples must be taken in consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representatives and institutions.

This is why the EU is taking additional response measures aiding indigenous peoples. At the same time, we are continuing our long-standing support for indigenous peoples. The most recent examples include projects to empower Trio and Wajana communities in Suriname and tackling the discrimination indigenous peoples are facing in the Bouenza region in the Republic of Congo.

The recent devastating fires in the Amazon have exposed once more the detrimental impact of climate change on indigenous peoples. The respect and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in the management and protection of biodiversity and in climate actions need to move to the top of our priorities. This was also a key message from the EU Roundtable with Indigenous Peoples’ Experts and Representatives held in February of this year in Brussels. The exchanges of the Roundtable on how the EU can implement better its ambitious Green Deal will inspire the EU’s future actions.

The International day is also an occasion to pay tribute to the resilience, ingenuity and resourcefulness of indigenous peoples. They are carriers of invaluable indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage. The EU is inspired by the many indigenous-led effective responses to the pandemic across the world. The EU will continue to work with indigenous peoples and with all our other partners, be they governments, international organisations or civil society, to build back together a better world leaving no one behind. A world where the full enjoyment of human rights by all prevails.

Lifting of travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries

Source: Council of the European Union 2

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.

Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 8 August member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively.

Regarding the epidemiological situation, third countries listed should meet the following criteria, in particular:

  • number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)
  • stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days
  • overall response to COVID-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.

Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:

  • EU citizens and their family members
  • long-term EU residents and their family members
  • travellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.

Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

Next steps

The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.

A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner.

This list of third countries should continue to be reviewed regularly and may be further updated by the Council, as the case may be, after close consultations with the Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services following an overall assessment based on the criteria above.

Travel restrictions may be totally or partially lifted or reintroduced for a specific third country already listed according to changes in some of the conditions and, as a consequence, in the assessment of the epidemiological situation. If the situation in a listed third country worsens quickly, rapid decision-making should be applied.

Background

On 16 March 2020, the Commission adopted a communication recommending a temporary restriction of all non-essential travel from third countries into the EU for one month. EU heads of state or government agreed to implement this restriction on 17 March. The travel restriction was extended for a further month respectively on 8 April 2020 and 8 May 2020.

On 11 June the Commission adopted a communication recommending the further extension of the restriction until 30 June 2020 and setting out an approach for a gradual lifting of the restriction on non-essential travel into the EU as of 1 July 2020.

On 30 June the Council adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, including an initial list of countries for which member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders. This list was updated on 16 July and 30 July.

August 8, Government summons an extraordinary meeting in connection with the deteriorating epidemic situation in Ukraine

Source: Government of Ukraine

On August 7, at a meeting of the State Commission for Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergencies, the issue of amending Resolution № 641 in terms of expansion and changes to the list of criteria for determining the level of the epidemic danger was considered. Appropriate changes are needed to respond fully and in a timely manner to challenges.

Commenting on the decision of the State Commission, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said that the rapid deterioration of the epidemic situation in Ukraine requires coordinated action by the authorities at all levels.

“Today in Ukraine another anti-record has been set for the number of new cases of confirmed COVID-19 infection – 1,453 people. Most new cases recorded – in Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv and Kharkiv regions. Therefore, starting tomorrow, the Government will switch to an emergency mode of operation: several meetings a week will be held of Commissions on environmental and technogenic safety and emergencies to strengthen control over the epidemic situation in the country,” said the Prime Minister.

In addition, tomorrow, August 8, it is planned to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, which is scheduled to consider the deterioration of the epidemic situation in different regions of the country. In particular, the issue of the epidemic situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea, where the real incidence of COVID-19 may be underestimated.