Coronavirus: United Kingdom, facing worst recession on record, sees GDP drop 20.4% in Q2

The UK has seen its economy, hit by the coronavirus crisis, suffer a "record" contraction of 20.4% in the second quarter, and is officially facing its worst recession on record, agency figures show National Statistics (ONS), published Wednesday 12 August. 
Economists consider that a country enters a technical recession when it accumulates two consecutive quarters of contraction in its economy. According to the ONS, most of the contraction, which began to be felt in March, occurred in April, an entire month of containment and almost total cessation of activity in the country, which saw production collapsed by 20%.

With a very early recovery in construction sites and manufacturing activity, gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded in May by 2.4% (revised figure), followed by an acceleration in June (+8.7 %) thanks in particular to the reopening of all shops. This is the biggest contraction in the UK economy since the ONS began these quarterly statistics in 1955, he said…

Benin and Burkina-Faso equip themselves against cybercrime

Sixty executives from both countries, cybercrime experts, police officers and magistrates participate from July 15 to 17 in a workshop on data protection. This training is part of the "Global Action on Enlarged Cybercrime (GLACY +)" project of the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe.
Benin and Burkina-Faso equip themselves against cybercrime

GLACY + aims to strengthen the capacities of States around the world to apply the legislation on cybercrime, electronic evidence and to improve their capacities to cooperate effectively at international level in this field. Since 2013, the project has worked to promote consistent cybercrime legislation, policies and strategies.

Likewise, it is working to build the capacity of police authorities to investigate cybercrime. And for law enforcement, the prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime, electronic evidence and the engagement of states in effective international cooperation. Over the 45 years that it has existed, cybercrime has gradually become one of the greatest challenges of the criminal justice systems.

Digital confidence

While cyberspace offers a platform for technology development and wealth creation, its use contains more and more risks. The more information is stored in the cloud, the more it is exposed to theft and all other forms of digital crime. "Cybercrime weakens trust on the Internet and poses a serious threat to the fundamental rights of the individual, the rule of law," said Ruben Alba Aguilera, head of cooperation at the European Union delegation in Benin.

The online data protection workshop welcomes 30 participants from Benin and 25 from Burkina Faso. On the one hand, they will be equipped with international legal instruments, fundamental human rights and good practices and, on the other hand, with digital investigation. "Digital development depends on the confidence of digital users," reiterates Ouanilo Medegan Fagla, Director General of the National Information Systems Security Agency (ANSSI-Benin).