Kuwait blocks caller ID apps for vi­o­lat­ing pri­vacy of in­di­vid­u­als State de­part­ments to up­grade Kuwait Bay pro­tec­tion mech­a­nism

Kuwait Times - - Local - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh

KUWAIT: The Pub­lic Author­ity for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy be­gan block­ing caller ID smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions from In­ter­net providers in Kuwait af­ter find­ing that such ap­pli­ca­tions vi­o­late an in­di­vid­ual’s pri­vacy, ob­tain their pri­vate in­for­ma­tion and com­pro­mise their se­cu­rity, and this has led to fam­ily dis­putes and bank thefts. The in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy se­cu­rity depart­ment ex­plained that when the user in­stalls a caller ID ap­pli­ca­tion, he al­lows the app to ac­cess all in­for­ma­tion on his phone such as phone num­bers and ad­dresses.

Kuwait Bay

A joint meet­ing was held at the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity with the Pub­lic Author­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources, en­vi­ron­ment po­lice and coast­guards. The dis­cus­sions fo­cused on up­grad­ing the work mech­a­nism be­tween said en­ti­ties in or­der to tighten su­per­vi­sion over Kuwait Bay, in ad­di­tion to co­op­er­at­ing in fight­ing over­fish­ing in off-limit ar­eas, and im­ple­ment­ing the en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion law 42/2014 and its amend­ment.

Eid clothes

Kuwait Food Bank launched the 2018 ‘Kiswat Al-Eid’ (Eid clothes) project for dis­tribut­ing clothes in co­op­er­a­tion with Al-Sayer Hold­ing Group, as part of its care of poor and needy fam­i­lies and to bring hap­pi­ness to chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Kuwait Food Bank’s Direc­tor Gen­eral Salem AlHa­mar said the Kiswat Al-Eid project is one of the many suc­cess­ful char­ity projects through which the so­ci­ety seeks to ful­fill its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in car­ing for or­phans and needy fam­i­lies. Ha­mar thanked Al-Sayer Hold­ing Group and its con­tin­ued sup­port of char­ity works.

No­table im­prove­ment Direc­tor of Com­mer­cial Plan­ning at Kuwait Air­ways Shurouq Al-Awadhi said Kuwait Air­ways’ Istanbul sta­tion wit­nessed no­table im­prove­ment dur­ing the past years as two flights are op­er­ated ev­ery­day with wide and nar­row bod­ied air­crafts. She said the Trab­zon sta­tion dur­ing this sum­mer also wit­nessed suc­cess, adding that Kuwait Air­ways will launch new routes in the com­ing pe­riod. Awadhi said she is proud of Kuwait Air­ways as it is the of­fi­cial car­rier of Kuwait, adding it went through sev­eral suc­cess­ful tran­si­tional stages over the past few years and up­graded its fleet. Awadhi thanked the Kuwait Em­bassy in Turkey for its con­tin­ued sup­port. Kuwait Air­ways had cel­e­brated the open­ing of a new of­fice in Istanbul on Fri­day amid the state car­rier’s ex­pan­sion plans and Kuwait’s launch of the new state-of-the-art air­port Ter­mi­nal 4.

Hous­ing project

An in­formed source said Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity will soon write to the direc­tor gen­eral of the Pub­lic Author­ity for Wel­fare with re­gards to re­draw­ing the bor­ders of East Taima hous­ing project. This ac­tion will help pre­vent the area’s project from over­lap­ping with the metro project, which is planned to run through parts in the same area un­der its cur­rent blueprint.

KUWAIT: Deputy Premier and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Lt Gen Sheikh Khaled Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah meets with the new un­der­sec­re­taries.

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