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Court releases 7 Nyeri county officials in graft case on Sh500K each – The Informer

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Seven Nyeri county government officials on Wednesday denied charges of abuse of office and conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption.

Five of them were Alice Waruguru Muita, Anthony Ndonga Muriu, Beatrice Wanjiru Gikaru, Geoffrey  Wachira Mahinda and Shellomith Wanjiku Nderitu – being members of the county public service board.

Ward administrators Johnson Kiongo and Jackson Thagama also faced two charges of forgery and an alternate charge of uttering a false document.

Senior principal Magistrate Philip Mutua released them on a Sh 500,000 bond each with a surety of similar amount.

The case will be mentioned on October 9.

The lot was arrested on Tuesday over claims of recruitment irregularities.

Investigators cited the appointment of sub-county administrators and ward administrators between July 2013 and March 2014.

“There was proof of the abdication of responsibilities, neglect of duty and a severe lack of due diligence on the part of the Nyeri CPSB,” EACC tweeted.

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Google Chrome could be tracking what users are doing without them being aware of it, according to an expert in digital content protection. Until recently Google Chrome users have been able to use the browser without logging in. However, now when people log into a service such as Gmail they are automatically logged in without their consent. According to cryptographer and Professor Matthew Green who wrote a blog post ‘Why I’m done with Chrome’, Google quietly made these changes several weeks ago. Professor Green revealed that people could mistakenly activate ‘sync’, which means the firm can log users’ behaviour and access their data without them knowing. Professor Green warned that the development has ‘enormous implications for user privacy and trust’. “A few weeks ago Google shipped an update to Chrome that fundamentally changes the sign-in experience,” Professor Green from the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute wrote in his blog. “From now on, every time you log into a Google property (for example, Gmail), Chrome will automatically sign the browser into your Google account for you. “It’ll do this without asking, or even explicitly notifying you,” he said. This means users are unknowingly sending their data to Google if they have the ‘sync’ feature activated, he warned. According to Professor Green, the barriers between ‘signed in’ and ‘not signed in’ are gradually being eroded away. This means many of Chrome’s one billion users are mistakenly consenting to their data being accessed as the Chrome sync user interface is confusing. He believes these changes make a hash out of Google’s own privacy policies. “In short, Google has transformed the question of consenting to data upload from something affirmative that I actually had to put effort into — entering my Google credentials and signing into Chrome — into something I can now do with a single accidental click. “This is a dark pattern. Whether intentional or not, it has the effect of making it easy for people to activate sync without knowing it, or to think they’re already syncing and thus there’s no additional cost to increasing Google’s access to their data,” he said. A Google spokesperson directed MailOnline to a Twitter post by Chrome engineer Adrienne Porter Felt who explained that users still have to consent to have their data synced. “I want to share more info about recent changes to Chrome sign-in,” she wrote. “Chrome desktop now tells you that you’re “signed in” whenever you’re signed in to a Google website. “This does NOT mean that Chrome is automatically sending your browsing history to your Google account!” she wrote. She also said that the Chrome privacy notice was being updated ‘ASAP’ to make the syncing option more clear. Last month a study from Vanderbilt University gave a look at the just how much data Google is harvesting from its users. Researchers examined how the search giant collects information from Android mobile devices, Chrome browsers, YouTube and Photos, among other Google products. But the most surprising revelation gleaned from the study is likely to be that Google continues to collect data even when users are browsing in incognito mode. Google collects data in ‘active’ ways, such as when users sign into an application, as well as ‘passive’ ways that users are less likely to be aware of. In this scenario, an application is designed to gather information on users when it’s running, sometimes without the user’s knowledge. “The extent and magnitude of Google’s passive data collection has largely been overlooked by past studies on this topic,” according to the study, which was published last month. Most people assume that their browsing history is hidden from Google when they use incognito mode. However, the study explains that Google can still link the data from incognito browsers to a specific user. That’s because if a user logs into a Google account while a private browser is open, cookies left behind on the incognito window can identify them. If they close out of the incognito window before logging into a Google account, then the data will be erased. “While such data is collected with user-anonymous identifiers, Google has the ability to connect this collected information with a user’s personal credentials stored in their Google Account,” the study says. What’s more, even if you avoid using Google services on an iOS device, the firm can still collect data on users. Visits to non-Google webpages still registered a ‘surprisingly high’ number of communications with Google servers. “The number of times such Google services are called from an iOS device is similar to an Android device,” the study noted. “In this experiment, the total magnitude of data communicated to Google servers from an iOS device is found to be approximately half of that from the Android device.” Researchers were most concerned by the amount of ‘passive’ data collected via third-party networks and advertisers that aren’t owned by Google. “Google learns a great deal about a user’s personal interests’ during a day of typical phone use – things like their location, routes taken, items purchased and music listened to,” the study explained.

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Ruto’s Mt Kenya hustlers meet to fine-tune bottom-up economic model » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday hosted leaders from Mt Kenya region to discuss how to re-engineer the country’s economy.

Ruto said the meeting which was a follow-up to a similar forum held in Maasai Mara on May 1 deliberated on collaborative efforts to re-engineer government economic approach to one that promotes enterprise and fosters the empowerment of ordinary Kenyans.

“Through the ongoing consultations covering all regions and all sectors of the economy, we anticipate the generation of more jobs and expanded opportunities for those in the lower cadre will rid our country of poverty,” he tweeted.

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During an engagement with three representatives from each of the 11 counties from Mt Kenya region, it was agreed that more targeted and inclusive sessions should be held with Hustler Movement representatives, Members of the County Assemblies, religious and business leaders to follow as the country opens up.

The DP has been building the Hustler Movement, a political group championing for a bottom-up economic model, as his preferred platform for the 2022 presidential run.

At Maasai Mara, Ruto was accompanied by economist David Ndii who briefed the legislators on DP’s proposed ‘Bottom-Up Economic model’ which seeks to uplift the common citizen and provide them with an opportunity to have a say in government.

The DP on Friday held another meeting with over 50 individuals including a section of Mt Kenya where the politicians and experts from different sectors discussed economic revival, a subject Ruto has been propagating since the pandemic broke out in the country.

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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