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Samsung supplier suspended 'for using child labourers'

South Korean electronics company Samsung has suspended a contractor in China after it found "possible evidence of child labour and illegal hiring", at its Dongguan Shinyang Electronics plant.

The company said it was working with Chinese authorities to investigate the new allegations. Credit: Samsung.

A new investigation by China Labour Watch found that during busy seasons, the factory hired child labourers and underage students. Their report said:

"These minors will usually only work for a period of three to six months, toiling for 11 hours every day without overtime pay, and the factory does not purchase social insurance for them as required by law."

The report said part-time workers, who made up 40% of the workforce, received no safety training, no overtime pay and no social insurance.

The report came after Samsung said it did an audit and found no child or underage workers at hundreds of Chinese suppliers.

The company said Chinese authorities are investigating and that if they find child labour they will stop using the contractor permanently.

Ministers act to avoid data communications 'cliff-edge'

The Government's plans to pass new laws to make sure police can access mobile phone and internet data have met with a mixed reaction.

Some MPs have claimed ministers are trying to railroad through the plans without consulting Parliament, but David Cameron and Nick Clegg insisted the proposals were essential to keeping the UK safe.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

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Rights Group: Blanket surveillance needs to end

The executive director of the Open Rights Group Jim Killock condemned the government's emergency measures to pass new data laws, saying it cannot just re-legislate every time it disagrees with a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

The Government knows that since the ECJ ruling, there is no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed.

Not only will the proposed legislation infringe our right to privacy, it will also set a dangerous precedent where the Government simply re-legislates every time it disagrees with a decision by the ECJ. The ruling still stands and these new plans may actually increase the amount of our personal data that is retained by ISPs, further infringing on our right to privacy.

Blanket surveillance needs to end. That is what the court has said.

Read: Mobile and computer data evidence 'vital' against crime

Mobile and computer data evidence 'vital' against crime

The new data laws being rushed through parliament are to ensure "vital" criminal evidence against criminals can be collected, Downing Street said.

Watch: Cameron says new security services 'rely on data to disrupt terrorism'

Every major counter-terrorism investigation and 95% of CPS cases against organised crime over the past decade have used evidence from phones and computers, Number 10 said, including:

  • The murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, shot in the back in Liverpool in 2007. Mobile phone information showed the killers were in contact, and in key locations
  • The gang of men who groomed girls in Rochdale were prosecuted after phone data showed they were in contact with each other and their victims
  • A Europol investigation into sexual exploitation of children online identified 371 suspects in the UK, with 240 cases investigated and 121 arrests or convictions - in contrast to Germany where data is not kept, which identified 337 suspects, but investigated only seven and made no arrests

More: Campaigning group Liberty say new data laws would 'snoop on everyone'

Liberty: New data laws 'snooping on everyone'

The director of campaign group Liberty has said that new data laws are not just for 'snooping on suspects' but will be used on everyone.

Shami Chakrabarti said: "The Government says it's only plugging loopholes but its existing blanket surveillance practice has been found unlawful.

Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti says new data laws would be 'snooping on everyone' Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"We are told this is a paedophile and jihadi 'emergency', but the court judgment they seek to ignore was handed down over three months ago and this isn't snooping on suspects but on everyone.

"We are promised greater scrutiny and debate but not until 2016, as it seems that all three party leaders have done a deal in private. No privacy for us and no scrutiny for them. Will Clegg and Cameron's 'debate for the future' really comfort voters and companies today?"

Read: New data laws to be rushed through Parliament

Nick Clegg: Liberty and security must go hand in hand

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said that although he believes civil liberties have been neglected by governments in the pursuit of greater security the urgent challenge being faced by the government means the new data laws are necessary.

In a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, he said liberty and security must go hand in hand.

Read: PM: Security services 'rely on data to disrupt terrorism'

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