Category Archives: Kuwait

CITRA tells local ISPs to block caller-identity apps to protect privacy

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The Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) said Sunday that it has blocked caller identification detection applications from Internet service providers in the State of Kuwait to protect people’s privacy.
In a press release, CITRA explained that the blockage was taken after findings that these programs violated privacy law and facilitated access to private information, which resulted in security protection loss of information, along with various family oriented disputes, crimes, identity theft, including theft of bank information.
The user, when installing these “number detection applications, gives the application access to all data related to his/her device, such as numbers and addresses without any deletion or modification, and such data become stored, including each phone number that was stored in the device.
The statement added, based on privacy policy, the applications collect and use phone numbers, names and data corresponding to the numbers loaded on the user’s device and upload them to the application database recklessly without permissions or authentication mechanism.
CITRA affirmed its complete rejection to these violations and the severe consequences that may result to the usage of similar applications, at the same time stressing importance on privacy laws and protection of data, being one of the most important goals of the authority.
CITRA also prepared a “privacy protection” list which was adopted by its Board of Directors to ensure the protection of the circulation and processing of private data in a legitimate and safe manner without disclosure to any third parties, except to the consent knowledge of data owners, stressing that those who violate this regulation will be held legally accountable.

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Kuwaitis in Indonesia safe after Lombok quake

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All Kuwaiti Citizen are safe from the earthquake that hit both islands of Bali and Lombok recently, the embassy said in a statement Wednesday.
In cooperation with local authorities, the embassy checked if there are any Kuwaiti victims or injuries; which there was none, the statement noted.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah ordered all Kuwaiti citizens in both islands to be moved to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and the embassy is currently arranging for them return home, it pointed out.
Indonesia is hit by earthquakes on a yearly basis due to its location within the “Ring of Fire”; an area close to the Pacific Ocean and one of the most vulnerable areas to earthquakes in the world.

Kuwait naval force find missing sunken yacht, dead person found on board

resizeThe Kuwaiti Navy on Sunday located a yacht that capsized at sea two weeks ago some 1.5 nautical miles off Kuwaiti shores and recovered a deceased individual on board, The missing vessel which was found amid a widescale search operation comes after authorities rescued another 6 Citizens in the Kuwait Bay, Meanwhile the corpse has been sent to the criminal investigation unit.

DGCA chief commends Terminal 4 as strong push to Kuwait Airways

kuwait-airportThe newly launched passenger Terminal 4 of Kuwait International Airport would give a strong push to Kuwait’s main national air carrier, Kuwait Airways, said Chairman of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Sheikh Salman Sabah Al Salem Al Humoud Al Sabah.
The new terminal would also enable the Kuwaiti airline to compete with other regional carriers, Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud said in a press statement released by Kuwait Airways on Friday, while launching the national airline’s Al-Mubarkiya Lounge of first and business class passengers at Terminal 4.
He urged the staff of Kuwait Airways to work hard to offer high-quality services to passengers, boasting that the new terminal would further support and promote the company.
Al-Mubarkiya Lounge has been magnificently designed and equipped in order to provide passengers with much convenience, he added.
On his part, Kuwaiti Airways Board Chairman Yousef Al-Jassem said in a press statement that the launching of Al-Mubarkiya Lounge is just part of the new terminal’s facilities.
It has been built with high efficiency and in a record time, he boasted, revealing that another lounge would be opened soon.
The new terminal will start operating on August 8, Al-Jassem pointed out.
Al-Mubarkiya Lounge, which covers 426 square meters, has been provided with advanced technology equipment. The two-story facility contains 113 seats, 10 big TV screens, an integrated business center and a restaurant.

BBC apologizes for historical allegations about Kuwait’s sovereignty

DjoGeoEV4AERC2qBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Thursday issued a statement apologizing for historical fabrications and false allegations about Kuwait’s sovereignty.
It said that the question, which was raised by Trending Show presenter Rania Attar over Kuwait’s historical sovereignty, appeared to have been asked in a wrong and unclear way that did not meet the BCC’s impartiality criteria, and that’s why an apology was needed.
It added that it cannot be a party in this regard or even adopt a certain view, especially in controversial matters, according to the statement.
“BBC would like to confirm that it handles such matters, which are related to its editorial policy based on balance, objectivity and neutrality, with much seriousness, and to do everything necessary to ensure that these criteria are met,” it noted.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information on Thursday rebuffed the fabrications and allegations of a BBC Arabic show on Kuwait’s sovereignty. The ministry regretted and condemned, in a press statement, that BBC presenter Rania Al-Attar’s program “Trending” had fabricated allegations about the historical sovereignty of the State of Kuwait, which violated professional rules and distorted historical facts. “Such false claims and serious mistakes are utterly unacceptable, especially when this comes from an international media outlet, which is supposed to observe professional criteria and to clarify, not distort, facts,” the ministry said.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information wondered about the timing of such claims, which coincided with the 28th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The Ministry of Information has the right to pursue any entity or institution that deliberately commits this historical distortion, the statement concluded.

H.H Amir sends appreciation cables to GCC, Int’l Alliance leaders

g_GI-BtbHis Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent cables of appreciation Thursday to leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Essa Al Khalifa, Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman, Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and to the leaders of brotherly and friendly countries participating in the International Alliance for the Liberation of Kuwait on the 28th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990.
His Highness the Amir thanked the leaders for their honorable positions in standing with the right of Kuwait and their countries’ participation in the international coalition forces to liberate Kuwait, in implementation of the resolutions of the Security Council agreed by the international community.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables.