Wales on Line. Think of cost before bringing charges, CPS told: New guidance could have prevented Terry debacle. New rule raises the prospect that junior gang members could be let off Would be first major change to the basis on which criminal charges are brought for 90 years By Steve Doughty Published: 22:28 GMT, 19 July 2012 | Updated: 22:29 GMT, 19 July 2012 Change: The new rule could also have been used in the John Terry case Suspects may in future escape prosecution if lawyers calculate it would be too expensive to bring them to trial.
For the first time Crown prosecutors will be told to consider the cost of bringing home a conviction before they lay charges. A guide produced by Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer warns that there should be no criminal charges brought when a suspect is likely to face only a light or token punishment. The new rule, which says that prosecutions should be proportionate, raises the prospect that junior gang members could be let off rather than brought into a complex trial alongside their criminal leaders. Here's What Social Networks Know About You. A read through most online privacy policies is enough to make your stomach acid curdle. And social media companies have more access to personal data than most. Some collect information you expressly give them, like your credit card and telephone numbers. Others gather data based on how and where you use their services. This might include anything from device and browser information to location intel.
And some of it gets really specific — think about your last search query or ad click. Depending on the type gathered, social networks use data to enhance location services and target advertising (now you know why that sunglasses website you visited three months ago follows you all over the web). SEE ALSO: Facebook Monitors Your Chats for Criminal Activity [REPORT] The infographic below, created for Baynote, explains why your web browsing and online interactions have become much more personalized. Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, William Warby / feastoffun.com. Global Warming's Terrifying New Math. If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States.
That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe. Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the "largest temperature departure from average of any season on record.
" The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet's history. Not that our leaders seemed to notice.