Hadaf warns against use of illegal software

Updated 20 January 2013
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Hadaf warns against use of illegal software

The Human Resources Development Fund “Hadaf” issued a warning about the use of illegal software to update personal data in “Hafiz” in order to avoid the stealing of personal and bank account information by a third party.
The warning followed the release of more than one application on smartphones to update data on “Hafiz” for beneficiaries automatically.
In a statement to Al-Watan newspaper, the spokesman for the Human Resources Development Fund, Sultan Al Sareea, warned about the use of illegal software to update personal data in Hafiz, pointing out also that “Hadaf” is using appropriate solutions to preserve the privacy of the beneficiaries of its programs on one hand and the rights of “Hadaf” on the other.
He said: “I would alert the beneficiaries of the danger of the disclosure of personal information and banking to any third party, which may lead to some people manipulating the beneficiaries’ entitlements or using such information as a cover for irregular and illegal operations.”
He added that the Fund maintains at all times the privacy and confidentiality of all personal data obtained.
He stressed the importance of using the “Weekly Access” feature on the program’s website as an important mechanism of direct communication between the program and the beneficiaries. Through this, users can access information and guidance for the program and support services, such as training and rehabilitation and help in the search for opportunities to work in the private sector.
The owner of the program, who preferred to remain anonymous to Al Watan, confirmed that the program is an application running on Android devices that helps beneficiaries of the program to update weekly in order to avoid deduction of any sums of money from the subsidy in the absence of updating information.


Saudi border guards thwart attempts to smuggle more than half a ton of cannabis

Updated 6 min 23 sec ago
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Saudi border guards thwart attempts to smuggle more than half a ton of cannabis

RIYADH: The Saudi Border Guards managed to foil several attempts to smuggle a total of 646 kg of cannabis, and arrested a total of 40 people, in the period between Jun. 15 to Jul. 13, according to a border guards spokesman.
He explained that the operation, carried out in Jazan, Najran and Asir regions, falls within the framework of carrying out the tasks of the border guards to counter the attempts of criminal networks that are involved in the smuggling of narcotics through the Kingdom’s land and sea borders.
The spokesman said that the suspects and narcotics seized were referred to the competent authorities to complete the legal procedures.
The forty people were arrested after they were monitored crossing the Kingdom’s southern borders, and they included 23 Ethiopians, two Somali nationals, nine Yemenis, two Saudis and two people with unknown identifications.
The spokesman stressed that the border guards will not hesitate in carrying out their duties against anyone who tries to violate the border security or illegally bypass, and they will be dealt with firmly and accordingly.