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First annual review of Privacy Shield gives it a resounding... 'adequate'

The first annual review of the Privacy Shield agreement that governs transatlantic data flows has come back with a solid, unsurprising mark of "adequate". The agreement – which rose from the ashes of the Safe Harbour framework that was ruled invalid after being challenged by privacy activist Max Schrems – aims to protect …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Oct 2017
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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

Concerns have been raised that neither of the bodies tasked with overseeing the UK's spy agencies were aware that data they collected was shared with industry. According to documents released as part of an ongoing court case between the UK government and Privacy International, GCHQ and MI5 didn't tell watchdogs they shared …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Oct 2017

NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

NHS leaders have admitted that the biggest ever loss of patient documents is worse than initially thought, as another 162,000 undelivered documents have been discovered. The scandal was first revealed back in February, when the UK's national health service was forced to admit that 709,000 items of correspondence – which …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Oct 2017
Massive human has key to little person's house.

Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

Mass commercial data gathering and opaque decision-making processes have a “massive potential” to damage personal autonomy and dignity, a report has said. Data gathered and stored by companies is increasingly being used to make decisions that can affect people’s lives, but the systems that drive these processes are often …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Oct 2017
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Boffins suggest UK needs an 'AI council' but regulation is for squares

Boffins have recommended the British government establishes a council to oversee and coordinate artificial intelligence across the private and public sectors. The suggestion was made by computer scientist Wendy Hall and BenevolentTech CEO Jérôme Pesenti in a review commissioned by the government in a bid to boost the AI …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Oct 2017
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Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

A firm promising to generate leads for businesses has been fined £70,000 for making more than 100,000 nuisance calls – although it has denied using automatic dialling. The UK Information Commissioner's Office investigated (PDF) Liverpool-based firm The Lead Experts following a series of complaints from people who had not …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Oct 2017
Big bill

Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

The UK's incoming data protection laws could bring with them a wave of "no win, no fee"-style companies, experts have said. Much of the discussion about the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation – which comes into force in May 2018 – has focused on the fines regulators can impose. Although these are large – up …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Oct 2017
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Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

Fears over privacy and the application of GDPR, concern over lax rules for spies, and the omission of regulation on fake news, were just some of the issues raised at the second reading of the UK Data Protection House Bill in the House of Lords. The bill is intended to overhaul data protection laws in Blighty for the digital …

Fear the SAP-slap? Users can anonymously submit questions about licensing naughtiness

SAP is to offer feedback on anonymised indirect licensing as concern and confusion about the rules grows among customers. The German firm's rules on indirect access mean customers can be hit with licensing fees to cover any and all software that connects – even indirectly – to data stored on SAP systems. Following a high- …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Oct 2017

Fast Forward Labs CEO: 'If every idea on the roadmap is a good idea, that scares me a bit'

Businesses' aversion to risk means they miss out on the potential rewards of machine-learning projects – but some still have impractical ideas about what artificial intelligence can really offer them. That's according to Hilary Mason, founder of analytics and algorithm research biz Fast Forward Labs, which was last month …
Rebecca Hill, 9 Oct 2017

UK spy oversight body updates rules to include right of appeal

IPA The UK government is planning a number of “significant” changes to the rules governing spy oversight body the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The IPT, the only judicial body that can hear complaints against spies, was established under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act back in 2000. Seventeen years on, the government …
Rebecca Hill, 9 Oct 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle’s automated database is a minimum viable release - analyst

OPENWORLD WRAP Oracle’s annual OpenWorld conference is over. The streets of San Francisco are free of the hordes of execs, devs and analysts, and everyone has gone home to mull over what they've learned. The order of the day was - quelle surprise - cloud, plus a good measure of machine learning, blockchain and chatbots thrown in on the side …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Oct 2017

Splunk hits Oracle's Larry where it hurts: His failure to win America's Cup boat race

Analytics flinger Splunk has slammed Oracle for what it describes as a “fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding” of the cybersecurity market. On Tuesday, as is the norm for his keynotes, Big Red founder and CTO Larry Ellison singled out a competitor’s products, and focused on its downfalls. But this time, rather than …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Oct 2017
A log

Oracle wants you to drop a log into its cloud, so it can talk security

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle’s founder and chief technology officer Larry Ellison put on his best salesman act Tuesday during his second keynote at the tech giant's OpenWorld gabfest – this time playing up the impact high-profile IT security breaches have had on organisations and increasing concerns over state hackers. “The people we’re competing …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Oct 2017
Oracle

Blockchain, AI, chatbots, cloud … Oracle bingo!

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle has launched an enterprise-grade blockchain cloud service, as part of a flurry of announcements at its annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Amit Zavery, senior veep for Oracle Cloud Platform, said that the service would “accelerate innovation for on-premises ERP and cloud-based SaaS and PaaS customers”. The …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Oct 2017
Mark Hurd

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd reads 'mean tweets' about his 2025 vision

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd appears incapable of shrugging off criticism of his predictions for the state of cloud computing in the year 2025. During Monday's Oracle OpenWorld keynote, he decided to hit back at his critics with something a little more adversarial than expected. In a moment reminiscent of celebrities reading less- …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Oct 2017
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

Oracle promises ‘highly automated’ security in self-driving database

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle has kicked off its annual OpenWorld conference with a pledge to automate in the company's “autonomous” database, plus plenty of snark directed at Amazon Web Services. Jeans-toting CTO Larry Ellison kicked off Big Red’s four-day San Franciscan extravaganza with a not-so-slick presentation that had no real big surprises …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Oct 2017

Cloudera serves up 'secret sauce' for unified data management

Cloudera has become the latest company to offer up a set of tools to unify data management, with its SDX framework, which it describes as the platform's "secret sauce". Businesses are increasingly looking to ensure portability of data across a range of environments and flexibility in the ways they use that data. The demand is …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2017
IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY

IBM launches unified data analytics system, promises machine learning for all

IBM has announced a unified analytics system that allows data scientists to work across multiple data stores in ways the company said should eliminate time-consuming data integration and preparation. The Integrated Analytics System, launched at the Strata Data Conference in New York, aims to let data scientists develop and …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2017
Surgery

MapR to do real-time analytics on your operational data

StrataConf Hadoop-flinger MapR has added a host of new capabilities to its database in a bid to offer developers more powerful real-time analytics. The overhaul, announced at the Strata Data Conference in New York City, brings together operational, analytical and real-time applications. The latest version of MapR-DB – which is built …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2017
AI

Splunk goes native with machine learning, aims to speed up monitoring

Analytics firm Splunk is making machine learning central to the next generation of its enterprise solution, and claims it performs 20 times faster than before. Splunk's platform drills into the machine-to-machine data generated by big companies to help them identify weak spots and boost operations and performance. It has …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Sep 2017

SAP flings out one-hub-to-rule-and-crunch all the data. Yes, a hub

Enterprise giant SAP is taking on silos with its latest offering that aims to centralise data processing and governance - but not storage. SAP’s Data Hub, launched on Monday at an event in New York, looks to capitalise on the vast amounts of data companies collect, especially when they are from an increasing variety of sources …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Sep 2017
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More than half of small firms plan on using Privacy Shield – survey

Almost half of the organisations surveyed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals say they will use the Privacy Shield data-sharing framework in the next year. Agreed last summer, the deal between the European Union and the US aims to safeguard EU citizens' data when it is transferred to the States. It …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017

Hortonworks aims to entice enterprise with simple data management service

Hortonworks has launched an enterprise-scale data management service for multiple platforms and environments that will capture data-in-motion or at rest. The cloud-based DataPlane Service, launched today, will manage workloads across any data assets and let companies apply consistent security and governance across all their …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017
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SAP gobbles customer identity management startup Gigya for $350m

German enterprise giant SAP has bought customer identity management firm Gigya for a reported $350m. Gigya, which is headquartered in Mountain View but started life in Israel, offers companies a platform to manage their customers' details. The platform, which has about 1.3 billion customer identities, collects usage data, but …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017

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