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Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP

The European Parliament’s data protection supremo says calls from national leaders to monitor all airline passengers are “playing into terrorists' hands”. German MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who heads the Parliament’s overhaul of EU data protection laws, described the plans for mass storage of PNR (passenger name record) data as …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Jan 2015

What does America need right now? Data science! (says, er, the first Chief Data Scientist)

The White House has created the post of Chief Data Scientist and hired the guy who coined the term as its first incumbent, DJ Patil. Patil lives in California and has worked for a number of Silicon Valley giants, including LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal and Skype. Now he's moving to Washington DC for the role and report to Chief …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Feb 2015
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Euro ministers trade data for data protection – yes, your passenger records

After weeks of mounting pressure from national governments for increased access to personal data following the Charlie Hebdo attack, the European Parliament has pulled a switch that aims to simultaneously increase citizens’ privacy rights while also giving law enforcement agencies more ability to track travellers. As they twist …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Feb 2015
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Dutch DPA says government's data retention plans still illegal

The Netherlands' Data Protection Authority has criticised that government's proposed data retention legislation. The government put forward amendments to its data retention regime in response to the April 2014 European Court of Justice decision that invalidated the EU's Data Retention Directive (along the way causing trouble for …
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Abuse of health data deserves JAIL, thunders ethics body

Health authorities must consider the moral issues of collecting and linking data in projects such as the controversial Care.data scheme, an independent medical ethics body has warned. A report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics singled out recent health initiatives such as Care.data as raising ethical questions surrounding …
Kat Hall, 03 Feb 2015

Carphone Warehouse, RootMetrics ink data deal, declare customer love

Carphone Warehouse will use RootMetrics data – essentially network performance information – to help customers choose which networks they should be on. A deal between the high street super-power and the frozen frothy coffee-led research organisation will see staff in the shop look up the places where customers want to use their …
Simon Rockman, 20 Feb 2015
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Teradata gobbles up data squasher RainStor

Teradata has bought RainStor, the deduping database supplier and Hadoop convert. RainStor specializes in archiving and two years ago put its analytics engine and enterprise database on Hadoop, the Google-inspired big-data cruncher. Financial terms of the deal for the privately held RainStor were not revealed. Teradata called …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Dec 2014

Oz lawyers wig out over data retention

Four years into Australia's data retention debate, the country's peak body representing lawyers has managed to make a statement on the issue. The Law Council of Australia says it's adopted a policy opposing the mandatory data retention that the government wants to get through Parliament, partly because it's noticed that the laws …

EU ministers hold Big Meeting on Big Data. But how will they get you to hand it over?

Analysis Europe’s Industry and Internal Market Ministers have been told to have a good long think about Big Data before showing up to their next meeting in Brussels on 2 March. The “theme” of the next Competitiveness council meeting is “Unlocking Europe's digital potential: faster and wider innovation through open, networked and data- …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Feb 2015
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Uber to Australia: Legalise UberX and we'll GIVE you DATA

Uber has told Australia it wants to stop butting heads with regulators and will offer them traffic data as their quid pro quo for official recognition. The company told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 730 programme last week that “We have a lot of information about how people are moving around their cities, so there's …

Ericsson slurps up unified data centre software shop

Ericsson has bought an 11-year-old data-centre cloud specialist. The telecomms infrastructure player has bought Sentilla, used to manage data-centre “assets” – physical, virtual and private and public clouds. Sentilla claims to use model-driven analysis and intelligent capacity forecasting to deliver a “unified view of data- …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014
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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

Britain's data cops have coughed to a serious security screw-up at the Information Commissioner's Office, and concluded that the ICO - only mildly - violated the Data Protection Act that it is supposed to police. It carried out an internal probe into what the ICO passively described as a "non-trivial security incident" that …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jul 2014
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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

Updated Mobile network operator EE appears to have been hit by a nation-wide outage. People took to Twitter this morning to complain of the network and data outage affecting large swathes of the country: @EE Data Network Down in Manchester area ?. Can't get any data connection on any either phone #ee #networkdown — Neil Reid (@tech2xs …
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2015

Watchdogs critical of Oz data retention regime

Ahead of parliamentary hearings this week into the Australian government's proposed data retention regime, privacy watchdogs have lined up to criticise the legislation. Australia's Privacy Commissioner Tim Pilgrim has warned that the data collected poses a serious threat to privacy, and recommends that mandatory data breach …
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Dutch lawyers seek to overturn data retention

The Netherlands is the latest EU country to see pushback against excessive state surveillance of the Internet, with that country's criminal lawyers' association leading a court action against the state over its data retention laws. The association (the NVSA) has joined forces with the Dutch Association of Journalists, Privacy …
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We interrupt this cat video to say you're out of data

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has flicked the switch on real-time notifications of mobile data use. Vulture South has personal experience of Telstra's notifications arriving after users have consumed rather more than their monthly data download allowances. The company is kind to customers who quickly react by purchasing …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2014
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Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

Patient concerns over the delayed NHS Care.data scheme must be addressed if the controversial plan to share GP records is to proceed, an independent watchdog has warned. The report by the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel (IIGOP) said clarity on policy and communications is "absolutely essential" for gaining …
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2014

Data centre hunger gives Ethernet switch market a boost

Market research outfit Infonetics reckons the data centre Ethernet market is set for a shake-up as 25 Gbps and 50 Gbps drive the migration from 10 Gbps products. Reporting on third quarter sales from 2014, the company's Data Center Network Equipment report says with Broadcom set to ship its 25G and 50G silicon, it's vendors are …
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DON'T PANIC! Latest Anonymous data dump looks old hat

On the day after Christmas, Anonymous dumped out 13,000 credit card numbers and account details for a host of popular websites, but an analysis of the package by security experts shows that most of the data has been available online for ages. The dump was carried out "for the lulz," according to an Anonymous Twitter account. It …
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2014

Oracle snaps up Facebook data slurper Datalogix

Oracle has snapped up data slurping company Datalogix - an oufit best known for collecting info from retailers and sharing it with the likes of Facebook. Datalogix measures the offline purchasing data of more than $2tn (£1.3tn) in consumer spending against social media ad browsing. The company has 650 customers, including 82 of …
Kat Hall, 23 Dec 2014

DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

The American Department of Justice's legal spat with Microsoft keeps sending out wider ripples, with Ireland now unhappy with the DoJ's blasé attitude about its jurisdictional reach. Microsoft has long been resisting a court order that decided e-mails are “business records” and demanding that Redmond pry open some servers in …
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Had a data breach? Well, SPEAK UP, big biz – Obama

The White House is lobbying Congress to pass a breach disclosure law, forcing firms to admit security breaches within 30 days in cases where customer data has leaked. The legislative push comes in the wake of high-profile breaches at retailers including Target and Home Depot, highlighting a lack of uniform breach disclosure …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2015
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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

The mishandling of the controversial Care.data scheme – intended to extract data from GP records and effectively share it with world+dog – was in part due to the refusal of NHS England to recall an ill-informed public leaflet from the printers, an independent oversight body has revealed. Care.data was supposed to begin in spring …
Kat Hall, 07 Jan 2015
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Stupid humans and their EXPENSIVE DATA BREACHES

UK data breaches are increasingly being traced back to human error, despite the growing emphasis on data protection. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to data privacy watchdogs at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) revealed that a quarter of reported data breaches during the first three months of 2014 were caused …
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2014

TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

TalkTalk has admitted to a major breach of sensitive user information, which may have led to some customers handing over bank data to hackers. In an email to subscribers, the company said it first saw a big increase in malicious scammers claiming to be from TalkTalk at the end of last year. The budget telco said that – …
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2015
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Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns

Open Data zealots rarely give an individual’s privacy a thought – it’s just another obstacle to be driven over in their desire to provoke a data-powered revolution. But a gigantic dump of journeys made by licensed New York City taxis gives a vivid reminder of the dangers of careless data drops. Earlier this year a Freedom of …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Oct 2014

Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

In the arms race for faster data speeds, Nokia Networks has pulled out 600Mbps over Ericsson’s 450Mbps by using 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology. A demo with South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom started with a mere 300Mbps using 20MHz of contiguous spectrum and then using carrier aggregation with LTE-A …
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2015
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Big Yellow brings in Boeing bods to bolster Big data bid

Symantec is acquiring 65 security engineers from Boeing as a part of a deal to beef up its expertise in Big Data, prior to a split between its security and storage divisions later this year. As part of the deal Big Yellow is also licensing technology from Boeing's Narus security division, which develops network-monitoring …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2015

What future is there for UK's Care.data info sharing scheme?

The future of the controversial Care.data scheme will be dependent on the outcome of a much-scaled back pilot programme which started this autumn, meaning that at best it will arrive one year late, a report revealed Friday. Care.data is a mega IT programme intended to connect information on GP records with the Health and Social …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2014

HP flings big data at cloud, sysadmins' faces

Your log files, the story goes, aren't just a record of every every stray packet that grazes your firewall or every temperature spike inside your servers when someone uses the microwave in the lunch room. They're really a treasure trove of hidden indicators that can tell you not just how to stop IT breaking at the worst possible …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2014

'Privacy is DAMAGING to PROGRESS' says Irish big data whitepaper

More than 350 Irish boffins have signed a white paper calling for nothing less than a “Magna Carta for Data”. The Insight Centre for Data Analytics says it wants to “put Europe on the road to fair and relevant legislation”, but most of the language sounds like what it really wants is to water down privacy rights in favour of Big …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Feb 2015

Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

Despite calls for increased monitoring of airline passengers after the Charlie Hebdo murders, EU data protection authorities have repeated that the indiscriminate nature of passenger name record data processing means it is likely to undermine EU citizens' right to privacy. The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), made up of the 28 …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Feb 2015

Irish data cops will be ROLLING in CASH for 2015

Christmas has come early for Ireland’s data protection watchdog as the country’s Data Protection Minister, Dara Murphy, announced that the office will get a budget of €3.65m for 2015 - just under twice the allocation of €1.89m for 2014. In a veiled reference to the ongoing overhaul of European data protection law, Murphy said …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Dec 2014
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Fusion-io co-founder turns techie for Primary Data: Biz gets new boss

Famous Fusion-io co-founder David Flynn has stepped back from the CEO role at his latest startup Primary Data. He becomes CTO and reports, nominally – it's not like Lance can fire him – to incoming CEO and Grande Fromage Lance Smith. Smith and Flynn have history, as Smith was the former Fusion-io president and COO, becoming …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2014
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Irish data cops plan long soak in CASH BATH: Gee thanks, Facebook, Twitter, Google

Irish data protection authorities are expecting a cash injection in tomorrow’s budget. Currently the Office of Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) spends around €1.7m a year, but there are fears across Europe that this will be insufficient if the draft Data Protection Regulation becomes law in its current form. Facebook, Google …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Oct 2014

Australia ignores data retention in summer slack-off

The Australian federal government's strategy of conducting inquiries on a short time-scale approaching holidays is paying off in spades when it comes to data retention. The Register has already noted the government's rushed Christmas-eve questionnaire to the telecommunications industry about the costs of data retention. There's …
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Australian spookhaus ASIO could retain private data FOREVER

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has told the government it's forgotten to set down how long ASIO is allowed to keep metadata handed over by telecommunications companies. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 requires that carriers hold data for two years. …
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Telstra scores deal to drive data to Teslas

Australian buyers of the Tesla model S will become customers of the nation's dominant telco, Telstra, after the two companies announced a deal. The Tesla S famously includes a 17-inch touch screen into which all sorts of data pours to power services like mapping and real-time traffic updates. Telstra's mobile networks will be …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014

Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

Apple is spending $1.9bn (£1.24bn) on a pair of big, green, environmentally friendly data centres in Ireland and Denmark. The fruity firm is splashing the cash (equivalent to €1.7bn) on two 160,000m2 facilities in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s Jutland. The facilities will back-end the iTunes store, App Store, iMessage, …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2015
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The great Data Gravity black hole: Another 50 million greenbacks sucked in

DataGravity, the upstart data-aware storage platform founded by serial entrepreneur Paula Long, is turning into a dollar bill black hole, sucking in another fifty million in C-round of funding. The company, profiled here, has a hybrid flash/disk array with substantial metadata facilities to provide significantly more knowledge …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2014

EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

A European deal to share airline travellers’ personal information with Canada could be chucked out after MEPs asked the ECJ to intervene. On Tuesday, the European Parliament voted by 383 to 271 to refer the EU-Canada PNR (air passenger data) agreement to the European Court of Justice over concerns that such mass collection and …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Nov 2014

Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

Ireland’s data chief will get a new place of work more in keeping with her status, as privacy battles with global tech giants loom large. Headquarters of the mighty Irish data cops, in charge of regulating some of the biggest names in the tech industry Currently, the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland is housed in a tiny …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Oct 2014

ICO's data protection tentacles will penetrate NHS bodies

NHS bodies in the UK can now be forced to open themselves up to data protection audits under new powers handed to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The watchdog told Out-Law.com that its audits regime follows a "participative approach" and that therefore it would first ask health bodies if they would voluntarily …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Feb 2015
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BMW: ADMEN have asked us for YOUR connected car DATA

US technology companies and advertisers have been seeking access to the data generated by sensors in so-called "connected cars", a senior figure at German car manufacturer BMW has said. Ian Robertson, BMW head of sales and marketing, said BMW had so far resisted requests to share connected car data with those businesses, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Jan 2015

Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

The creators of this Irish website may be fluent in the language of the Emerald Isle, but they are distinctly unversed in computer security. The Líofa (Fluent) website – a UK government project [PDF] – suffered not so much a data breach as a data giveaway. Users' personal information such as names, addresses, emails and phone …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Nov 2014

Darwin, Beer and Big Data? Must be a Reg Lecture Video

Reg Events On Tuesday 25 November, Professor Mark Whitehorn kicked off the inaugural Reg Christmas Lectures, and what a night it was... We packed them in upstairs at the Craft Beer Company pub on Leather Lane, Clerkenwell. It was tight, but nobody was stirring, not even a mouse as Mark took the attendees on a whirlwind journey around the …
Joe Fay, 03 Dec 2014
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EU's zombie data-grab plan climbs out of coffin

The European Parliament is divided over new efforts to revive a plan to slurp citizens' travel info. The Passenger Name Records (PNR) system was thought dead after the parliament rejected it in 2013, but following the Charlie Hebdo attack national governments have again insisted that the only way to prevent such tragedies is to …
Jennifer Baker, 26 Feb 2015
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In the EU? Setting a 'retain that data' rule? Better comply with e-Privacy

Opinion EU countries that set their own national data retention laws must ensure those rules are in line with the EU's Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy) Directive, according to a new legal opinion. The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled last April that specific EU rules on data retention by telecoms providers, set …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Jan 2015
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What kind of Big Data is yours? Is it data bauxite, data aluminium ... or data Dreamliner?

Analysis Data is valuable. There, we’ve said it, do you feel better? The question is, has data as an information currency - and an entity in and of itself - become inherently more valuable? Now that we have real time transactional big data analytics to enrich our lives, does this mean that the 1s and 0s inside every binary now somehow …
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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

High Street optician Optical Express has been admonished by Britain's data watchdog after thousands of customers complained that the company was sending them nuisance text messages. The Information Commissioner's Office warned Optical Express to halt its actions, or else face further action. An enforcement notice (PDF) was …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2015