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EU data protection chief: Snaffling all air traveller data goes too far

Europe’s data protection tsar has warned law-makers that collecting and storing information on all airline travellers risks breaching EU privacy laws. The so-called PNR (passenger name record) scheme is back on the table after being rejected by MEPs in 2013. The plan is to force airline operators to store every scrap of …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015
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Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness

Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Amazon wants all your data ... on a disk

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is out but Amy Lewis sits in with Greg and Ed to discuss AWS, the move to Big Data, VMware and Apple parting ways, and cloud app protection. This week we discuss... (1:00) Trade: Amy sits in for Sarah …
Team Register, 07 Oct 2015

Look over here! SAP unveils big data HANA update

Teutonic enterprise resource planning provider SAP has unveiled a cloudy HANA big data update, in an effort to drum up more interest in its in-memory databases. The SAP HANA Vora product will apparently extend in-memory computing to distributed data, and allow companies to mash up their corporate and Hadoop data. HANA Vora …
Kat Hall, 02 Sep 2015
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UK data watchdog: Massive fines won't keep data safe

The UK’s data protection watchdog has said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to ensure privacy. However, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham added that this doesn’t mean his office shouldn’t have those exact powers at its disposal. “The obligation laid on data protection authorities always to fine …
Jennifer Baker, 22 May 2015

EMC pitches a total DATA LAKE immersion

Fancy monetising your Big Data assets? EMC is flagging up a Big Data event on 23 March dealing with "scaling Big Data across an enterprise", whatever that means. If you attend you will “learn to work with Big Data, monetise your Big Data assets and see a fast and flexible Big Data solution”. The invite video includes the logos …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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Patreon thieves drop data, expose users' info all over web

Attackers who compromised crowd-funding outfit Patreon have dumped its user data on various bin sites around the web. It's perhaps a small irony that one of the dumps has landed on Mega, the Kim Dotcom-founded file-store that calls itself “The Privacy Company” (note: Dotcom is no longer involved with the business and has said …

Intel adds big data functions to math libraries

Intel is eyeing off the world of Big Data with the latest round of updates to its Parallel Studio Suite. In the latest update, Chipzilla has added a Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL) to its venerable Math Kernel Library (MKL). As Intel explains here, DAAL's aim is to speed the operation of data analysis platforms …

Hortonworks bags US-gov inspired Big Data tech

Hortonworks is buying dataflow specialist Onyara, making the Hadoop-simplifying tech for use in the Internet of Things (IoT) its third corporate purchase. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed. The deal follows the Hadoop spinner’s purchase of SequenceIQ in April this year and XA Security in the Big Data security …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015
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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

With less than a week until a new Russian data localisation law comes into effect, Facebook is making a last-ditch effort to avoid compliance. The rules forcing companies to keep Russians’ personal data on Russian soil becomes law on 1 September. It is not yet clear what sanctions, if any, will be handed out for non-compliance …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015

Morgan Stanley staffer cops guilty plea over data breach

The Morgan Stanley staffer fired in January over a massive data breach has now entered a guilty plea in the Federal Court in Manhattan. Galen Marsh was being tried for taking hundreds of thousands of records of the bank's wealth management operation home. Some of the trove, affecting 900 individuals, then ended up on Pastebin …

Vodafone's woes worsen with new data-access accusation

Vodafone Australia's data access scandal has escalated towards blood-in-the-boardroom levels, with accusations that its abuse of a journalist's data in 2011 went on longer than the company has admitted. The saga began in 2011, when Sydney Morning Herald journalist Natalie O'Brien revealed serious privacy shortcomings in the …

Misconfigured Big Data apps are leaking data like sieves

More than a petabyte of data lies exposed online because of weak default settings and other configuration problems involving enterprise technologies. Swiss security firm BinaryEdge found that numerous instances of Redis cache and store archives can be accessed without authentication. Data on more than 39,000 MongoDB NoSQL …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2015
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Webcast: How to prevent data loss and theft

Register now to watch our live Regcast, where help your business deal with Data Loss Prevention and Data Theft Prevention issues. Watch this video broadcast live at 11:00 GMT on November 12. Handy synopsis for you Data Loss Prevention (DLP) has been in the news for many years, but still organisations manage to ‘accidently’ …
David Gordon, 25 Sep 2015

Big Data investment? Tick, says MXC Capital

Channel merchant banker MXC Capital has splashed £4.8m on a minority stake in big data analytics minnow Sagacity Solutions - a price tag that matches the software firm’s turnover last year. The move comes weeks after MXC director Ian Smith told us he wants to place bets behind businesses in software development, managed …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

Tencent targets Alibaba, seeds data cloud with £1 BEELLLION

Chinese megacorp Tencent is to pump $1.57bn (£1bn) into cloud computing tech over the next five years, in a bid to catch up with rival Alibaba. The money will go into infrastructure, operations, hiring talent and marketing its services, Dowson Tong, senior executive veep of Tencent, said at an industry forum on Tuesday, CNBC …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015
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Microsoft in SaaS-y cloud data security slurp

Microsoft has acquired cloud security outfit Adallom. Adallom was founded in 2012 and follows the “R&D in Israel, sales in Silicon Valley” template for a range of data security products for clouds. The company's wares bring data loss prevention and reporting to cloud storage services, offering users the chance to see just who' …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2015

Policing the data hinterlands beyond the corporate firewall

Comment For Code42, the answer to the universe and everything is getting more interesting as it moves from protecting business users’ PCs and notebooks to providing data access security and monitoring tools. The US backup company has undergone recent C-level management changes, including making Joe Payne its CEO in July, and its focus …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
Elephant Are we talking about Big Data enough? Should we plug it more?

The UK government's Science and Technology Committee has today opened an inquiry tasked with "examining the opportunities and risks of big data." The inquiry will look at whether the government is doing enough to promote the tech to Blighty's entrepreneurs, as well as issues around data protection and privacy. Nicola …
Kat Hall, 27 Jul 2015
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Right, opt out everybody! Hated paused again

The UK government's gaffe-prone scheme has been paused once again, this time to review the opt-out process of the much-hated and delayed program. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked data guardian Fiona Caldicott to provide advice on the wording for patient consent and ‘opt-outs’. The scheme was launched in 2013 …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2015
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German data retention law prompts Euro Commission backlash

Germany’s planned data retention law has run into more trouble. But not, despite media reports, because the European Commission is “threatening to take Germany to court”, nor even because of a court ruling against the EU-wide Data Retention Directive. On Tuesday, German stick-it-to-zer-Mann news site Netzpolitik published a …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Sep 2015

Intel doubles down on Big Data for population health

Chipzilla reckons urban population health is ripe for the Big Data treatment, and is setting up a lab in France to prove it. Intel has announced it will work with Teratec Consortium in the project. The lab, located in a technology park home to 80 technology and industrial companies, will focus on initiatives including …
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BEELION-DOLLAR Japanese satellite gives BOM a data nerdgasm

Australian weather nerds wanting to get up close and personal with the latest fronts and troughs can now gawp at high quality images online. The nation’s Bureau of Meteorology has begun posting near-real time images from the the Himawari–8 satellite, which set the Japan Meteorological Agency back a cool A$1 billion. According …
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Storage device reported stolen from insurer RSA's data centre

The insurance company formerly known as Royal & Sun Alliance but now going by the confusing-for-Reg readers “RSA” says “a data storage device has been reported as stolen from one of our data centres.” The firm's sparse customer notice and press statement say the device contained names and addresses, bank account and sort code …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2015

Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud. The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option. The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data. Elasticsearch on AWS can be deployed to Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015

Safe Harbour ruled INVALID: Facebook 'n' pals' data slurp at risk

In a landmark ruling that will have far-reaching repercussions, Europe’s highest court has ruled that data sharing between the EU and US under the Safe Harbour framework is invalid. The decision in the Max Schrems case on Tuesday morning has been anticipated for months, but now legal eagles will have to work out how to manage …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Oct 2015
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NoSQL pioneer Basho stamps its mark on time stamp data with Riak TS

The Riak NoSQL database is now available in a version capable of processing vast gobbets of Internet of Things data sources at high speed. Its creator Seattle-based Basho Technologies says the new product Riak TS (as in time series) incorporates the high availability and scalability of its nippy sister Riak KV, short for key- …
Drew Cullen, 06 Oct 2015
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Australian Bureau of Statistics drops big data bubble-buster

Big Data, the shiny happy story goes, will let governments direct resources into programs that really do make a difference to the problems society faces, resulting in better services, less waste and grins on every face. But Australia's Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just published a Research Paper A Statistical Framework for …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2015

Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2015

Ex-Microsoftie in worthless Euro netizens data security promise

An ex-Microsoftie has launched a new cloudy startup that promises to keep the data of Europeans "safe" by storing it only within the EU. But that pledge is utterly worthless, given that – for example – NSA chums are still likely to come calling for access to that data from their security counterparts in the 28-member-state bloc …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2015

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
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New racks, cables for aging and neglected data centres

Enterprises are shuttering their smaller data centres, but are opting to shift to larger upgraded facilities rather than shifting the whole shebang to the cloud. 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenters survey found that in Q2 a whacking 87 per cent of data centre operators in Europe and North America are maintaining …
Joe Fay, 02 Jul 2015

Don't look now, but there's another EU data protection court case about to bite

It might not be getting quite the level of attention as the Max Schrems case, but tomorrow (Thursday) the European Court of Justice will rule on another case that could have similar ramifications for data protection. The Weltimmo case involves a tricky legal question on jurisdiction for data protection issues when a company …
Jennifer Baker, 01 Oct 2015
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Delphix offers a mask for your data

Data virtualisation outfit Delphix is looking to the acquisition of Axis Technology Software to let enterprise developers work with real data, while protecting the personal information that data represents. Announcing the acquisition, the data-as-a-service (DaaS) outfit notes that the “data masking” technology it'll get from …

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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Oz court slaps down Dept of Immigration over 2014 data bungle

Three judges of Australia's Federal Court have delivered a ringing blow to Australia's treasurer, Scott Morrison, saying in his former role as immigration minister he oversaw a process designed to turn a data breach investigation into a failure. The data breach occurred when the (then) Department of Immigration (since absorbed …
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Forget Big Data hype, says Gartner as it cans its hype cycle

Analyst outfit Gartner has decided that Big Data hype is so last year and canned its hype cycle for Big Data. In new research titled “The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” the firm says “we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice” and also because “Hype Cycles consider …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2015

Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

Data recovery experts have found a raft personal information from used hard drives and mobile phones purchased from Amazon, eBay and Gazelle in the UK, US and Germany. The research, by Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack, once again shows that failure to erase data from discarded devices continues to be a problem, years …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2015

Americans care more about EU data protection laws than the French

Around 800 people really do want to compare all the different versions of the EU’s proposed new data protection law. On Monday the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched an app that allows users to compare the texts proposed by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the council of national ministers …
Jennifer Baker, 31 Jul 2015

Huge hack attack: UK data cops to probe Carphone Warehouse breach

Britain's data watchdog plans to investigate a massive hack attack on Carphone Warehouse's systems, which has put 2.4 million customers at risk of having their personal info ransacked by wrongdoers. On Saturday afternoon, the company coughed to the mega data breach and added that up to 90,000 subscribers may have had their …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2015
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Trumped up lobby group tries to get EU data protection watered down

Late last week, a group labeling itself the European Data Coalition called for Europe’s planned data protection law to be watered down. In a letter to negotiators on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the group begged them to delete the so-called FISA clause (Article 43a). This rule would prevent companies from …
Jennifer Baker, 01 Sep 2015

Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

Security and privacy are not mutually exclusive says Europe’s privacy watchdog – and people should stop saying they are. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, told a Brussels conference he was concerned that “the objective of cyber-security may be misused to justify measures which weaken protection …
Jennifer Baker, 29 Apr 2015
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Diving for pearls of data just got easier, thanks to EMC/Hadoop deal

Customers can now buy Cloudera Hadoop from EMC to run on their Isilon arrays, diving into data lakes for those pearls of insight; essentially running on Isilon's scale-out NAS boxes (with their native HDFS support), rather than building a separate Hadoop storage silo using cheapo DIY nodes. Hadoop-distributing Cloudera is the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015

OH DEAR, WHSmith: Sensitive customer data spaffed to world+dog

Updated British newsagent WHSmith has a major privacy hole on its website, after its magazine subscription service began emailing everyone on the mailing list. The data protection howler has been flagged up on Twitter by plenty of angry customers who fear having their personal information plundered by wrongdoers. However, despite the …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Sep 2015

Hack like HammerToss: Students spin social media into data siphons

A sextet of security students have released a tool that spins social media networks into stealthy data siphons, a technique already in use by an elite Russian hacking group. The tool released at BSides Las Vegas this week helps hackers emulate the data pillaging tactics of the HammerToss crime group. FireEye last week …
Darren Pauli, 07 Aug 2015

Architect of UK’s hated scheme quits NHS, flees from Britain

The architect of Blighty's hated scheme, Tim Kelsey, has today announced he will quit as the NHS's National Information Director. Kelsey will leave the British health service in December and take the new role of director at Australia’s telecoms biz Telstra Health next July. Curiously, the NHS did not list …
Kat Hall, 17 Sep 2015

AFP officer abused data access to stalk ex

A former officer of the Australian Federal Police's counter-terrorism unit has entered guilty pleas to two charges of stalking using restricted databases. The officer, Roman Eiginson, stood trial for stalking an ex who had left him when he married a Russian woman. As the Canberra Times reports, 53-year-old Eiginson is a former …

Data retention soggy with SPAM

Telcos will be required to retain data on spam, failed email, and borked voice over IP phone calls under the Australian Federal Government's looming data retention plan. Data retention comes into effect 15 October. It requires telecommunications providers retain metadata information on subscribers but not the content of …
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015

Three mobile data network GOES TITSUP across Blighty

Three UK is battling what appears to be a major outage affecting its mobile network. The company has been quietly fielding hundreds of messages via micro-blurt website Twitter, which seems to suggest that the disruption is widespread. @ThreeUK what's going on with the mobile data? Down yet again 😬 — james edwards (@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Oct 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