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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

The Home Office frittered away hundreds of millions of taxpayer pounds on a botched tech project designed to manage immigration and asylum applications, a National Audit Office report has revealed. The "flagship" IT programme, the Immigration Case Work computer system, was launched in 2010 to replace fragmented systems and pull …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014

Home Office terminates order for 16,000 PCs from Dell

The Home Office gave Dell just a fortnight to custom build 16,000 PCs but an admin cockup led to the order being shelved, and it is not clear if it will be re-tendered. A mini-auction took place in the first week of March with a build and delivery date set for the end of the month. Most of the tier ones competed on the deal but …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014

Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

The UK Home Office is touting a mega contract worth up to £1.2bn to build a next-generation comms network for Blighty's brave emergency services. Led by the Crime and Policing Group, under the auspices of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications programme, the new system must provide voice calls and wireless broadband …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
A boat full of Fail

Home Office clumsily LEAKS data of 1,598 immigrants, blames 'transparency'

The Home Office has embarrassingly coughed to accidentally leaking the personal details of 1,598 immigrants. Applicants in the “family returns” process had some of their personal data exposed online for nearly a fortnight, immigration minister Mark Harper admitted in a written statement to Parliament on Thursday. He blamed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013
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GOV.UK's criminal record check IT job blow: Home Office snubs new design

More rumblings of conflict between the Cabinet Office's Government Digital Service - the team creating trendy GOV.UK - and other mandarins were heard echoing around Whitehall last night. Late on Tuesday, the Cabinet Office slipped out a statement in which it buried the news that GDS has suffered two significant blows. It said …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2013
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Home Office boffins slip out passport-scanning Android app

Android owners with NFC handsets can now read their passports with an official Home Office app - and civil servants want to know what other features could be added to it. UK passports have had chips in them since 2006, containing a digital version of the photograph and other details, all cryptographically signed. Phones equipped …
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2013

Watchdog drags Home Office to naughty step for dragging feet on FOIs

The Home Office may face sanctions if it fails again to reply to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests on time, the Information Commissioner warned today. The department - run by Home Secretary Theresa May - will be monitored by the watchdog to see how fast it responds to FOIs received between 1 July and 30 September this year …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2013
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Home Office launches £4m cyber security awareness scheme

The UK Home Office has launched a new £4m information security awareness campaign, designed to educate businesses and consumers about rising hacker threats. The first stage of the campaign is due to get underway in the autumn. The scheme will sit alongside other more established information security initiatives, such as Get Safe …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013

CRINGE! Home Office wants to know whether your boss BEATS YOU

Tech suppliers wading through the government's latest bizarre 150-page online questionnaire are asking if the folks in the public sector are smoking something – other than taxpayers' money, anyway. The Supplier Information Database (SID) for Government is designed to give buyers across public sector access to information on …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2013
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Home Office opens up anonymised crime data API

Crime-conscious citizens can now view the raw data behind official stats website police.uk after the Home Office made the data freely available to download. The police.uk site, which got off to a shaky start at its 2011 launch, offers policing and crime information for local areas, as well as a Google Maps-based visualisation of …
Gareth Corfield, 03 Jul 2013
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ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details

The Home Office could face legal action over its failure to explain the "Request Filter" system buried in its Communications Data Bill. That's the draft law that allows spooks and cops to massively ramp up surveillance of British citizens online. Critics have already lambasted the cryptically named “Request Filter” agency, …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2013
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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

Gird your loins router-makers: a throng of hackers are set to pry apart your woefully insecure hardware in a competition to expose bad firmware and hard-coded credentials. The competition will take place at the DEF CON 22 conference and glories in the name "SOHOpelessly Broken". The event is the brainchild of the Electronic …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2014

Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

Microsoft has unveiled its first attempt to seduce consumers into paying subscription pricing for its Office 365 package. For $99.99 a year, buyers get the Office 365 Home Premium, which gives them a license to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access applications on five computers in the home. …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013
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Home Office spunks another £12.8m on face recog tech

The Home Office is offering £12.8m for new facial recognition technology according to a tender notice from Home Office Procurement published on 12 June. The new multi-million pound face scanners would be used to determine an applicant's right to a British passport: and must be able to compare the biometric data extracted from …
Anna Leach, 14 Jun 2012
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Don't fret over SOHO routers and Heartbleed. But yeah, there's LOADS to fear on home kit

The infamous Heartbleed bug doesn't affect home routers in practice, according to new analysis by security researchers at TripWire. The infosec vendor nevertheless warned that "critical security flaws" are "endemic" to small office/home office (SOHO) routers. TripWire came to this conclusion after revisiting earlier research on …
John Leyden, 09 May 2014
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Home Office doc 'not qualified' to assess McKinnon suicide risk

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon has refused to be assessed for suicide risk by a Home Office appointed doctor, because the doctor chosen had no experience of patients with Aspergers, his mother Janis Sharp told BBC local radio today. McKinnon, who hacked into US government computers in 2002, has Asperger's syndrome. The 46 year- …
Anna Leach, 19 Jul 2012
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Home automation while it's hot: Winter warmth for lazy technophiles

Home is not just a place for the family; it's also becoming a place that tech companies are fighting over as they scramble to develop home automation equipment for lazy savvy suburbanites. Video clip of TV sitcom character Frank Spencer catastrophically failing to engage with an automated home. 1980s vintage clip. Of course, …
Nigel Whitfield, 24 Jun 2014
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Home Office denies reports of e-Borders closure

The Home Office has said that reports of the e-Borders programme being closed are incorrect and that it is still up and running. Earlier this week it was reported in sources including The Scotsman and This Is London that the programme had been dropped as part of the effort, led by the Cabinet Office, to find major savings on IT …
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Most of Home Office's savings scored from haggling over ICT deals

The majority of procurement cost savings in the Home Office for the third quarter of 2011-12 came from ICT, according to its permanent secretary Dame Helen Ghosh. According to a report by the Home Affairs committee, Ghosh said that the £24.2m came in particular from the purchase of hardware, software and ongoing support. The …
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Home Office appoints Brokenshire as security minister

James Brokenshire has taken over as the UK's security and counter-terrorism minister following the resignation of Baroness Neville-Jones on Monday. Brokenshire, a former banker and Conservative MP since 2005, was previously parliamentary under secretary for crime reduction before receiving his promotion this week. The crime …
John Leyden, 12 May 2011
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Home Office farms out tech deal worth £40m

The Home Office has tendered for a range of services worth £40m as part of the Employers' Checking Service (ECS), including a web-based interface, data storage, biometric chip reading technology and related support services. The ECS is run by the UK Border Agency to enable employers to check the status of individuals to work. A …
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Home Office 'technologically clueless' on web super-snoop law

Computer experts, politicos, civil liberty campaigners and even a retired top cop universally agreed yesterday that the Home Office's real-time mass internet surveillance plan demonstrated just how "clueless" Theresa May's govt department is on implementing such a system. Speaking at the Scrambling for Safety event at the London …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2012
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Home Office faces £500m demand in e-Borders sacking

Raytheon and the Home Office are in talks as the department tries to stop the company suing for unfair breach of contract over its sacking from the e-borders programme last year. At the time, the e-borders agency said it had no confidence in the company. Immigration minister Damian Green said: "The government is determined to …
John Oates, 25 Aug 2011
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Social networks likely to snub Home Office in riot confab

The Home Secretary is expected to face fierce opposition from popular social network outfits today when she will ask them to consider restricting access to individuals in the aftermath of unrest in England earlier this month. Theresa May is meeting with wonks from Blackberry, Facebook and Twitter, following evidence that, …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Aug 2011
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Home Office to review future of Sprint ii framework

The Home Office will review the controversial Sprint ii procurement framework once the newly created police ICT company is up and running next spring, giving hope to many suppliers that blue light business will be back in their future. The government mandated police purchasing heads in England and Wales to buy low-end IT kit via …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2011
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Fujitsu leads Home Office supplier spending

The Home Office paid Fujitsu Services £136m in 2009-10, with CSC, Atos and Raytheon among other major suppliers. Figures released by the Home Office to Kable under Freedom of Information have revealed the department's largest supplier of any kind in the 2009-10 financial year was an IT firm, but also that it splits its …
Kable, 11 Jan 2011
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Home Secretary to decide on McKinnon extradition by October

The UK Home Secretary is due to decide by mid-October whether or not to order Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US, a hearing at the High Court heard on Tuesday. The hearing followed a decision by McKinnon and his legal team to decline to undergo a Home Office medical test by a doctor, Professor Thomas Fahy, whom McKinnon's …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2012
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Office for Android and iOS to ship by March 2013?

A product manager for Microsoft's Czech division may have let the cat out of the bag on Wednesday – almost – when he announced that versions of Microsoft Office for Android and iOS devices may ship as early as the first quarter of next year. After spotting a report on the Czech site IHNED, The Verge was first to cite Microsoft …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2012
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Home Office passport fraud sweep flops

The Home Office security upgrade scheme to catch passport fraudsters through face-to-face interviews has bagged just eight potential 'Jackals'. The project, requiring first-time passport applicants to attend interviews with officials from the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), launched in 2007 and has resulted in no …
Robert Blincoe, 14 Jun 2010
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Foreign Office loses dozens of PCs and smartphones

After other government departments revealed the number of electrical goods they'd left scattered around the pubs and train seats of the country, the Foreign Office has just coughed up the statistics on how many of its gadgets went missing last year. Since August 2010 Foreign Office bods lost 28 computers and 37 mobiles phones …
Anna Leach, 09 Nov 2011
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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

The Home Secretary is expected to announce whether or not the government will block Gary McKinnon's US extradition in Parliament today. Theresa May is due to deliver a decision on whether the Scottish sysadmin's medical problems as an Asperger's Syndrome sufferer are sufficiently severe to block extradition. A possible appeal …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2012
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Home Sec to decide Gary McKinnon's fate by 16 October

A timetable has finally been set for the next phase of NASA hacker Gary McKinnon's long-running fight against extradition to the US. The UK government's Home Secretary Theresa May will decide by 16 October on whether McKinnon's diagnosis as an Asperger's Syndrome sufferer is sufficient to block his extradition, according to his …
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2012
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Home Office unveils new UK passport

The Home Office has said that new UK passports with 'strengthened security features' will be issued from October. To make the passports more secure, the chip which stores the holder's details has been moved to the inside of the passport cover so it will no longer be visible, the Home Office said. The new 10-year passport will …
Kable, 25 Aug 2010
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Home Office signs £430m contract extensions

The Home Office is spending £330m with Fujitsu and £100m with Atos Origin to extend existing deals with the two companies. The agreements, signed on 8 October 2009, will extend the Home Office's £550m Sirius contract with Fujitsu and the UK Borders Agency's £250m contract with Atos Origin. Some 24,000 users across the Home …
Kable, 12 Oct 2009
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Home Office crime maps go to street-level detail

The Home Office has announced the rollout of a new online crime-map service for England and Wales that ministers describe as "more comprehensive than any other scheme" in the world. The new mapping service offers crimes arranged by street, rather than merely by ward or subdistrict as before. Screengrab of the Home Office crime …
Lewis Page, 01 Feb 2011

May: UK data slurp law is fine, but I still need EMERGENCY powers

Home Secretary Theresa May was in combative mode during a hearing with politicians on Monday afternoon as the government's rushed through data retention and investigation powers bill (Drip) was briefly scrutinised. May, pressed by Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert as to why the Tory-led coalition had insisted late last week …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2014
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Home Office publishes draft reform plan

Information sharing, the publication of crime data and support for the e-Borders programme are all in the Home Office Structural Reform Plan. A draft (pdf) of the plan has been published on the department's website. It places an emphasis on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, increasing the accountability of the police, …
Kable, 15 Jul 2010
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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

The Home Secretary has defended her department's decision to resurrect net-snooping plans that were abandoned by the previous Labour government in 2009. Theresa May, writing in The Sun, finally put forward her opinion two days after the tabloid's sister paper – The Sunday Times – ran a story containing a small amount of …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2012
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Home Office takes non-action against phone pinchers

The Home Office is demanding that mobile phone recyclers continue what they're already doing, in the name of cracking down on mobile phone theft. The office is busy creating a new Code of Practice which will require the industry to check handsets sent for recycling against the register of stolen phones, preventing thieves …
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2010

UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

The Cabinet Office is seeking a joint venture partner to help it tackle what it describes as one of the most costly areas of public sector tech – hosting. Crown Hosting (CHS), along with Government Digital Services, is hunting for a "private sector partner" to take a minimum 75 per cent stake in a joint venture vehicle to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014
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Home Office battles to make CCTV useful

The Home Office will today impose new police standards to encourage better use of surveillance footage, after its own research revealed that most of the millions of CCTV cameras watching the UK have no impact on crime. Ministers will also appoint a "CCTV regulator", according to The Daily Telegraph. The job will fall to Andy …
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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

The UK's Tory-led coalition government is reportedly pushing to bring in a new surveillance law forcing ISPs to retain subscriber data for 12 months ahead of next year's General Election. It's the latest in a series of attempts from the Theresa May-led Home Office to legislate on communications data, known colloquially as the …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jul 2014
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Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

Anywhere Working, the government-backed initiative to get us chipping in towards the cost of offices, now has a working website hub portal and advice on picking the perfect fountain. The scheme was launched in November by then-transport minister (and Lib Dem) Norman Baker, who's now been replaced by the Conservative Justine …
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2012
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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

The government has enlisted the boss of an SME yet to win any business via G-Cloud to advise on ways to, er, oil the wheels of commerce for other small traders that have similarly found public sector contract success elusive. Dragons' Den star Piers Linney, joint head at AIM-listed, cloudy infrastructure biz Outsourcery, is the …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014
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Japanese porn at heart of Home-Office terrorism snooping

Japanese pornographers became embedded deep within a Home Office site advising on the interception of possible terrorist communications. The Home Offices has apparently now removed a link from its Office for Security and Counter Terrorism site, after workers occupying the postal and telecommunications industries got more than …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Apr 2009
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UK border database on target and budget, says Home Office

Half of all journeys in and out of the UK are now being centrally recorded and analysed by the £1.2bn e-Borders scheme, the government estmates. The Home Office yesterday said the system is currently gathering data on between 45 and 50 per cent of people crossing the border. e-Borders aims to count every person in and out of …
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Home Office kicks ID cards into touch

The Home Office confirmed yesterday it is delaying awarding the key contract for the national ID card project - actually making the cards for UK citizens. Fujitsu, IBM and Thales were all in the running to make the cards. But this contract will not now be awarded until autumn 2010 - after the general election, which at the …
John Oates, 18 Jun 2009
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Post Office wins contract to take snaps of foreigners

The Post Office has won a contract to take photographs and fingerprints of foreign nationals seeking biometric residence permits (BRPs). Immigration minister Damian Green announced the plan as part of a package of measures, also including an online checking service for employers, aimed at reducing the number of illegal workers …
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Home Office appoints ID czar

The Home Office has appointed an ID Commissioner to oversee and monitor the roll-out of national ID cards. Sir Joseph Pilling has previous form as permanent secretary to the Northern Ireland Office between 1997 and 2005, reviewing senior jobs at the Church of England and the Civil Aviation Authority. He has been at the Home …
John Oates, 14 Sep 2009
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Home Office spawns new unit to expand internet surveillance

The Home Office has created a new unit to oversee a massive increase in surveillance of the internet, The Register has learned, quashing suggestions the plans are on hold until after the election. The new Communications Capabilities Directorate (CCD) has been created as a structure to implement the £2bn Interception …