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Contracts trading personal data for digital content: Rights to remedy, redress required

Opinion Consumers should not have had to actively provide their personal data in return for digital content to be supplied to them to benefit from consumer protection rights relating to the supply of that content, a committee of MEPs has said. A new directive on contracts for the supply of digital content was proposed by the European …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Nov 2016

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

Analysis There was a distinct whiff of the retro about Google’s launch of its Pixel smartphone. Exclusives with selected large mobile operators; yet another attempt to create a unified Android experience; even the clear focus on Apple as the primary competition – all these should be issues of the past. "Premium is a very important …
Wireless Watch, 12 Oct 2016
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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

IT contractors in Blighty could bear the brunt of UK government plans to clamp down on self-employed workers not paying the correct employment taxes - with HMRC targeting 20,000 public sector contractors. The taxman is currently consulting on whether to shift responsibility for compliance with the intermediaries legislation, …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2016
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

The recent high-profile crash of a Tesla driving in Autopilot mode has sparked a rush to develop new laws for self-driving cars. Just as there is a race on in the engineering departments of many large car companies to develop autonomous car technology, so legislators are working fast to develop the rules to cover it. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016
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That sinking feeling: Itanic spat's back as HPE Oracle trial resumes

Oracle is back in court, this time fending off a $3bn case brought by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. A week after it lost to Google on Java, Oracle is now resuming its fight with HPE over damages relating to HPE's claims that Oracle back-tracked on a commitment to put its software on HP servers running Intel’s Itanic chips. HPE …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jun 2016
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Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

Exclusive interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, at the end of April 2016, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell to discuss the future of the C# programming language. Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# Language. He maintains the language specification and runs the language design …
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2016
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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

Promises on broadband make up the mainstay of a new Digital Bill, first revealed at The Register back in January and formally revealed in the Queen’s Speech today. It’s one of 21 new legislative proposals. The speech reiterated plans to create the right for every household to access high speed broadband. The plans for a …
Team Register, 18 May 2016

Destroying ransomware business models is not your job, so just pay up

COMMENT It's not your job to defend the world against criminals, so the decision to pay a ransomware demand is all about business. The likes of FBI Cyber Division deputy chief James C. Trainor disagree. The Bureau recently advised organisations not to pay lest they "embolden" criminals and encourage others to take start using …
Darren Pauli, 17 May 2016

Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

Analysis In the wake of the FBI's failed fight against Apple, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced a draft bill that would effectively ban strong crypto. The bill would require tech and communications companies to allow law enforcement with a court order to decrypt their customers' data. Last week a …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2016

Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control

When I started my IT career, the organisations I worked with didn't really do formal change management. And that wasn't really a problem: either they were small enough for it not to matter (we just told the handful of users: “We're about to upgrade X”), or the departments I worked in were sufficiently small and autonomous that …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Mar 2016

Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

Three has promised it will not raise prices for customers if it is allowed to hop into bed with O2 in its proposed £10.5bn in an open letter hitting back at regulators' fears over the deal. In the letter, Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison, which owns Three UK, promises it will not raise the price for consumers of a voice minute, a …
Kat Hall, 04 Feb 2016
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Microsoft mandates browser-extension defence to malvertising

Microsoft is placing the onus on browser-based security architectures to shield users from malware-laden ads. From March 2016, programs that create ads in browsers and that are served from the Microsoft network will have to use the browsers’ supported extensions to operate. Those building ads must therefore be sure their …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Dec 2015

FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has announced a new rule that will require the owners of almost every drone in the United States to register it with the federal government – and pay $5 for the pleasure of doing so. Concerned with the booming number of flying toys, especially the 25 reports a month being filed with the …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Dec 2015
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UK SMEs with weak security risk procurement exclusion – survey

SMEs need to take cyber security seriously or face being frozen out of the procurement process, according to a new survey from management consultants KPMG. In a poll of UK procurement managers, nearly all (94 per cent) agreed that the cyber security standards of their supplier are important when awarding a contract to an SME. …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2015
Apple MacBooks tarnised by faulty anti-reflective coating

Apple quietly swaps out MacBook Retina displays to fix skin-peeling stains

Apple has finally agreed to swap out "stained" Retina displays, months after ugly blobs of anti-reflective coating began peeling off of affected MacBooks that had cost fanbois more than $2,000 a pop. According to MacRumors, Cupertino has initiated a Quality Program to address the issue, which was inevitably dubbed "Staingate" …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2015
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US fibre rollouts are driving Cablelabs standards in new directions

Google's fibre initiatives haven't just prodded the US cable operators to respond in kind, gigabit for gigabit – it's also driving standards. A good example was the August announcement by Broadcom of a chipset that helps cable companies (mostly in the USA for now) deploy EPON alongside their DOCSIS networks, so The Register's …
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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 …

Former Ashley Madison CTO 'threatens security blogger with libel action'

Investigative crime journo Brian Krebs says he has received a threatening letter from a lawyer representing Ashley Madison's ex-CTO Raja Bhatia. The letter, we're told, accuses the pro-blogger of libeling the former exec in an online article. For legal reasons, we cannot at this time repeat Krebs' specific allegations against …

Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

Carphone Warehouse has taken three days to go public about a serious data breach affecting nearly 2.5 million customers – with the confession that up to 90,000 subscribers may have had their credit card info ransacked. The company said on Saturday afternoon that it had first discovered its systems had been violated by a " …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Aug 2015
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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday puts the onus on tech companies to prove that a product was not faulty at time of sale if it malfunctions in the first six months. In the words of the ECJ: “Any lack of conformity which becomes apparent within six months of the delivery of goods is, in principle, to …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Jun 2015
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

Having your car automatically slam on the brakes to avoid a low-speed accident leads to a 38 per cent reduction in real-world rear-end crashes, says a road safety organisation. European road safety research organisation Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) carried out an analysis of data from various countries. The full …
Simon Rockman, 14 May 2015
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Too much Appley WRISTJOBBERY could be BAD for your HealthKit

Users of Apple's healthcare data app platform - intended to allow developers access to healthcare info collected via its wristy gizmo - could be left wide open to security exploits, infosec bods have warned. The ResearchKit and HealthKit platform is intended to allow health researchers to aggregate information collected from …
Kat Hall, 06 May 2015

IBM tightens Passport Advantage licensing terms

IBM software customers should be on their guard following changes to the fine print of the giant’s Passport Advantage program. IBM reworded part of Passport Advantage late last year, The Reg has learned, putting more onus on the customer than ever before to keep clear and accurate records of their software use. The changes …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2015
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Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It's up to you to thwart mass surveillance

SXSW 2015 In a quietly arranged Q&A session at South by Southwest (SXSW) on Sunday morning, Edward Snowden told about thirty influential people from the tech world that the onus for thwarting mass surveillance was falling to them. Snowden had previously spoken at SXSW with the American Civil Liberties Union, explaining to attendees the …
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2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...

IBM said it reckoned on earnings per share of $15.75-16.50 for this year, when it announced its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday. 2015 was supposed to be a golden year for IBM, where it would hit the $20 EPS goal under the five-year plan of former chief executive Sam Palmisano. Software was to be the engine of that 2015 …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

New wording in Microsoft’s enterprise licensing agreements could see customers forced to pay more to Redmond while simultaneously jumping through new licensing hoops. Microsoft has re-worked the fine print of the Enterprise Agreement (EA) in a way that confers greater power on its licensing agents to interpret the rules. It …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

New legislation to be discussed in Parliament today will compel mobile phone networks to cut off the phones of criminals who use mobile phones in prison. There is no onus on the Prison Service to prove a targeted phone is being used by a specific prisoner; the service will be able to apply to a court for it to be disconnected …
Simon Rockman, 05 Jan 2015

The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

Facebook buying WhatsApp for nearly as much as Hewlett-Packard spent on Compaq in 2001? Well, 2014 was the year of the selfie, after all. Just don't let that snapshot of your bits get hacked. Leaked naked smartphone pics weren't this year's only embarrassing public spectacles: Microsoft's CEO put his foot in his mouth on women …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Dec 2014
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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

Under the so-called "Google tax" regime due to come in next year, multi-nationals will have to "self-report" any diverted profits to HMRC and then defend their own activities, according to draft legislation on the Diverted Profits Tax published today. Last week chancellor George Osborne pledged to slap a 25 per cent tax on …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2014
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Will security concerns scupper your BYOD policy?

Analysis Almost everyone involved in IT fears BYOD to some extent. That’s largely because they are terrified of careless colleagues costing the business a shed load of money. But small to medium sized businesses who lack the budget and resources to do security well fear BYOD more than most. Just this week, Hugh Boyes from the …
Tom Brewster, 29 Nov 2014

How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

Increasingly, we're told, IT types who "understand" their organisation's business can help their business and get ahead. But what does “understanding” the business actually mean? Why does it matter and how does an ambitious IT professional get the mix of skills needed to attain that understanding and also hit the fast track? …
Rachel Willcox, 28 Nov 2014
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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

The Advertising Standards Authority has rapped the knuckles of video bloggers for making it unclear when they’re actually recommending something and when they’ve been paid to hawk it to unsuspecting YouTubers. Vloggers, as we’re apparently meant to call them now, are big business these days with stars like Blighty’s Zoella …
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Are dangers lurking on your workers' operating systems?

We have had enough wake-up calls now, right? Enough squeaky-bum moments. Events over the past year have made it clear that hackers, whether sponsored by the NSA, GCHQ or a crooked millionaire, can and will breach the defences of mobile operating systems of any type. For IT, it has become apparent that guaranteeing the security …
David Gordon, 14 Nov 2014
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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

The Kremlin is set to ban Apple's iCloud as part of plans to throw up a new iron curtain around Russia's digital communications. Anti-data-offshoring laws will come into force on New Year's Day 2015 that require all data generated within Russia to be stored within its borders. Apple's iCloud service has been in the news …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Nov 2014
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Oracle users open can of whup-ass on licensing policies

Businesses view relations with Oracle as “hostile” and are “filled with deep-rooted mistrust”, according to a six month end-user survey on software compliance conducted by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). The not-for-profit organ probed (PDF) 100 hard-pressed IT and software asset managers, licensing specialists and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2014
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Balls of destruction CRUSH your fancy new storage systems ... better get used to it

Storagebod Has EMC started an unwelcome trend? I had a discussion about roadmaps with a vendor this week, and its reps talked about substantial upcoming changes to their architecture. My questioning, "but surely that’s not just a disruptive upgrade but destructive?" was met with an affirmative. Of course, like EMC's XtremIO upgrades, the …
StorageBod, 30 Sep 2014
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Telstra tells Big Content it won't become unpaid Copyright Cop

Australia's dominant telco and internet service provider Telstra has waded into the nation's copyright enforcement debate by rejecting Big Content's calls for it to assume liability for its users' copyright infringements. Thodey's missive on the matter offers the usual “TV shows cost a lot to make and stealing them is wrong” …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2014

Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

An oscilloscope manufacturer this month slapped a hacking enthusiast's website with a DMCA take-down order after he revealed how you could unlock extra, low-cost options in one of the vendor's systems using a series of simple workarounds. Go ahead, chuckle – it’s an obscure dust-up in a lost corner of tech, but haven’t you …
Stuart Burns, 28 Aug 2014
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Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

Oracle has released "the most comprehensive patch set" ever for its database software – but its users should be aware of potentially wallet-busting features in the batch. Version 12.1.0.2 of the database came out on Tuesday and brought with it a range of new features, including Oracle's hotly anticipated "in memory" tech. The …
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014
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IETF plans to NSA-proof all future internet protocols

The IETF has taken the next small step down the long, long road of protecting user traffic from spooks, snoops and attackers, setting down the basic architectural principle that new protocols should resist monitoring. It's not going to be a trivial undertaking: practically every layer of the Internet protocol stack has its …

Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

Whitehall and Microsoft have struck a deal providing emergency cover to tens of thousands of government PCs still running Windows XP after next week’s support cutoff for the ageing OS. A one-year deal, revealed first by The Register, will see Microsoft release security patches to Windows XP users in the public sector until …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2014

New CEO, CTO for Riak database upstart Basho emerge from the cloud

Exclusive Basho's new chief executive and chief technology officers are said to be Adam Wray, formerly of Tier 3, and Dave McCrory of Warner Music Group, respectively. Basho is the company which stewards the development of the distributed database Riak. The Register exclusively reported that the company lost its chief architect, chief …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014
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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

Loan-based crowdfunding platforms will be required to hold a certain amount of capital in reserve to mitigate against the risk of their business failing and leaving lenders out of pocket, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said. The regulator has announced a finalised regulatory regime for crowdfunding platforms ( …
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Mar 2014
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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

The UK government should consider raising the level of fines that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can impose on organisations that breach the Data Protection Act (DPA), an expert has said. Data protection law specialist Kathryn Wynn of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that a previous increase …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Mar 2014
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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

BrightBox routers supplied by UK telco EE as standard kit to its broadband and fibre customers are riddled with security shortcomings that make the devices hackable, a UK security researcher warns. Scott Helme warns that security vulnerabilities expose WPA encryption keys, passwords and ISP user credentials. Hackers might also …
John Leyden, 20 Jan 2014
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Cisco rolls dice with 'CONTROL EVERYTHING' softy networking launch

Analysis Cisco has revealed its response to the piranha-like software-defined networking technology that threatens to devour its margins and reduce the worth of its proprietary hardware. The "Application Centric Infrastructure" (ACI) technology was belched out by the company at a press event in New York on Wednesday. It sees the world's …
Jack Clark, 06 Nov 2013

Antivirus bods grilled: Do YOU turn a blind eye to government spyware?

Analysis Security guru Bruce Schneier has joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and 23 other privacy and digital rights activists to call on antivirus firms to publicly state they do not turn a blind eye towards state-sponsored malware. Antivirus vendors have been given until 15 November to go on the record about detection of …
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2013

THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

Facebook has removed one video of a beheading that was posted on the free-content ad-network – and told its users to be more "responsible" about the material they dump on the site. The decision to yank the clip came after Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron attacked Facebook for allowing such material to be published and …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2013

NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'

GPs will no longer carry the sole burden of telling patients that their medical records will be shared across the NHS, after it was confirmed today that millions of households in England will receive a leaflet explaining the controversial plan. NHS England has splurged £1m on what one critic described as a junk mail drop, …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Oct 2013

UK bankers prep for cyberwar: Will simulate ATTACK on system

UK banks, the stock market and payment providers will undergo extensive stress tests in November that are designed to test their responses to cyber-attacks. The exercise is designed to test the state of preparedness of the UK's financial system in responding to cyber attacks, which are only growing more complex over time. …
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013