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Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which inspects Britain's police forces, has reported on several cases of misuse of the Police National Computer (PNC) by non-police organisations. The PNC is a law enforcement database that holds personal information about people arrested by police or convicted of crimes – as …
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UK Home Office seeks secret settlements over unlawful DNA retention

Exclusive The UK Home Office is trying to keep secret three out-of-court settlements with claimants who allege the police unlawfully retained their biometric details. Problems affecting Blighty's ageing Police National Computer (PNC) are an open secret. Yet the Home Office's reaction to allegations of impropriety – to treat them as …

Home Office is cruising for a lawsuit over police use of face recog tech

The UK Home Office has been warned that its delays in addressing police use of facial recognition technology on innocent people's custody photographs risks inviting a legal challenge. In his 122-page report (PDF) Blighty's Biometrics Commissioner stated he saw “no reason to believe that the situation [regarding the lack of …
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E-borders will be eight years late and cost more than £1bn

MPs have slammed officials' misplaced confidence in the Home Office’s "vital to national security” e-Borders project, which will eventually cost the taxpayer more than £1bn and arrive at least eight years late. The project, which began in 2007, aims to collect and store information on passengers and crew entering and leaving …
Kat Hall, 4 Mar 2016

Airwave drops lawsuit against Home Office over EE contract win

Airwave will no longer be pursuing legal action against the Home Office over its decision to award part of a chunk of its Emergency Services Network contract to EE. A spokesman for Motorola said: "We can confirm that all disputes have now been settled and all litigation will be dropped." In December last year EE won part of …
Kat Hall, 24 Feb 2016
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Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms

The Home Office has admitted to The Register that among its data breach incidents last year was one in which security vetting documents disappeared from within secured government premises. Through the Freedom of Information Act, The Register has learned that the Home Office – responsible for the UK's domestic counter- …

'Blue light services will get 4G on London Tube!' Cool, how? 'Errrrm...'

The government's contentious Emergency Services Network deal, intended to provide 4G coverage and devices for all blue light services, will be able to run on the London Underground, the man in charge of the scheme has insisted. Stephen Webb, senior responsible owner of the ESN deal, said: "We will have a solution that works on …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2016
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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has called on police forces to use predictive analytics in crime prevention as a way of mining the "vast quantities of data" the public now generates. Speaking at the Police ICT Suppliers Summit, she said: "Forces have not yet begun to explore the crime prevention opportunities that data offers …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2016

Indie review blasts detained immigrants' Facebook, Skype ban

An independent review into the welfare of immigration detainees has suggested that current restrictions on internet access – including preventing access to immigration claims help sites, and blanket bans on Skype and Facebook – are irrational and counter-productive. The 349-page review (PDF) by Stephen Shaw, the former prisons …
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MPs question value of canning Raytheon from e-borders

MPs have questioned the value of terminating the Home Office's £500m e-borders contract with its supplier Raytheon, with questions remaining as to whether the £303m spent on its in-house successor programme will deliver. In March the Home Office finally agreed to hand over £150m to defence company Raytheon over the dispute …
Kat Hall, 17 Dec 2015

NAO slams £830m e-Borders IT project as ‘not value for money’

The UK government's spending watchdog has slammed the £830m, 12-year e-Borders project – intended to collect details from passenger lists of all people entering and leaving the UK – as having failed to deliver value for money. “The e-Borders programme began in 2003, with an ambition which has remained largely unchanged in the …
Kat Hall, 3 Dec 2015
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Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

Analysis The UK government routinely rips up its anti-extremism, counter-terror, extremism-terror, whatever strategy in favour of what Home Secretary Theresa May typically describes as an even tougher approach to thwart baddies who seek to do us harm. On Monday morning, the latest Whitehall document, Counter-Extremism Strategy (PDF), …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2015
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Home Office seeks advice on Police Radio omnishambles

The Home Office has announced a new twist in the sorry tale of the Emergency Services Network saga and is asking suppliers to consult on a procurement framework that started two years ago. The government department has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for a tender to replace the Airwave communications equipment used …
Simon Rockman, 17 Aug 2015
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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

The number of Home Office IT staff has been slashed by one third, following the latest round of redundancies at the department, The Register can reveal. Currently the department has an 800-strong IT team, following its recent laying off of 107 staff. However, multiple sources have confirmed this is just the latest in a round …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2015
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Home Office kept schtum on more than 30 data breaches last year

The Home Office suffered 33 data breaches during the last financial year – and did not report any of them to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) The department's annual report and accounts 2014-15 (PDF) reveals 33 "Personal Data Related Incidents" that took place in the last financial year, but were not formally …
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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

Updated Government legislation to exempt GCHQ from prosecution on charges of illegal hacking has been passed and come into effect – apparently torpedoing an ongoing claim against the surveillance agency being heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. Last July, a coalition of internet service providers and international …
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Police ICT company finally lurches off the ground

After a four-year gestation period, the body intended to help UK coppers better splash their £1bn a year in tech spend – the Police ICT Company – has finally got off the ground. The Association for Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has approved the proposal first made by Home Secretary Theresa May in 2011 to establish the …
Kat Hall, 30 Mar 2015
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Home Office splashed £35m trying to escape e-Borders contract

Exclusive The Home Office has so far splashed £34.6m in legal costs to extract itself from the disastrous £750m e-Borders contract run by Raytheon, The Register can reveal. In 2007, the Home Office contracted the defence company to design its e-Borders technology system to provide secure border control. However, by 2010 it had …
Kat Hall, 19 Mar 2015

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