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London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival. Privacy groups including Big Brother Watch, Liberty and Privacy International have written to police commissioner Cressida Dick (PDF) calling for a U-turn on the use of the …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Aug 2017

London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app, exposed personal info

A London council has been fined £70,000 after design faults in its TicketViewer app allowed unauthorised access to 119 documents containing sensitive personal information. The parking ticket application, set up in 2012, was developed by Islington council's internal application team for the authority's parking services. It …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Aug 2017

Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

The UK’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has apparently become so infuriated with inaccurate claims about incoming data protection rules that she is penning a series of blogposts to “bust the myths”. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation - which comes into force in May 2018 - and the UK’s …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Aug 2017
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Pssst, wanna know a secret? MongoDB has confidentially filed for IPO, reports suggest

NoSQL business MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, according to reports. The document database company started life as 10gen in 2007 and has secured a total of $303.4m in equity funding to date. According to Crunchbase, its last round, for an undisclosed amount, was in August 2015, having gained $80m in the January of …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Aug 2017

RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

The Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to show 40 per cent of its London-based IT staff the door by 2020, according to Unite the union. The mostly taxpayer-owned bank is also preparing to cut contractor numbers by 65 per cent, the union said. The announcement would mean around 650 permanent staff and 230 contractors could …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Aug 2017

Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

Almost three-quarters of police forces have forked out more than £22m on body-worn cameras, but are failing to properly monitor how the videos are used in court, according to a report released today. Proponents of the technology argue it will improve transparency in frontline policing, stop police and the public from behaving …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Aug 2017
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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

A former midwifery assistant from Essex has been fined £1,715 for unlawfully accessing and sharing patients’ medical records. Brioney Woolfe pleaded guilty to the offences, which took place between December 2014 and May 2016, at Colchester Magistrate’s Court. The UK’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner, …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Aug 2017

Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

Not enough companies understand how to properly delete the data they hold – and need to address this if they are to comply with new data protection rules, privacy and security experts have said. Under incoming UK and European regulations, firms will be required to completely remove all the data they hold on an individual if …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Aug 2017
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What's your point, caller? Oracle fiddles with major database release cycle numbers

Analysis Big Red has changed its database release cycle, scrapping names that see decimal points and numbers added on for an indeterminate amount of time, instead plumping for annual releases numbered by the year. So what would have been Oracle Database will now be Oracle Database 18; will come out a year later, and …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Aug 2017

Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

Lego has swapped out its CEO of just eight months after finding a younger man to fill the role. Bali Padda, 61, took over the top job at the toymaker in January this year, but has now been replaced with Niels B Christiansen, who is 10 years his junior. In an interview with the Financial Times, Lego chairman Jørgen Vig …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Aug 2017
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Berners-Lee and the open-data bunch: £60k for your best collab dataset register ideas

The UK’s Open Data Institute is offering up £60,000 for a company to make it easier for organisations to create collaborative data registers. Registers – authoritative datasets usually used as core reference information – are increasingly becoming a major part of many nation’s data infrastructure. But they often need to …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Aug 2017

Data viz biz Tableau forks out for natural language startup

Data visualisation firm Tableau has made its third-ever acquisition in a bid to speed up use of natural language query technology and bring in more users. The start-up, ClearGraph, was founded in 2014 and chugged down $1.53m in seed funding in 2015. According to a canned statement, its platform offers non-experts the ability …
Rebecca Hill, 09 Aug 2017
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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

The British government is planning to impose criminal sanctions on people who intentionally re-identify individuals from data that should have protected their identities. The plans will be set out in the Blighty's Data Protection Bill – due to be introduced to Parliament next month – and could see an unlimited fine levied on …

Slacking off? ICO probe throws up concerns over instant messaging

Even the most archaic of organisations have been swept up by the march of technology – including the British government. For some time now, that great bastion of glacially paced change has allowed its staff the rather small pleasure of communicating via instant messaging software Slack, instead of relying on reams of dreaded …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Aug 2017

Hortonworks still burning cash, still aiming to become billion-dollar biz

Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks continues to burn through cash, but boss Rob Bearden has said that the biz is on target to cut spending by the end of the year. The latest results show the firm once again boosted its revenues, achieving a figure of $61.8m for the quarter ending June 30 – up 42 per cent on the same period in 2016. It …
Rebecca Hill, 04 Aug 2017
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Data viz biz Tableau's revenues up, plans to boost sales headcount

Data visualisation firm Tableau has reported a 7 per cent growth in revenue, with execs waxing lyrical about the company’s move to a subscription licensing model. The company yesterday reported its results (PDF) for the quarter ending June 30, with revenue rising from $198.5m to $212.9m, compared with the previous year. It …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Aug 2017
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Trump as US president (in Sharknado 3)? Oh Hell No!

Donald Trump was reportedly in talks to play the president in the third incarnation of cult sci-fi disaster film Sharknado – until he welched on the deal to run for the real thing. According to entertainment news site Hollywood Reporter, the Donald had all but signed on the dotted line for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! when his …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Aug 2017
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Off-messenger: Chinese chatbot ain't no commie

Two chatbots have reportedly been removed from Chinese messaging app QQ after issuing distinctly unpatriotic answers. According to the Financial Times, chatbots BabyQ and Xiaobing (or Xiaoice) had been available to some of the 800 million users of Tencent's app QQ until Wednesday. However, the pair seem to have been hastily …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Aug 2017
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Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill

The UK's new legislation on data protection is to get its first airing in Parliament next month, the government has said. The Data Protection Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech at the end of June, will replace existing data protection legislation on both corporate data and data processing by law enforcement agencies. The …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Aug 2017

PayPal splashes cash on biz that persuades folks to splash cash online

PayPal has invested in e-commerce tech firm Cloud IQ as part of the upstart's latest £4m funding round. Cloud IQ claims to be able to encourage people to spend 10 per cent more online, by throwing targeted ads and personalised emails at visitors to their clients’ websites. PayPal has previously partnered the firm, but the …
Rebecca Hill, 02 Aug 2017

Apple chief on Chinese VPN app ban: We always toe the line with other nations' laws

Apple boss Tim Cook has said that his company would "rather not" remove apps from its store – but has to comply with the law in China. His comments come after it was revealed that Apple has removed a number of the virtual private network apps that allow users to circumvent the Great Firewall from its Chinese store. Cook was …
Rebecca Hill, 02 Aug 2017

Brit voucher biz's signup page blabbed families' details via URL tweak

A UK web biz has been slammed for blocking people on Twitter just for reporting a security vulnerability that potentially leaked people's contact details. Kids Pass – a Cheshire-based outfit that offers more than 500,000 folks discount vouchers for family activities – was alerted over the weekend, via Twitter, that its code …
Rebecca Hill, 02 Aug 2017

NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

Academic research is always best when it confirms your preconceptions, and a pair of data scientists from Lawrence Technological University have done just that. Writing in the International Journal of Computer Science in Sport, Lara Yaldo and Lion Shamir say they have created a computational model that will estimate how much a …
Rebecca Hill, 01 Aug 2017

Don't mind if I do, says Nokia, taking a €1.7bn chomp out of Apple

Apple has handed over a cool €1.7bn (£1.5bn) cash payment to Nokia following an intellectual property dispute with the Finnish firm. Speaking to analysts during Nokia's Q2 earnings call, CFO Kristian Pullola said Nokia had received a "substantial upfront cash payment of €1.7bn from Apple". The biz will outline how it plans to …
Rebecca Hill, 01 Aug 2017

End of the road for Basho: Court puts biz into receivership

Basho, the outfit that developed the Riak distributed database, has been put into receivership after it stopped paying the bills to its main creditors. Earlier this month, The Reg revealed the extent of the company’s troubles, with offices shuttering around the world and swathes of staff being laid off. It was clear then that …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jul 2017

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