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Grab your popcorn: The first annual Privacy Shield review is go

Transatlantic data-transfer agreement Privacy Shield is facing its first major political hurdle as the inaugural joint review kicks off this week. Agreed last summer, the deal between the European Union and the US aims to safeguard EU citizens' data when it is transferred across the pond. The two-day review, launched today by …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Sep 2017
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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

Updated Google will not contest new warrants for overseas data - as long as they are made outside the Second Circuit, according to the US Department of Justice. The DoJ made the revelation in a reply brief issued as part of the ongoing battle between the US government and Microsoft over emails held on servers in Ireland, which Uncle …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Sep 2017

ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

A Welsh firm responsible for 146 million nuisance PPI calls has been slapped with a £350,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office - not that the data watchdog is confident that penalty will be paid. Your Money Rights (YMR) - which had its authorisation as a claims management company cancelled in May - instigated 146, …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Sep 2017
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

The UK’s Data Protection bill has landed with a hefty thud, offering up 200-plus pages of legislation for the geeks and wonks to sink their teeth into. The bill, launched into the House of Lords yesterday and published in full today (PDF), aims to overhaul the UK’s data protection laws and update them for the digital age. …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Sep 2017

Get out your specs: Java EE's headed to the Eclipse Foundation

Oracle has named the Eclipse Foundation as the new host for Java Enterprise Edition, but said the platform won’t get to keep its name. The decision to make Java EE - which is already developed in open source - fully open was announced last month, with Oracle’s David Delabassee saying it was in a bid to make it “more agile and …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Sep 2017
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Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

The UK is risking a data economy worth £240bn if it doesn’t secure a “simple” transition deal that minimises disruption of data flows after Brexit, the Confederation of British Industry will warn today. According to the body - which represents UK businesses - the government has made the right noises about data protection …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Sep 2017
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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

The company behind a taxi comparison app that sent more than 700,000 spam texts in the space of 10 days is facing a £45,000 by the UK's data protection watchdog. Cab Guru, a Cambridge based firm that raised $2.8m (£3.7m) in its March 2016 seed funding round, runs a comparison app that gives users the low-down on the prices and …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017
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Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

Exclusive Oracle is cutting costs by shifting pan-European hardware support to Romania in a move that could see hundreds of existing staff made redundant, multiple insiders have told The Register. The process of winding up the in-country operations started in recent weeks, though the deadline for migrating the support seems to differ …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017
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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

A Dartford-based telco has been handed an £85,000 fine for two years’ of nuisance and "misleading" calls - despite a warning from the UK’s data protection watchdog. The Information Commissioner’s Office stepped in to investigate True Telecom - which offers broadband and call services - after receiving 201 complaints about …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Sep 2017
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EU court must rule on legality of UK's mass surveillance – tribunal

The UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which oversees the country's spy agencies, has said the European Court of Justice should rule on the legality of the government's mass-surveillance legislation. The case was brought against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ by campaign group Privacy International as part of a continued bid to prevent …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Sep 2017
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You gotta have goals: Oracle ties Larry, Safra and Mark’s equity to cloud

Oracle’s top earners will only be able to earn more equity if the company delivers on its cloudy promises and pays out for stockholders, according to a revamped compensation plan. The changes, detailed in the company’s latest 8-K filing, mean that from fiscal 2018, CTO Larry Ellison and joint CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Sep 2017
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Cloudera bags AI biz, eyes up IBM customers... and continues to report operating losses

Big data company Cloudera has acquired an artificial intelligence research firm in a bid to expand its machine learning offering and get customers to part with more of their cash. The smaller firm, Fast Forward Labs, focuses on machine learning and applied AI research, with its CEO Hilary Mason describing algorithms as her …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Sep 2017
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Heard the one about the two landmark EU data rights' rulings? These countries haven't

Most EU member states’ rules on data retention do not comply with fundamental human rights, according to a survey by civil rights campaign group Privacy International. The group assessed (PDF) the legislation on bulk data retention - which ask telcos to store large amounts of data for access by government agencies - in 21 …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Sep 2017
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Oracle’s cloudy cash dash could fall flat, insiders warn

Boardroom high-fives at Oracle over bumper cloud sales haven’t spread across the entire business, with staff lower down the food chain telling The Register that their bonuses have tanked. Customer success managers (CSMs) have claimed aggressive commercial tactics used to drag customers onto the cloud have resulted in fewer …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Aug 2017

UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

The UK government has said it wants an early agreement on a post-Brexit data-sharing deal with the European Union, as well as a continued seat at the table for Blighty's data protection watchdog. In the latest of its position papers for how the UK will extricate itself from decades of EU policy, the government set out what it …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Aug 2017

Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

The UK government has been told to tackle teacher shortages in Blighty – and offer more support for those now teaching tougher syllabuses – as GCSE computing results showed little improvement on last year. Today's results show a marginal improvement on the 2016 figures – this year, 41 per cent gained a B or higher, compared …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Aug 2017
Surprised by smartphone

Fancy talking to SAP about your indirect licensing concerns? Straw poll says no

SAP has been told that customers are too afraid to strike up a conversation about indirect access, as a survey indicated most users had concerns that opening up to the firm could backfire. SAP rules on indirect access mean customers can be hit with licensing fees to cover any and all software that connects – even indirectly – …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Aug 2017
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Identity fraud in the UK at 'epidemic' levels as cases rise 5% – report

There were almost 90,000 cases of identify fraud recorded in the first six months of 2017 – 5 per cent higher than the first half of last year, according to data released today. Fraud prevention firm Cifas, which released the figures, said identity fraud was rising at record levels and now accounts for more than half of all …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Aug 2017

UK taxman forks out to parents after glitch smacks child benefits site

The UK government has resorted to manually issuing childcare payments, and has paid out £45,000 in compensation, after technical glitches meant parents couldn’t access their accounts on a new childcare benefits website. The government’s Childcare Service website - which allows parents to apply for two new benefits: tax-free …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Aug 2017
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Canadian outsourcer CGI to Nordic BI biz: Fancy €98m cold ones, eh?

Canadian outsourcer CGI has made an all-cash offer for the Northern European data analytics firm Affecto. CGI’s offer is for €4.55 per share, which has been described as amounting to €98m and a 29.3 per cent premium, compared with the closing price of Affecto shares on the Nasdaq Helsinki yesterday. The move will give the …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Aug 2017
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10% of UK's top firms would be screwed in a cyber attack – survey

Most of the UK's top businesses are underprepared for new data protection rules, while 10 per cent have no response plan for a cyber attack, according to a government survey. This year's annual cyber governance health check (PDF) asked FTSE 350 companies about both their cyber security and data protection measures – the latter …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2017

UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh. Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, anti-religious, homophobic and transphobic attacks on social media, the CPS has today (August 21) published a new set of …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2017
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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

A UK firm offering people energy-saving solutions has been fined after making almost 1.5 million unsolicited calls without checking if the numbers were registered on the UK's opt-out database. Southampton-based Home Logic used a dialler system to screen the telephone numbers that it planned to call against the Telephone …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2017
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Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

Oracle has revealed plans to shift Java Enterprise Edition to an open-source foundation as it promises delivery of version 8 is "approaching". Java EE is already open source, with support led by Oracle, but in recent years there have been concerns that the firm was funnelling engineers onto other projects. Although Oracle …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Aug 2017

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

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