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'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

London cops have broken data protection rules by using a controversial database that ranks people's likelihood of gang-related violence but fails to distinguish between victims and perps, and low and high-risk people. The UK's data protection watchdog today reported there had been "multiple and serious" breaches in the use of …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Nov 2018
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You've heard of 'trust but verify', right? Well, remember 'trust but protect' when mulling building a hybrid cloud

Comment Trust the hybrid cloud, service providers tell us – they are, apparently, the experts. But when outages occur, and when data or virtual instances are lost or become unavailable, the impact is profound. Few businesses can trade for any length of time without access to their data or infrastructure. Trust the hybrid cloud? Trust …

UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

The UK has reportedly moved closer to agreeing the terms for data transfers with the European Union post-Brexit amid concerns about the impact it will have on business. According to The Times, citing unnamed government sources, negotiators on either side of The Channel have reached a "tentative agreement" on the exchange of …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Nov 2018
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Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

Morrisons has vowed to take its hack liability fight to the UK Supreme Court after failing to convince Court of Appeal judges it should not be held responsible for the actions of a rogue employee who leaked the supermarket's entire payroll via Tor. The under-fire chain is battling a class action lawsuit brought by 5,000 of its …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Oct 2018
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UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS

UK firms are being asked to pitch digital solutions to "overcome privacy challenges" related to the increasing use of data in the health sector as part of a £9m competition to boost the NHS's use of technology. The cash is for firms that want to do collaborative or early stage development work on digital tools or solutions …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Oct 2018
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UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

The UK government is pushing telcos, banks and energy firms to improve data portability in a bid to tackle the scourge of consumers everywhere – confusing, complicated and hard-to-escape contracts. The government has historically had a tough time effecting change, even though the markets are regulated. Ofcom this summer …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2018
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Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

The bots spewing out malicious login attempts by the bucketload appear to have cranked it up a notch. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report on credential stuffing (PDF), its customers alone were deluged by 30 billion malicious logins between November 2017 and June this year, an average of 3.75 billion per …
John E Dunn, 24 Sep 2018
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Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job

Motorists tend to believe speed limits are a good idea and that everyone should stick to them. They know that when they break the limit the risk of an accident rises. But they also "know" that it is everyone else breaking the speed limit that pose the real danger. When it comes to cybersecurity insider threats, it appears that …
David Gordon, 14 Sep 2018
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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

Analysis If Equifax's mother-of-all-security-disasters last year underlined one thing, it was that big companies think they can weather just about anything cybercriminals – and regulators – can throw at them. One unpatched web server, 147 million mostly US customer records swiped, and a political beating that should pulverise a company …
John E Dunn, 12 Sep 2018

MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

The UK government has tentatively accepted calls from MPs to monetise public sector data – but would rather brag about existing efforts to encourage responsible use of algorithms. The House of Commons Science and Technology issued its report on algorithmic decision-making in May, and the government has this week published its …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Sep 2018
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People's confidence in orgs holding personal data is... on the rise?

People are more trusting with their data than they were last year – despite data harvesting and breaches dominating news agendas throughout 2018. According to a survey commissioned by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, one in three people reported high trust and confidence in organisations that store their personal …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Sep 2018
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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter make it easier to download your info and upload to, er, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter etc...

Allowing developers to siphon millions of netizens' personal information didn't work out so well for Facebook, given the Cambridge Analytica affair. Nonetheless, the misinformation and ads platform has decided to build a data takeout service for account holders, allowing people to download their information in a standardized …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2018
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Facebook, Google, Microsoft scolded for tricking people into spilling their private info

Five consumer privacy groups have asked the European Data Protection Board to investigate how Facebook, Google, and Microsoft design their software to see whether it complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Essentially, the tech giants are accused of crafting their user interfaces so that netizens are …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Jun 2018

The only way is ethics: UK.gov emphasises moral compass amid deluge of data plans

The UK government has released a guide to help civil servants figure out how to use and procure data science tools ethically as public opinion on slurping continues to circle the drain. Amid the Facebook data harvesting scandal and news of yet another high-profile data breach, the government made a raft of announcements aimed …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Jun 2018
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Businesses brace themselves for a kicking as GDPR blows in

After years of dire predictions, the problems caused by weak identity management could be about to catch up with businesses across the UK. Their fears have not been caused so much by the criminals as by the bureaucrats, law makers and politicians who have spent years honing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the …
David Gordon, 29 May 2018
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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

The UK prime minister has been wooed by the promises made by proponents of artificial intelligence, today pledging more use of algorithms and data-crunching in the health service. In a speech in Macclesfield, Theresa May confirmed plans to invest in boosting the use of AI in healthcare, as well as the use of data to help early …
Rebecca Hill, 21 May 2018
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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

Build SQL Server running on Linux, with embedded R and Python, is Microsoft's most successful SQL Server product ever, said JG "John" Chirapurath, general manager of Azure Data, in an interview with The Register at Build 2018. "It is the most successful server product we've ever released, in terms of downloads," he said. "Our …

Windrush immigration papers scandal: What it didn't teach UK.gov about data compliance

Comment Is there a lesson for politicians around the apparent destruction of disembarkation cards of citizens from Caribbean nations who arrived in the UK after the Second World War? Perhaps. But it goes something like this: it's a bad idea for the Home Office to make it difficult for legal immigrants to prove their status. It's an …
Jane Fae , 30 Apr 2018

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