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Then there were four: Another draft US law on 'foreign' (aka domestic) mass spying emerges

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:42:19 GMT

And this one is… not in favor of snooping on Americans, whoa

The battle over a controversial US government spying program has intensified – with a fourth piece of legislation tackling the surveillance introduced to Congress on Friday.…

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:01:06 GMT

A digital service that works for users, but not government

The abolition of the paper tax disc is costing the UK government £107m due to an increase in car tax evasion.…

Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:28:12 GMT

Knew we shouldn't have told you about that mobe-tracking gizmo

Analysis A New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.…

Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:28:09 GMT

Criticises European Court of Justice before deadline for comments on looming cases

Google's general counsel has signalled the company intends to fight, hard, against broad interpretations of the European Union's right to be forgotten.…

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:35:51 GMT

Microsoft classified as a telco, so told to cough up. It may gaufre an appeal

Skype has failed in its appeal against a 2016 fine in Belgium for failing to help authorities tap calls in a criminal investigation, with the court saying it must comply with the country's telecommunications laws.…

US authorities swallow security-free script for pill that knows when you're off your meds

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:07:20 GMT

Sensor in pill, bluetooth patch on arm, app in phone ... and crossed fingers nothing leaks

What could possibly go wrong when drug companies embed into a pill, so that after you swallow it connects to a smartphone app and then sends data over the internet?…

US trade cops agree to investigate Apple's 'embrace and extend'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:09:09 GMT

Remote desktop dev claims Cupertino froze them out

A patent lawsuit alleging that Apple froze out a third-party software developer has been given credence by America's International Trade Commission (USITC), which will investigate the complaint.…

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:03:12 GMT

Maybe Zuck and Musk do have it all figured out, but powers that be will need to see some proof

The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) unites a strange mix of people.…

US Homeland Security says hardly any Kaspersky software left on federal networks

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:03:10 GMT

They'd say more but Eugene K's loading the sueball-flinger

Only 15 per cent of US federal agencies still have Kaspersky Lab software anywhere on their networks.…

Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:54:26 GMT

Ride-hailing biz blamed for indifferent security

Two unnamed women allegedly raped by Uber drivers sued the transit app biz today for sexual assault and unlawful business practices.…

Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:00:42 GMT

Even the US Department of Justice can't decide

They are the most dissected, repeated and analyzed statements in the world – but are Donald Trump's tweets formal statements by the President of the United States, or his own personal reflections?…

EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:22:09 GMT

Schrems 1 - 1 Facebook Ireland in latest legal opinion

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems' bid to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook has been dealt a blow by the advocate general advising the European Court of Justice.…

MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:42:10 GMT

Food could be left rotting in trucks at the border

MPs have today warned of the "catastrophic" scenario of UK taxmen at HMRC failing to have a back-up system in place if its Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme is not ready in time for Brexit.…

Brit cops slammed for failing to give answers on digital device data slurpage

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:33:14 GMT

How many devices? Wow, tricky question! Hard to say...

Police forces have been urged to keep better records on how much data they slurp from the hundreds of thousands of digital devices they seize, and how it is used.…

Computing in schools improved, but still needs major patching – report

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:46:12 GMT

This programme is not fully supported, please contact your national administration

Computing based education has improved in the UK since 2012 but there's still more to be done, according to the Royal Society…

Equifax Q3 results: Not as bad as you might have hoped – hack only cost biz about $87m

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:38:05 GMT

Sales up, profits not so much

Equifax's latest financials lay bare the costly fallout from the embarrassing security breach that exposed 143 million customers' privates in the US and 15.2 million records in the UK.…

Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:21:14 GMT

Tribunal upholds minimum wage, paid rest break luxury for minions

Taxi firm Uber has today lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed.…

Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:56:05 GMT

Handing over immigrants' info 'violates confidentiality'

A civil rights group has launched a legal challenge in the UK against a deal that asks the NHS to share patient data for immigration enforcement.…

US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:57:01 GMT

Thought the Snowden leaks would make things better? Joke's on you

A draft law protecting one of the US government's spying programs has passed through the initial markup stage in the Congress, providing one more opportunity to witness the "up is down" world in which American politics currently resides.…

UK Land Registry opens books on corporate owners

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:02:06 GMT

Whose land is it anyway?

HM Land Registry made its databases of property owned by domestic and foreign businesses free to access yesterday.…

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:39:09 GMT

What has been seen?

Comment For the "smartest guys in the room", Google often seems to be the last to know what’s going on in its own front room. And something very strange indeed is going on over at YouTube.…

Seven years on, Spain rattles tin cup at Google over Street View slurp

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:29:09 GMT

Chocolate Factory tickled with featherweight €300k fine

Seven years after Google raised hackles by collecting information about Wi-Fi access points with its Street View fleet, Spain's privacy regulator has fined the company €300,000.…

Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:02:16 GMT

We're not happy with ourselves, you know

Comment Google has responded in greater depth after it actively promoted fake news about Sunday's Texas murder-suicide gunman by... behaving like a spoilt kid.…

Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:35:36 GMT

Carrier says 'it is not possible to accurately determine what speed the NBN can deliver to a customer prior to connection'

Telstra has all-but-blamed nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), for having to compensate customers who can't experience broadband speeds the carrier advertised.…

We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:11:39 GMT

Serious rethink needed on account policies

History is "a series of lies agreed upon," as nineteenth century orator Wendell Phillips phrased an adage employed by Napoleon, among others.…

UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:35:12 GMT

Judges grill government on nuances of spying laws

The UK's surveillance laws have been put under the spotlight today as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) heard legal complaints against the government's spying powers.…

Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:04:08 GMT

UK stats body tasked with finding cheaper data sources

Mobile phone data could be used to gather information on people's workplaces for future censuses as the government tries to cut the cost of producing population statistics.…

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:12:07 GMT

Now that's a hard one

Sketch With the TV landscape changing faster than some viewers change their socks, today's marathon grilling of BBC bosses at Westminster took on some urgency.…

Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:03:13 GMT

Look, people use microwaves and cars, and they effectively operate as black boxes

Opening up the processes that underpin algorithms may well magnify the risk of hacking, widen privacy concerns and stifle innovation, Google has told MPs in the UK.…

Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:02:05 GMT

Underdogs fail to see how that's a competition 'remedy'

As the European Commission mulls Google's own remedy to its anti-competitive behaviour on the web, the former startup behind the original complaint has warned of possible consequences.…

US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:32:05 GMT

Domains? Blocked. Search engines? Blocked. ISPs? Ditto. Good luck with that

A US judge has ruled that world+dog must help block Sci-Hub, a publisher of scientific texts, which will likely result in protracted battles with Internet companies over their responsibility for copyright infringement.…

Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:14:07 GMT

Redmond, Princeton hope to protect folks from ICE swoops

Microsoft is suing the US government to prevent the deportation of immigrants – including at least 45 of its own staffers – who are in America under the now-dying DACA program.…

Official US govt Twitter accounts caught tweeting in Russian, now mysteriously axed

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:35:54 GMT

Uncle Sam loses control of social media accounts

The US Digital Registry – an authoritative list of government Twitter accounts – reveals that almost 30 have been suspended, several after tweeting in, er, Russian.…

Silicon Valley giants tap escape on fight against web sex trafficking law

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:41:56 GMT

Google, Facebook and chums quietly signal they're OK with tweaked US proposals

Just before the weekend, the Internet Association quietly dropped its objections to the proposed Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) which is making its way through US Congress – after fighting against the draft legislation for months.…

Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:24:54 GMT

Stop whining, says ad giant, we only promoted harmful nonsense for a short time

Following the murder-suicide of 26 people in church on Sunday by Texas gunman Devin Kelley, ad giant Google managed to shoot itself in the foot by promoting fake news about the 26-year-old.…

Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:36:06 GMT

Hello, hello? No I said a pain in my... Hello?

Londoners are being given the choice of putting their health in the hands of their internet connection, via a 24/7 app-based NHS service which will allow them to have consultations with doctors over video call.…

Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:57:11 GMT

Websites, please wear our Badge of Virtue

Competition Virtuous websites will be able to signal their goodness to the world under a new scheme proposed by digital quango queen Martha Lane Fox.…

Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:02:08 GMT

May have to wait to 2019 or 2020 following court claims

Plans to introduce a Europe-wide patent court may be delayed still further after the German parliament, government and patent lawyers asked for an extension on submitting responses to a legal challenge.…

Facebook suggests mm-wave spectrum should be free in Australia

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 01:18:32 GMT

Hints at multi-gig wireless, which should get nbn™ - and government - feeling nervous

Facebook has urged the Australian government to open up millimeter-wave spectrum for licence-free applications.…

Who's to blame for the NBN? Hardly anyone remembers, or cares

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:56:10 GMT

Vulture South wraps the week's news of Australia's National Broadband Network

NBN WEEK Welcome to NBN Week, Reg Australia's new weekly roundup of the endless news of the nation's National Broadband Network.…

Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 22:30:09 GMT

In America, at least

No, funnily enough, US tech monster Google doesn't have to obey a Canadian court order in America, a judge in the ad giant's home turf of California ruled this week.…

Beware Paris Hilton's investment advice, SEC tells investors

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 05:00:29 GMT

Celebrity cryptocurrency endorsements labelled 'potentially unlawful promotion'

The United States' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned investors that celebrities may not understand that their endorsements of initial coin offerings are in breach of the law.…

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 01:03:00 GMT

Talk about a mic drop

Updated For a few minutes on Thursday afternoon, Pacific Time, the Twitter account of US President Donald J. Trump ceased to exist – sensationally deleted by a Twitter worker on their last day of work, we're told.…

ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:26:20 GMT

Also known as the We Haven't Got a Clue defense

Internet overlord ICANN has hit on an ingenious solution to the impending collision of the domain name system's Whois service and incoming European privacy legislation: let everyone else figure it out.…

Data dealer slapped with £80k fine after flogging info for nuisance calls

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:29:12 GMT

First casualty in ICO's data-broking investigation

Data-broker Verso has been ordered to cough up £80,000 after failing to tell people exactly what their info would be used for.…

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:32:13 GMT

Safety regulator gives head office the whole nine yards

British military helicopters are at risk of crashing while wheels are literally falling off Army Land Rovers thanks to poor maintenance and funding cuts, according to a damning report by the Defence Safety Authority.…

Woeful NBN services attract ACCC's attention

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:20:33 GMT

Mulls rewrite to wholesale service standards to give punters some leverage

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has opened an inquiry into whether it needs to intervene in the National Broadband Network's (NBN's) service standards.…

So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:26:38 GMT

Facebook, Google, Twitter get very rude awakening during Senate grilling

Analysis It's something that everyone in public policy learns sooner or later: governments may be slow and cumbersome, they may be rife with hypocrisy and lacking in understanding, but they are still the government. And your money-making business is not.…

Competition law could help solve data-slurping monopolies, peers told

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:58:46 GMT

Also: Viscount Ridley says it's better bots spy on him because they won't tell the Mail

Information monopolies are a "vexing" problem, but data protection laws alone can't fix them, a UK parliamentary committee has been told.…

Facebook and pals to US Senate's Russia probe: Pleeease don't pass a law on political web ads

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:32:58 GMT

We'll be good, we promi$e

Analysis Lawyers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google did their best Tuesday to persuade congressmen not to pass new laws in the US to regulate online political ads.…