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UKIP appeals against ICO request for info on Brexit data dealings

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:05:06 GMT

Commish 'forced' to invoke statutory powers with 'difficult' organisations

UKIP has appealed to the information tribunal after the Information Commissioner's Office ordered it to hand over details about its use of data analytics during the Brexit campaign.…

So what happened with the patent judge and the Euro Patent Office?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:02:12 GMT

You won't believe this but it's a mess

Despite having been repeatedly criticized for abusing his position amid the suspension of a patent judge, the president of the European Patent Office (EPO) is seemingly still using the organization's secretive nature to influence the affair.…

Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:47:20 GMT

Buh buh buh buh buh buh buh but her emails! And those texts!

Analysis In two weeks, a US law authorizing one of Uncle Sam's crucial mass snooping programs will expire.…

The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:55:11 GMT

But taxi biz can restart work in Sheffield

The northern city of York has voted against renewing Uber's licence as the backlash against the ride-hailing firm's business practices continues.… told: Your frantic farming of pupils' data is getting a little creepy

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:40:51 GMT

Plans to extend slurping to why kids quit mainstream education

Plans to expand the vast National Pupil Database to include information on why kids leave mainstream education have been slammed by privacy campaigners.…

Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:32:10 GMT

Major tax overhaul to appease govs and regulators

Facebook has said it will no longer send advertising revenue through Ireland, and instead pay taxes in the countries where profits are earned.…

Big biz: Algorithms are too complicated, but also too easy to game, to open the black box

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:42:13 GMT

What you really want is translucency

Large tech company reps quizzed over their use of algorithms have said they'd like to be transparent with users... just not too transparent.…

Big tech wants the ICO on EU data protection board in Brexit fallout

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:03:07 GMT

Watchdog keeping voting rights 'huge gain' for marketing sector, say Facebook, Google et al

The advertising lobby and tech megacorps including Facebook and Twitter are pushing for the UK's data protection watchdog to have full voting rights on a new, powerful European board after Brexit.…

Signing up for the RAF? Don't bother – you've been Capita'd

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:04:05 GMT

Nearly all Air Force recruiting grounded, online system blamed

Capita’s disastrous Recruiting Partnership Project with the UK Ministry of Defence is so bug ridden that the Royal Air Force stopped taking on new recruits except for those in “priority roles”.…

UK lacks engineering and tech skillz to make government's industrial strategy work – report

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:58:06 GMT

Your lip service is all very well, but where are the people?

A lack of skills in the engineering and technical workforce could hold up the government's industrial strategy, according to a report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.…

European Parliament's ePrivacy rep bemoans members' slow progress

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:28:13 GMT

Birgit Sippel says 'Brexit ate my homework' isn't an excuse for delays

Interview European Union nations are holding up discussions on the hotly debated new ePrivacy law, risking unnecessary regulatory confusion, the MEP leading the wrangling through the European Parliament has said.…

Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:48:09 GMT

Northants comms station architects nicked pic from site that uncovers secrets. Fail!

An upgrade to a major US signals intelligence centre in Northamptonshire, UK, has been struck by controversy – after architects acting on behalf of the US Air Force and Blighty's Ministry of Defence nicked a photo of it from a website devoted to uncovering secret military bases in Britain.…

Brandis' infrastructure security bill off to committee

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:56:07 GMT

Report fast-tracked to Q1 2018

Australia's attorney-general George Brandis won't get his critical infrastructure register kicked off this year: the legislation was introduced late last week, but immediately sent off to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.…

FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:46:40 GMT

Eager to cut ISP regulation, the agency shows concern for privacy of comment forgers

After supposedly reversing course to assist New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investigation into fake comments submitted during the net neutrality comment process, the Federal Communications Commission has doubled back on itself.…

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:37:03 GMT

But it's not yet ready to rethink its professional licensing rules

Mats Järlström, a Swedish electronics engineer living in Oregon, who was fined last year for referring to himself as an engineer and doing math without a license has tentatively won the right to use the term in communications with the state.…

US Section 702 spying rules get deadline extension until April

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:25:51 GMT

And yet again black has become white, and left, right

Proving that nothing is what it seems when it comes to mass surveillance, the hard deadline of December 31 for the controversial section 702 spying program has been moved overnight to April 26.…'s plans for data processing framework create new risks, says watchdog

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:29:11 GMT

Peers table amendment to switch responsibility for drafting guidance from state to ICO

A set of clauses the government slipped into the Data Protection Bill "go beyond" their stated ambition and "create different risks", the information commissioner has said.…

EU toys with Pandora's Box if it reopens e-commerce directive

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:25:10 GMT

Mother of all bunfights beckons

Exclusive European policy makers are considering the unthinkable and reopening the EU's e-commerce directive, according to multiple sources. UK industries have been invited to contribute their thoughts, on the basis that the directive will be amended in the lifetime of this Parliament.…

New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:58:11 GMT

Sandhurst personnel short of vital info on officer trainees who start in January

Updated Capita's infamous Recruitment Partnership Project (RPP) for the Ministry of Defence has finally gone live, five years after the first deal was signed – and, surprise, surprise, it is riddled with bugs and missing critical functionality.…

Rogue PIs found guilty of illegally snagging personal financial info

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:38:09 GMT

Passed data to loss adjusters, who shared it with insurer client

Staff at a firm of loss adjusters and two rogue private investigators the biz hired have been found guilty of data protection offences.…

UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:03:13 GMT

Whitehall's head stuck in sand about upgrading crap IT

The UK border could be left exposed after Brexit as departments have failed to plan for new IT systems, according to a damning report by MPs released today.…

Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:16:22 GMT

President punts issue to Administrative Council

Despite having conclusively won two tribunals and been publicly supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) demanding his immediate reinstatement, on Thursday patent judge Patrick Corcoran was refused entry to the European Patent Office's (EPO) headquarters.…

Europe Commission thunders: Tech firms must do more to remove extremist content

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:27:13 GMT

Mulls further regulation next year

The European Commission has urged the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove extremist content - or face further regulation.…

Muzzle our public watchdog much? Data Protection Bill adds affect the ICO

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:05:04 GMT

ICO in discussions with govt, has set out its concerns

The UK’s data protection watchdog has raised concerns with the government over new clauses slipped into the Data Protection Bill at the last minute, which critics say could undermine the law.…

New Jersey lawmakers propose ban on folks drunk droning

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:26:15 GMT

If you're not fit to drive, you're not fit to fly in the Garden State

The State of New Jersey is considering a law to criminalize flying drones while drunk or stoned.…

EU data protection groups: Fix Privacy Shield or face lawsuit

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:46:37 GMT

‘Significant concerns’ over transatlantic data flow deal

European data protection agencies have told authorities to address their “significant concerns” about Privacy Shield, or risk having the deal tested in court.… failing to prevent £10bn of annual online fraud, say MPs

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:11:13 GMT

Spending watchdog says buck stops with Home Office

The government is not doing enough to prevent Brits being defrauded by £10bn per year, according to a spending watchdog report.…

La La La, I can't hear you: FCC responds to net neut concerns

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:26:44 GMT

Pai calls net neutrality opponents 'desperate'

With just a week to go before the head of the FCC will put his plan for a repeal of current net neutrality rules up for a vote, Ajit Pai has come under another barrage of criticism, this time with a focus on consumer protection.…

Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:09:46 GMT

Judge says social networks not to blame for cop killings

A US judge says social networks cannot be held accountable for the murderous actions of their users.…

Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:22:06 GMT

Claimant: We've beaten Uber twice, prepared to do it again

Uber’s request to leapfrog the Court of Appeals and go straight to the UK Supreme Court in its bid to appeal a decision on workers’ rights, has been knocked back.…

Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. really is watching you

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:25:10 GMT

Civil rights group Liberty has plans on that

Comment From the day the UK government unveiled its Investigatory Powers Act two years ago, Liberty warned it that the authoritarian surveillance powers the proposed legislation contained were unlawful.…

Australia's new Foreign Influence laws expand phone snoop powers

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:58:40 GMT

And maybe rules about the kind of dodgy ads Facebook carried in the USA

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced three new laws aimed at reducing foreign influence on domestic politics and they include new snooping powers.…

Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:48:13 GMT

Find out with the New York's Attorney General search tool

The New York Attorney General has doubled-down on his effort to review the recent net neutrality comment process, producing a search page for individuals to find out if their name was used to send in a comment.…

Report: Underwater net cables are prime targets for terrorists and Russia

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:02:05 GMT

Think tank wants new laws and failsafes to fight environmental and human threats

A report by right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange highlights how global undersea cables are poorly protected, and suggests that Britain should lead the way in remedying this.…

Escrow you, Apple! Ireland expects Cupertino to cough up to €13bn

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:27:32 GMT

Back tax drinking songs break out across Irish pubs

Apple has agreed to start paying the Irish government up to €13bn (£11.4bn) next year.…

Ofcom just told BT to up its game on fibre investment

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:20:11 GMT

But is it just more regulatory posturing?

Comment The chief exec of Ofcom, Sharon White, has told BT it must up its game to improve Blighty’s piss-poor fibre broadband penetration. While that might sound like tough talk, it’s also only words.…

Australia to probe Web giants' impact on news, ads, competition

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:58:09 GMT

Google, Facebook, named as worthy of inquiry

Australia's government has fulfilled a promise to probe Web giants' impact on the media, news and advertising businesses.…

Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:04:11 GMT

Turns out you can't have all the subsidies after all, Musk

The German government has removed Tesla's Model S from a list of electric cars eligible for subsidies after accusations that buyers are paying more than the subsidy price cap for its basic model.…

Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:32:05 GMT

UK industry body calls for top-down change on diversity

Fewer than one in five IT workers in the UK are female and those that do carve a living from the industry are paid – on average – 15 per cent less than men, a study by the BCS has found.…

Brit cyber-spies: Fancy meeting outside court to talk about evidence?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:58:06 GMT

Regulator: Excuse me, I'm an independent body

Blighty's surveillance nerve-centre GCHQ has asked its independent oversight body to consider working together to decide what evidence to submit to court, saying it would make the process "more efficient".… admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:40:13 GMT

Cops to be stripped of powers to OK access to comms data in tweaks to Snooper's Charter

Police forces will no longer be able to grant themselves access to surveillance data if new government proposals to the Snooper's Charter are accepted.…

Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:04:08 GMT

Consumer rights group says firm owes 5.4 million Brit users after 'massive abuse of trust'

Consumer rights advocates have launched a class action lawsuit against Google, claiming the biz took millions of iPhone users' personal information illegally.…

Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:59:04 GMT argues in favour of extraditing accused Brit hacker Lauri Love

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love may be held in indefinite detention in an American prison if US courts find him unfit to enter a plea, the High Court in London was told this afternoon.…

NHS England told to get a grip on patient records after £6.6m blunder

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:35:07 GMT

MPs say body has 'given up' chasing GPs to identify harm

NHS England has been slammed after more than 700,000 patient records went undelivered.…

Lauri Love appeal: 'If he's dead, no victim's going to get anything'

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:15:06 GMT

Defence submits opening arguments to Administrative Court

Accused hacker Lauri Love is at a strong "likelihood of suicide" if extradited to America – and that a formerly anonymous co-defendant was tried at home in Australia is good reason for Love to be treated the same way, defence barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC told the High Court today.…

No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:31:15 GMT

All content is created equal, regulator rules

India has decided to implement a formal Internet neutrality regime.…

Canadian court gives limited OK to warrantless Stingrays

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:00:13 GMT

It's fine to spy on a suspect's mobile devices, just don't listen

Canada's domestic spy agency has won permission to continue using IMSI-catchers, in some cases without warrants, following a decision by the country's federal court.…

Twitter's fight to kill Uncle Sam's censorship of spying numbers edges closer to victory

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 03:02:23 GMT

Effort to muddy transparency reports fails to impress judge

Twitter has won another round in its long-running campaign to publish numbers that the US government insists should be secret.…

Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 02:39:26 GMT

Signature policy has cost AU$1.7bn, looks rather sickly

One of the Australian government's signature policies, the electronic health record, has been all-but-abandoned by the healthcare sector.…

Federal police didn't delete all copies of journalist's metadata

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:36:38 GMT

Three finger erasure fail: didn't control, didn’t delete, may not 'alt collection of metadata

In April, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) apologetically promised it would destroy illegally-collected metadata about a journalist. It's now emerged that it botched the job, and didn't until shown the error of its ways.…