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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:39:25 GMT

When the lawyer thinks you're cruel, that's Damore. When you're thrown on the street with a cloud at your feet...

Google was well within its rights when it dumped controversial bro-grammer James Damore in mid-2017.…

Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:59:06 GMT

Second privacy ruling to go against Zuck and co in a week

Facebook has been told to stop tracking Belgian citizens' online habits, and to delete all the data it holds on them, or it could be fined up to €100m.…

Qualcomm rejects Valentine's Day takeover love-in with Broadcom

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:03:13 GMT

Cheapo merger terms wouldn't get past regulator, it says

Fresh from telling us all how its “highly qualified” board would see off a hostile takeover from Broadcom, chip biz Qualcomm is now getting around the table with its buyout-happy rival.…

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Sort out your safety policies... oh, and share all your travel info with us

Private-hire cab firms that want to operate in the UK capital will have to demonstrate how they protect riders' safety and data – and may still only get short-term licences, Transport for London has said.…

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:38:13 GMT

And publishers – have you thought of trying something new?

Analysis Google's own ad-blocking initiative was introduced yesterday via its Chrome browser.…

FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid $4bn media merger

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:59:05 GMT

Fine line between free market and favors for pals

Analysis The chairman of America's broadband watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – is under investigation by the regulator's inspector general following a series of decisions that appear to favor one of the country's largest media owners.…

Charity accused of leaving sensitive notes behind after office move

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:34:09 GMT

Yep, it's another case of the unchecked filing cabinet

Updated A counselling charity has been accused of breaching Blighty's data protection law after confidential files were discovered in an old office building.…

BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:55:13 GMT

IT contractors warned to get house in order

A BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a UK tax tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation – a judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.…

Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:02:11 GMT

Swansea firm carries on direct marketing, lands extra fine

A Welsh home improvement firm has been fined after ignoring a warning to stop contacting people who had opted out of marketing calls.…

Roses are red, Facebook is blue. Think private means private? More fool you

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:04:22 GMT

NY court rules pics can be accessed if relevant to litigation

Privacy settings on Facebook do not protect users from handing over photos, posts or metadata that is relevant to a court case, a New York judge has ruled.…

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:32:23 GMT schtum on false positives, appeals process and long-term impact

Analysis The UK government launched its swish new tool to fight online extremist content to much fanfare this week – leading news bulletins and generating reams of coverage. But it also faced a whole host of criticism and concern.…

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:51:08 GMT

WikiLeaker 'considers himself above the normal rule of law' says Chief Magistrate

Infamous cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker Julian Assange has failed yet again to get his arrest warrant for jumping bail quashed by an English judge.…

Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:12:12 GMT

NHS most trusted with our info, survey says, social media isn't

The British public are much more likely to hand over personal data to an organisation they know than one they don't, and are willing to accept a trade-off if it will help science – or themselves.…

Facebook smartmobe app's pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:29:27 GMT

Court favours consumer group in long-running dispute

A German court has ruled that Facebook has not done enough to alert people to the pre-ticked privacy settings on its mobile app.…

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:36:11 GMT

Civil rights groups slam trial as 'breathtakingly invasive'

A police force in England has been kitted out with fingerprint scanners to run identity checks in the street.…

Huawei claims national security is used as plausible excuse for 'protectionism'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:42:57 GMT

Global government affairs veep wants trade rules to apply

Huawei has told an Australian parliamentary committee it believes national security is sometimes being used to hide protectionist trade policies.…

US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:42:42 GMT

Funds to prop up critical service diverted to bankroll other stuff, watchdog not impressed

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has warned that multiple US states are using money designated for emergency services to fund other unrelated projects.…

Uber and Waymo sitting in a tree, S-E-T-T-L-I-N-G

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:44:08 GMT

Bitter legal brouhaha ends with smiles... from Uber, anyway

Uber and Google-owned self-driving car biz Waymo have reached a settlement in the infamous lawsuit between the two.…

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:40:15 GMT

Problem? It's, er, only 60 calls per UK resident

UK communications regulator Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office have awarded themselves a pat on the back for reducing the amount of nuisance calls in the islands to a mere 3.9 billion last year.…

Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:02:05 GMT

Social media titans take heat over kremlebots and fake news

No matter their protestations, the big tech firms will always be asked to do more to tackle the manifestations of society's problems on their platforms. And yesterday's four-hour evidence session in front of British parliamentarians was no different.…

As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:28:12 GMT

Whois and ICANN – the Sonny and Cher of internet policy

Incoming European privacy laws which carry a global impact for anyone doing business in the Union are continuing to cause an epic policy meltdown at internet overseer ICANN.…

Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:21:11 GMT

AGs cry foul over Google's $8.5m class-action settlement

A group of 16 US state attorneys general are urging America's Supreme Court to tear up an $8.5m legal settlement from Google – because none of the cash will go to the folks the class-action lawsuit was brought on behalf of.…

UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:05:04 GMT

Thousands of personal details taken unlawfully, court finds

A staffer at an accident repair biz has had to pay almost £1,000 after he sold customers' personal data to cold-calling firms.…

Digital version of universal credit still pricey, wobbly, failing to deliver – MPs

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:14:04 GMT

Too many staff, too few claimants, in-house ID system with 50% success rate...

Many Brits are still unable to access the "digital-only" version of Universal Credit, the delayed and much-derided welfare reform intended to roll six benefits into one single payment – according to MPs.…

Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU's data protection beast

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:31:11 GMT

Group warms up for greater powers once GDPR hits

The leader of the Austrian data protection authority has been elected chair of the body responsible for helping organisations follow European privacy laws.…

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:03:11 GMT

It only took 8 months to create a recruitment framework

Whitehall has not done enough to prepare for the "byzantinely complicated task" of Brexit, including putting the right technical skills and resources in place, a report by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned.…

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:29:06 GMT

They drive slower, less often, and take cheap trips, joint study with Stanford concludes

Uber drivers who identify as women make seven per cent less than their male counterparts on average, research has found.…

Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:32:15 GMT

Bad luck, Ecuador. Your cleaners must really want their cupboard back by now

"Mr Assange is not present at court today," said the judge who denied the cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker's latest bid to make legal proceedings against him go away.…

UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:45:13 GMT

Minister promises strategy in June – just six years late, then

Brit Home Office bods have denied that retaining millions of custody images of people who were never charged falls foul of case law, while asserting that automatic deletion is not technically possible.…

IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:35:09 GMT

It's enough to send UK staff on 'mental wellbeing days'. Done that? Talk about Big Blue!

IBM's latest redundancy programme for Global Technology Services staff in the UK and Ireland "descended into near farce" after it reopened the voluntary element and told those it had previously agreed to let leave that they now are not going anywhere.…

UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:17:06 GMT

And social media giants will be the ones to clean it up

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review of British laws governing online communications in her latest shot at big tech firms.…

Vast majority of NHS trusts have failed cyber security assessment, Brit MPs told

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:44:10 GMT

Don't panic, Captain Mainwaring!

Every single one of the 200 NHS trusts in the UK so far assessed for cyber security resilience has failed an on-site assessment, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee were told yesterday.…

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:15:09 GMT

B-b-b.. is that the sound of a bubble bursting?

Lloyds bank has stopped credit card customers from buying bitcoin, amid concerns of a credit risk surrounding the cryptocurrency's rapidly falling value.…

South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:51:09 GMT

Cams on in Cardiff as activists decry 'infringement' of rights

South Wales Police deployed facial recognition technology in Cardiff this weekend, making multiple arrests using the controversial kit.…

Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:04:07 GMT

Calls to iron out age-verification method and appeals process

Peers have rubber-stamped the British Board of Film Classification as the regulator for age checks on porn websites, but voiced concerns over delays in issuing guidance.…

Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:15:33 GMT

The day Congress becomes a supermarket tabloid

Analysis Friday morning, as expected, the US House Intelligence Committee released a four-page memo outlining what it claims is evidence that the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the FBI illegally requested that a former advisor to President Trump be put under surveillance.…

Facebook-basher Schrems raises enough dosh to get his Noyb out

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:48:20 GMT

300k Euro fundraising leads to privacy NGO

EU-based campaigner Max Schrems – famous for taking Silicon Valley to task over citizens' privacy rights – has set up a non-profit outfit called Noyb, having exceeded a crowdfunding target.…

This is why we can't have nice things, BT tells Global Services after 3% sales droop

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:30:10 GMT

Will no one rid me of this turbulent beast?

BT's problem child Global Services once again dragged sales down, this time by three per cent in the third quarter of its financial year to £5.97bn.…

Capita contract probed after thousands of clinical letters stuffed in a drawer somewhere

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:46:14 GMT

It was not contractually obliged to forward them so...

The UK's National Audit Office is investigating a backlog of 162,000 undelivered items of clinical correspondence on the watch of Capita's £700m Primary Care Services contract.…

India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 04:02:06 GMT

Doubles spending on digitisation efforts – and tariffs on electronics

Updated India has vowed to ban the use of cryptocurrencies within its borders, it appears.…

Cox blocked! ISP may avoid $25m legal bill for letting punters pirate music online

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:46:32 GMT

Appeals court says copyright battle went copy-wrong

American cable company Cox may not, after all, have to pay record label BMG $25m for letting its broadband subscribers illegally download and share copyrighted music online.…

Info Commish offers privacy addicts a 12-step GDPR programme

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:43:10 GMT

Get clean from your data sins

Data privacy addicts are being urged to take a 12-step programme – by no less than the UK's Information Commissioner's Office.…

UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:32:11 GMT

Scouse firm bought data without checking permissions

A Liverpudlian business was today slapped with a £300,000 fine for making 8.7 million nuisance calls.…

Crim-checker IT system update fail has cost UK taxpayer 'MEEELLIONS'

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:34:09 GMT

MPs give Disclosure and Barring Service a lashing

MPs have slammed the IT overhaul behind the UK government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which is running three years late resulting in a "missed opportunity" to save the taxpayer millions.…

FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:56:25 GMT

Partisan nonsense engulfs law enforcement

Analysis The FBI has slammed a still-secret memo that claims the bureau was politically motivated when it requested a wiretap on a key advisor of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.…

Govt 'comprehensively ignored' advice over NHS data-sharing deal

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:57:12 GMT

Health committee calls for immediate ban on use of 'unacceptable' agreement

NHS Digital must put an immediate stop to patient data-sharing deal with the UK Home Office for immigration enforcement, MPs have said.…

Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:30:06 GMT

BT and EE take it all the way to the top

BT and EE have appealed to the Supreme Court of the UK against an earlier ruling that made ISPs liable for the costs of blocking copyright infringement websites.…

FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:51:53 GMT

False text probe reveals screw up after screw up

The individual who sent an emergency text to everyone in Hawaii warning them of an imminent missile attack did not hit the wrong button as first claimed – and was actually convinced a real attack was happening.… mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:27:12 GMT

Another blow for Snooper's Charter

The UK’s Court of Appeals has ruled that the government’s unfettered slurping of citizens’ data broke the law.…

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:04:07 GMT putting the brakes on rogue slurping for profit

Rogue private parking firms are to be stripped of the ability to access the UK government's driver database.…