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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:11:13 GMT

High Court judge put boot into ad tech firm

Comment Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial.…

Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:02:12 GMT

Is it worth competing with SpaceX prices?

Russia has dropped a broad hint that it might leave the space launch business to private operators.…

Australia’s .au admins told to reform or get rooted

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:56:12 GMT

auDA bins plans for direct .au sales to focus on governance and not pissing off members

The administrator of Australia’s top level .au domain, auDA, has been told to reform or be forcibly stripped of its role.…

Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:27:11 GMT

Same-day delivery of mails, texts, and docs for investigators probing crime or terror

The European Commission has outlined its desire for a new legal instrument that would require carriers, clouds, email service providers, and operators of messaging apps, to produce someone's data within six hours to assist investigations of “criminals or terrorists”.…

Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO decides not to front UK Parliamentary Committee again

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:03:11 GMT

Members are not amused, ponder summons and debunk legal arguments

The recently-sidelined former CEO of Cambridge Analytica has declined the opportunity to make a second appearance in front of the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.…

Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:30:07 GMT

The best thing about beating your head against a brick wall? It feels great when you stop

Huawei has acknowledged the US market may be a lost cause, at least for now.…

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:26:12 GMT

Yes, this is the same France that wants not-backdoors for the rest of us

France's government has built an encrypted messaging app for government use.…

Google, AWS IPs blocked by Russia in Telegram crackdown

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:23:11 GMT

Two million addresses down, 4.2 billion to go - oh, plus the IPv6 address space

Russia's telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor has started blocking IP addresses linked to secure messaging service Telegram.…

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:21:11 GMT

Accidentally pulled cloth off pivot table in Grenfell Tower FoI

A London borough has been slapped with a £120,000 fine from the data protection watchdog after unlawfully identifying 943 owners of vacant property in a Freedom of Information (FoI) response.…

Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:57:08 GMT

Scottish punters don't want to subsidise crappy speeds in England

Scotland is unhappy about Westminster's plans to introduce a 10Mbps universal service obligation, with the Scottish Rural Economy Secretary calling it "grossly unfair".…

NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:34:27 GMT

MPs slam over risk of making patient address sharing 'normal practice'

MPs have voiced “serious concerns” about NHS Digital’s leadership, claiming execs paid “little regard” to the ethics of sharing patient details for immigration enforcement, and are too close to government.…

Congressional group asks FBI boss Wray to explain Apple lawsuit

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:00:06 GMT

How dark can crims really go?

Ten members of the US Congress have asked the FBI to explain its battles with Apple, after doubts were raised over the extent to which criminals use encryption to "go dark" and evade law enforcement authorities.…

Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:15:01 GMT

His co-claimant wasn't so lucky, however

RTBF trial A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court – but a second man’s attempt to have embarrassing search results about him deleted has failed.…

HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:55:12 GMT

UK taxmen triaging projects to prioritise trucks' passage at Dover

HMRC appears to be putting its flagship "making tax digital" (MTD) project on hold. Instead, it's all hands on deck at the Brit tax authority to handle its customs IT replacement system post-Brexit.…

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:40:05 GMT

Justice commish 'advises' Sheryl Sandberg to send her boss, but is Zuck best one to grill?

Comment Politicians on this side of the Pond need to stop obsessing about getting Mark Zuckerberg in front of them, and start preparing to grill his subordinates.…

India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:27:13 GMT

One bird broke, replacement failed to launch, but now IRNSS is whole again

India has successfully conducted the satellite launch needed to re-construct its Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).… cops to human trafficking, money laundering

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:58:09 GMT

Texas to jail CEO for at least five years, Feds' case still to come CEO Carl Ferrer has pled guilty to money laundering and the company he led has done likewise on charges of human trafficking.…

Super Cali's frickin' whiz kids no longer oppose us: Even though Facebook thought info law was quite atrocious

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:55:30 GMT

Zuck & Co end fight against California's privacy legislation

One day after Lt Commander (All Your) Data Mark Zuckerberg was lightly sautéed by US Congress over Facebook's fast and loose relationship with user privacy, the Silicon Valley giant has dropped its opposition to a proposed California data protection law.…

Schrems' Facebook case edges closer to ruling over EU-US data flows

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:24:10 GMT

Irish court issues questions to top Euro judges in long-running scrap between privacy activist and Facebook

Max Schrems’ battle to turn off Facebook’s trans-Atlantic data flows has crawled one step closer, as the Irish High Court today issued the EU's top court with a set of questions to rule on.…

Cambridge Analytica rips and replaces acting CEO

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:58:06 GMT

Reports name chairman of parent biz SCL Group as next in the firing line

The political analytics biz desperately attempting to weather the year’s biggest data harvesting scandal has had to ditch its second exec in less than a month.…

Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:33:29 GMT

Commissioners take to the stage to hate on one another amid $4bn media merger

Vid Internecine fights at America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have broken out in public at an industry event in Las Vegas.…

Boffins score gene bonanza: EU countries pledge to share one million genomes by 2022

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:21:11 GMT

Cross-border databases to tackle fragmentation, speed drug R&D

Thirteen European countries have agreed to link up genomic databases in a bid to give boffins access to a research cohort of more than one million genomes by 2022.…

C'mon, Zuck... don't make us feel second class. Come talk to us in Europe – EU politicos

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:49:06 GMT

Don't say you'll send somebody, MEPs plead

Mark Zuckerberg has been warned not to treat European Facebook users as "second class" as pressure mounts on the CEO to face the music from politicos on the other side of the Pond.…

Facebook admits: Apps were given users' permission to go into their inboxes

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:24:06 GMT

Only the inbox owner had to consent to it, though... not the people they conversed with

Facebook has admitted that some apps had access to users’ private messages, thanks to a policy that allowed devs to request mailbox permissions.…

Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:17:09 GMT

Bolstered by a booster, Robo-Zuck sits firm before senators, parries away mild questions

A few hours after the introduction of Facebook's newly launched Data Abuse Bounty program – an admission the social ad network has no idea what's become of its illicitly harvested data – CEO Mark Zuckerberg reprised his long-running mea culpa show before America's lawmakers.…

Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:22:07 GMT

France et al can ban illegal taxi services without having to give Brussels a prior legislative heads-up

Updated The EU’s top court has ruled against Uber in France, in a judgement that allows it and other member states to ban illegal taxi services like UberPop more easily.… expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:20:09 GMT

Campaigners say Home Office trove must also be purged

Campaigners have welcomed reports that the UK government is planning to cease monitoring pupils' nationality in its mass school data slurp.… swoop: Seven bods hit with 93 charges as AG Sessions blasts alleged child sex trafficking cyber-haven

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:54:35 GMT

Indictment unsealed, book thrown at site's operators

After the Feds swooped on the website on Friday, they promised to outline why. Now on Monday, they have unsealed a 93-count indictment of seven of the dot-com's staff and investors, as well as seizing the domain name.…

White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:45:04 GMT

And with no public scrutiny? D'ya think that's possible?

The Trump administration wants US Congress to extend the military's drone-downing powers to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, even as it backs broader commercial deployment for unmanned aircraft.…

They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:48:03 GMT

Feinstein, Vance to try yet again to create magic math

US lawmakers are yet again trying to force backdoors into tech products, allowing Uncle Sam, and anyone else with the necessary skills, to rifle through people's private encrypted information.…

Facebook offers to crack open data for eggheads to find out how badly it's screwed democracy

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:55:55 GMT

It'll be totally independent, guys, even if it doesn't like the answer

Facebook has announced an initiative it says will help academics investigate the effect of social media on society without overstepping the privacy line.…

Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 05:58:11 GMT

Sue the giants, says chief constable Sawyer

One of England's top police officers, Shaun Sawyer, wants citizens to go after internet giants that have wronged them.…

Russian regulator asks courts to disconnect Telegram

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:33:04 GMT

It’ll be do svidaniya to secure messaging app if Roskomnadzor succeeds

Russian telecoms and mass communications regulator Roskomnadzor has filed a lawsuit it hopes will see secure messaging app Telegram turfed out of the country.…

Hookup classifieds ad sheet seized in Feds shutdown

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 00:30:14 GMT

Indictments to be unveiled soon, we're told

Updated Before a controversial law bill making websites liable for supporting sex trafficking has even been signed into law by President Trump, US authorities have taken the sort of legal action the pending legislation is intended to enable.…

£12k fine slapped on Postman Pat and his 300,000 spam emails

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:17:13 GMT

Royal Mail thought marketing was a service, ICO disagreed

Royal Mail, which claims to be the most trusted letter delivery service in the UK, was today fined for sending out more than 300,000 nuisance emails.…

Digital air traffic control upgrade puts potential delays on London flights

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:25:07 GMT

Replacement for paper-pushing system 'very carefully phased'

Flights into London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports face small delays because air traffic controllers are finally upgrading to fully digital systems after decades spent pushing paper around.…

Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:36:00 GMT

Voluntary agreement gets green light – irony klaxon sounded

Amazon and eBay are to ink a deal with the UK tax man this month to provide data on potential VAT evaders.…

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:41:57 GMT

Brit telco BT bucks trend. Yep, you heard that right

The average gender pay gap across the largest tech and telecoms businesses in the UK is 18.6 per cent, an El Reg analysis of government stats has revealed.…

An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:12:54 GMT

It's not just Facebook, it's absolutely everyone

Since the number of users slurped by third-party data harvesters only seems to rise, the ugly truth for Facebook may be that its growth-at-all-costs culture has led to a dramatic loss in personal privacy.…

Facebook tried to access and match medical data – report

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:58:10 GMT

Only for research, promise. Which was when things went-pear shaped before

You’d think recent events might have dulled Facebook’s rapacious lust for data. But now comes news, from CNBC, that The Social Network™ tried to acquire access to patients’ medical records.…

Facebook’s in real trouble now: Australia’s opened a probe

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 05:25:28 GMT

Could be fined a couple of million bucks – that’ll show Zuck who’s boss

Australia’s office of the information commissioner (OAIC) has opened a probe into Facebook after the Social Network™ revealed that some of the records that may or may not have ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica described Australians.…

UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:32:43 GMT

Why did this show up before a Thomas The Tank Engine clip?

The UK advertising industry's watchdog has censured OnePlus over a horror spoof ad for its OnePlus 5 phone.…

Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:44:05 GMT

When it suits them, they don't give a rat's arse about your privacy

Comment Political grandstanding about giving the UK's information commissioner more power rings hollow when parliamentarians tend to ignore her warnings about new data protection law and their parties continue to slurp up data for their own ends.…

Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:05:08 GMT

Topical inquiry launched by committee in UK’s upper house

As the political handwringing about how to deal with the pesky internet reaches new heights, the House of Lords has launched an inquiry into the best way to regulate the web.…

$0.75 – about how much Cambridge Analytica paid per voter in bid to micro-target their minds, internal docs reveal

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:58:06 GMT

Whether brain prodding worked is another matter

Cambridge Analytica bought psychological profiles on individual US voters, costing roughly 75 cents to $5 apiece, each crafted using personal information plundered from millions of Facebook accounts, according to revealed internal documents.…

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 20:29:22 GMT

Bureaucrats break internet norms by vowing to ban Blighty-based bods from Euro TLD

Brexit has hit the internet, and not in a good way.…

Cambridge Analytica's daddy biz had 'routine access' to UK secrets

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:59:11 GMT

Letter shows SCL gave psyops training to Brit defence staff

Cambridge Analytica's parent biz had "routine access to UK secret information" as part of training it offered to the UK's psyops group, according to documents released today.…

It would totally help, EU told, if data we held on migrants was accurate

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:45:13 GMT

Agency warns of impact duff info has on fundamental rights

The European Union has been warned to sort out data quality in its IT systems that manage asylum and migration, and improve efforts to ensure people know how to exercise their personal data rights.…

Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:10:12 GMT

Er, the Home Office might want to get that fixed before Brexit

The details of 600,000 foreign visitors have slipped through the cracks of the Home Office's database thanks to its "shambolic" exit checks system.…

Australian Senate passes meaningless motion that says encryption is very useful

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 22:12:25 GMT

Token effort won't stop not-backdoors legislation

Digital rights campaigners are celebrating a small, symbolic victory, with the country's Senate voting to protect the integrity of cryptography.…