Privacy

Balancing customer data privacy and exploitation

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CIOs of three huge online companies weigh in on how corporations can make the most out of data without compromising consumer privacy
23 Dec 2014

Care.data: Caldicott calls for NHS to answer areas of concern

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If answers satisfy Caldicott and the independent panel, Care.data will go ahead as an 'opt-out' scheme
18 Dec 2014

Top 10 IT security stories of 2014

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Computing looks back at some of the more significant IT and enterprise security stories to take place this year.
16 Dec 2014

Cornwall Council sent information about salaries and redundancies to wrong staff in data breach

Council blames 'data transfer error' for breach that affected at least 50 employees
15 Dec 2014

MPs say Care.data programme should be put on hold

All Party Parliamentary Group report says there is a lack of clarity about the project and says it 'would be correct to halt the programme'
12 Dec 2014

Microsoft returns to court to protect customers from US government data grabs

The US government wouldn't like it if 'the boot were on the other foot', says Microsoft legal counsel Brad Smith
09 Dec 2014

GCHQ’s Tempora programme deemed legal by Investigatory Powers Tribunal

Tribunal has asked for more submissions but said the system of mass surveillance disclosed by Snowden could in principle, be lawful
05 Dec 2014

More control needed for biometrics in smartphones, says ex-GCHQ boss

Apple's iPhone 6 fingerprint scanner is secure now, but it's only a matter of time before cyber criminals find a way in, says Sir John Adye
01 Dec 2014

Four arrests in UK for 'Ratting' computer hijacks

Another 11 individuals in Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Norway and Romania also arrested in connection with the same crime
21 Nov 2014

Russian website allows UK webcam and baby monitor feeds to be watched online, warns ICO

Data watchdog urges UK citizens to use strong passwords to prevent hackers from tapping into their cameras
20 Nov 2014

IBM patents 'data privacy engine' to simplify and secure international e-business

Data privacy engine will help businesses protect personal data as it is transferred between countries, including across private clouds, claims IBM
20 Nov 2014

Drones 'used to harass people' and 'for criminal conduct' say police

Lords inquiry hears unmanned flying devices already being used for 'malicious' acts
18 Nov 2014

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others call on US Senate to limit NSA surveillance

Reform Government Surveillence Group urges US legislators to pass USA Freedom Act in open letter
17 Nov 2014

Germany and Brazil propose UN resolution re-write to condemn 'highly intrusive act' of NSA surveillance

Two countries, both victims of NSA spying, want United Nations to condemn snooping
07 Nov 2014

Was GCHQ's Robert Hannigan right or wrong to call on tech firms to help with terrorism threat?

Two Computing journalists butt heads over whether GCHQ should be assisted, or condemned
06 Nov 2014

BBC's 'conservative approach' to data use 'makes our jobs a little harder'

BBC Worldwide's Michael Fleshman talks to Computing about the organisation's conservative approach to data use
04 Nov 2014

GCHQ conducts mass surveillance without a warrant with help from NSA, government admits

GCHQ doesn't bother with warrants, Investigatory Powers Tribunal or data protection laws, admits government in privacy court case
29 Oct 2014

David Davis MP: Only a minority of MPs care about internet privacy - and even fewer know much about technology

'Even the ministers in charge of this don't have the first bloody idea of what they are doing,' says Davis
23 Oct 2014

Data generated by connected devices should be considered personal, says data protection authorities

Data protection authorities call for data protection laws to be extended to the internet of things
22 Oct 2014

ICO issues privacy warning over CCTV, wearable devices and drones

'Surveillance cameras should not be deployed as a quick fix, but a proportionate response to a real and pressing problem,' says ICO's Jonathan Bamford
16 Oct 2014

‘Trust has gone from cloud providers,’ argues security expert following Snapchat, iCloud and Dropbox breaches

Data breaches and NSA snooping mean trust in cloud providers won't return for some time, Dr Kevin Curran tells Computing
15 Oct 2014

Like Jennifer Lawrence’s naked photo leak, the Snappening is another example of why we shouldn't trust cloud services

The 'Snappening', the Apple iCloud hack and even hapless Brooks Newmark MP all demonstrate how people can be too quick to trust 'the cloud' with their data
14 Oct 2014

Seven million Dropbox user account details stolen, claim hackers

Hacker group claims to have accessed files of millions of Dropbox users and threatens to publish them in exchange for Bitcoin
14 Oct 2014

Insurance firms unsure how far to push big data mining while remaining ethical

Insurance industry unsure how far to mine data - and the implications of ever-more accurate information
10 Oct 2014