Privacy

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

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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

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'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

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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

Mothercare beacon trial demonstrates challenge of balancing 'better in-store experience' and privacy concerns

Mothercare has announced plans to trial beacon technology in its stores but questions over privacy remain
09 Oct 2014

H4cked Off: Naivete, thy name is Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee's solutions to the problem of personal data privacy, shared at IP Expo today, don't address the biggest challenge: most people just don't care
08 Oct 2014

NHS England to forge ahead with 'unchanged' care.data plans

Care.data to be re-started after hiatus as NHS England claims benefits outweigh the data risks
08 Oct 2014

'Just because you can collect this information, should you?' JLT CIO on ethical dilemmas presented by Internet of Things data

JLT Group CIO Ian Cohen has questioned the social implications of harnessing data for business benefit in a 'connected everything world'
01 Oct 2014

Viator data breach could affect 1.4 million customers

Customers of TripAdvisor-owned Viator could have had their payment card information stolen and account data swiped
23 Sep 2014

Apple updates privacy policy and Tim Cook denies NSA collaboration

CEO Tim Cook assures Apple users the privacy policy will be updated regularly as the firm looks to the iWatch
19 Sep 2014

Top 10 IT news stories of the week: Privacy at the forefront - Apple's iCloud, Microsoft's emails and 42,000 patient forms lost by NHS Trust

The most-read list features the security implications of the theft of celebrity photos and the biggest stories from BoxWorks
05 Sep 2014

iCloud hack: Photo theft due to stolen log-in details, not iCloud security issue, claims Apple

Naked photos 'leaked' because celebrity usernames and passwords were figured out, say Apple
03 Sep 2014

iCloud celebrity photo hack: Are we too quick to trust cloud storage?

After the theft of naked celebrity photos from Apple’s iCloud, should we all be more careful about what we’re – perhaps unknowingly – storing in the cloud?
01 Sep 2014

Microsoft fights back against US warrant demanding overseas emails be handed over

Microsoft resists US search warrant demanding data held in data centre in Ireland
01 Sep 2014

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust loses data cartridge with 42,000 patient forms

ICO, Nottinghamshire Police and NHS organisations have all been notified, says trust's chief executive
01 Sep 2014

Weekend protest at GCHQ over mass surveillance

Three-day protest by supporters of civil liberties groups opposing GCHQ's surveillance powers
29 Aug 2014

Insurers to demand more data via telematics to fine-tune insurance prices, says AXA CIO

AXA CIO Kevin Murray reveals how telematics devices, in-car and in-home, will increasingly help to set insurance premiums
29 Aug 2014

Former US government cyber security chief used Tor to trawl for paedophile images

FBI put malware onto websites only accessible on Tor to identify and track criminals using Tor
28 Aug 2014

Backbytes: Whatever you’re doing, it’s probably against the law

Met Police make laws up as they go along
26 Aug 2014

Ministry of Justice fined £180,000 after prison didn’t realise encryption had to be turned on

MoJ ineptitude 'beggars belief', says ICO, after it is fined again for mishandling prisoner data
26 Aug 2014