Privacy

ICO says anonymous data “not covered” by Data Protection Act - until it's de-anonymised

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ICO admission leaves care.data hole open to the abuse of patient records
02 Apr 2014

Sell Hack, the email-revealing LinkedIn plug-in, shuts down... for now

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Browser extension shuts down after a cease and desist order from LinkedIn but vows to return after "record signups"
02 Apr 2014

Big Data Summit 2014: Youth social media oversharing “a real challenge” for workplace data privacy

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Solicitor Robert Bond tells Computing's Big Data Summit 2014 about a time a work placement girl almost revealed a confidential deal to Facebook
27 Mar 2014

Ninety-six per cent of UK charities struggling to manage customer data effectively

While 75 per cent lack time and money to sort it out
26 Mar 2014

Obama to ask Congress to end NSA bulk data collection

Administration will also seek the NSA to hold onto call data for only 18 months, as opposed to the current five years
26 Mar 2014

Banks file lawsuit against Trustwave for Target data breach

Vulnerabilities were either "undetected or ignored by Trustwave", claim banks
26 Mar 2014

China "extremely concerned" over reports NSA spied on Huawei

US intelligence agency spied on telecoms firm to determine links to Chinese government
24 Mar 2014

Google, Yahoo and others all knew about NSA data collection, claims NSA lawyer

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL all knew about the Prism surveillance programme
20 Mar 2014

WhatsApp users have nothing to fear from Facebook, says CEO

"Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA," Jan Koum says
18 Mar 2014

UPDATED: Morrisons staff payroll data stolen and published on the internet

Morrisons promises that "no colleague will be left financially disadvantaged"
14 Mar 2014

British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200,000 after hacker threatened to publish 10,000 customer data sets

Charity’s plea of ignorance on site data storage 'no excuse' says deputy commissioner Smith
07 Mar 2014

Between the NSA and Patriot Act, is data privacy extinct?

Sooraj Shah investigates whether firms rushing to build data centres outside the US are just wasting their time
06 Mar 2014

Government to review data gathering activities of spy agencies

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg calls for oversight of security services to be tightened up
04 Mar 2014

VMware to build data centres in Germany and France as vCloud Hybrid Service hits Europe

VMware acknowledges that US government can still get hold of data that is held in European data centres through Patriot Act
25 Feb 2014

Stop using WhatsApp now that it has been acquired by Facebook, warns privacy regulator

Facebook will exploit users' data as it attempts to monetise its services, according to Thilo Weichert
21 Feb 2014

Is a restricted Internet our 21st century Prohibition? It’s starting in Britain

Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange, argues that we can't afford to stand by and allow internet freedom to be restricted by government
21 Feb 2014

Crisis talks over care.data after BMA calls for a halt

NHS England in crisis talks after BMA calls for data extraction programme to stop until plans are better communicated
18 Feb 2014

Angela Merkel proposes European communications network to improve data protection

German Chancellor finally acts after months of NSA and GCHQ spying revelations
17 Feb 2014

Opposition to care.data grows as NHS suffers two million "serious data breaches" since 2011

Leaked documents indicate known risk to centralisation and sale of patient records
17 Feb 2014

Asda: If one firm misuses customer data it could “kill the whole thing” for all of us

Firms will see a customer backlash if data is used inappropriately, according to Asda's head of insight and pricing, Alex Chruszcz
13 Feb 2014

Charities lobby Department of Health over care.data

Charities raise concern over leafleting campaign and opt-out for children and the disabled
12 Feb 2014

UK 'lags behind' US in cyber security awareness, claims BT

Research puts UK behind Brazil, US, France, Germany and Singapore in cyber security readiness
12 Feb 2014

Google requests US Congress to update privacy laws

Government should require a warrant before asking for content of users' communications, says Google
12 Feb 2014

MPs voice concerns over care.data in Parliamentary debate

Lack of genuine anonymity and questions over opting out dominate Parliamentary debate over care.data
11 Feb 2014