Privacy

Government makes children's data available to private companies

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Details such as gender, ethnicity and eligibility for free school meals to be accessible to researchers and third-party organisations
28 Apr 2014

HMRC to sell taxpayers' financial data to private companies

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Government to abolish laws protecting taxpayer privacy to sell “anonymised” information about taxpayers
19 Apr 2014

Council of Europe launches human rights guide for the internet

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Governments, private companies and other organisations have a duty to respect the human rights of internet users, the Council of Europe says
17 Apr 2014

Managing big data privacy and ethics

Experts discuss big data ethics at Computing's recent Big Data Summit 2014
15 Apr 2014

Privacy concerns surround FBI facial recognition database that will contain 52 million images by 2015

Electronic Frontier Foundation warns the facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy
15 Apr 2014

Wirral Borough Council breached Data Protection Act by sending personal information to wrong address twice

ICO says council should have done more to keep information secure
15 Apr 2014

Ten steps to profiting from your app

Claire Bennett, partner at law firm DLA Piper, explains the steps app developers need to take to protect their products, and avoid copyright infringement
15 Apr 2014

Can big data and privacy coexist?

In their eagerness to harness big data for commercial gain, are enterprises showing a blatant disregard for the privacy of their customers?
08 Apr 2014

Google changes iOS 7 privacy settings on the quiet

Announcement that Apple iOS 7 users will now be logged into all Google services, allowing tracking across apps and devices, hidden in blog
04 Apr 2014

Nine in 10 organisations don't feel protected against 'insider threats'

Ovum and Vormetric research suggests 'privileged users' seen as an increasing risk within the business
03 Apr 2014

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

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

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

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