Privacy

Microsoft to increase use of encryption to thwart NSA/GCHQ internet surveillance

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Microsoft to address weak point exploited by NSA and GCHQ
14 Nov 2013

Rise of the Data Protection Officer

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Under proposed EU rules, many organisations will soon have to appoint a data protection officer. So what does the DPO’s role entail and are they in danger of being made scapegoats? Sooraj Shah investigates
13 Nov 2013

H4cked Off: Too much Hoovering is bad for us all

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The example of J Edgar Hoover shows why surveillance without oversight is a dangerous thing
10 Nov 2013

GCHQ director Sir Iain Lobban claims secret surveillance methods are not 'sinister'

GCHQ's Lobban also guarantees that spy agencies will not conduct operations that are illegal
08 Nov 2013

Snowden persuaded NSA staff to give him their passwords

NSA whistle-blower told staff he needed their credentials to do his systems administrations job
08 Nov 2013

GP: 'Why does the NHS need to obtain so much data from patients?'

Dr Jane Lothian suggests that NHS England's Care.data programme has an ulterior motive in gathering patients' data
07 Nov 2013

GCHQ and NSA spying on Google and Yahoo users after cracking the companies' security

US National Security Agency and GCHQ are spying on the users of Google and Yahoo services, according to the latest leaked Snowden documents
30 Oct 2013

Public sector data protection constraints are 'artificial and kneejerk' says Eastbourne council deputy CEO

Joining up data sets would create a 'far more effective' public sector, says Osgathorpe
30 Oct 2013

Bring your own lawyer: the legal perils of BYOD

With staff seeking to perform more and more functions on their devices rather than clunky work PCs, organisations are starting to consider the legal implications – and it isn’t a straightforward matter
30 Oct 2013

Data security in a post-Prism world

Will the snooping revelations lead to an exodus from the cloud, and are the alternatives any safer?
29 Oct 2013

North East Lincolnshire Council fined £80,000 for losing data on children with special educational needs

Data was on an unencrypted memory stick that was left in a laptop at the council's offices
29 Oct 2013

NSA monitored 60 million Spanish calls, but denies claims President Obama knew about Merkel phone-tapping

US spy agency allegedly asked Japanese government to allow it to tap into fibre-optic cables in 2011
28 Oct 2013

MEPs vote in favour of strengthened data protection laws

More privacy, the "right to be forgotten", and bigger fines for internet companies that fail to comply
23 Oct 2013

NSA accused of tapping French phones. And the Mexican president's emails

A string of embarrassing new leaks has exposed the extent of surveillance and wire-tapping carried out by the US intelligence agency
21 Oct 2013

ISC to review whether privacy legislation is 'fit for purpose'

Intelligence and Security Committee has called on public to provide evidence after PRISM and Tempora revelations
17 Oct 2013

VMware will build 'several data centres' in Europe to satisfy data privacy legislation

Several physical points will also help to dispel fears customers have over their data, says VMware's Bill Fathers
15 Oct 2013

NSA harvests millions of personal email and IM contact lists

Average of 500,000 address books collected a day, according to latest Snowden revelations
15 Oct 2013

Care.data: the latest threat to patient privacy?

Sooraj Shah delves into the controversial data-sharing project that could land GPs in legal hot water
14 Oct 2013

Facebook users no longer able to opt out of appearing in search results

Privacy feature removed with Facebook claiming it was 'broken' and 'confusing'
11 Oct 2013

ICO insists its policy on fines is not biased against public sector

'I certainly wouldn’t suggest people have been let off’ says ICO tech group manager Rice
11 Oct 2013

GCHQ leaks 'hand the advantage to terrorists' says MI5 chief

Andrew Parker believes that GCHQ's techniques are necessary for counter-terrorism - and should be kept secret
09 Oct 2013

Thinking outside the Box: an interview with Aaron Levie

The Silicon Valley entrepreneur talks to Stuart Sumner about his company’s IPO, how the NSA scandal has harmed cloud firms, and the importance of a successful ecosystem
09 Oct 2013

Google climbs into bed with JANET, as new educational ICT infrastructure framework agreed

'Peace of mind' security and compliance agreement may see adoption increase from current one-third of UK universities
09 Oct 2013

Cabinet was told nothing about GCHQ’s Tempora or NSA’s Prism, says Chris Huhne

Former minister mystified by Home Office's perseverance of Communications Data Bill - data that GCHQ is already collecting
07 Oct 2013