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Top 10 security stories of 2013 so far

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Computing looks back at the most important cyber security stories of the past six months
13 Jun 2013

ICO fines Glasgow City Council £150,000 for laptop loss

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Two laptops, one of which contained data about 20,000 people, were stolen in May 2012
07 Jun 2013

Information Commissioner calls for prison sentences as council employee is fined for taking medical data

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Fines are not a big enough deterrent, believes Information Commissioner Christopher Graham
24 May 2013

Caldicott review: Breaking down the barriers to information sharing in the NHS

Sooraj Shah investigates the difficulties that the NHS faces with the law, technology and people in enabling data-sharing between its departments
26 Apr 2013

The right to be forgotten is unrealistic, says ICO

Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith compares right to be forgotten online to attempting to expunge a criminal record
24 Apr 2013

ICO: Europe's prescriptive approach to data protection won't work in the UK

Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith warns that the new data protection regulation currently going through European Parliament won't suit the UK, and may not even be agreed
24 Apr 2013

Data Protection Act is not a barrier for information sharing in NHS, says ICO

Information Commissioner's Office encourages NHS trusts to share data, as it has not fined for data sharing yet
09 Apr 2013

ICO to investigate Google's privacy policy

UK data watchdog to investigate if Google privacy policy compliant with Data Protection Act
03 Apr 2013

Google fined $7m over Street View data harvesting

Company settles with 38 US states over the illegal collection of personal data
13 Mar 2013

ICO fines Nursing and Midwifery Council £150,000 for data loss

Deputy Information Commissioner urges organisations to take more care with sensitive data
18 Feb 2013

H4cked Off: ICO's Sony fine is nowt but a slap on the wrist

Is the ICO too scared or too lazy to take on the private sector?
24 Jan 2013

ICO fines Sony £250,000 for PlayStation Network hack

Record fine for April 2011 data breach. Sony plans to appeal
24 Jan 2013

Public sector IT: A look ahead to 2013

Computing examines what lies ahead for public sector IT in 2013
19 Dec 2012

ICO slams lax data practices in local government after four more councils are fined

Information Commissioner says there is 'an underlying problem with data protection in local government'
18 Dec 2012

Big Google is watching you

Google knows who you are, can track you via your smartphone and knows your most peculiar peccadilloes. But is it still living up to its promise to 'do no evil'?
13 Dec 2012

Clegg urges government to rethink ‘snooping Bill’

Deputy PM responds to stinging criticism of Bill from MPs
11 Dec 2012

Public sector IT: 2012 in review

Computing looks back at the government's IT initiatives this year and what impact they have had
07 Dec 2012

OFT to investigate firms' use of consumer data

Office of Fair Trading to look into legality of personalised prices
04 Dec 2012

Computing research: keeping data out of the wrong hands

John Leonard explains how organisation can safely navigate the changing threat landscape
26 Nov 2012

ICO publishes best practice code on anonymisation of data

Code explains issues surrounding anonymisation of personal data and its disclosure
21 Nov 2012

Opinion: For better security, honesty is the best policy

The IT industry’s tendency to brush security breaches under the carpet is not doing anyone any favours, particularly users, argues Simon Bain
12 Nov 2012

Education on data loss needed more than ICO fines, says Quest

Lessons need to be learned about data governance and the consequences of losing information
06 Nov 2012

Plans for online patient access to medical records 'open to abuse', warns ICO

ICO welcomes public access to private medical records, but precautions need to be in place, says David Evans
25 Oct 2012

ICO won't take action against Department for Education over data breach

Breach exposed personal data – including passwords – of respondents to consultation
22 Oct 2012