The UK’s data watchdog is “making inquiries” after Carphone Warehouse admitted that personal details of up to 2.4 million of its customers may have been accessed in a cyber-attack.
The attack was discovered on Wednesday, and made public on Saturday.
The encrypted credit card details of up to 90,000 people may have been accessed, the mobile phone firm said. more»
The UK Court of Appeal has turned down an attempt by Google to overthrow a previous verdict that allowed people to sue it over privacy settings.
The case, according to the BBC, centres around allegations that Google got round security settings on the Apple Safari browser and threw advertising cookies on people’s websites to advertise stuff. more»
Who needs hackers? It turns out that all that personal data stored in US corporate servers can be sold off to the highest bidder anyway.
Radio Shack, which has been collecting customer data since the 1980s, is about to sell the lot to raise money to pay off some of its debts. more»
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is trying to position himself as a master of tech, has made a serious of blunders almost as inspired and clever as his brother’s.
Bush touts his technical prowess, referring to himself as “The eGovernor” for how easy it was to email with him when he was in office. more»
The agency that is watching you watching me has been criticised for hiding how it shared data with the USA.
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) said that before it changed its rules last December, GCHQ breached human rights law, as embodied in the European Convention of Human Rights. more»
Although there’s still a clear lack of standards with different vendors vying to take the lead, many organisations are getting ready for the internet of things (IoT).
Companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Google and others want to have a big stake in the future of IOT. more»
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has made Google sign an undertaking to improve information about how it collects personal data in the UK.
The ICO said that following an investigation it found that Google’s search engine was “too vague” in describing how it used personal data it had collected. more»
Search engine outfit Google could face fines of up to $18.6 million if it does not stop violating the privacy of internet users in the Netherlands, the Dutch data protection agency warned.
The DPA said that Google is breaching the country’s data protection act by using people’s private information such as browsing history and location data to target them with customised ads. more»
Many people might think that Amazon is where you buy your books, your Hue lights and your CDs but behind the scenes it is becoming a major player in the datacentre business.
And now, according to the Financial Times, Amazon will build several datacentres in Frankfurt in a bid to allay customers’ fears that their data is housed in places where security and privacy are not as high a priority as in Germany. more»
A German data protection watchdog has snarled at the search engine Google for the way it creates data profiles from its various services.
The data protection commissioner for the German city state of Hamburg has ordered Google to take the necessary technical and organizational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling. more»
Search giant Google has got itself in a flap because it is being forced to remove thousands of items that people don’t like on the web.
Reuters said Google will hold its first meeting in Madrid tomorrow in a bid to discuss the free flow of information. more»
The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 by the data watchdog for failing to safeguard sensitive and confidential information about prisoners.
According to the data watchdog, the information commissioner’s office the Ministry of Justice allowed data to go missing twice and failed to encrypt personal data. more»
Italy has given Google 18 months to sort out how it treats and stores user data.
According to the Italy’s data protection regulator has been investigating Google as part of a European drive to reform the internet giant’s privacy practices.
There was concern after Google consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one, combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. more»
Yesterday Facebook announced the results of a psychological experiment into human behaviour to find if Facebook could alter the emotional state of its users and prompt them to post either more positive or negative content.
It was all fairly tame stuff, but it did raise the eyebrows of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). more»