LinkedIn privacy case dismissed

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A U.S. District Judge has recently thrown out a case against LinkedIn because it did not meet the “case or controversy” threshold required for a federal lawsuit to go forward. Last March, Kevin Low filed a privacy case against LinkedIn after he was “humiliated” by LinkedIn’s sharing of his Internet… Read more »

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Casino claims £37m fruit machine win was an error

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Gambler Behar Merlaku recently got a shock when his £37million fruit machine win was stripped from him by casino officials who claimed there was a “software error”. The 26-year-old was instead asked to accept £60 and a meal voucher from the Austrian casino or leave the premises. Refusing to accept… Read more »

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Adidas websites targeted in cyber attacks

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German sportswear manufacturer Adidas has recently taken its website content offline after suffering what it described as a ‘”sophisticated, criminal cyberattack.” The company says that there is no evidence the consumers’ data has been compromised and that the websites were quickly relaunched after additional security measures where put in place…. Read more »

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Rochdale Council breaches Data Protection Act with loss of memory stick

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Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has become the latest local authority to be named and shamed after it lost an unencrypted memory stick that contained the details of 18,000 residents. According to ComputerWeekly.com, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found the council in breach of the Data Protection Act but is… Read more »

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Auditor takes home 16 CDs worth of personal tax information

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These days, it seems that we hear of a major privacy breach every day which relates to misplaced personal data. But it’s not just a recent problem. Back in 2006, a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) auditor copied 6 years worth of confidential taxpayer information onto 16 unencrypted CDs and proceeded… Read more »

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UK hosts cyber security conference in London

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According to the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), cyber attacks are now as big of a threat as international terrorism. The last year has seen a huge increase in the number of high-profile attacks and a greater diversification in who is targeted and why. It is thought that Russia and… Read more »

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Survey finds public skeptical of mobile payments

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A little skeptical of using your mobile phone to make payments? You’re not alone. Consumer research specialist Intersperience recently found that 83% of UK adult consumers would not want to use their mobiles as their wallet. And it’s no surprise that security was the top concern, with many people saying… Read more »

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MP caught binning private docs in St. James’ Park

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If National Identity Fraud Prevention Week is on your doorstep, it’s probably not best to get caught binning private documents in local park bins. Unfortunately for David Cameron’s chief policy advisor, Oliver Letwin, this is precisely what happened. Letwin was recently snapped throwing away constituents’ letters and other documents in… Read more »

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SEC asks businesses to disclose cyber attacks to investors

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Publicly traded businesses must now add cyber vulnerabilities and hack attacks to the list of things it should disclose to investors. That’s according to new guidelines issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Although these companies have long been expected to make public any occurrences which could have… Read more »

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TRICARE faces $4.9 billion lawsuit

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TRICARE, the insurer for the US military health system, is facing a whopping $4.6 billion lawsuit after back-up tapes containing patient data were stolen from a car. The tapes are said to contain personal details such as names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, clinical notes and prescriptions of individuals… Read more »

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