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Return of the zip code drama as retailers battle with insurers

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The zip code drama is back again, but this time the battle is between retailers and insurers. In California, where earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that obtaining zip codes from consumers at checkout violated state privacy statutes, two companies are now battling their insurance company, claiming that their… Read more »

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Hackers walk away with $2.7m in Citibank breach

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Is it me or is it starting to feel like the Wild West around here? The news of major losses from hack attacks, the modern day “bank robbery”, just keep coming. This time its Citibank. Earlier this month, the bank announced that hackers stole the credit card details of more… Read more »

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WordPress.com hacked at root level

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If it can happen to WordPress, it can happen to anyone. WordPress.com, home of over 19 million sites, has recently been the victim of a hacker who gained root-access to several of its servers. This access revealed many important customers’ source codes, which may include API keys and social media… Read more »

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Data breach is possibly the largest in Texas history

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The Texas Comptroller’s office recently admitted to accidentally placing 3.5 million citizens’ personal information on a publicly accessible server. Possibly the largest data breach in Texas state history, unencrypted data including names, addresses, birth dates and more was transferred onto the Comptroller server from other organisations, even though the transfer… Read more »

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Privacy complaint brought against LinkedIn

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Behavioural advertising is becoming familiar to us all. Our email accounts and blogs we visit are littered with ads for items we’ve spookily just typed into emails to friends. Although most of the time it doesn’t work, it sometimes does and it’s this revenue that keeps online companies free. But… Read more »

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ZIP codes out as checkout queries found illegal

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“Can I have your ZIP code please?” is a question Americans are used to hearing as they check out at many of the major retailers in the US. And for years, few people have bothered to ask why or say no. A recent court ruling in California’s Supreme Court, however,… Read more »

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American security firm hacked by political group Anonymous

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HBGary Federal, an American security firm, has recently had its website hacked by the online activist group Anonymous. The group has been involved in a number of high profile online attacks recently, including strikes on Visa, PayPal and others after the companies withdrew their support from WikiLeaks. It gets worse…. Read more »

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Settlement reached in Facebook user’s dismissal case

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As the usage of social media grows exponentially and the opinions of one can be read by all in just an instant, companies are left in a quandary. The knee jerk reaction is to just turn it all off and ban employees from saying anything whatsoever about the company online…. Read more »

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US Health Department reports privacy breach

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After a year imposing fines on hospitals guilty of losing patient records, the patient privacy breach shoe appears to be on the other foot for the California Department of Public Health, which reported losing data for more than 2,500 facility residents, department employees and other healthcare workers to state authorities… Read more »

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