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1300 mistakenly fired in Aviva HR blunder

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Aviva has had to apologise after it’s HR department unintentionally sent 1,300 employees in its asset management arm an exit email that was intended for just one person. The Telegraph reports that the email instructed the workers to hand over all company property, security passes, and electronic passwords on their… Read more »

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CFC explores the risks of storing your data in the cloud

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While there has been growth in public awareness about cloud computing, there remains some confusion about what it actually is. Put simply, cloud computing is pooled hardware and software made accessible via the internet. It means IT users can access their applications and data online. The applications and data are… Read more »

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NHS Trust could be hit with one of the ICO’s largest fines yet

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has proposed a fine of £375k, its largest so far, for a patient privacy breach at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. The incident occured when hard drives containing patient data were sold on eBay by the registered contractor hired to destroy them. The… 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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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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BT broadband crash causes businesses to suffer

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Hundreds of thousands of BT customers lost their internet connection thanks to a recent “power failure” at a major exchange in Birmingham, reports the BBC. The internet was down for approximately 5% of BT broadband users for 2-3 hours on a Monday afternoon. Businesses were especially affected by the crash… Read more »

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Hacker group defaces Blackberry blog

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To many, BlackBerry is just doing its part in helping to capture some of the hundreds of vandals and looters who attacked shops across Britain last week by handing over information recorded on BlackBerry Messenger. To hacker group TeaMp0isoN, however, it’s a different story. The group recently defaced Blackberry’s blog… Read more »

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Facebook facial recognition function under fire

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Facebook’s new(ish) tool to help speed up the tedious process of “tagging” photos has recently come under attack by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA). The facial recognition software is said to be in violation of German and EU privacy laws as it harvests biometric data. Facebook says that it… Read more »

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