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Supreme Court Considers Microsoft Overseas Data Row

A five-year legal battle between Microsoft and the US Justice Department reaches the Supreme Court this week. The row is over whether US laws give the government the power to make tech companies surrender data they have on users that is stored…
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Former Council Worker Fined for Sharing Personal Information via Snapchat

A former local authority education worker who illegally shared personal information about schoolchildren and their parents has been prosecuted. Samira Bouzkraoui, 24, took a screenshot of a council spreadsheet concerning children and their…
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New Model Announced for Funding the Data Protection Work of the ICO

The Government has announced a new charging structure for data controllers to ensure the continued funding of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The new structure was laid before Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 20 February) as a…
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AI Ripe for Exploitation, Experts Warn

Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said. The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns…
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Councils 'Unprepared' for Cyber-attacks, Report Says

More than 25% of UK councils have had their computer systems breached in the past five years, campaigners say. A report by privacy group Big Brother Watch based on freedom of information requests found 114 councils experienced at least one…
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Exposed Amazon Cloud Storage Clients Get Tip-off Alerts

Security researchers have posted "friendly warnings" to users of Amazon's cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public, the BBC has learned. The BBC found almost 50 warnings posted to the firm's servers. Many had more…
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UK Blames Russia for 'Malicious' NotPetya Cyber-attack

The Russian military was directly behind a "malicious" cyber-attack on Ukraine last summer that spread across Europe, British ministers have said. The UK government has taken the unusual step of publicly accusing Russia of June's NotPetya ransomware…
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Search Tool Accesses Firms' Documents in the Cloud

A website created by anonymous hackers has been launched that allows anyone to search for sensitive data stored in the cloud. Buckhacker is a tool that trawls servers at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a popular cloud computing platform. AWS…
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Company Previously Fined for Making Nuisance Calls Prosecuted

A company that has already been fined for making nuisance calls has now been prosecuted in a criminal court for continuing to break the law. Direct Choice Home Improvements Limited was given a £50,000 civil monetary penalty by the Information…
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Court Rules Facebook Broke German Privacy Laws

Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle. It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network's data consent policies to be invalid. The Vzbv consumer group successfully…