Data Protection


Microsoft's enterprise cloud passes EU privacy standards

News 11 Apr, 2014 Clare Hopping

The company's services have been approved by 28 of the EU’s data protection authorities

Landline calls

Home improvement firm hit with £50k nuisance calls fine

News 3 Apr, 2014 Roland Moore-Colyer

Amber Windows is taken to task for breaching privacy laws with cold calls

Data protection

Kent Police fined £100k for abandoning confidential interview tapes

News 20 Mar, 2014 Clare Hopping

The ICO served the £100,000 fine to Gravesend Police after the tapes were found in disused offices.

Gates: Snowden "no hero"

News 14 Mar, 2014 Rene Millman

Some government surveillance is best kept secret says Microsoft founder.


NHS to face compulsory data protection audits

News 5 Mar, 2014 Caroline Donnelly

Government minister sets out plans for more pro-active approach to NHS data protection.


Gmail 'snooping' lawsuit faces new hurdle

News 28 Feb, 2014 Reuters

Judge to decide whether non-Gmail users can be included in class action.

EU & Brazil to build undersea cable to thwart NSA snoopers

News 25 Feb, 2014 Rene Millman

Aims to establish £110 million secure communications network between Europe and Latin America

E-Ark gets £6 million to save digital data

News 4 Feb, 2014 Rene Millman

Project could help big data become future-proof

NHS web pages redirect visitors to malware sites

News 4 Feb, 2014 Rene Millman

Rush to fix flaw in code blamed for NHS Choices malware gaffe.

Spanish slap Google with £751k fine over privacy policy

News 20 Dec, 2013 Tom Brewster

Privacy pros not convinced fines will stop Google collecting data illegally.

Text messaging

Payday loan firm hit by £175k fine for sending spam texts

News 17 Dec, 2013 Caroline Donnelly

First Financial blasted by ICO over text message campaign that's already landed it in hot water with the ASA.

Resignation letter

ICO flags temporary staff data protection risk following GOSH breach

News 21 Nov, 2013 Caroline Donnelly

Data protection watchdog speaks up about Great Ormond Street Hospital data breaches.

Monitoring scandals must not lead to balkanisation of the cloud, says Box CEO

News 7 Nov, 2013 Jane McCallion

Box CEO Aaron Levie hits out at suggestions of country-specific clouds

Data breach

Aberdeen City Council fined £100,000 following employee data breach

News 30 Aug, 2013 Maggie Holland

Employee published details of vulnerable children’s welfare online.

Windows 8 could be NSA Trojan, German government warns

News 22 Aug, 2013 Jane McCallion

‘Unlockable’ backdoor discovered by IT professionals, it is claimed


Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” of privacy

News 15 Aug, 2013 Jane McCallion

Messages sent from other services can be scanned for purposes of advertising, says tech giant.

Germany plans European IT boost after US spy scandal

News 14 Aug, 2013 Reuters

Merkel set out plans to help European tech companies capitalise on US spy row


GCHQ unveils schemes to help UK companies defend against cyber attack

News 14 Aug, 2013 Rene Millman

Cyber Incident Response Scheme aims to boost infrastructure defences.

Data loss folder

Serious Fraud Office admits to massive data breach

News 9 Aug, 2013 Jane McCallion

Confidential computer files, audio tapes and documents accidentally sent to third party.

Closing in on the dark net

Analysis & Insight 7 Aug, 2013 Jane McCallion

Can the ends justify the means when it comes to preventing online crime, wonders Jane McCallion...