London operates a congestion charge to reduce traffic in central London. The congestion charge is enforced by 1300 automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras operated by Traffic for London. Now the City of London is considering making feeds from these cameras available to the Metropolitan Police.
11 March 2014
Microsoft once again gave up only a small percentage of content data to law enforcement agencies that asked for it in the last six months of 2013. Only 2.32% of requests from police and other organizations globally resulted in disclosure of data regarding specific activities or messaging content, it said.
10 March 2014
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking it to suspend the proposed Facebook takeover of WhatsApp and investigate the privacy implications of Facebook's potential access to WhatsApp user information.
07 March 2014
Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister and leader of the coalition Liberal Democrat party (who temporarily killed off the Data Communications Bill by saying 'it won't happen') has tried and failed to get prime minister David Cameron to launch a public debate over GCHQ in the UK similar to the public debate fostered by President Obama over the NSA in the US.
05 March 2014
New concerns over the possible use of patient health information in care.data (an amalgamation of both hospital and GP records into a single database due to go live in the autumn) have been raised following revelations that existing hospital records have been stored in Google cloud, and bought and used by a marketing company.
05 March 2014
Reuters Technology reporter Joseph Menn interviewed security expert Bruce Schneier in front of last week’s TrustyCon audience in San Francisco, where the security expert provided his analysis of the government surveillance controversy
04 March 2014
European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers will meet in Brussels this week. Top of the agenda will be discussions on reforming EU data protection rules. Viviane Reding (justice commissioner) and Cecilia Malmström (home affairs commissioner) will represent the European Commission; Theresa May (home secretary) and Chris Grayling (justice minister) will represent the UK.
03 March 2014
According to documents from Edward Snowden, more than 7% of Yahoo chat users send intimate photos taken via webcam. This is known because GCHQ stopped to count them from among their intercepts. But the concept and practice of 'revenge porn' should make people pause and carefully consider the possible consequences before they hit the send button.
28 February 2014
A group of speakers who were originally scheduled to appear at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco gathered for their own one-day event. The theme, rather than security, was trust in computing, with numerous discussions about how the US and other nations access the data traversing the information age.
27 February 2014
The US is not unique among nations when it comes to its intelligence gathering abilities. “We are just better” at it than most countries, according to Richard Clarke, the former presidential counter-terrorism adviser.
25 February 2014