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  • Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection
    By on June 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes “The U.S. Supreme Court declined to throw out a class-action lawsuit against Google for sniffing Wi-Fi networks with its Street View cars. The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks. Several class-action lawsuits were filed against Google shortly after the company acknowledged that its Street View cars were accessing (more…)



  • US and EU Clash Over Whois Data
    By on October 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes “ICANN wants to store more data (including credit card information) about domain name registrations in its Whois database, wants to hold on to that data for two years after registration ends, and wants to force registrant contact information to be re-verified annually — moves that are applauded by David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The E.U.’s Article 29 Working Group is markedly (more…)

  • Berners-Lee: You’ve Got Our Data, Show Restraint
    By on April 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes “Your browsing behavior may reveal more personal information than you’d tell your own mother. Which is why Tim Berners-Lee is urging technology companies to ‘show more restraint’ in how they use the information they hoover up. ‘We’re moving towards a world in which people agree not to use information for particular purposes. It’s not whether you can get my information, it’s when you’ve got it, what you promise not to (more…)

  • Can Open Hardware Transform the Data Center?
    By on October 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    1sockchuck writes “Is the data center industry on the verge of a revolution in which open source hardware designs transform the process of designing and building these facilities? This week the Open Compute Project gained momentum and structure, forming a foundation as it touted participation from IT heavyweights Intel, Dell, Amazon, Facebook, Red Hat and Rackspace. That turnout is not an isolated event, but reflects a growing focus on (more…)

  • Mitsubishi Hack Stole Nuclear, Defense Data
    By on October 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    judgecorp writes “When Mitsubishi announced in September it had been hacked in August it was criticized for keeping quiet for a month. Now it appears that the attackers got nuclear power plant and military aircraft details according to sources quoted in the Japanese media.”

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  • MasterCard Transactions To Be Mined For CO2 Data
    By on May 12, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    seamus1abshere writes “In the latest twist from Big Data, MasterCard and Brighter Planet today announced that cardholder transaction data will be mined for clues about CO2 emissions. Initial coverage will be of flights, car rentals, hotels and other purchases for which the credit card company stores extra metadata. Interestingly, the science behind the offering is all open source.”

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  • Big Data Creating A Surveillance Society
    By on March 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    A surveillance society is not only inevitable, it’s worse. It’s irresistible to corporations.

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  • US Judge Orders Twitter To Give Up WikiLeaks Data
    By on March 12, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    cultiv8 writes “A US judge Friday ordered Twitter to hand over the data of three users in contact with the activist site WikiLeaks. ‘US Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan rejected arguments raised by the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a host of private attorneys representing the Twitter account holders, who had asserted that their privacy was protected by federal law, the First Amendment, and the Fourth Amendment. Buchanan rejected each (more…)

  • Feds Discover 1,000 More Government Data Centers
    By on October 13, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    1sockchuck writes “The US government has 2,094 data centers, nearly 1,000 more than previous estimates, according to an updated inventory by federal agencies. The finding underscores the scope of the challenge facing the Obama administration as it seeks to streamline the government’s IT infrastructure in a massive data center consolidation.”

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  • Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act
    By on September 23, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Dave Moorhouse was elated when he was informed that a microchip provider had information on the whereabouts of his stolen dog. This joy soon faded when the company informed him that it could not divulge the Jack Russell terrier’s location because it would breach the Data Protection Act. Last week a court agreed with the chip company and refused Mr Moorhouse’s request for a court order compelling them to reveal the name and address of the new owners. (more…)