Posts Tagged ‘Commissioner’

UK Police Fined For Using Unencrypted Memory Sticks

October 16th, 2012 10:10 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “The Information Commissioner’s Office has filed a suit for £120,000 against the Greater Manchester Police because officers regularly used memory sticks without passwords to copy data from police computers and work on it away from the department. In July 2011, thousands of peoples’ information was stolen from a officer’s home on an unencrypted memory stick. A similar event happened at the same department in September 2010. ‘This was truly sensitive personal data, left in the hands of a burglar by poor data security. The consequences of this type of breach really do send a shiver down the spine,’ said ICO deputy commissioner David Smith.”

Source: UK Police Fined For Using Unencrypted Memory Sticks

Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back

June 8th, 2012 06:29 admin View Comments


schliz writes “Samsung has sued the Australian patent commissioner — and by extension the Australian Government — in an attempt to force a review of patents key to its global battle with smartphone rival Apple. The Korean manufacturer claims that the commissioner should not have been able to grant four patents used by Apple in its case against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Government solicitor will face Samsung in court on June 25.” Not to be outdone, niftydude points out that Apple has filed a motion in a California court to prevent Samsung selling its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S III in the US.

Source: Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back

EU Commissioner: We Cannot Allow ISP Disconnects

April 20th, 2012 04:14 admin View Comments


Fluffeh writes “The EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, has been making some interesting comments about privacy, copyright and many aspects of the digital age. Going so far as to quote the Free Software Foundation and Yochai Benkler, she says: ‘Openness is also complex because sometimes it’s unclear what it means. … In the Arab Spring, many brave activists successfully used the open Internet to coordinate peaceful protests. In response, despotic governments sought to control or close down Internet access; and also used ICT tools as a tool of surveillance and repression. We cannot allow democratic voices to be silenced in that way. And I am committed to ensuring “No Disconnect” in countries that struggle for democracy. We must help such activists get around arbitrary disruptions to their basic freedoms.’”

Source: EU Commissioner: We Cannot Allow ISP Disconnects

US Gov’t Lobbied EU To Approve Oracle-Sun Merger

August 30th, 2011 08:25 admin View Comments


littlekorea writes “Cables leaked by Wikileaks have revealed that the U.S. Government actively pressured the EU Competition Commissioner to approve Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The cable reveals that the U.S. went to great lengths to discover how the competition commissioner felt about the ‘pro-competitive’ nature of open source software and whether this would represent a threat to the US$7.4 billion deal.”

Source: US Gov’t Lobbied EU To Approve Oracle-Sun Merger

Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

May 9th, 2011 05:23 admin View Comments


pbahra writes “The Information Commissioner’s Office has, with just over two weeks to go, given its interpretation on what websites must do to comply with new EU regulations concerning the use of cookies. The law, which will come into force on 26 May 2011, comes from an amendment to the EU’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive. It requires UK businesses and organizations running websites in the UK to get informed consent from visitors to their websites in order to store and retrieve information on users’ computers. The most controversial area, third-party cookies, remains problematic. If a website owner allows another party to set cookies via their site (and it is a very common practice for internet advertisers) then the waters are still muddy. And embarrassingly for the Commission — it’s current site would not be compliant with its new guidelines as it simply states what they do and does not seek users’ consent.”

Source: Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

Canada Says Google Wi-Fi Sniffing Collected Personal Data

October 20th, 2010 10:24 admin View Comments

adeelarshad82 writes “Canada’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, has announced that Google’s recent Wi-Fi sniffing was a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights and included the collection of personally identifiable information. Stoddart’s team, who traveled to Google’s Mountain View headquarters to examine the data, found complete e-mails, e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords, names and residential telephone numbers and addresses. Google has been asked to do four things before the Canadian Government would consider the matter resolved.”

Source: Canada Says Google Wi-Fi Sniffing Collected Personal Data

Google Found Guilty of Australian Privacy Breach

July 9th, 2010 07:06 admin View Comments

schliz writes “The Australian Privacy Commissioner has found Google guilty of breaching the country’s Privacy Act when it collected unsecured WiFi payload data with its Street View vehicles. While the Commissioner could not penalize the company, Google agreed to publish an apology on its Australian blog, and work more closely with her during the next three years. Globally, Google is said to have collected some 600 GB of data transmitted over public WiFi networks. In May, the company put its high-definition Australian Street View plans on hold to audit its processes.”

Source: Google Found Guilty of Australian Privacy Breach