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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

December 21st, 2012 12:23 admin View Comments

Privacy

An anonymous reader writes “Jobseekers will be offered the chance to look for work through the new Universal Jobmatch website, which automatically pairs them up with opportunities that suit their skills after scanning their CVs. It will also allow employers to search for new workers among the unemployed and send messages inviting them to interviews. However, their activities may also be tracked using cookies, so their Job Centre advisers know how many searches they have been doing and whether they are turning down viable opportunities. Iain Duncan-Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the scheme would ‘revolutionize’ the process of looking for work. He said anyone without a job after signing up to the scheme would be lacking ‘imagination.’”

Source: UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

UK’s ‘Unallocated’ IPv4 Block Actually In Use, Not For Sale

September 19th, 2012 09:52 admin View Comments

The Internet

jimboh2k writes “The UK may have 16.9 million ‘unused’ IPv4 addresses but according to the department that owns them, they’re not for sale. The Department of Work and Pensions says it would be too expensive to reallocate those addresses and, even if it did, it would not stave off IPv4 address exhaustion by much.” The addresses in question are being used for a new internal government network. Of course, why that project wasn’t built using IPv6…

Source: UK’s ‘Unallocated’ IPv4 Block Actually In Use, Not For Sale

UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

September 17th, 2012 09:02 admin View Comments

Government

hypnosec writes “The Department of Work and Pensions, UK has a /8 block of IPv4 addresses that is unused. An e-petition was created asking the DWP to sell off the block to ease the IPv4 address scarcity in the RIPE region. John Graham-Cumming, the person who first discovered the unused block … discovered that these 16.9 million IP addresses were unused after checking in the ASN database.”

Source: UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

UK Government Staff Caught Snooping On Citizen Data

May 18th, 2012 05:05 admin View Comments

Government

An anonymous reader writes “More than 1,000 UK government staff have been caught snooping on citizen data — including criminal records, social security, and medical records. From the article: ‘The U.K. government is haemorrhaging data — private and confidential citizen data — from medical records to social security details, and even criminal records, according to figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests. Just shy of 1,000 civil servants working at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), were disciplined for accessing personal social security records. The Department for Health (DoH), which operates the U.K.’s National Health Service and more importantly all U.K. medical records, saw more than 150 breaches occur over a 13-month period.’”

Source: UK Government Staff Caught Snooping On Citizen Data

Jobcentre Apologizes For Anti-Jedi Discrimination

March 16th, 2010 03:01 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “Chris Jarvis, 31, is described as a Star Wars fan and member of the International Church of Jediism. Said church’s intergalactic hoodie uniform is at odds with the strict doctrine of the Department for Work and Pensions, which may require Jobcentre ‘customers’ to remove crash helmets or hoods for ‘security reasons.’ Following his ejection, Jarvis filled out a complaint form and within three days got a written apology from branch boss Wendy Flewers. She said: “We are committed to provide a customer service which embraces diversity and respects customers’ religion.”

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Jobcentre Apologizes For Anti-Jedi Discrimination

March 16th, 2010 03:01 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “Chris Jarvis, 31, is described as a Star Wars fan and member of the International Church of Jediism. Said church’s intergalactic hoodie uniform is at odds with the strict doctrine of the Department for Work and Pensions, which may require Jobcentre ‘customers’ to remove crash helmets or hoods for ‘security reasons.’ Following his ejection, Jarvis filled out a complaint form and within three days got a written apology from branch boss Wendy Flewers. She said: ‘We are committed to provide a customer service which embraces diversity and respects customers’ religion.’”

Source: Jobcentre Apologizes For Anti-Jedi Discrimination