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Private company to run government database

Private company to run government database

By 31 December 2008

A private company could run the government's controversial billion pound database, the BBC reports. The management of the database, that is to contain details of everybody in the UK's telephone calls, emails and internet use, could go out for tender,... >>

Mutiny over government database plans

Mutiny over government database plans

By 22 October 2008

The Home Secretary is facing a mutiny from her own staff over government plans to create a database of where UK citizens send emails, what websites they look at, who they call and even which phone they buy and when. The "spy database" proposals gained... >>

French fight police database plans

French fight police database plans

By 19 September 2008

The UK government is coming under fire from all sides over its plans to create a massive database of details of all of our phone calls, internet activity and emails. Meanwhile, over the Channel, the French government has had to scrap plans that would... >>

Gov data scandal - info on 84,000 prisoners lost

Gov data scandal - info on 84,000 prisoners lost

By 22 August 2008

The government's ability to keep data safe has gone from a little amusing, to embarassing to downright ridiculous. And perhaps dangerous with this latest leak. The Home Office has admitted that an unencrypted memory stick has gone missing, containing... >>

Councils given right to spy on us

Councils given right to spy on us

By 13 August 2008

From next year, "they" really are going to be watching you... The Home Office has awarded local councils and health authorities the power to spy on emails and internet activities from next year. This is part of a nationwide bid by the government to tackle... >>

Privacy guru attacks Gov database plans

Privacy guru attacks Gov database plans

By 17 July 2008

When the government announced plans to create a massive database of information including who we call, who we email and what we view on the Internet, there was a massive outcry. Now the UK's privacy tsar has added his own concerns to those of members... >>

Comment: Is the UK becoming a surveillance society?

Comment: Is the UK becoming a surveillance society?

By 23 May 2008

On 21 November last year, chancellor Alistair Darling admitted that details of 25 million child benefit recipients had been lost. The records included confidential details such as bank and building society details, National Insurance numbers, addresses... >>

Government publishes report on protecting kids online

Government publishes report on protecting kids online

By 4 April 2008

The government has today published its recommendations to help protect children as they surf the Internet. The Telegraph leaked one of the recommendations recently - that the 999 emergency details be displayed on all networking sites, but the report by... >>

Another data loss for government

Another data loss for government

By 29 February 2008

Tabloid newsdesks across the country are getting ready to have yet another pop at the Civil Service after a third embarrassing security leak. A highly confidential Home Office disk has been found hidden in a laptop computer, which sold on eBay. The Beeb... >>