'If you monkey with a system that’s supposed to provide global connectivity, it’s very easy to make mistakes'
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Monday 20 April 2009
Public confidence in the government's ability to protect personal information has fallen to a new low in the wake of a series of damaging data scandals and growing fears of a Big Brother state. Even the most trusted institutions – GPs and police forces – have experienced a decline, according to a report into data security. The poorest performer was central government with only one in five people trusting Whitehall to protect the security and confidentiality of personal data and details. Confidence levels have slumped across the board, according to the report by the security firm DQM, which surveyed 2,000 people last month. Despite this downturn, commercial organisations do not fare too badly, with around half the country happy about data security standards at their banks and building societies, two fifths of the population trusting travel companies and credit card issuers, and around a third comfortable with data security at hotels and insurance firms. Surprisingly, around 30 per cent of adults trust e-Commerce companies and loyalty schemes to keep their personal data secure, whereas mobile phone companies and utility firms score relatively low, trusted by just 28 per cent and 27 per cent respectively
Tuesday 27 January 2009
Hackers have stolen the personal details of millions of job seekers in one of the biggest cases of data theft in Britain, it emerged.
Tuesday 27 January 2009
The personal details of millions of people have been stolen from one of the UK's largest recruitment websites in potentially the largest data theft ever in Britain.
Sunday 07 December 2008
According to the latest survey, the game of golf is in a very healthy state and contributes to the European economy a total of €53 billion (£46bn) every year with a net profit of €14.5bn. More importantly, perhaps, are the other benefits they say golf brings to society, such as the enhancement of social, personal and environmental skills.
Friday 07 November 2008
The Financial Services Authority has criticised life insurers for slack risk controls and warned management to plan for events that could cause their companies to implode. Sara Wilson, the regulator's insurance chief, said the FSA had found poor checks for data security and fraud as well as financial risks.
Sunday 24 August 2008
Ian Stopps, chief executive of the UK arm of US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, is to step down after nearly a decade in the cockpit. A source close to the company, which had global sales of $42bn (£23bn) in 2007, said that Mr Stopps is looking to retire "at Christmas or very early next year". No decision on a replacement has been made.
Gary McKinnon: 'If I have to spend some time in an American jail, I will survive but it will be tough. I can't imagine that I'll be too welcome'
Saturday 02 August 2008
Sunday 29 June 2008
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is set to hand over sensitive trade data to its American counterpart in return for access to a state-of-the-art fraud detection system, too expensive for the British agency to build.
Monday 23 June 2008
Three out of five marketing staff have lost customers' confidential data in the past two years, according to a survey.
Sunday 20 April 2008
My recent complaint about better players refusing to enter singles knockout competitions at their clubs because they begrudge the number of shots they have to give to higher handicappers brought an indignant response as I sat sampling a pint in the club bar last week. "Why should we enter competitions we haven't got a chance of winning?" I was asked by a peeved top player.
Wednesday 02 April 2008
Des Browne stood up to withdraw the Prime Minister's party conference offer of troop reductions. Gordon and his cack hands. The fact that he'd announced it in the middle of the Tory party conference, prior to a planned general election, shouldn't be forgotten.
Sunday 23 March 2008
Saturday 22 March 2008
Monday 29 January 2007
Thursday 18 August 2005
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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