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Family doctors are concerned that the “total confidentiality” of GP consultations could be under threat from a major NHS data scheme which will see confidential patient records stored in a national database.

Facebook proposes expanding its facial recognition database with users' profile pictures

Changes would  not affect European users but imply Facebook's continuing desire to use the contentious technology

Chinese domains downed by 'largest ever' cyber-attack

DDoS attacks targeted the country's national registry linking websites' names to their machine-readable counterparts (IP addresses)

A view of Joey Barton's Twitter account

Premier League clubs monitoring Twitter accounts of players

Three clubs are using service which alerts them to potentially problematic tweets

TV Licence offences make up more than a tenth of all court cases in the UK

TV licensing offences now account for more than a tenth of all criminal prosecutions in the UK.

Three win £2.8bn slice of smart grid work

Capita, Spain's Telefonica and the UK unit of CGI, formerly known as Logica, are among the winners after the Government announced the preferred suppliers for £2.8bn worth of contracts to set up and run Britain's new smart grid.

Fraxinus: the Facebook game where players crack the genetic code of ash dieback disease

Puzzle game flags up to scientists genetic variants of the ash tree that will help stop the destruction of the species

Gang bought gold bars after £1.3m Defra fraud

Members of an international gang who bought gold bars and luxury cars after laundering almost £1.3m stolen from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were jailed yesterday.

Lakeland customers in hacking alert

Kitchenware store website asks users to change passwords amid fears their details have been stolen

Public concerns over the retention of personal data by police, hospitals and the security services are thought to have led to an upsurge of privacy actions – which have increased by 22 per cent in the last year

Privacy actions up 22% as public fights storage of personal information on ‘big brother’ databases

A sharp rise in the number of privacy hearings in British courts has been fuelled by requests for “irrelevant” personal information to be removed from police and other state databases, figures show.

Hacked microwave uses Raspberry Pi to accept voice commands

Hacked microwave scans barcodes for automatic cooking times

Modified using a Raspberry Pi the microwave also recognises voice commands and has custom sound effects

Kier's £221m maintenance deal reaches completion

Kier, the construction group that brought King's Cross station's Grade I-listed barrel-vaulted roof back to life, completes its £221m acquisition of pothole repair-to-rubbish truck maintenance firm May Gurney today.

The Metropolitan Police has introduced a ‘satisfaction survey’ for those stopped and searched

How's my searching? Police hit wrong gang targets due to old intelligence

British police forces are using ‘unregulated’ and ‘out-of-date’ databases of suspected gang members to decide who to stop and search, according to new research.

Online dating group Cupid jumps after dodging arrow over fake profiles

Online dating group Cupid was today cleared of using fake profiles to lure new members but warned it needs to overhaul its operations.

Cupid dating site attracts suitors despite fall in profits

Someone’s checking out the assets of Cupid, the online dating site, and could be interested in hooking up.

Online dating site Cupid approached by third parties

Someone's checking out the assets of Cupid, the online dating site, and could be interested in hooking up.

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