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By Jeff Gould The recently revived debate over the UK’s draft communications data bill and its so-called snoopers’ charter raises justifiable concerns about government attempts to monitor citizens’ internet browsing behaviour and email correspondence with the cooperation of private companies. The collection of data and the subsequent potential to engage in profiling or mining of… » read more

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The ARTICLE 29 DATA PROTECTION WORKING PARTY published a press release on 28 May: “European Data Protection Authorities argue for clear limits to profiling – further input to the data protection reform discussions.” The release opens with the following statement: Connecting personal data to create and use profiles has become an important challenge for individuals’… » read more

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SafeGov.org and Ponemon Institute have released a study today that shows UK schools are moving rapidly to adopt Cloud Computing, but they overwhelmingly reject business models that allow cloud providers to mine student data for profit. The study presents a mixed picture of cloud services in UK schools: while a majority of schools expect to… » read more

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Cloud computing allows dramatic flexibility in information processing—and on a global basis. Its technology permits data transmissions that span the globe. Computing activities now shift from country-to-country depending on load capacity, time of day, and a variety of other factors. These decisions are sometimes made in real time and by machines rather than humans. The… » read more

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