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Google brings its secret health data stockpiling systems to the US

Remember the UK DeepMind scandal? No? Just as well… Google is at it again: storing and analyzing the health data of millions of patients without seeking their consent – and claiming it doesn’t need their consent either. Following a controversial data-sharing project within the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, the search engine giant […]

Conned out of £400,000, then ‘failed’ by police

“I felt devastated, absolutely devastated and so guilty. My life collapsed really”. Cynthia Tuck remembers the moment she realised she had been conned out of her life savings, and those of her late husband, George. She’d become one of dozens of victims of a sophisticated, organised scam offering hugely over-valued coloured diamonds as “investments”. But […]

Labour promises free jobs retraining for adults

Labour is promising a £3bn plan to offer adults in England free access to retraining to help their job chances and to tackle skills shortages. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner wants to “throw open the door” to adults wanting to learn new skills. The Lib Dems are promising a £10,000 training grant for each adult, […]

BlueKeep freakout had little to no impact on patching, say experts

Admins snoozing on patching despite reports of active attacks The flurry of reports in recent weeks of in-the-wild exploits for the Windows RDP ‘BlueKeep’ security flaw had little impact among those responsible for patching, it seems. This according to researchers with the SANS Institute, who have been tracking the rate of patching for the high-profile […]

Apple throws Instagram ‘stalker’ app off store

Apple has banned an app that let people monitor others’ activity on Instagram. Like Patrol charged a fee to notify users which posts their friends had “liked” and who they had recently followed. The action comes a month after Instagram had tried to force the app to shut down after accusing it of scraping people’s […]

UK reaches 10% full-fibre milestone

Just over 10% of British homes now have a full-fibre broadband connection, a study suggests. The figures were compiled by consumer broadband advice site Think Broadband.com, which counts only “live” connections in its estimate. Full-fibre links are among the fastest available, theoretically capable of handling gigabits of data every second. The 10% landmark was passed […]