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US Attorney General calls for unified data breach notification laws

Eric Holder

US Attorney General Eric Holder has used his weekly video message to demanded Congress get busy developing a "strong national standard" for breach notifications in the wake of the Target and Neiman Markus leaks.

PRISM, UK Surveillance, Sweden vs. Google, Blackberry Z10 - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Do you really need to worry about things like privacy and security?

Here's the latest in our 60 Second Security video series, bringing you fast, incisive and entertaining evidence that says, "Yes, you do!"

Monday review - the hot 31 stories of the week

Here you go.

All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Monday review - the hot 23 stories of the week

Monday revies - the hot 23 stories of the week

It's weekly summary time.

Here's everything we've written in the last seven days.

Google: Government surveillance of the internet is on the rise

Google: Government surveillance of the internet is on the rise

Google has released its semi-annual Transparency Report, saying that it received more than 20,000 requests for user data in the first half of 2012 - a sign of greater government surveillance.

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Companies agree to stop spying, taking secret photos on rented home computers

International webcam child abuse ring uncovered by routine police visit

The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with a remote monitoring software firm and its customers over what the agency said was flagrant computer spying on customers of the rental stores.

Free speech advocates say UK is too harsh in policing tweets

Free speech advocates say UK is too harsh in policing tweets

The UK is one of the world's leaders in tweeting, but academics and free speech advocates warn that the British government's heavy-handed response to tasteless and offensive tweets could have a chilling effect.

Convicted sex offenders must reveal their criminal status on Facebook, says Louisiana law

Convicted sex offenders must reveal their criminal status on Facebook, says new Louisiana law

Starting August 1, convicted child predators and sex offenders in Louisiana not only have to register with the local authorities, such as police and schools, they will also be required to post their criminal status on their Facebook page.

IMP or CCDP? Who cares, it's still storing your data

Eye spy image, courtesy of Shutterstock

The Communications Capabilities Development Programme is the British government's attempt at rehashing the opposing Labour party's failed surveillance reforms.

The Interception Modernisation Programme was the subject of much criticism; does this new programme look any better?

Can you be forced by law to decrypt your computer? US v. Fricosu court case rages on

Passwords screenshot

Ramona Fricosu, accused of committing financial fraud, is currently in a court battle fighting to keep her encrypted data private. The prosecution say that if the government fail to demand data decryption, it will harm public interests. This article looks at the arguments for both sides and asks whether this would be possible under UK law.

WikiLeaks delays more secure whistleblower system

WikiLeaks's Julian Assange unlikely to face charges

WikiLeaks has indefinitely delayed the release of a new system for whistleblowers to remain anonymous while submitting tips, according to reports.

Hackers may face 20 years in jail if seen to threaten US national security

Hackers may face 20 years in jail if seen to threaten US national security

US congress is being lobbied to increase sentences for those who break into government computer networks, meaning that hackers could find themselves facing 20 years behind bars.

Are such sentences the best way to prevent companies being hacked in future?

Should you need approval before posting and tagging a person's photo on Facebook?

Laptop with caution tape

A mother loses custody of her child based on evidence of, among other things, Facebook photos showing her drinking. The problem was that she had received mental health advice that she abstain due to her medication regime. To make matters worse, she did not post the pictures or give consent for them to be broadcast for the world to see. Is this fair?

Congress looks to ban P2P file-sharing, will companies follow suit?

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In the United States Congress yesterday, Representative Edolphus Towns of New York introduced a bill (HR 4098) to ban P2P file-sharing on US government, and government contractor computers. This bill was likely prompted by the reckless loss of sensitive government Read more…