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Lord Carter, Digital Britain Report Author May Leave Government: UPDATED

Is Lord Carter off to the commercial sector following the Digital Britain Report.

New Scotland Yard Photographers Protest Today

There’s been a lot of concern in the UK about members of the public and journalists being restricted in where and what they can take photographs of in public places. Where previously there hasn’t been any significant limitations, there is now much concern that the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 contains a clause that allows for the [...]

Project Kangaroo UK VOD Blocked

Project Kangaroo, which was to offer video from a number of UK broadcasters, delivered over the Internet, has been blocked by the UK Competition Commission (CC). Kangaroo was a joint venture with the BBC through BBC Worldwide, ITV plc and Channel Four Television Corporation.

Some eBay Sellers Still Charging 17.5% VAT

One of the great things about being computer-based is that you can move fast and change information quickly … right? We know these things, don’t we. This was the basis for us being really confused as to why some eBay sellers are still charging VAT at 17.5%, instead of the new 15% rate. As those [...]

Next Generation Learning: Free Computers For Children Pilot Areas Announced

The UK government has named the initial areas around England that will pilot their £300m push to provide computer access from home for school children around the country. Starting February 2009, 20,000 pupils from low-income families in Suffolk and in Oldham will be offered grants to pay for a computer, software to run on it, [...]

Freeview HD: Three New Channels For UK

Ofcom gives green light for new BBC, ITV and Channel Four HD channels.

Gary McKinnon To Be Extradited Despite Aspergers

Just had this latest update in from Gary McKinnon‘s legal representative. His legal struggles have been long. This afternoon, the Secretary of State has advised via the Treasury Solicitors, that despite Mr McKinnon’s diagnosis with Aspergers she will now be making arrangements for his extradition pursuant to her order for Extradition of 4th July 2006. [...]

£17 eBay Camera Contained Top Secret Information

Here’s another tale of UK data loss that has to be one for the “You couldn’t make it up” files. An Englishman has bought a Nikon Coolpix camera from eBay for £17 that had lots of secret information stored on it. According to The Sun, list is considerable. a document marked “top secret” detailed the [...]

Gary McKinnon: All Legal Routes Exhausted: Extradition To US Likely

We heard news from Gary McKinnon’s law firm, Kaim Todner, that the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) has ruled against their recent application to have Gary’s extradition to the US halted. The temporary prohibition of McKinnon’s extradition, as granted by the ECtHR on 12 August, is now effectively lifted and the authorities of the [...]

All 84,000 UK Prisoner’s Details Lost On Data Stick

Yet another UK Government data loss story today. Today’s is the loss of the names, dates of birth and, in some cases, the expected prison release dates of all 84,000 prisoners in the UK. As well as this shocking amount of data, there was more held on the memory stick that it’s reported that PA [...]