IWF: How Web Sites Become Banned In The UK

IWF: How Web sites become banned in the UKGiven all of the attention on the banning of Web sites in the UK (read Wikipedia / Scorpions album), we thought we’d give you the inside view on how it comes about.

The setup
If a member of the public raises an objection to a Web site to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the IWF takes a look at it to judge if it’s objectionable (btw – they’re one of the few bodies in the UK legally allowed to view the child pr0n)

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£17 eBay Camera Contained Top Secret Information

£17 eBay Camera Contained Top Secret InformationHere’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 encrypted computer system used by real-life James Bonds working away from MI6’s London HQ.
  • a hand-drawn graphic revealed links between active al-Qaeda cells — with terrorists’ names and occupations.
  • photos of rocket launchers and missiles

Although The Sun isn’t explicit — not surprisingly, as why would they confuse their readers — it appears that other data was held on the memory card, but not as photos. These include names, snaps, fingerprints and suspects’ academic records.

Special Branch attention
Having realising what he had, the eBay purchaser reported his findings to the police where he lived, at Hemel Hempstead.

Despite the officers apparently not taking it seriously, the anti-terrorist Special Branch officers turned up at his home and removed the camera and the computer that the pictures had been downloaded to – giving them £1,000 to buy a replacement.

It’s reported that investigation are being made into the seller of the equipment.


fipr: Phorm Web Monitoring Illegal?

fipr: Phorm Web Monitoring Illegal?Ask most people about their views on Phorm and you’ll either get a blank look or people turning purple with rage.

In brief: It’s a ‘service’ that monitors all of your normal Web browsing, with the stated aim of providing personalised advertising to you. All of this monitoring is made possible under agreements with ISPs, including BT, Talk Talk and Virgin Media.
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192.com Age Guide: Yet More Personal Data On The Web

192.com Age Guide: Yet More Personal Data On The WebOnline directory enquiry service 192.com have launched a new service which combines information on the UK Electoral Roll with the data they hold on phone numbers and addresses.

Those using the service are able to search for a people in the way you would expect with a directory, but by combining the Electoral Roll data with “modelled statistical data,” the expected age of the person is also shown.

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