Arm Yourself with Cyber Intelligence Skills

As the Internet grows exponentially and every business you can think of depends on it, criminality follows closely. In fact there will come a time in the not too distant future when
Cyber Crime accounts for 90 percent of all criminal activity worldwide.
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Facebook’s got a new privacy policy, and it plans to share your data with partners

By Lee Munson

Late last year you may recall receiving a message from Facebook saying that its privacy policy was set to change again.

But can you remember when the new policy was due to come into effect?

Well, it’s already arrived and, if you have logged into your account at any point since its implementation on Friday, you’ve already agreed to its terms and conditions.

The new policy, which applies to European users of the social network, contains some interesting changes which have already drawn criticism.

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Google to change privacy policy after settling case with ICO

By Lisa Vaas

Google and the ICO have settled a case over the company’s privacy policy being too vague, with the upshot being that policy changes are now in the works.

The case concerned Google’s 2012 privacy policy revision, which consolidated 70 individual privacy policies into one, with the exception of a few services (Wallet, Chrome/Chrome OS and Books).

That change sparked an investigation by the Article 29 Working Party: the group of EU data protection authorities which includes the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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David Cameron’s internet surveillance plans rival Syria, Russia and Iran

By Cory Doctorow for the

13 January 2015

Cameron says there should be no means of communication that ‘we cannot read’. Let’s examine what that actually means.

What David Cameron thinks he’s saying is: “We will command all the software creators we can reach to introduce back doors into their tools for us.” There are enormous problems with this: there’s no back door that only lets good guys go through it. If your WhatsApp or Google Hangouts has a deliberately introduced flaw in it, then foreign spies, criminals, crooked police (such as those who fed sensitive information to the tabloids who were implicated in the phone-hacking scandal – and like the high-level police who secretly worked for organised crime for years) and criminals will eventually discover this vulnerability. They – and not just the security services – will be able to use it to intercept all of our communications, from the pictures of your kids in your bath you send to your parents to the trade secrets you send to co-workers.

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Web Sends Lovers Flocking to Private Eyes to Find Out Truth

Background Checks for Deal-Breaking Secrets and Habits Surge in Recent Years

Updated Jan. 16, 2015 5:44 p.m. ET

Private detectives increasingly are helping lovers solve an age-old question: Is my partner marriage-material?

Investigators across the nation (USA) say business has boomed in recent years from clients who want their sweethearts investigated for potentially deal-breaking habits and secrets.

Copyright: The Wall Street Journal

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Barack Obama and David Cameron fail to see eye to eye on surveillance

Nicholas Watt in Washington
The Guardian, Friday 16 January

Barack Obama and David Cameron struck different notes on surveillance powers after the president conceded that there is an important balance to be struck between monitoring terror suspects and protecting civil liberties.

As Cameron warned the internet giants that they must do more to ensure they do not become platforms for terrorist communications, the US president said he welcomed the way in which civil liberties groups hold them to account by tapping them on the shoulder.

Obama agreed with the prime minister that there could be no spaces on the internet for terrorists to communicate that could not be monitored by the intelligences agencies, subject to proper oversight. But, unlike Cameron, the president encouraged groups to ensure that he and other leaders do not abandon civil liberties.

The prime minister adopted a harder stance on the need for big internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter to do more to cooperate with the surveillance of terror suspects.

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Hold data on EU citizens? Check if you’ll be compliant with the new Data Protection Regulation

By Anna Brading on January 16, 2015
It seems like we hear about new data breaches every week. Last year we saw shops, banks, restaurants and other companies lose data on customers, not to mention an epidemic of medical data breaches.

The European Union (EU) has been working on a new regulation which will apply one consistent set of requirements to all EU countries and all organisations that hold data on European citizens, even if the organisations are not based in the EU.

The proposed legislation will require everyone who holds data on European citizens to implement appropriate security measures to protect the data, which may include names, photos, email addresses, bank details, posts on social networks, medical information or a computer’s IP address.

It will also introduce fines of up to €100 million or 5% of annual turnover in the event of a personal data breach.

Copyright: Naked Security by Sophos

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Struck-off solicitor jailed for 12 years

By Michael Cross, 14 October 2014

A former solicitor has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his part in a mortgage fraud which netted some £30m over four years.

Jonathan Martin Gilbert, of Penarth, South Glamorgan, was struck off the roll in 2010 in a case described by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal as ‘one of the worst’ that had come before it. His activities caused the failure of Berkshire firm Willmett, of which he was a partner.

Copyright: The Law Society Gazette, 2014

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First Application of Google Spain by a National Court in Europe: The Right to be Forgotten gets Reduced in the Netherlands

By Giancarlo Frosio on October 7, 2014

Recently, a European national court applied for the first time the Google Spain ruling of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”). The Court of Amsterdam dealt with one of the “right to be forgotten” requests that Google refused to comply with by rejecting the claims of the plaintiff and reinforcing the role of freedom of speech. In particular, the Dutch Court narrowed down the ECJ’s test by stating that the Google Spain ruling “does not intend to protect individuals against all negative communications on the Internet, but only against ‘being pursued’ for a long time by ‘irrelevant’, ‘excessive’ or ‘unnecessarily defamatory’ expressions.”

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Could Google Glasses Herald Brave New Era of Video Surveillance by the General Public?

By Adam Bannister

Video footage gathered using Google Glasses has been used as court evidence for the first time, raising the prospect that video surveillance may no longer be the sole preserve of businesses and the government.

Haresh Mehta, 20, who lives in Southampton, took matters into his own hands when his repeated complaints to police of being the victim to insults failed to prompt formal action by police. Moreover, his accusations triggered counter-accusations from his alleged tormentor.

The IT security student purchased a pair of surveillance sunglasses with a video recorder hidden in the frame. “It was like having a camera between your eyes,” he said.

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