International use of personal data emphasises the differing laws that need to be adhered to, but there are solutions explains Alan Kessler.
The European Parliament is calling for the introduction of a new pan-European data privacy law to protect against US intrusion.
Two Facebook fans generated a load of free publicity for their new blog when, in their maiden post, disclosed a vulnerability in the social-networking website that could enable outsiders to view parts of profiles that are set to private.
Google Streetview will not be breaching any privacy laws when it is launched in the UK, according to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Brussels insiders have confirmed that the European Commission is nearing the conclusion of talks with the Americans over the provision of citizens' personal information to the FBI for terrorism fighting purposes
A leading civil rights organisation is threatening the European Commission with legal action as Brussels nears an agreement with the US over plans to release details of individuals' credit card histories and internet browsing habits to the FBI
Two separate reports into the data leakage of 25 million records from Revenue & Customs last year have widely condemned data security procedures in the Government department
University researchers are developing artificial intelligence software which can be loaded onto CCTV cameras to enable them to locate incidents by noise alone
Parcel courier TNT has lost a disk containing extensive details of emergency calls made in Scotland over the last two years
Two private detectives have been fined by a London court after blagging information on the partner of a man wanted for a debt to their client
A controversial bill passed by the Swedish Government this week will entitle one of the country's intelligence agencies to monitor all phone calls, faxes and emails crossing its borders
As the chair of the security forum at the British Computer Society, Dr Louise Bennett has an excellent bird's eye view of what's going wrong with the nation's security, as she tells SC Magazine
In a report, the Home Affairs Committee says it's imperative that the Government builds trust with citizens, else there is a real danger the country will slide into a surveillance society
Cambridge University security researcher Dr Richard Clayton argues that BT should be prosecuted because it monitored internet users' websurfing habits without their permission, while the telco declines to say its activities were legal
The social networking site has been hit by a legal complaint from Canada, which claims it has failed to gain users' permission to distribute their information
The outspoken Lord Erroll is the voice of the House of Lords on internet security. Keen to keep the Government on its toes, he is quick to criticise the efforts of the Commons to keep the nation's data secure, as he tells SC Magazine.
ISPs and telecoms companies are to be compelled to provide a wide range of information on their users' activities, which may be held in one central Government database
Following the launch of Google Health, a hosted service which lets users store their medical information online, the search giant has sought to quash security and privacy concerns