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Submission + - UK's families put on fraud alert - ooooops

Bigos writes: Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing. The Child Benefit data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25 million people. Chancellor Alistair Darling said there was no evidence the data had gone to criminals — but urged people to monitor bank accounts "for unusual activity". The Conservatives described the incident as a "catastrophic" failure. CHILD BENEFIT HELPLINE 0845 302 1444 In an emergency statement to MPs, Mr Darling apologised for what he described as an "extremely serious failure on the part of HMRC to protect sensitive personal data entrusted to it in breach of its own guidelines".

Submission + - Google sued over defamatory postings found on web (

Bigos writes: "Google, the world's biggest search engine, is being sued by a London businessman in a landmark legal action that could hold the US-based company liable for the publication of inaccurate, malicious or damaging material on the internet.

The case, the first of its kind in this country that seeks to make search engines responsible for the content of the internet — could trigger severe restrictions on the free flow of information on the web..."

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller