* Posts by }{amis}{

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Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

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pretty please don't use your work email for personal shit.

I once had an employee come up to IT and totally lose his S#@t. The reason was we were moving the company from one-off os builds to a centrally controlled gold build system.

Everyone had been emailed several times in the proceeding weeks to tell them that all data on the local system's would be wiped and to move everything off to the network.

What this Idiot had done was he was using his work PC to hold all the documents associated with his divorce witch the rebuild had wiped.

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Re: Rule 1

Somewhat harsh, it makes sense for IT pros who can watch our own backs but don't forget the bulk of the population will just give you a confused look when you ask what virus checker/firewall they are running.

At the end of the day which is worse looking at sensitive data on a personal system probably riddled with malware or an office system that's may be monitored but at least is secure and has legal protection against abuse of the monitoring data?

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Legal Requirements??

I have worked in a couple of industries where keeping an eye on what the companies employees are up to is a legal requirement, how you do this is not so clearly defined but keyloggers are a seemingly standard if unpopular response.

I do have to agree with the TUC monitoring people outside of office hours is very much not cricket what happens outside of the office is none of the companies business unless it involves criminal law.

As an interesting aside a mate of mine has a company car which has one of those insurance trackers that plots everywhere the car goes, I wonder what the GPDR implications are for movement outside of business?

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Not Enough if you ask me

Given that whoever picks the poison chalice up is going to be publicly blamed for the inevitable train crash that is a doomed from the start government IT contract.

I don't think £100k is enough to persuade anyone competent to link their name to that crap.

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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RAAAAAAAAAAGE!

When all the original GPDR data controls came out I spent a day going through all of the providers I could and turning off as much of this crap as I could including all of googles location crap the only thing I left switched on on google was what I thought was the web history.

Can we please nuke Goole and co from orbit I am tired of this S@~t and barring a bureaucratic miracle the B@~%$£%s won't change their behaviour.

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Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

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Why still a phone line on it??

All the fax stuff I deal with these days are virtual even the multifunction printers don't actually have a fax they just email the file to a virtual fax provider outside the network.

It doesn't really make economic sense to have a fax machine physically they days just based on the line rental costs.

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Database ballsup: NHS under pressure over fresh patient record error

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Sadly not suprised

Data migration and synchronisation across databases is a well know cluster f@#£k even when you have good documentation of both systems and skilled techs doing the work.

Given that the odds are on that both of the databases involved were almost certainly poorly documented legasy messes written by people who have long since walked this kind of horror is inevitable.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Headmaster

I think you mean “...is modern politics.”

Modern?? you will find this kind of crap is the pages of Punch from the 1840s there is nothing new about it.

Wiki Punch (magazine)

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It's Devon, they probably think spell check is the work of the devil.

As a Devonshire boy I resemble that comment and lob a turnip in your general direction ;->

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UK taxman told: IR35 still isn't working in the public sector, and you want to take it private?

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The Tool Works Fine:

if (Applicant.HasSetFootInUkInLast6Months)

{Applicant.IsLiableForIR35 = 1;}

else

{Applicant.IsLiableForIR35 = 0;}

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Where To??

Even if you did want to move black hat where would you send it to?

The obvious choice for maximum privacy and freedom of expression legal protection is Geneva but Switzerland is absurdly expensive, and most of the other countries I can think of are also a member of the 5 eyes B$

Any Ideas?

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: Should have been more given the domain

Though to be fair there's another similar company who are even worse - they've somehow managed to get their reps installed in hospitals who then patrol the maternity wards looking for exhausted mothers who'll hand over all kinds of data because they're (rightly) thinking about their baby and not about some fcukweasel data brokers.

I think about 10 years of community service washing used nappies by hand is appropriate for that kind of S@~%

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Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way

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A Computer

My old man always sed that if you can move a box without a forklift its a terminal not a computer, so this looks like IBM are keeping up the tradition of putting the Iron into Big Iron Computers ;->

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Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

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Who Done IT "Cluedo Data Law Edition"

The first guess would be Facebook in the shady back-alley with the brown envelope of €500 notes, but I think that's too easy.

Ireland has waaaaay too much dependence on the money from the IT giants so I suspect that the court may have been lent on by the Irish government.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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The Only Argument.....

The Only Argument I can field against regulation of the internet giants is the fetid brew of incompetence, greed and corruption that make up a government does not bode well for the definition of truth.

The internet in my eyes is like a funhouse mirror reflection of humanity if you don't like what you see you should to first look to the source of the image before contemplating breaking the mirror to make it flatter.

Even so, the one thing this report does get right is the need for a new type of legal definition of a media organisation somewhere closer to the regs that bind the news, and a long way from the current wild west that the internet giants so happily occupy.

History tells us over and over that whenever a niche appears with the potential for much money and little regulation appears it will become occupied by scumbags F.B. and co are just the latest iterations of this.

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Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap

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The Institution?

I have to wonder about Capata their reputation as a bunch of corrupt pirates has long been established, at this point, there can be nobody who deals with them who is not aware of this fact so why are they being hired?

I feel at this point they are being hired as the government's hatchet men after all with their reputation what's one more scandal?

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2FA? We've heard of it: White hats weirded out by lack of account security in enterprise

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Show Me the Money!

Pretty much everyone in the industry knows the enterprise security is an uphill battle, but one problem I have encountered on multiple occasions is stopping security being tightened on budget grounds.

2FA is a very good step in the right direction but the tools to implement and manage it are expensive quite why Microsoft has not rolled a basic system into the DC is a mystery to me, as by now the patents must have expired??

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Google's Alphabet hit by Europe's other GDPR: Global Domination = Profit Reduction

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Coffee/keyboard

"We've always been focused on user privacy."

Damn, there goes the keyboard and this mornings coffee!

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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Re: Phone appearance

Super +1 I really miss the nearly indestructible Nokia's of yesteryear I had 1 which survived both the washing machine and bearing dropped over 30 feet out a window when I was doing a cable install!

Yes, I am a forgetful klutz but I fail to see why only fashionistas are catered for by phone designers these days.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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????

Carlsberg sell beer? and here I thought they peddled cans of recycled horse p!$$ huh you learn something every day!

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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Kit check

Flaming torches.. Check

Pitch Forks ..... Check

Rope..... Who forget the rope! no matter use the cat5

Right off to the Capata offices for a chat we go.....

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Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

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Re: This is Dell or EMC?

The other point about turboprops is the noise which matters in small regional airports that are usually under strict noise limits.

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ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

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" It wouldn't take a year to set up a "ECANN" and make all EU ISPs use it "

I really hope that this is filed under "The Nuclear Option" as if this happens the first thing that will follow it would be China and Russia doing the same, resulting in the total fragmentation of the DNS system and the end of the internets as we currently know it!

I'm personally hoping that ICant Dies and a U.N. organisation takes over regulated by international law, yes this would be a bureaucratic P.I.T.F.A. from square 1 but at this point I can't really see how it can be worse, given there are 3rd world dictatorships with a better grasp of law and order than ICANN

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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Mushroom

"Anyway, it's only a trial - and it's what the public would want!"

Yes, we really want idiots that cant operate a pocket calculator without help doing the digital equivalent of juggling live grenades through a playground!

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Holmes

"Aren't they then driving without insurance?"

I don't know about the R.O.W. but in the UK if you own a vehicle with fully comprehensive insurance you usually get what's called a third party extension, which allows you to drive pretty mutch any vehicle you are licenced for with 3rd party cover on your insurance.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: Still lightweight

Damn that beast could have flown you to the moon!

Wiki : Apollo Guidance Computer

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Re: Hope they More Reliable Than The Old Model...

I get the whole "Laptop for DR" idea, but what drove them to supply you with a mobile server??? :)

Not really mobile but the server images a mirrored off sight every night.

We do a DR test every year where the entire company has to work from home and our supplier has to spin up the images in their data centre, last time it took them about 3 hours to go from cold start to having the bulk of the users logged in and working.

As for the laptop, the main driver for the beasty was the multi-monitor support, the loadout for the devs here are 3 19" panels on a monitor arm + the laptop, Expensive on CAP-EX but it doesn't take much of an increase in throughput to justify it on an OP-EX basis.

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Re: Hope they More Reliable Than The Old Model...

Are you in a team of bodybuilders?

Company policy is everybody gets laptops for DR reasons so we don't have to lug em around much, they also issue us all with rucksacs so the weight is not too obnoxious for short runs.

This policy did pay off when the "Beast from the east" visited as it was pretty much business as usual with only a skeleton staff who lived close actually in the office and everyone else running over VPN / Skype, HR congratulated everyone on the better than 90% attendance during the mess.

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Hope they More Reliable Than The Old Model...

I Am currently typing on a 7720 dell precision and compared to the M4500 it replaced it has been $%*& I have had 2 motherboards and 1 dimm fail on me in about 18 months, and this is pretty consistent with what the rest of my team's experiences!.

Compare that to the M4500 I used to use which never had a hardware fault and I am fairly confident that you could drive a tank over and be fine, it is a total turd!

Not holding much hope out though as it just looks like a refresh rather than a redesign.

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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Sadly Not Really New

Google is a long way from the first firm to wreak people/companies based on an algorithm (Anyone applied for a mortgage recently?) personally I find it even more infuriating when you have got to a human to talk to but all they can repeat is "Computer Says No".

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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"British petrol stations went fully self-service at least 30 years ago"

Not true! I regularly fill up at a tiny station on the A369 out of Bristol where I happily hand notes over to a guy so old that I wonder whether he is related to the creatures in the refined dino juice he sells.

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Berxit Or Not

The tax office is an underfunded mess of outsourced contracts I would be surprised if the could even locate the own asses in the deadline provided.

Leave out update all their systems to match a spec that hasn't even been finalised yet.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Better than average returns??

What is the scenario where you think it will be of use? Any phone you buy will be able to use GPS from the US, Russia, China and the EU.

You answered your own question, all sat nav system's accuracy depends on the number of satellites it can see at any given time the more the better.

It looks like the industry is trying to make self-driving cars the next tech unicorn, I can tell you for free that reducing the positional error for that gig by even 10% is a big deal, and I am sure that there are thousands of existing uses for any GPS style system that would benefit from another ~30 satellites no matter who owns them.

And that's before we get to the real reason why these systems are built in the first place, modern military tactics and kit all revolve around precise positioning.

At this point having your own geolocation system for you forces is pretty much a requirement to be considered a tier 1 threat.

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Re: Fgs

Why do we need to make one?

The same reason why we went with the French and chipped in with Galileo in the first place.

There is not much point in having a nuclear arsenal if we can only aim it when the yanks say its ok.

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Better than average returns??

Politics aside I have to point out that as ministerial toy sets go at least another sat-nav system will at least be useful and will defiantly foster real work in the UK space sector.

Given that HS2 is at £55.7 Billion and counting, even if the £3 Billion is out by an order of magnitude it'll still be cheaper and more useful.

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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

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Benjamin Disraeli had it right!

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

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Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program

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The Team

I wonder who is going to acquire the team that did this, both Quintec and Airbus are currently working on similar projects in the UK and ill be amazed if they haven't been sniffing around for weeks already.

I wish the peeps involved luck as FB or not its some badass work!

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: The ONLY things going for it were

the gold standard of Windows Operating systems until XP was released.

Win 2k peed all over every other MS os well into xp's lifespan for getting actual work done just because it had the decent kernel and UI and less of the power-sapping bloat that the consumer-targeted OS's have.

I personally didn't move over to XP from 2k for quite a while just because I couldn't afford the ram required for a long time.

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I dont miss it

I had the Missfortune pleasure to be using 98 as a development platform for a hybrid C++/VB6 app back then and counted it as a good day when I got less than 1 bluescreen an hour!

Remember kids always check in before compiling and debugging!

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Why aren't startups working? They're not great at creating jobs... or disrupting big biz

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Accumulation of power

The problem with the internets is it cuts both ways, forward as an enabler of small groups to reach a wider audience, and backwards to make it easier for large groups to detect up and coming challengers and crush them before they become a problem.

This has now become so normal that the main effort in the startup world is that their entire business model revolves around making themselves the most attractive acquisition target possible for one of the mega-corps, rather than aiming to become a real company in their own right.

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UK.gov outsourcers must prove their 'social value' to win contracts

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Ill believe it when i see it!

Otherwise, I'll assume it business as usual and write this off as the usual weasel words in a transparent attempt to move away from the current media interest.

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Re: Give it a year

BZZZT wrong: The UK will not only keep complying with GPDR but will probably be in the situation of having to run even tighter implementation.

The reason is that as an outsider to the EU the public security requirements that mostly defang GPDR against government bodies will no longer apply to the UK government.

And as a mostly service-based economy, the UK will have no choice but to comply or lose a huge chunk of the countries GDP.

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By gum, that's chewy: Samsung's NF1 fattens M.2 card capacity with wider gumstick format

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Epic Work Now If Only

That SSD's didn't cost more than their weight in gold!

Evo960 512gb = £209.99 / 9.07g = £23.15 per g

The wholesale price of 18-carat gold in UK = £21.53 per g

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OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

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A Kludge

Hyperthreading always was a kludge to desperately keep overlong pipelines full.

It is useful for stuff that has been properly optimised, but in the consumer space where the malware hammer mostly lands not so much.

Frankly, I wish Microsoft would take these issues as seriously and disable cruft like this in the consumer OS's by default.

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

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Magic Wand

I hope for all our sakes that this is the ranting of an individual and not the entire government thought that AI will magic everything better.

I can't think of a worse use for AI at this time than legal enforcement you would just end up handing, everything over to a total black box that nobody understands.

If you cannot understand the decision-making process you cannot defend it, thus any legal decision made by any current AI would fail at appeal, and in the meantime, some poor sod has their life destroyed by the penal system or a violent criminal walks free.

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Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract

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Re: Their Business Model

Can you please now provide audited accounts to prove that you have invested £125m in the work?

Of course, they can their mate's over at KPMG would more than happy to help!

BBC: KPMG's audit work unacceptable, says watchdog

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Their Business Model

They will get no sympathy from anyone that recognises that massively underbidding to win contracts and then assuming they can slap on a load of extras is how capita rolls.

In this case, they have failed to get their usual 100%+ uplift from the government a thus are making the loss that their original bid had written in.

Frankly, the Audit office should be working out how the NHS achieved this and making sure that other departments follow suit.

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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Re: God speed little robot

I always wondered why they didn't fit these rovers with a self-cleaning system? a windscreen wiper or some kind of air duster would surely be doable?

I get that for the official design lifespan of 90 days the dust is not an issue, but does anyone buy that 90 days was the actual lifespan or just a super low estimate that they knew they could deliver?

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Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

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Good Luck

You are going to need it.

I don't know what the government is using these days to lubricate their arguments about security but not much seems to stick to them these days.

And even when something does they drag it out a far as possible in the hope people will forget or they can enact yet another crap law.

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Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

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Re: There's another weasel clause right there

Can you back-date a firm's data-crimes to escape GDPR fallout?

I asked my company's semi-tame in-house lawyer this question this morning.

His response was that for Criminal law you will be judged and sentenced under the law that was in effect at the time of offending.

What can throw a spanner into the works though is the case law ie the interpretation of law can change and the most current interpretation is always used.

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