Privacy and data sharing is the hot topic this week, as the government proposes a raft of legislation changes. One measure would see HM Revenue and Customs provide data to private enterprises. Elsewhere the police could gain access to congestion charge data to help track terrorists.
Meanwhile, a former spammer tells all on how he used all the tools at his disposal to foil spam filters.
Four must-read articles on Computerworld UK this week:
Data laws loosened around number-plate images.
"Ed" built a fortune sending emails touting pills and casinos.
Only 27% of IT managers have directly measured the ROI from ITIL.
British Airways cuts costs as it prepares for the opening of Terminal 5.
The first computer virus to appear in the wild is 25 years old.
Spammers dump images, pump stocks with Adobe documents.
Sun lures Linux users with binaries for its OpenSolaris Unix platform.
Bug lets Internet Explorer attack Firefox, researchers say.
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Digging deeper: Data privacy debate
Gordon Brown puts more data sharing powers in draft legislation.
MPs slam draft legislation after Brown proposes new data sharing laws.
Clegg calls for open discussion on information sharing.
Digging deeper: Telecoms watch
Nearly one in three still clueless.
UK customers pay more for a poor service.
Digging deeper: NHS dealings
Department of Health failed in duty to taxpayer, says PAC.
Flagship government policy for NHS IT still in trouble.
Digging deeper: Security watch
Prime ministers, politicians and business leaders all hacked.
Criminals culled 200Mb information from about 500 computers.
Ransom note claims blackmailer has personal data.
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