Experian hack raises doubts about security of credit database, advocates say

Letter calls for investigation and asks ‘what’s the difference in security measures’ that allowed supposedly limited access to database of 200 million people

Dozens of consumer privacy groups are calling for a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into the data breach at credit agency and data broker Experian, saying that intrusions into other parts of the company’s data “would be a terrifying and unmitigated disaster”.

In a letter from the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) co-signed by 25 different data security and consumer advocacy organizations, the groups publicly questioned Experian’s assertion that its consumer credit database of 200 million people was safe from thieves.

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Second solar firm in two days goes bust, blaming UK government policy

Demise of Mark Group and Climate Energy prompts furious attack from green campaigners but government blames firms’ commercial decisions

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has denied that subsidy cuts were responsible for the collapse of two solar panel installers in as many days, blaming the company failures on “commercial decisions”.

Amid warnings of a crisis in the green energy sector following the failure of Mark Group and Climate Energy and a forecast that 20,000 solar jobs could eventually be threatened, the DECC defended aid cuts for solar and energy efficiency.

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