Tesco Bank fined £16.4m by watchdog over cyber-attack

FCA says bank did not address warnings about ‘deficiencies’ until after attack started

Tesco Bank has agreed to pay £16.4m as part of a settlement with the Financial Conduct Authority following a cyber-attack in 2016.

Tesco said the attack did not involve the theft or loss of any customers’ data, but led to 34 transactions in which funds were debited from accounts, and other customers having normal service disrupted.

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Fears Coalition’s surveillance laws could force access to encrypted messages

Human Rights Commssion concerned people could lose privilege against self-incrimination

People under criminal investigation could lose the privilege against self-incrimination by being forced or tricked into giving access to encrypted messages under new powers contained in a government bill, the Australian Human Rights Commission has warned.

The AHRC and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner have joined a growing number of organisations expressing concern about the Coalition bill to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and calling for better privacy safeguards.

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Thumbs down: how the video games industry is battling Brexit

From dystopian games to organised campaigns, the industry’s stance on the EU is clear. But is it too little too late?

Brexit and Wetherspoons, Brexit and fashion, Brexit and bananas … It seems as if so much of our everyday lives will be affected by Brexit – and if you play video games, you can certainly expect changes. The British video games industry adds £5bn to the economy and employs more than 12,000 people, 35% of whom are EU citizens.

While the industry has been campaigning for a Brexit least likely to wreck the status quo, some indie developers have responded with pro-remain games. Tim Constant’s Not Tonight offers a peek into a dystopian Britain obsessed with migration status: European citizens are segregated if they wish to continue living in the UK and constantly subject to document checks. The claustrophobic, pixelated setting suggests that post-Brexit Britain would succumb to paranoia.

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Police super-database prompts Liberty warning on privacy

Human rights group boycotts Home Office consultations on vast cloud system, saying they are a sham

A new super-database being built for the police represents a “grave” risk to privacy, a leading human rights group has said.

Liberty claims the government is glossing over concerns that the database, the largest built for British law enforcement, threatens civil liberties. The group fears it gives massive power to the state at the expense of millions of Britons.

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US justice department sues California to over new net neutrality law

In internet showdown justice department lawsuit is designed to quash a California law that restores protections

The US justice department has sued the state of California, just hours after the state’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed legislation to restore internet protections known as net neutrality.

The justice department said it would take California to court on grounds that the federal government has the exclusive power to regulate net neutrality.

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48 hours with iPhone XS: back to square one

For a few years now, my old MacBook Pro has been the only Apple device I use regularly. With the iPhone XS, I want to change that again. My first experiences after two days with the new iPhone have been pretty positive.

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