Sky Broadband customers targeted for allegedly pirating Robert Redford film

US firm TCYK, apparently named after film The Company You Keep, made Sky hand over details of customers accused of downloading movie

Dozens of UK broadband customers have received letters from a US firm accusing them of pirating a little-known Robert Redford film and inviting them to pay a financial settlement on pain of further legal action.

TCYK LLC, a legal firm apparently named after the initials of the film in question, The Company You Keep, obtained a court order against Sky Broadband earlier this year requiring it to hand over the details of customers that TCYK alleges used torrent sites to download and distribute the film.

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Michael McIntyre spy-cam tweet investigated for data protection breach

Now-deleted picture of comedian taken by surveillance helicopter is to be investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office after privacy debate

A picture tweeted by a police helicopter team showing comedian Michael McIntyre standing in a London street is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office for a possible breach of data protection laws.

Michael McIntyre was snapped using a surveillance camera outside the Global Radio offices in Leicester Square at around 8am this morning.

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Public bodies are releasing confidential personal data by accident, activists say

Authorities including councils, government departments and the police breach data security – with many repeat offenders, says freedom of information group

Public bodies are unintentionally releasing confidential personal information on a regular basis, research reveals.

Freedom of information website WhatDoTheyKnow.com, which automates FOI requests and publishes responses, says it has recorded 154 accidental data leaks made by councils, government departments, police, the NHS and other public bodies since 2009. This amounts to confidential data being wrongly released on average once every fortnight.

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Police criticised over spy-cam tweet of comedian Michael McIntyre in street

Police delete picture tweeted by helicopter surveillance team of comedian in a London street after outraged reaction on social media over privacy implications

Police have defended a picture tweeted by a helicopter team that shows the comedian Michael McIntyre standing in a London street.

The photo, posted on the National Police Air Service’s London twitter account (@NPASLondon), was captioned: “Whilst on tasking [sic] in central London this morning we spotted a certain energetic funny man … Can you guess who?”

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Internet of things: the greatest mass surveillance infrastructure ever?

Does the expanding network of connected devices herald a brave new compact for our digital lives – or the end of politics?

The word “thing”, in Old English, means a meeting or assembly. In the epic poem Beowulf, the eponymous hero declares he’ll “alone hold a thing” with the monster Grendel, who is terrorising the Danes in the great hall of Heorot. Beowulf uses “thing” euphemistically – it is a meeting that immediately descends into a fight.

The Icelandic parliament is still called Althing (Alþingi). But over the ages, “things” have gradually evolved from meetings to matter. Today, we primarily use the term “thing” to refer to objects. Even in this sense, however, things are still core to our political and social lives.

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Ed Vaizey – video games are as important to British culture as cinema

The culture minister has spoken at the Develop conference in Brighton about games industry tax credits and the vital cultural role of the sector

Video games are as important to British culture as film, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has claimed during a keynote speech at the Develop conference in Brighton.

Speaking to an audience of developers, publishers and investors, Vaizey, who has backed the games industry since becoming Shadow Culture Minister in 2006, also highlighted the success of video game tax credits, which were introduced last year, allowing studios based in the UK to claim relief on up to 25% of their production costs.

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