Users’ data compromised after technical glitch at Home Office contractor

VFS Global, which provides visa services on behalf of the UK, released online application forms that allowed users to access other people’s data by mistake

A contractor that provides visa services on behalf of governments around the world, including the UK, has suffered a serious technical glitch that allowed personal data to be compromised. VFS Global, which acts for around 45 governments, released online application forms this week that used sequential reference numbers, allowing users to access other people’s private information by mistake.

Users could see the personal information of other applicants, including their date of birth, passport details and addresses, if they mistakenly input the ID number of another person when logging into the system. The issue was resolved when customers complained about the flaw. The issue was limited to visa application forms for Italy, VFS said, but as many as 50 people were in danger of having their personal information compromised before the issue was fully addressed.

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High court quashes regulations allowing people to copy CDs

Move follows judge’s recent ruling that government was legally mistaken in deciding not to introduce compensation scheme for musicians who faced losses

The high court has quashed regulations introduced by the government to allow members of the public to lawfully copy CDs and other copyright material bought for their own private use. The move follows a judge’s recent ruling that the government was legally incorrect in deciding not to introduce a compensation scheme for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders who faced losses as a result of their copyright being infringed.

The decision was won by the Musicians’ Union, UK Music and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, with a legal team led by two QCs, Ian Mill and Tom de la Mare. UK Music estimated that the new regulations, without a compensation scheme, would result in loss of revenues for rights owners in the creative sector of £58m a year.

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Ministers to review Freedom of Information Act

Cross-party panel to decide whether act is too expensive and overly intrusive, in a move likely to be seen as a bid to reduce public access

Ministers have launched a cross-party review of the Freedom of Information Act, which is likely to be viewed as an attempt to curb public access to government documents.

The move comes just hours after papers released on Friday under FOI disclosed that British pilots have been involved in bombing in Syria.

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Crash involving self-driving Google car injures three employees

Driverless car hit while stationary in traffic by human driver travelling at 17mph in another vehicle, resulting in the first self-driving car injuries

Three Google employees have been injured in a crash involving one of the company’s self-driving cars.

Google revealed the accident happened on 1 July when its car was rear-ended while stationary on a public road in Mountain View, California.

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Warhammer – a beginner’s guide to the legendary battle game

It’s brought chaos to kitchen tables for over 30 years. With new update Age of Sigmar on the way, here’s what you need to know about the fantasy wargame

If you’re remotely interested in strategy gaming, you’ve probably heard of Warhammer. In its 32-year history the tabletop game of fantasy battles has provided a gateway into gaming for generations of players, and it remains one of the most recognisable franchises in the industry.

But creator Games Workshop recently brought the game’s three decades of bloodshed and battle to a close, destroying the Warhammer world in a cataclysmic in-game event known as the End Times.

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Windows 10: updates will be mandatory for home users

Consumer users of Windows 10 will have no choice but to accept the installation of automatic updates, even if they break software for them

Microsoft’s Windows 10 will force automatic updates on to home users with systems that that cannot be disabled.

The latest preview build of Windows 10 for home users, which is considered to be the final version due to be released to the public in the very near future, has an automatic Windows Update system that cannot be turned off.

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