Week Ending: October 26th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup of I.T. and tech news is jam-packed, so pop the kettle on and let’s jump straight in.

Data harvesting and sharing by mobile apps is "out of control"

Nearly 90% of free Google Apps on the Google Play store share data with parent company Alphabet, the Financial Times has reported.

Many of these free apps track a user’s behaviour across multiple different digital services, which lets companies build a detailed character profile on people that use these apps. Some of this data includes things like age, gender, location and other information regarding apps on the smartphone.

Once this data is collated, it can be used for multiple purposes such as specific targeted advertising, credit scoring, or perhaps targeted political campaign messages.

Google has commented that it disagrees with the methodology of the study, and that “if an app violates our policies, we take action”. It also added: “It mischaracterises ordinary functional services like crash reporting and analytics, and how apps share data to deliver those services.”

Read more via BBC.

European organisations are moving to the cloud rapidly but concerns still remain

The future of European enterprise software is the cloud as CIOs seek a flexible platform for digital transformation. With this, spending is rising says IDC.

In Europe, the UK and Germany are the leaders in public cloud investment with spending reaching $7.9bn and $7.4bn respectively this year. In global terms, public cloud service and infrastructure spending is set to reach $160 billion in 2018, an increase of over 23% from 2017.

While most CIOs and non-I.T. business leaders recognise the power of the cloud, some doubters remain. After conversations with I.T. leaders, IDC suggested a range of factors such as compliance, security and connectivity must be considered as European CIOs help shape the future of the cloud.

Airswift CIO, Brad Dowden, explained: “Cloud might not be a new concept anymore, but a lot of businesses are still working towards making the most of on-demand IT.”

Read more about the concerns CIOs harbour via Computer Weekly.

Morrisons loses data breach appeal

In 2014 Morrisons experienced an angry I.T. employee, Andrew Skelton, dump the personal details of all 100,000 workers at Morrisons online. As a result, the chain came under fire from a class action lawsuit brought forward by 5,000 of its current and former employees.

On Monday, Morrisons lost its appeal in a landmark High Court ruling following the UK’s first data protection class action, made by a grand total of 5,518 claimants. As a response, Morrisons has vowed to appeal against the Court of Appeals ruling.

This outcome however has serious implications for all data controllers and data processors as Morrisons was held “vicariously liable” even though, overall, it had discharged its own obligations as required under the Data Protection Act 1998 and common law.

This ruling sets a serious precedent across the UK, and now organisations have a far greater duty of care to protect users and prevent the unlawful activities of disgruntled staff. Meaning that companies must be much more mindful about what information staff have access to across every part of the business.

Read further via CBR Online.

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