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Regus sales staff data exposed after undercover job review

Regus sales staff data exposed after undercover job review

Technology
Job performance details about more than 900 employees of a major office-space provider have been published online by accident after a staff review.Sales staff at Regus had been recorded showing researchers posing as clients around office space available to rent.Information about the employees was later published on Trello, a task-management website.And a spreadsheet with names, address and job performance data was found via Google by the Telegraph newspaper.The names and addresses of hundreds of the researchers, contracted from a company called Applause by Regus parent company IWG, were also included."Team members are aware they are recorded for training purposes and each recording is shared with the individual team member and their coach to help them bec...
‘Largest ever UK data breach’ goes unpunished

‘Largest ever UK data breach’ goes unpunished

Technology
Britain's data watchdog has been criticised for failing to punish companies involved in what has been described as the UK's largest recorded data breach.The breach itself was industrial in scale and conducted through an online advertising process designed by Google and the Interactive Bureau of Advertising (IAB), known as real-time bidding. After launching its investigation last year, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has now said it would only be seeking "real improvements" from the pair rather than bringing any enforcement actions, which could stretch to fining them up to 4% of their global turnover. Image: Google was one of the architects of the RTB system Real-time bidding (RTB) is the market which underpins online adver...
Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

Health
Leading UK psychiatrists say they will never understand the risks and benefits of social media use on children's mental health unless companies hand over their data to researchers.Tech companies must be made to share data and pay a tax to fund important research, they say in a report.There is growing evidence internet use can harm mental health but research is still lacking, it adds.But a civil rights group said children should not be treated "like lab rats".An independent regulator for online safety is planned by the government.The report, by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, calls on the regulator to require social-media companies to share data on how children and young people are using the likes of Instagram, Facebook and Tw...
Aeolus: Weather forecasts start using space laser data

Aeolus: Weather forecasts start using space laser data

Science
Europe's novel wind-measuring satellite, Aeolus, has reached a key milestone in its mission.The space laser's data is now being used in operational weather forecasts.Aeolus monitors the wind by firing an ultraviolet beam down into the atmosphere and catching the light's reflection as it scatters off molecules and particles carried along in the air.The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts says the information is now robust enough for routine use.The Reading, UK-based organisation is ingesting the data into its numerical models that look from one to several days ahead.Forecast improvements are most apparent for the tropics and the Southern Hemisphere.Meteorologists are constantly trying to increase their skill level; ...
WHO, CDC data shows measles cases up 30 percent globally

WHO, CDC data shows measles cases up 30 percent globally

Health
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- When it comes to measles outbreaks, the United States is catching up with the rest of the world. Although 2018 was a relatively quiet year for the disease in the U.S. -- with just 372 confirmed cases -- nearly 9.8 million people were diagnosed with measles globally, and more than 140,000 died from it, despite availability of a vaccine. And this year, the disease has been far more prevalent in the U.S., with more than 1,200 cases to date -- the highest total in more than 25 years. Both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted the importance of vaccination Thursday as they released their final measles surveillance figures for 2018. "That anyone should die from measles -- against which a safe, effective and affordable...