EU Acts to end Mobile Phone Roaming “rip-off”

banner_roamingI think this is great news in this day and age and especially as we are in the main mostly using smart phones like Apple iPhones, Microsoft  Windows Phone, Google Android and Blackberry’s which are all heavy users of data. Under new rules agreed by the European Parliament, consumers will pay no more than 29 cents (24p) per minute to make a call and 70 cents (59p) per megabyte for data downloads across Europe.

“Charges to fall from 1 July; consumers will be able to choose roaming service provider.

The European Parliament and member states have reached an agreement on new rules that will further reduce the cost of using a mobile telephone abroad within the European Union.

The legislation replaces price caps for mobile roaming that were first introduced in the EU in 2007 but which expire at the end of June this year.

The price caps are significantly lower than those proposed by the Commission in July 2011, although they are not as low as those put forward by MEPs.”

Read the full article at EuropeanVoice.com HERE

Anonymous vs Sony

hackerI maybe completely wrong but I have some suspicions on this latest spat between Sony and the hacker collective “anonymous” in that its a bit co-incidental that anonymous have gained the blame, is this an easy scapegoat do to their past history?

“Online vigilante group Anonymous has denied being behind an attack that led to the theft of personal data from around 77 million PlayStation users.

The secretive “hacker collective” had earlier been singled-out by Sony as the possible guilty party.

But a posting on Anonymous’ blog said: “Let’s be clear, we are legion, but it wasn’t us. You are incompetent Sony.”

The electronics giant has offered compensation to users who suffer fraud as a result of the theft.

Earlier this week, Sony sent a letter to the US Congress accusing Anonymous of being involved in the attack.”

I have seen in the past 6 months companies loosing what is supposed to be secure data left right and center, Epsilon is one notable one that I have had emails from companies that use this marketing company that my email address was potentially taken in a hack on their servers, this should really not happen if measures are in place and up to date. Yes you will never stop the concerted hacker from penetrating your servers in time, but we just seem to be of late seeing companies leaking data too much and I’m happy to see the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) investigating HERE if Sony have broken what is quite tough data protection laws we have in the UK.

Full article at BBC Technology News HERE

Jan 28th Data Privacy Day

StopWe all know how important data privacy is and more so as we are now using computing and the internet more and more to do banking, social networking, shopping e.t.c

 

Jan 28th is Data Privacy Day

“Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information.  In this networked world, in which we are thoroughly digitized, with our identities, locations, actions, purchases, associations, movements, and histories stored as so many bits and bytes, we have to ask – who is collecting all of this – what are they doing with it  – with whom are they sharing it?  Most of all, individuals are asking ‘How can I protect my information from being misused?’  These are reasonable questions to ask – we should all want to know the answers.”

http://dataprivacyday2011.org/

Some good links to other sites and guides on the above site, the Cisco one HERE is a good basic one to help novice and new users to the internet and I know many PC savvy users help teach users in the basics to get them active on the internet, so this is a good guide to hand out letting them know some of the jargon and what it means. 

A lot of other good links and downloadable guides also.