World's largest online retailer Amazon has refreshed its Kindle Fire range of Android-powered tablets ahead of the holiday season in a hope that it can cash in on the irresistible pull that tablets currently have on consumers. Not only did Amazon refresh the Kindle Fire HD tablet, but it also introduced a new Kindle Fire HDX tablet in 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties, so there's plenty on offer for those looking for a tablet to put under the tree. What's right with the new Kindle tablets? The price is absolutely right: The price is so right. With the price tag ranging from $139 for the Kindle Fire HD to $229 for the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX ($329 if you want the 4G version), to the top end of $379 for the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX ($479 if you want 4G). At these prices, there's a Kindle Fire to suit almost all budgets. Awesome screens: Amazon is putting considerable effort into creating hardware with superb screens. For $139 you get a 1280x800 HD display with a pixel density of 216 … [Read more...] about What’s right (and wrong) with the new Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD
According to the latest figures, 41,000 Europeans have asked Google stops providing links to 'outdated information' about them. The ability to make such a request is the result of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling, handed down last month, in the case of a Spanish national who filed a complaint regarding search results provided by Google to information about him. Searches for the man's name made through the search engine returned links to two newspaper stories that contained details about a real-estate auction that was held to settle social security debts. In his view, the links highlighted details about his history that were no longer relevant. The ECJ found in his favour, and Google must no longer provide links to the stories when its users search for the man's name (though presumably they can still return the same links for other search terms relating to the stories in question). But the decision does not just affect the single Spanish complainant — as a … [Read more...] about The right to be forgotten: Can we really trust Google to decide when our data should die?
Similar to Google's method of handling links it's removed due to copyright violation complaints, the search giant may start alerting users when search results have been scrubbed as a result of European citizens' requests to be forgotten . According to The Guardian, Google is considering placing an alert at the bottom of each page where it has removed a result on the basis of last month's controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling by Europe's highest court. The court ruled that Europeans have a right to ask Google (or another search engine) to remove certain links that are returned for searches on their name if the material is no longer relevant or outdated. The page that the link led to, however, would still remain available. At the end of May, Google launched an online form for citizens to file their "right to be forgotten" requests and last week revealed that it had received 41,000 to date . The figures were released as Europe's privacy watchdogs met in Brussels to hash out … [Read more...] about Google may highlight search results dropped due to ‘right to be forgotten’ demands
Freedom to move on Jo Best Do we really have a right to be forgotten? No, unequivocally we don't - the original right to be forgotten ruling didn't give anyone an absolute right to have their misdemeanours removed from the internet.What it did give us though is an understanding that Google et al have a duty to make sure that the information they return for searches on our names is up to date and relevant. Given that should be their business model in the first place, it's not an unreasonable ask.What it also showed us is that striking the balance between what the people should have a right to know - what their public figures are trying to hide from them - and whether information about individuals not in the public eye should be allowed to atrophy is hard.Not every request for delinking is a legitimate one and search engines need to appreciate that. Just because it is … [Read more...] about Do we really have a right to be forgotten?
Labor's approach of rolling out fibre to the premises to 93 percent of the Australian population was "absolutely right" former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said in her memoir released today. Gillard, who was the prime minister of Australia for three years and three days between June 2010 and June 2013, came to the job with the NBN project already planned out by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and then-Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. Gillard said in My Story, that Labor had originally wanted private sector companies to play a role in building the NBN, in particular Telstra, but said that Telstra "refrained from getting meaningfully involved". This forced the government to create NBN Co and look to structurally separate a reluctant Telstra which struck back. "Telstra has a loud voice in the Australian political scene, and it was inevitable the government's approach would cause turbulence in its share price." But Gillard said this largely subsided once the AU$11 billion … [Read more...] about ‘Absolutely right’: Gillard stands by Labor’s NBN vision
Silicon Valley giants are in "denial" about the misuse of their technologies and products, according to Britain's new spy chief Robert Hannigan. In a piece for London's Financial Times (paywalled), Hannigan said U.S. technology companies should offer "greater co-operation" in the fight against terrorism, by working with governments rather than working against their intelligence agencies in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures. The article was in response to the growing threat by ISIS, otherwise known as Islamic State, a well-connected and powerful new terrorist group which has taken over vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Hannigan, who took over the country's eavesdropping and signals intercepting intelligence agency GCHQ in the past year, said in order to fight the new terror threat it means "coming up with better arrangements for facilitating lawful investigation by security and law enforcement agencies than we have now." He suggested that as the world celebrates … [Read more...] about UK spy chief throws privacy in the fire, says it’s not an ‘absolute right’
ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week. Top stories this week UK spy chief throws privacy in the fire, says it's not an 'absolute right'Britain's new eavesdropping agency's chief publicly sets out his views and possible agenda by taking embracing the "collect it all" side of the debate. New agency with funky name wants to make federal government IT more agile18F, a startup embedded within the U.S. General Services Administration, offers itself as an 'agile coach' to tech-heavy federal agencies. Microsoft makes Surface Pro 3 available to U.S. government users on GSA scheduleMicrosoft is slowly continuing to expand availability of its Surface Pro 3 tablets by expanding its … [Read more...] about Privacy not a right, police can force you to unlock your smartphone [Government IT Week]
Comments this week by UK prime minister David Cameron have re-ignited the debate about how to weigh individuals' online privacy against the needs of law enforcement to be able to detect and prevent crime. "In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people, which even in extremis, with a signed warrant from the home secretary personally, that we cannot read?" said Cameron in a speech. "Up until now, governments of this country have said no, we must not have such a means of communication." Read this GCHQ to take hub role in UK cybersecurity The UK government has unveiled a new cybersecurity strategy, which calls on GCHQ to run a hub where businesses can put aside their hesitations to share information on threats between themselves and the public sector Read More These comments have been widely interpreted as an attack on encrypted forms of communication and services such as WhatsApp or Snapchat that put messages beyond the reach of police and … [Read more...] about Is banning encryption a crazy plan or an absolute necessity? The reality is much more complicated than that
In a win for technology, citizen journalism, and our Constitutional rights, the U.S. Department of Justice has issued a letter to the Baltimore City Police Department reconfirming that photographing, video- and audio-recording on-duty police officers is a Constitutional right protected by the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments.“Because recording police officers in the public discharge of their duties is protected by the First Amendment, policies should prohibit interference with recording of police activities except in narrowly circumscribed situations,” reads the DoJ’s letter (pdf). “More particularly, policies should instruct officers that, except under limited circumstances, officers must not search or seize a camera or recording device without a warrant. In addition, policies should prohibit more subtle actions that may nonetheless infringe upon individuals’ First Amendment rights. Officers should be advised not to threaten, intimidate, or … [Read more...] about Recording police with your smartphone is a Constitutional right, says DoJ
At CSO's Security Standard conference last month, DHS Undersecretary of Cybersecurity Mark Weatherford raised eyebrows when he said the nation's future cyber warriors need not have a college education."There are people out there who didn't go to college, but they spent much of their time breaking things and putting them back together," and DHS needs their help, too, he said at the time. He wasn't kidding.As CSO correspondent Taylor Armerding writes in our lead story this morning, DHS is setting its sites on kindergarten students as future infosec practitioners. As the story unfolds, we see a lot of skepticism. It's not that there's anything wrong with targeting them young. It's just that there's a lot of talent out there now, and DHS isn't doing enough to go after them. From the article:Several security experts say while better education and training is fine, there is plenty of talent out there now -- it just comes in the form of people who government hiring managers tend to … [Read more...] about DHS is right to eye kindergartners, but don’t forget the adults