ISP had complied with UK data protection law prior to major breach
The head of TalkTalk has dismissed claims it hasn't done enough to protect the data of its users, in the wake of a major breach potentially affecting 4 million customers. In an interview over the weekend, Dido Harding claimed the company was not under any "legal obligation" to encrypt customer data, including bank account details and other sensitive information, and that it had done enough to try and protect their customers under United Kingdom law.
Customer identities, payment details may have been accessed during TalkTalk attack
British Internet provider TalkTalk has become the latest victim of a major cyber attack, with a breach involving the details of up to four million customers. The company has confirmed the breach took place on October 21 during a "significant and sustained" attack on its website, with details including names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, payment details and other account information potentially accessed by attackers.
Chinese firm under more espionage-related scrutiny in UK government proposal
One of the adult content filtering systems being used at a large Internet service provider (ISP) in the UK has come under fire in reports, due to close ties with the Chinese government. Homesafe, the filtering system used by TalkTalk and praised by Prime Minister David Cameron in his online child protection proposal speech earlier this week, is being managed by Huawei, a company that has been accused of being a security risk by authorities in both the United Kingdom and the United states.
UK government working with ISPs on porn opt-in
In its latest attempts to curb online pornography, the UK government has worked with four of the country's biggest ISPs to develop an opt-in program. Under this measure, those who wish to access sexually explicit websites will have to let those ISPs know, The Guardian explained. The official announcement from Prime Minister David Cameron takes place Tuesday during the tenth meeting with the Mothers' Union.
UK plans nationwide 2Mbps Internet in four years
The UK is taking action this week on its promises of high-speed Internet access for the whole country by detailing plans to shift resources to its Internet plans. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will be moving £530 million ($864 million) previously devoted to the BBC to get the promised 2Mbps Internet access to all 25 million homes in the country within the next four years. About 90 percent of those would get over 24Mbps.
Ofcom broadband price cuts could lead to savings
UK telecommunications industry regulator Ofcom has revised the rates that Openreach, manager of BT's network, is able to charge other providers for using its services. This wholesale price could be reduced by over 10 percent per year. Companies that use Openreach, like TalkTalk and Sky, will benefit, but it won't help those such as Virgin Media that use their own cable network.
BBC trust approves Project Canvas, due in spring
The BBC's controlling trust on Friday approved Project Canvas but imposed a few important conditions. These include free-to-air access, access to the platform for content providers and ISPs and industry consultation. Project Canvas is a joint web TV venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva that would bring Internet content to the TV
TiVo making UK comeback with Virgin
As announced last fall, TiVo will return to the UK market after a seven-year absence. TiVo will partner with the UK's Virgin Media, which will develop the cable firm's next-generation set-top box. While details on the hardware are thin on the ground, TiVo chief executive Tom Rogers said it will be heavily based on the TiVo Premiere slated for other markets and confirmed for the US.