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Microsoft and Google’s GHG emissions gains call viability of net-zero targets into question

The financial results of the world’s biggest three hyperscale cloud companies have seen Amazon, Google and Microsoft all credit growing customer demand for artificial intelligence (AI) services for boosting their respective profit, revenue and market share totals. The downside to this growth, particularly where Google and Microsoft are concerned, is that it appears to be…

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Metropolitan Police could investigate one of its own staff in Post Office probe

A former Post Office investigator who deleted information from an expert IT witness statement during the wrongful prosecution of a subpostmaster faces being investigated by his current employer, the Metropolitan Police, as part of its Post Office scandal probe. Last week, the Post Office scandal public inquiry was shown evidence for the second time that …

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Sellafield pleads guilty to criminal charges over cyber security

The Sellafield nuclear waste site has pleaded guilty to criminal charges brought by the industry regulator, admitting to significant cyber security failings over a four-year period that put sensitive information at risk. Lawyers acting for the state-owned Sellafield Ltd – which is working on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to manage the Sellafield…

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Post Office expert IT witness Gareth Jenkins resigns BCS membership

The IT expert at the centre of the Post Office Horizon scandal has resigned as a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, after he was informed the professional association could investigate his part in the widest miscarriage of justice in history. Gareth Jenkins, who was chief architect at Fujitsu and acted as an…

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Numbers prove former subpostmaster federation boss’s ignorance over Post Office scandal

The former National Federation of Subpostmasters (NFSP) boss has downplayed the volume of prosecutions of subpostmasters after the Horizon system was introduced, but the numbers say otherwise. During his appearance at the Post Office scandal public inquiry, George Thomson, NFSP general secretary from 2007 to 2018, was in denial over the Post Office Horizon scandal,…

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NHS experts raise warning over patient data breach risk in registries project

A group of NHS clinicians responsible for registries holding health information on millions of patients are warning of the risk of a major data breach through an NHS England project they claim has neglected basic IT security measures. The programme to set up an Outcome Registries Platform (ORP) has received little attention outside the NHS,…

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange freed from prison

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has walked free from prison and will no longer be extradited from the UK, after reaching a plea deal with US authorities. According to WikiLeaks, Assange left high-security London prison Belmarsh on 24 June and has already flown out of the UK after being granted bail. While WikiLeaks noted on X…

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UK government’s M365 use under scrutiny after Microsoft’s ‘no guarantee of sovereignty’ disclosure

The dominant hold that Microsoft has on government IT is coming under close scrutiny, following the software giant’s disclosure it cannot guarantee the sovereignty of UK policing data hosted within its hyperscale cloud infrastructure. As exclusively revealed by Computer Weekly on 19 June, Microsoft has advised Scottish policing bodies it cannot guarantee that data hosted…

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European Commission declares Microsoft’s bundling of Teams with M365 anti-competitive

Microsoft broke European Union (EU) antitrust rules by bundling in its cloud-based communications and collaboration software Teams when users purchased its online productivity suite, Office 365. That is the preliminary view of the European Commission’s (EC) ongoing investigation into the distribution strategy of Microsoft Teams, which began in July 2023 in response to two separate…

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