Database

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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Facial recognition to play key role in UK shoplifting crackdown

The UK government is investing £55m in expanding the police’s use of facial-recognition systems, including a fleet of vans to scan crowded high streets, as part of a crackdown on shoplifters. Announced alongside plans to give tougher punishments to serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, as well as a standalone criminal offence for…

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Controversial Fujitsu contract with Post Office extended again

The Post Office has extended a controversial agreement with IT supplier Fujitsu that will see it support two datacentres to the end of March 2025, at a total additional cost of £36m. Combined with an announcement earlier this year that a services contact with Fujitsu to support the Post Office’s branch accounting system, Horizon, was…

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Toyota car plant outage shows database capacity planning is vital

Insufficient disk space on database servers was the cause of Toyota car production grinding to a halt for 36 hours at 14 plants in Japan late in August. But just how does such a situation arise? What’s pretty likely here is a failure in database capacity planning and to provide for sufficient storage. That’s an…

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Microsoft to offer Oracle cloud database on Azure

Ahead of next week’s Oracle CloudWorld in Las Vegas, Oracle and Microsoft have announced Oracle Database@Azure. This is said to give direct access to Oracle database services running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and deployed in Microsoft Azure datacentres. It also opens up Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI services to Oracle customers. “Our expanded partnership with Oracle…

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