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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

New net rules set to make cookies crumble
From May, websites must get permission to gather information about surfers’ behaviour. We will all need to be careful with our cookies. Read the story.

Average cost of data security breach hits $7.2 million
Data security leaks are now costing an arm and a leg and guess what? There is a 72% chance that the cause is a negligent employee or motivated by malice or criminality. Read this heartwarming story

Boris Johnson launches iPhone app to clean up London
London Mayor has unveiled an app to allow the public to report vandalism and litter. It appears that curtain-twitching has evolved into the 21st century. Read the story.

Mark Bennett: Lotus Notes – The Double Edged Sword
This is a blog detailing the rapid development of an application to help after the Christchurch earthquake, but apparently the other edge to the sword is that it doesn’t look good. Try to work out what the problem is, here.

And finally:
17,000 USB sticks sent to UK dry-cleaners in 2010
Blog article on the other side of data cleansing. Read this slightly worrying story here

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