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Apple boss: Internet snooping 'won't catch terrorists'

Apple CEO Tim Cook Credit: Reuters

The head of technology giant Apple believes privacy is a "basic human right" and no government or private company should be able to access personal information, he said in an interview.

Tim Cook, CEO of the US firm, also said invading people's privacy would not solve the issue of terrorism and would punish the "99.999% of people who are good".

His comments come amid a debate in the UK over whether security agencies should be given access to people's personal data such as emails to help detect potentially-violent extremists.

Mr Cook told the Daily Telegraph:

None of us should accept that the Government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn't give in to scaremongering or to people who fundamentally don't understand the details.

History has taught us that privacy breaches have resulted in very dire consequences. You don't have to look back too far or be a historian to see these things. They are readily apparent.

You don't want to eliminate everyone's privacy. If you do, you not only don't solve the terrorist issue but you also take away something that is a human right. The consequences of doing that are very significant.

– Tim Cook, CEO, Apple


Senior judge backs calls for eBay-style online courtrooms

One of the country's most senior judges has backed calls for the creation of online civil courts, as a report pointed to eBay as a model of success.

Lord Dyson, the head of civil justice in England and Wales, said the justice system had been slow to take advantage of internet technology, and described proposals for a state-run online court as an "exciting milestone".

The report admires how eBay deals with a 'remarkable' 60m disputes a year Credit: PA

A report by the Civil Justice Council said an online system - which would operate for cases involving less than £25,000 - would allow for documents to be submitted online for examination, with the option of telephone hearings.

And the group went on to illustrate how eBay dealt with a "remarkable" 60 million disputes between traders every year using an "online dispute resolution" system.

Lord Dyson stressed that the idea was still at an early stage, and said transparency - allowing the public and media access to the proceedings - was still a "really important question" which needed to be answered.


Police: Online dating fraud 'increases by a third'

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Online dating fraud has increased by a third in the last year at a cost of millions of pounds to the UK public, new data reportedly shows.

The figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau show a 33% increase in online dating fraud cases last year compared with 2013, with the cost up from £24.5 million to £34 million over the same period.

The report shows that 85% of dating scams last year stemmed from online dating websites or forums. Tony Neate, chief executive of internet awareness group Get Safe Online, said:

What strikes me is the length of time and effort fraudsters are willing to commit to in order to take people's money and destroy their lives and confidence.

– Tony Neate, Get Safe Online

Virgin Media to create 6,000 jobs in broadband expansion

Virgin Media is to create 6,000 jobs under £3 billion plans to expand its broadband network.

The expansion is set to create 6,000 jobs in the UK. Credit: PA Wire

The company, which is owned by US firm Liberty Global, has described the five year plan as the single biggest investment in broadband digital infrastructure in the UK for more than a decade.

The expansion is expected to create 6,000 jobs in the UK at Virgin Media and its construction partners. It will also increase the number of apprenticeships created by the company to 1,000 over the next five years.

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