UK academics turn off tap of online data.

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UK academics are working together with industry to turn off the deluge of personal data that floods the internet and threatens people's security and identity.

Through a 3.6 million [pounds sterling] project, called Encore (Ensuring Consent and Revocation), a team of e-security experts aims to create a solution to increasing problems caused by the uncontrolled flow of personal data. The team brings together researchers from HP's Systems Security Lab in Bristol, the project leaders, with WMG at the University of Warwick, QinetiQ, HW Communications, Oxford University's Ethox Centre legal department, and regulation and business experts from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Encore, which is jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board, will help businesses and Government adopt scalable, cost-effective and robust consent and revocation methods for controlling the use, storing, locating and sharing of personal data.

At present people have no way of controlling how their personal information is used and to ensure that it is deleted, when requested, from databases. Often such details are handed to third parties, making the control of personal data even harder. Millions of people shop online every day and yet data leakage and identity fraud are growing concerns. There is a need to respond to this situation...

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