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Data miners: No one wants to pay for easy prey

Camouflage plays an important role in the animal kingdom. Just think of the plaice and its perfectly camouflaged skin that matches the seabed and hides it from predators. In the human world there are also predators and prey – but the focus is on the collection of personal information. The hunters have it easy because their victims fail to protect and hide their information adequately but instead make it freely available. The latest example: IBM wants to analyse the health information of Apple users. more...

Guest Commentaries

Who protects the digital rights of Europe's citizens?

Two views on the subject of data protection and digital rights in Europe are presented here. In a guest editorial, data protection expert Christoph Schäfer calls on businesses not to follow every technological trend without question. EU Justice Minister Viviane Reding puts her faith in the upcoming European data protection reform due in 2014. It should result in cost savings for the economy and shift more responsibility onto data-handling companies. more...

Interview with IT expert Jan Hoffmeister on NSA scandal and digital corporate espionage

"The methods are the same"

The question whether the US security agency NSA is also conducting industrial espionage is the topic currently occupying the public, media and industry. There is no clear answer – but the danger is very real to those looking to lift the lid on the whole affair. At the same time, we must not forget other forms of industrial espionage that have existed for far longer. Companies are at their most vulnerable when they send important documents by email, stresses IT expert and former Siemens manager Jan Hoffmeister in an interview with International Trade News. more...

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Healthy alternatives for animals

The overdose of antibiotics in food animal production is considered a problem with serious repercussions. The risk of developing resistance rises each time bacteria are exposed to antimicrobials. Resistance opens the door to treatment failure and leads to an increasing number of infections. cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH situated in Fürstenau, Germany, decided to bank on a completely different approach. The company develops and produces natural pet products based on natural ingredients that help to prevent diseases.


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