When IT Meets Politics:

August, 2008


August 27, 2008  10:38 AM

A long-overdue consultation on the great on-line rip-off

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Ofcom, Quality of Service

The importance of the Ofcom review on Quality of Service information cannot be under-estimated. 35 years ago, when I had responsibility for the NCC Microsystems Centre - running the flagship awareness prgramme of the day. We tried to...

August 23, 2008  10:15 AM

Another day, another data loss: Which culture must we change?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Authentication, Authorisation, confidence, Confidentiality, Data Loss, ethics, Information governance, Outsourcing, Risk analysis, trust

The recent loss of offender data shows how the cultural malaise regarding other people's data pervades the ICT profession, not just government bureaucracies. But the need is to protect people not their data. So which culture is it that we need to...


August 16, 2008  12:38 PM

Big Brother Database or Sensible Precaution

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
data retention, RIPA

The consultation on the updating of the legislation to require "communications data" to be retained in order to aid possible investigations came shortly after the announcement of proposals to centralise the storage of such data. The result has been a predictable wave of...


August 12, 2008  10:13 AM

Would you trust identity papers/card from this system?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data sharing, identity cards, Information governance

I have received a guest blog from "disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" on what happened when he recently tried to renew his passport. I have seen a similar complaints from, for example, a former midwife and child care professional wishing to help organise childrens' activities in local villages...


August 7, 2008  8:54 PM

Will xxx.cym be more trusted than xxx.com?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
welsh assembly

Tom Brooks, who I have known for more years than either of us cares to remember, has contributed the following guest blog.


August 2, 2008  10:06 AM

DCMS consults on another EU attempt to outlaw the future

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Piracy

The consultation on the UK implementation of the Audio Visual Media Services Directive has just begun. This aims to outlaw the product placement routines that are becoming integral to be central to funding...


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