When IT Meets Politics:

February, 2014

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February 25, 2014  7:26 PM

How relevant and practical are awareness programmes designed for a PC world to the mobile world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Paypal, security awareness, smartphone, Symantec

John Walker of SBLTD has given me permission to reproduce the following e-mail that he sent to me this morning  in response to my recent blog on the fight back against the...

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February 25, 2014  9:40 AM

What price net neutrality in a non-competitive broadband market

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Comcast, Net Neutrality, Netflix, Vodafone

The recent agreement between Netflix and Comcast in the United States illustrates what lies behind the current minuet...


February 24, 2014  7:54 AM

Entire NHS Hospital Episodes database already sold to insurance company

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
experian, Insurance, NHS, Sold

The


February 23, 2014  12:51 PM

How do we ensure that public online services are fit for a democratic society?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, choice, Data protection, digital divide, e-Inclusion, Ebay, ETICA, experian, Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Paypal, privacy, Security, Surveillance

The discussion at the recent Digital Leaders Annual Lecture and the attitudes of those I met at the reception afterwards caused me to ponder some of the unresolved issues regarding the ethics of public service delivery.  We need to...


February 19, 2014  10:17 AM

The fight against Surveillance Society claims its first victory – against NHS not NSA

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anonymous, Big Data, Cyber, Edward Snowden, NSA, privacy, Security, Surveillance

The postponement of the ill-conceived NHS central database is the first great win for common sense over Big Data, but we need more clarity as to what is at stack and who is on which side in the battle...


February 14, 2014  6:25 PM

The thefts from Tesco customers help illustrate the uselessness of Data Breach Notification

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
customer, data breach notification, Data protection, directive, European Union, NSA, PICTFOR, regulation, Security, Tesco

According to press cover the recent theft of vouchers from 2000 Tesco on-line customers was based on the collation of data already available over the darker parts of the Internet. So what should Tesco have notified, to whom, under the EU...


February 12, 2014  10:22 PM

How do we make the Internet a Safer Place?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DPA, Google, Safer Internet Day

Yesterday I blogged on the irony of releasing "The Intercept" between the 70th Birthday of Colossus and Safer Internet Day. Today I am delighted to be able to blog on


February 11, 2014  7:57 PM

The irony of exposing state surveillance between 70th birthday of Colossus and Safer Internet Day

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bletchley, Colossus, Edward Snowden, Facebook, Google, guardian, Microsoft, national museum of computing

The commentators responding to the Guardian press cover for the launch of Glenn Greenwald's anti NSA website,


February 10, 2014  7:54 AM

Ed Milliband adopts the first plank of my NRDP Manifesto

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barack Obama, Biometrics, Data protection, DNS, europeanunion, guardian, Milliband, obama, personal information, privacy

According to the Guardian, the first plank in Ed Milliband's speach to their  Hugo Young lecture this evening will be "People should own data about themselves, We should change...


February 9, 2014  7:26 AM

Is “know your customer” the on-line fraudsters’ greatest ally?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barclays, crime, Data protection, Fraud, kyc, liquidator, Money laundering

The press cover for the use by fraudsters of files from a defunct Barclays subsidiary serves to highlight the counter-productive nature of the "


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