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April 7, 2016  5:36 PM

In the digital revolution, the Luddites are the ones in charge

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Analytics, Data protection, Luddites, privacy, Security

Between 1811 and 1813, English textile workers and weavers conducted a campaign of protests, sabotage and occasional rioting against the spread of new technology that threatened their livelihoods during the Industrial Revolution. At times they also tried to prevent lower-paid immigrants from...

February 5, 2016  10:53 AM

Privacy Shield is no solution for data protection – EU should put personal data in citizens’ hands

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Data protection, Database, Edward Snowden, European Commission, European Union, privacy, safe-harbour, snooping

Many US and European businesses no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when the European Commission announced it had agreed a basis for replacing the defunct Safe Harbour data...

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January 15, 2016  12:19 PM

The government’s patrician approach to privacy risks a spiral into ever greater surveillance

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Edward Snowden, Encryption, GCHQ, privacy, Security, snooping

It must be 15 years since the first time I wrote the phrase, "Privacy will be one of the defining challenges of the internet age". In the intervening years, that challenge has grown enormously.

Allied with privacy is trust, and it's clear nobody trusts a word the government has to say...


April 16, 2015  1:24 PM

The missing election manifesto promise – educating MPs on the UK’s digital opportunity

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
apprenticeships, Broadband, Conservatives, Data protection, GDS, innovation, Labour, privacy, Skills, tech startups

Who is going to be the big digital winner after the 2015 general election? Congratulations to anyone involved with smart ticketing on public transport - you're in for a good time....


January 16, 2015  11:09 AM

Privacy vs surveillance debate is nuanced and needs more education, less tribalism

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Data protection, Encryption, Hacking, privacy, RIPA, Security, snooping

It doesn't feel that long ago that the information security community were bemoaning the lack of attention they received from the government, national press and wider public. No danger of that happening now, is there?

Data protection, privacy and surveillance are leading front pages and...


February 18, 2014  12:03 PM

The lesson from the NHS Care.data row: You can’t keep privacy issues private any more

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Care.data, Database, IT security, NHS, privacy

The rumbling, growing row over the NHS England Care.data service has become an instruction manual for how not to handle data privacy in the digital age.

For anyone not aware of the...


June 10, 2013  4:39 PM

Morality and ethics – the ‘next big thing’ for IT suppliers

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NSA, Prism, privacy, snooping, trust

Nobody in the IT profession can be disappointed that technology has become such a central part of the way we all live and work.

For anyone who has been in the industry for 10 or more years, it is fantastic to see IT taking its central place in business and society; for technology to...


June 15, 2012  11:04 AM

IT professionals must counter fear and ignorance of technology

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Data protection, Internet access, IT security, Labour, privacy

We all know the good that technology can do, and the benefits it brings for the way we work, live and play. The future growth of the UK economy will be built on IT. Consumers are embracing technology in their everyday lives like never before.

Yet residual fear and ignorance is still...


March 4, 2011  12:54 PM

2011 UK census can be a milestone in regulating data privacy

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Census, Data protection, Facebook, Google, government, legislation, privacy, regulation

Ten years ago, Computer Weekly posed the question, "Will there ever be another paper-based census?" As we all wait to receive our paper census forms this month, little has changed in a decade that has seen enormous changes in technology.

At least


February 16, 2010  2:51 PM

New from Google: G-mea culpa

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
buzz, Facebook, Google, Internet, Microsoft, privacy, Social networking

You see, it's not so easy being big. That, at least, is one lesson Google could learn from Microsoft.

After the search giant stormed the web's news outlets and blogs last week with the launch of its Gmail-based social networking tool Buzz, so this week it is reaping the pain from...


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