Identity, Privacy and Trust:

February, 2008

February 27, 2008  11:01 AM

Turning security into a game of Trivial Pursuit

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identity, privacy, pseudonymity

Many online and telephone services rely on asking daft personal questions to authenticate users, particularly when a password has been lost or an account locked out. It's quite common to rely on a mother's maiden name, first pet's name or other significant personal data to prove the identity of the...

February 26, 2008  8:31 AM

Data losses in Borsetshire

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For a while now I've been waiting for the issue of data losses to permeate the popular media. Soaps are a great way to get people plugged into these awareness ideas. Well, I'm delighted to announce it's happened, in The Archers of all places....

February 25, 2008  7:35 PM

Identity goes mainstream

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The Economist is carrying an interview with Microsoft's Kim Cameron, their Identity Architect and the powerhouse behind Windows Cardspace. Kim is quite possibly the most influential identity expert in the...

February 20, 2008  8:16 AM

Haemorrhaging personal data

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incidents, privacy

It would seem that the plague of personal data loss incidents has spread to Irish shores as the Irish Blood Transfusion Service admits to losing a laptop with 170,000 patient records on it.

February 19, 2008  8:00 AM

How many identities do I have?

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identity, pseudonymity

I only have one identity. That’s me. I know who I am. You can’t steal it from me. But I use many personae, and the UK, like many ‘western’ nations, is built upon pseudonymity. For example, I have about a dozen pieces of plastic in my wallet. There is no direct link between the Toby that...

February 18, 2008  7:44 AM

What is privacy anyway?

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consent, context, privacy

Privacy is often defined as “the right to be left alone” (OED). The key issue here is the ‘right’ - not the ‘alone’. Very few of us choose to be left entirely alone, we surround ourselves with people, phones, computers, tvs, radios etc. But we want to know we could be left alone in a...

February 16, 2008  8:19 AM

Think twice before you start printing your own currency

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Finance, identity, Surveillance, technologies

Your colour laser printer or photocopier may be printing a hidden 'bar code' on every document. Continued »

February 12, 2008  8:10 PM

More on data loss compensation – would $54m do?

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incidents, privacy, Security

Whilst we're discussing compensation for data loss, a US citizen is suing Best Buy for $54m for the loss of her laptop.

Continued »

February 11, 2008  4:57 PM

Government paying out data loss compensation? Surely not

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Data protection, incidents

An online service claims to be able to secure compensation for individuals who claim they were affected by the HMRC data loss incident.

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February 11, 2008  4:23 PM

How to rip me off

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An innovative eBayer has posted a comprehensive guide on how to defraud eBayers. Continued »

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