Identity, Privacy and Trust:

June, 2008

June 26, 2008  10:20 AM

The BEST phishing email yet!

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
incidents, Security

I've just received the very best phishing email I've ever received. Look, the money arrived in my account just a couple of hours ago - all I need to do is log in to get it! I've disabled the offending URL so that this doesn't fall foul of content filters.


Title: PAYMENT...

June 25, 2008  7:43 PM

Rather quiet on the big privacy news day

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, identity cards

Today's been the biggest privacy news day of the year; the Poynter and Burton reviews are out, the ICO has said it will slap enforcement notices on HMRC and MoD, and there are more data loss incidents emerging. Please excuse the radio silence, but I've been focussed on delivering the

June 23, 2008  9:15 AM

A very confusing survey?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, privacy

The BBC is covering a survey commissioned by StrongMail, in which the company claims that "one in five [marketing professionals] said they had given out credit card details, one in seven would reveal...

June 20, 2008  9:11 AM

Dilbert on workplace surveillance

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Today's Dilbert focusses (geddit?) on workplace surveillance.

June 19, 2008  11:30 AM

Controlling the carbon footprint

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Security, technologies

A new market is developing in environmentally-friendly low-carbon energy management solutions for businesses. Whilst visiting a public authority recently I witnessed an innovative solution to controlling energy use by their air-conditioning systems. Here's how they've done it...

June 19, 2008  7:51 AM

Dr Brown’s Psychic Paper

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
cards, identity

Dave Birch has published a short paper that summarises many of the ID card ideas he's put forward in recent years, and if you find yourself...

June 18, 2008  8:00 PM

Our computers work… or your money back

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens

The BBC reports that Sainsbury's has been forced to suspend its online shopping service due to an undisclosed computer glitch. The article makes for interesting reading when you compare it to public attitudes towards public sector system...

June 18, 2008  4:04 PM

Our first candidate for the spare plinth in Trafalgar Square?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, incidents

Thanks to Edgar for bringing my attention to the loss of six laptops from St George's Hospital in Tooting. Apparently the machines contained 20,000 patient records, stored there because there were problems with the network. But don't worry, everything's OK, because "

June 17, 2008  5:42 PM

You couldn’t make it up

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, incidents

First we had Top Secret Al-Qaeda analyses left on a train out of Waterloo... then financial crime plans left on a train back into Waterloo... (and all I found on my Waterloo train this...

June 11, 2008  9:07 AM

The Phorm effect spreads

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
BT, Data protection, incidents, Phorm, privacy

A little while ago I declared a closed season on Phorm, but this story merits coverage. The UK Information Commissioner has examined Phorm's OIX and Webwise offerings, and concluded...

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