Identity, Privacy and Trust:

August, 2008


August 29, 2008  8:13 PM

If you’re planning to lie, at least try to be convincing

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Data protection, identity, privacy

New Forest District Council has been rapped by the Information Commissioner for posting up personal information on its planning website. The problem is not new, and a number of councils have been warned about this in the...

August 27, 2008  10:09 PM

Think your password is a secret? No it’s not

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privacy, Security

The BBC is reporting that a man who chose a telephone banking password with Lloyds TSB of "Lloyds is pants" (he wasn't very happy with Lloyds at the time) had it changed to "no it's not" by a member of staff. Apparently...


August 26, 2008  12:48 PM

Meet the new loss, same as the old loss

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identity, identity cards, incidents, privacy

Another day, another data loss, and another struggle for an original headline. However, the RBS / NatWest / Amex loss of 1m sets of personal information isn't as straightforward as it might at first look.


August 26, 2008  9:15 AM

Back to school

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identity, privacy

Dave Birch has done an excellent job of describing a point that is oft-discussed in identity/privacy circles: that we in fact rarely need to identify ourselves. Government ministers bang on about how...


August 22, 2008  7:41 AM

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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Data protection, identity cards, incidents, privacy

It's a corny title but an appropriate one: the Home Office has admitted to the loss of a memory stick containing personal information about every one of the 84,000 prisoners in England & Wales. This time the loss wasn't by a '


August 21, 2008  5:12 PM

Consultation: Privacy by Design

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consent, Data protection, privacy, technologies

Despite more than 20 years of data protection legislation in the UK and efforts to encourage the adoption of privacy friendly technologies and ways of working, progress has been disappointing and data protection and privacy safeguards are often bolted on as inadequate afterthoughts rather than...


August 21, 2008  10:00 AM

Simplifying the Laws of Identity

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identity, technologies

Kim Cameron - Microsoft's Architect of Identity, identity guru and all round decent chap, has been working on a simplified 'plain english' version of his Laws of Identity. This is an important piece of work, since it sets a number of key...


August 20, 2008  8:14 PM

Schleswig-Holstein Commissioner reacts to data sale incidents

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Data protection, Security

The BBC is reporting that the Information Commissioner in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, is calling for tougher privacy laws to tackle the illegal sale of personal data, some of which includes bank account details and phone numbers....


August 19, 2008  11:06 AM

The spy in the sky?

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privacy, Surveillance

Road pricing is a funny old thing - we get incredibly worked up about the idea of a public authority tracking our vehicle movements, yet we tolerate the fact the mobile...


August 1, 2008  6:18 PM

First ID Cards contract awarded

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identity cards

French systems integrator Thales has been awarded an £18m contract for supply to the Identity & Passport Service under the National Identity Scheme. The full details...


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