Identity, Privacy and Trust:

April, 2009

April 30, 2009  10:11 AM

Opt-Out or Opt-In

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consent, privacy

The National Programme for IT is steaming ahead within the NHS (if you believe the press releases), but remains controversial as ever. Pilots in two different areas demonstrate the incredible difference between allowing patients to 'opt-out' of the system and 'opt-in'.

April 29, 2009  12:54 PM

An End to Silly Names?

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The Register notes that the Identity and Passport Service refused to issue a passport to a woman who had changed her name to "Ms Pudsey Bear" (in aid of the BBC's Children in Need charity), despite the fact that her bank and even...

April 28, 2009  9:12 PM

More on Phorm

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DPI, legislation, privacy

"Mark Thompson" has commented on the previous short item on 'Phiting Dirty,' and I think his comment merits a blog item in its own right. I've reproduced his text below:

This new 'smear' website Phorm have setup is a complete disgrace. It is an attack on private individuals...

April 28, 2009  7:09 PM

Phiting Dirty

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legislation, privacy

Deep Packet Inspection outfit Phorm is busy covering itself with glory today. This morning we had the Freedom of Information revelation that contrary to previous statements, the Home Office not...

April 21, 2009  9:19 AM

When is ‘Fake ID’ not Fake ID?

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Some weeks ago I was interviewed by the BBC, who asked what I thought the greatest security threat to the National Identity Scheme (NIS) would be. The answer was easy: the biggest threat to ID Cards is things that aren't ID...

April 20, 2009  2:16 PM

The Bespoke Internet

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity, privacy, Surveillance

The controversial deep-packet inspection service offered by Phorm has been making the news again. But despite some of the hostile coverage that Phorm has received, there are possible benefits as well.

April 15, 2009  5:19 PM

Set Your Videos: The Westminster Gravy Train

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freedom of information

If you haven't already done so, set your video, Sky+ or PVR to record Sunday's Dispatches on Channel 4. Heather Brooke, the UK's leading Freedom of Information expert,...

April 15, 2009  5:02 PM

The Dangers of DNA Databases

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Biometrics, consent, Data protection, freedom, legislation, privacy, Surveillance, technologies

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the scientist behind the development of DNA testing methods used in modern policing, has attacked the government DNA database.

April 7, 2009  6:58 AM

First ID Cards Contracts Awarded

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Biometrics, identity cards

The Identity and Passport Service has announced the award of the first two contracts under the National Identity Scheme. CSC has been awarded the £385m contract for Application and...

April 6, 2009  1:18 PM

And the Academy Award goes to… Osama Bin Laden

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Biometrics, CCTV

The Telegraph is reporting that in trials of

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