Identity, Privacy and Trust:

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November 19, 2014  11:14 AM

Privacy Seals and Privacy Snake Oil

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One of the constant problems of privacy is knowing who to trust with your data. Laws, policies, technical controls and trustworthy brands go a long way to building consumer confidence in an organisation's data handling, but it's only a matter of time before some bright spark suggests "maybe...

November 14, 2012  2:07 PM

The significance of the Identity Assurance programme

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Consumer empowerment think-tank Ctrl-Shift is carrying an interview with me on the significance of the Identity Assurance programme, in which I speculate on how IDA will grow over the coming months and years:

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March 20, 2012  9:06 AM

Bring Our Bytes Back Home

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This week's Sunday Times (no link, it's behind the paywall) carries a double page 'exposé' of the trade in stolen personal data from Indian contact centres, data entry services, IT support helpdesks and hosting services. The article describes how undercover journalists were offered lists of...


March 8, 2012  5:49 PM

Time to pay for privacy?

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Google has been in the news again, this time for changes to its privacy practices, which involved consolidating around 60 statements into one to cover all of Google's...


May 12, 2011  7:50 AM

Fines aren’t working: time for a Data Protection Offenders’ Register

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On Tuesday the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham announced the outcome of his office's investigation into alleged security failures by ACS:Law, and the imposition of...

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February 17, 2011  6:40 AM

The Department of ‘No’

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(The following article was originally published by Big Brother Watch in their book "The state of civil liberties in Modern...

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December 7, 2010  7:51 AM

Private Lives in a Database World

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[I was kindly invited to respond to a speech delivered by former Information Commissioner Richard Thomas CBE at a dinner at the


November 24, 2010  8:59 AM

ICO issues first fines – but how does this help anyone?

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The Information Commissioner's Office has made the first use of new powers to fine organisations for data breaches. Two organisations - Hertfordshire Country Council, and employment services firm A4e - were fined £100,000 and £60,000...


September 21, 2010  6:39 AM

The Computer Weekly Blog Awards

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It's that time of year again - Computer Weekly's annual blog awards are now open for nominations. You can nominate your favourite blogs under categories that...


March 31, 2010  3:36 PM

Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2010

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Please excuse the off-topic posting, but it's time for the annual charity event. Those of you whom I've pestered for sponsorship before will know that for the past three years I've cycled from my home to London and then on to Paris (400 miles)...


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