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December 1, 2010  9:44 AM

Talking balls on Facebook

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consent, Data protection, Data sharing, privacy

The NHS Choices website is a cornerstone of the government's drive for health service efficiency and to move service delivery online. Users can log on to find out more about NHS services, and to use a symptoms checker to understand what might...

August 25, 2010  8:50 AM

You can outsource responsibility, but not accountability

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.ico, data breach notification, Data protection, incidents

Yesterday saw an announcement by the Financial Services Authority that the UK arm of

July 14, 2010  8:29 AM

When business trumps privacy

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.ico, Data protection, freedom, privacy

The BBC reports that the financial failure of gay teenager magazine XY, and its associated database, has given rise to a painful privacy conundrum: what happens to the database of registered site users?

When a company...

July 1, 2010  10:11 AM

Sensible guidance for school sports days

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.ico, Data protection, privacy

In a world where it's quite possible for minors to be arrested for taking pictures of parades on Armed Forces Day, parents go crying to the press when their

June 30, 2010  3:13 PM

Backfiring biometrics

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Biometrics, crime, Data protection

I've written on a number of occasions about the fallibility of biometrics as a trusted means to find or identify an individual. Setting aside problems with the mathematics of...

March 31, 2010  2:43 PM

Privacy, Data Protection and Security – Post UK Election

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Data protection, identity, politics, privacy

As the country goes to the polls, the three main parties have committed to specific policies on Privacy, Data Protection and Security. In particular, the Conservatives have promised radical reform in these areas. What changes are we likely to see once the new government is elected?


March 2, 2010  2:42 PM

Why seals don’t always perform

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Conferences, Data protection, legislation, privacy, regulation

The US Federal Trade Commission has just found so-called privacy and security certification service ControlScan guilty of failing to monitor the practices of its certified sites. In...

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February 22, 2010  7:40 AM

Government backs down on increased data theft penalties

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.ico, crime, Data protection, legislation, politics

The Ministry of Justice has once again dropped plans to increase penalties against those who recklessly or deliberately misuse personal information. As part of its response to the

January 15, 2010  7:26 PM

ICO gains new powers to fine organisations

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.ico, Data protection, privacy

The Information Commissioner has confirmed that from April he will have new powers to fine organisations up to £500,000 for wilful or reckless misuse of personal...

November 26, 2009  9:03 AM

RIPA tears up the right to remain silent

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crime, Data protection, Security, technologies

Chris Williams of the Register has written an excellent analysis of the recent jailing of a schizophrenic man for refusal to release...

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