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Data protection


September 16, 2009  11:53 AM

Surveillance State Kerplunk

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.ico, Data protection, Data sharing, identity cards, legislation, politics, Surveillance

The Conservatives have unveiled their plans for reversing the rise of the surveillance state. Seeking to pull the surveillance infrastructure out of government, their views are...

July 14, 2009  1:23 PM

Struggling with connectivity

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Data protection, privacy

Robin points out that the 118800 mobile phone directory service has been suspended. Operators Connectivity claim that the suspension...


July 13, 2009  11:56 AM

Increased fees for Data Protection notification

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Data protection

Datonomy reports on the new fee levels being set by the ICO for Data Protection notification. Small organisations won't see any hike from the existing £35 annual fee (free in certain cases), but for "tier 2"...


June 15, 2009  8:09 AM

CBE for the Information Commissioner

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Data protection

Outgoing Information Commissioner Richard Thomas was appointed CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list at the weekend. Richard steps down from his post this Wednesday, and his successor Christopher Graham will pick up the role at...


June 10, 2009  1:08 PM

The Data Sharing Challenge – What Should the Public Sector Do?

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Data protection, Data sharing, incidents, legislation, privacy, Surveillance, technologies

Data sharing has become one of the toughest technology topics for the public sector. Our strategies are being driven by the need to gather and exchange huge amounts of personal information within and between authorities. But the majority of the most significant data loss incidents of recent...


June 2, 2009  10:08 AM

BS10012:2009 – Data Protection: Specification for a Personal Information Management System

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Data protection, privacy

The British Standards Institute has today published the first version of its BS10012:2009 - Data Protection: Specification for a Personal Information Management System. Is this the panacea that privacy...


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.


March 19, 2009  7:06 AM

Government Scraps Coroners and Justice Clauses

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Data protection, legislation

The government has announced that it will withdraw clauses 152-154 of the draft Coroners and Justice Bill in the face of a broadside of criticism from opposition parties,...


March 3, 2009  1:05 PM

Privacy 101: Introducing the Laws of the Bleedin’ Obvious

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Data, Data protection, privacy, Projects

The Register is reporting that a number of prominent Scots - including Gordon Brown - had their medical records accessed by a doctor without authorisation:

The files were part of the Emergency Care Summary system database, which was established three years ago amid...


February 24, 2009  9:17 AM

Coroners & Justice: Government “retreat” is an ambush

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Data protection, legislation

The Independent reports that Justice Secretary Jack Straw is planning to amend the data sharing provisions of the Coroners & Justice Bill when it...


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