Identity, Privacy and Trust:

Data protection


August 29, 2008  8:13 PM

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

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
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 22, 2008  7:41 AM

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
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

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
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 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....


July 30, 2008  7:13 AM

Government’s own report calls for removal of innocents’ data from DNA database

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Biometrics, consent, Data, Data protection, Surveillance, technologies

The Human Genetics Commission has published a report that calls for radical changes to the national DNA database (NDNAD), including the transfer of control away from the government, and the erasure of records relating to individuals who have not been...


July 28, 2008  5:32 PM

The return of fingerprinting at ports

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Biometrics, consent, Data protection, Surveillance

The Register is reporting that the UK Borders Agency is showing a renewed interest in fingerprinting passengers at ports and airports. The intention is apparently to introduce biometric checks in those areas where...


June 25, 2008  7:43 PM

Rather quiet on the big privacy news day

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, identity cards

Today's been the biggest privacy news day of the year; the Poynter and Burton reviews are out, the ICO has said it will slap enforcement notices on HMRC and MoD, and there are more data loss incidents emerging. Please excuse the radio silence, but I've been focussed on delivering the


June 23, 2008  9:15 AM

A very confusing survey?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, privacy

The BBC is covering a survey commissioned by StrongMail, in which the company claims that "one in five [marketing professionals] said they had given out credit card details, one in seven would reveal...


June 18, 2008  4:04 PM

Our first candidate for the spare plinth in Trafalgar Square?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, incidents

Thanks to Edgar for bringing my attention to the loss of six laptops from St George's Hospital in Tooting. Apparently the machines contained 20,000 patient records, stored there because there were problems with the network. But don't worry, everything's OK, because "


June 17, 2008  5:42 PM

You couldn’t make it up

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Data protection, incidents

First we had Top Secret Al-Qaeda analyses left on a train out of Waterloo... then financial crime plans left on a train back into Waterloo... (and all I found on my Waterloo train this...


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