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April 18, 2012  8:21 AM

CCDP: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
CCDP, identity cards, interception, liberties, No2ID, privacy, Surveillance

The dust has temporarily settled a little on the Home Office's announcement of the Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP), and doubtless some Ministers are now licking their wounds whilst others sharpen weapons in preparation for the fight that lies ahead when the legislation...

June 30, 2010  6:01 PM

There, but for the grace of Dave and Nick…

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity cards, politics

Do you remember the UK ID Cards scheme? You know, the government's promised 'gold standard' of identity? The unforgeable, unbeatable, genius of authentication that was promised to do anything you want (so long as all you wanted to do was submit to an identity check by a public official)? The one...


May 12, 2010  3:18 PM

The end is the beginning

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity cards, politics, privacy

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have published their coalition agreement. This includes the following key lines:

10. Civil liberties

The parties agree to...


May 12, 2010  8:02 AM

The First 100 Days?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity cards, legislation, politics

It's a bright, sunny morning. Finally, we have a new government. I'm excited. I've a strong sense that a Conservative-Liberal coalition could be the best possible election outcome for the UK: a strong economy coupled with a commitment to overturn the inefficiencies and centralisation of 13 years...


May 11, 2010  12:24 PM

A Coalition for Consent?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
consent, Election, identity cards, privacy

At some point in the next few hours, we're likely to find out the shape of the next government. I deliberately avoided commenting on my political preferences in the run-up to the election, preferring to remain neutral. However, now that the votes are in, from a privacy, identity and consent...


April 27, 2010  9:48 AM

Gissa proper National ID Card

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity, identity cards

One of the biggest flaws in the National ID Scheme's architecture is its failure to support peer-to-peer authentication in any meaningful way. The government has promoted it as a way to interact with government, UK border controls, proof of age scenarios, and... that's about it really. However,...


March 22, 2010  8:15 AM

Shome mishtake shurely?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics, identity, identity cards, politics, privacy

A very unpleasant little amendment to the Licensing Act (2003) is in front of Ministers for approval as a Statutory Instrument (SI). If you're not familiar with the process, a SI is a delegated legislation made under...


November 26, 2009  6:59 PM

More on “The Identity Commissioner speaks – and drops the Home Office in it”

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity cards

I wrote on the topic of the appointment of the new Identity Commissioner, and since then a comment has literally flooded in. I'm indebted to a spokesman for the Home Office, who...


November 24, 2009  1:10 PM

The Identity Commissioner speaks – and drops the Home Office in it

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
identity cards

Newly-appointed Identity Commissioner Sir Joseph Pilling has addressed the Home Affairs Committee in his first public appearance since taking up the post. What he had to say was interesting, and I doubt that the Identity &...


October 14, 2009  10:47 AM

Fail to build it… and they will come (and rip us off)

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identity cards

The Evening Standard reports that PC World was asked to withdraw a £750 printer after the Met police "revealed it could...


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