The petition calls on 'the Prime Minister to give the formation of a police central e-crime unit, as proposed by the Metropolitan Police and ACPO, urgent priority' including to help limit the damage from recent data leaks.
Until last week, HMG information assurance policy assumed that hundred of thousands of public servants would follow security procedures better than the Wermacht, Luftwaffe and Gestapo whose codes were broken by Bletchley Park.
Recent revelations as to the scale and nature of data losses in both public and private sectors, like events at the Northern Rock, show that current information governance regimes are not fit for purpose. So who can be trusted to act?
Many of the centralised, top-down projects (doomed to fail before they even start) of recent years result from the need for Ministers to respond to media demands for "something to be done" about the scandal of the day.
Most public sector 'partnerships' are doomed before the procurement begins, let alone the implementaton. The exceptions are where service recipients and delivery partners are fully involved in the initial planning.
Those who believe in the benefits of the on-line world must act rapidly and effectively to turn the current backlash against its perceived insecurity into well-informed votes of customer confidence in those who practice, not just preach, secure information sharing.
Much will be written about the loss of a couple of CDs of personal data by HMRC. But it is those organisations which track their data and report such losses that are publicly crucified. Those that keep quiet and cover up...
"Who do you trust? The Government, Marmite, Michael Fish .. Tesco .. ? So begins Matthew Gwyther, in a Management Today editorial on corporate trust. Debate over on-line trust is even more surreal.
Last week, in describing the challenge of moving towards citizen-centric service delivery, Sir David Varney reminded his audience that the current structure of Whitehall dates back to 1918, when Lloyd George's coalition government decided to organise the post World-War 1 public services in vertical...
Yesterday the European Commission published its plans for a Single European Telecommunications Market . Meanwhile the Internet faced a "