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Data protection


February 10, 2014  7:54 AM

Ed Milliband adopts the first plank of my NRDP Manifesto

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barack Obama, Biometrics, Data protection, DNS, europeanunion, guardian, Milliband, obama, personal information, privacy

According to the Guardian, the first plank in Ed Milliband's speach to their  Hugo Young lecture this evening will be "People should own data about themselves, We should change...

February 9, 2014  7:26 AM

Is “know your customer” the on-line fraudsters’ greatest ally?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barclays, crime, Data protection, Fraud, kyc, liquidator, Money laundering

The press cover for the use by fraudsters of files from a defunct Barclays subsidiary serves to highlight the counter-productive nature of the "


February 1, 2014  9:38 AM

Everyone is recording what we do over the Internet: why should the NSA and GCHQ be different?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, cyberbullying, Data protection, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, Google, IBM, ICANN, ISOC, Nominet


On February 18th I am due to propose the motion "Nobody is telling the  truth about cyber security - not even when they think they know what the truth is" at a Real Time Club dinner debate.

I do...


January 20, 2014  12:17 PM

European Commission welcomes US Presidential Remarks and Directive

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
bigdata, Cyber security, Data protection, Edward Snowden, European Commission, European Union, NSA, obama, Surveillance

Do read the statement by a European Commission spokeswoman on President Obama's remarks on the review of of US Intelligence programmes. 


December 9, 2013  9:31 AM

MPs nominal pay to rise 11% but net (of tax) remuneration to FALL after 2015

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, dwp, Edward Snowden, IPSA, Kevin Cahill, NHIS, Transparency

It is interesting how, in the Internet Age, with supposed transparency, reality can be obscured. I would be be intersted in the comments of readers more expert than I, but my reading of the IPSA recommendations on MPs pay and conditions is the...


August 19, 2013  11:01 PM

Does Google’s privacy policy inspire you with confidence in their on-line world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
abuse, advertising, Amazon, Ask.fm, boycott, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, Data protection, Diageo, Fraud, ghettoes, Google, government, Mumsnet, On-line, outage, privacy, Security, trolls, vigilantes

A recent posting on The Drum illustrates 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


August 2, 2013  6:16 PM

How many Bradley Mannings are copying your supposedly secure big data to publish to the world?”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, Internet, Lithuania, privacy, WikiLeaks

Apparently 1.5 million Americans have similar security clearances to Bradley Manning. The UK security and surveillance services appear to be less insecure, but...


June 25, 2013  7:52 AM

How do we rebuild boardroom confidence in on-line security after the PRISM controversy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, informationsecurity

Whatever you believe were Edward Snowden's "real" reasons for passing his files to the Guardian, or theirs in publishing...

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June 20, 2013  12:12 PM

The Entries for my conspiracy theory competition are beginning to come in

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bilderberg, Birmingham, BT, Data protection, DCMS, Illuminati, outsource, PFI, Prism, Virgin

Yesterday I offered a bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theories related to the mass media cover for


April 24, 2013  6:31 AM

On whose side are Open Rights with their campaign to “protect” the EU Data Protection Regulation?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data breach, Data protection, EU, experian, Garlik, Infosec, ISOC, notification, regulation, Spamhaus, Stophaus, Toprt, Trusteer

I have long had strong views on the need for effective Data Protection but I have just received a e-mail via ISOC UK soliciting my support for tomorrow's "Press Stunt" by the 2 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


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