When IT Meets Politics:

Data protection


January 19, 2013  8:35 AM

Data Protection wars – what is at stake for whom under the new EU Directive

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, European Union, Facebook, Google, Spiegel, USA Patriot Act

A recent Spiegel (German perspective but written in English) article gives an excellent layman's summary of the strategic divides in the debate over the new Data...

October 20, 2012  11:32 AM

Why is Dublin the on-line capital of Europe ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Capita, Data protection, Dublin, Facebook, Gary McKinnon, Google, Home Office, India, London, Microsoft, privacy, tax, TCS

Is it the Irish Tax rates, which enable Apple, Facebook and


June 11, 2012  10:16 AM

Digital Identities Directive seeks to curb Crown Immunity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, directive, dwp, Eurim, European Commission, europeanunion, ICANN, IPv4, IPv6, payments, regulation, Universal Credit

The Commission has just issued a Draft Regulation on "electronic identification and trust services  for electronic services in the internal market"....


April 17, 2012  11:07 AM

Is EURIM about to become the Digital Single Market champion?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC iPlayer, Data protection, data retention, Eurim, London

The draft Data Protection Regulation contains "necessary ambiguities" in order to achieve agreement on "harmonisation". Those ambiguities create yet more legal and regulatory uncertainty confusion of the type that make its easier to organise cross border transactions via services based in the USA....


July 22, 2011  3:52 PM

Lessons from Hackgate: 1) delete all e-mails no longer required

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, hackgate

The unravelling phonehacking sage may prove to be an even better stimulus to basic "good practice" in information security and data protection than the lost HMRC discs. I am not sure that e-mails count as "personal data" but the fifth


February 11, 2011  8:54 PM

How much of your personal data will go on sale as an unnecessary side effect of cost savings

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data Leakage, Data protection, Information security, WEEE

We can expect hundreds of thousands more personal computers and servers being shipped to Third World Countries for "recycling" as a result of Government departments, agencies and their suppliers seeking the cheapest means of disposing of surplus kit....


December 4, 2010  10:59 AM

Freedom of Information (and Wikileaks) v. Censorship (and Established Power)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Data protection, Eurim, God, Google, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security, Internet, Net Neutrality, WikiLeaks

The reaction to the Wikileaks story exposes the heady mixture of self-delusion that passes for debate on freedom of information, transparency of government, re-use of public information, secure data sharing, data protection, information assurance, information security,...


February 16, 2010  6:34 PM

Drowning in Data Leaks v. Death by Data Protection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
competition, Data protection

What is good practice in information governance? I have blogged before on the Information Society Alliance


November 12, 2009  12:00 PM

From Toxic Liability to Strategic Asset: Unlocking the Value of Information

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asset-centric, Data protection, information assurance, Information governance, Information security, SAS, Security-Centric

There has been much debate on "The Value of Information" and on responsibilities for protecting personal data. Last week the Audit Commission released a report on the need to address the problems of quality in public sector information: "


November 11, 2009  12:28 AM

Who is the biggest threat to your privacy? Government, Google or the Gossip next door?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Google, Internet service providers, jobsworth

We have a very muddled and muddied set of debates over privacy, security and data sharing. It can be summarised as  "I want more efficient joined up services from government but I don't want my information used by bureaucratic snoopers". Meanwhile...


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