When IT Meets Politics:

Data protection


August 6, 2009  12:26 PM

Is your information system a strategic asset or a toxic liability?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Best Practice, Data protection, Eurim, Information governance

The next few weeks will to see a rash of worthy political pronouncements and initiatives that fail to balance the conflicting pressures for data protection, sharing and security. The focus on protection commony obscures the need for the...

July 25, 2009  1:07 PM

Long live the database state

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Eurim, information assurance, Information governance

The FIPR Alerts service has just drawn my attention to an excellent article in Prospect headlined; "Long linve the database state: smarter use of public service statistics can save...


February 4, 2009  1:02 PM

Garbage protection, muck spreading or data governance?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection

The multi-million pound garbage protection industry, including all those lawyers, consultants, Caldecott Guardians et al who expensively obfsucate some very simple basic principles, have much to anwer for - but Clauses 152-154 & Schedule 18 of...


October 30, 2008  4:29 PM

Stop whinging and respond to the consultation on “Additional Uses of Patient Data”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Inssrance, Paoga, patient data, Pharmaceutical, privacy

A strong response to the consultation on the "Additional Uses of Patient Data" (e.g. to help planning,...


May 30, 2008  8:38 PM

Who would you trust with your e-mail content: Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, FIPR, GCHQ, Google, Microsoft, privacy, Surveillance

At the FIPR 10th birthday I was fascinated to hear an attack on HMG plans to record all on-line communications by a well-known civil liberties activitist who makes a point of using g-mail: because it is not Microsoft. There is an increasingly surreal quality to...


April 23, 2008  10:21 AM

Death by Data Protection III: paralysis from the top.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Information security

Yesterday at Infosec the Information Commisioner said that the Cabinet Secretary's Review was expected to be focussed on "issues of accountability and governance", indicating that the heads of departments would be personally responsible in the event of serious data breaches. But where is the...


February 17, 2008  8:28 AM

Death by Data Protection II: The Empire Strikes Back

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection

Across the UK we can see unholy alliances of data protection and security consultants, technology salesmen and regulatory lawyers bureaucrats queuing up to "help" Sir Humphrey "protect" our privacy.


January 22, 2008  9:00 AM

The fount of good Data Protection wisdom

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Information security

In my rant against Data Protection and Information Assurance snake-oil yesterday I forgot what is by far the best, cheapest and most authoritative source of good advice: the Information Commisioner's website.


December 24, 2007  10:00 AM

Looking over the precipice: UK ICT in 2008

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Information risk management

The growing flood of data leak stories means that few, if any, large UK public sector ICT programmes will be progressed until political confidence is rebuilt. That is a major challenge for an industry that has lost touch with reality


December 12, 2007  7:29 PM

Stop whinging and help the Data Sharing Review

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security

I have just received the letter asking for inputs to the independent review requested by the Prime Minister. Inputs to this review will be discussed at most of my meetings tomorrow. What will you be doing to help?


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