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February 14, 2014  6:25 PM

The thefts from Tesco customers help illustrate the uselessness of Data Breach Notification

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
customer, data breach notification, Data protection, directive, European Union, NSA, PICTFOR, regulation, Security, Tesco

According to press cover the recent theft of vouchers from 2000 Tesco on-line customers was based on the collation of data already available over the darker parts of the Internet. So what should Tesco have notified, to whom, under the EU...

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. 


October 27, 2013  11:50 AM

The evolving on-line world leaves BDUK trailing in its wake

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, aEURIM, approval, Arqiva, BDUK, BT, btgroup, competition, consultation, DECC, deutschetelekom, Edward Snowden, EE, European Union, local government, multi-media, O2, PSN, REIP, Sky, Socitm, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

Today is the deadline for responses to the BDUK consultation on which I blogged at the beginning of October . It may helpful to take the opportunity to summarise why BDUK should...


October 22, 2013  10:27 AM

Who is going to benefit from the new Telecoms Tax?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
European Union, Ofcom, Telecommunication

The broadband community is so fixated on the way that business rates discriminate against new entrants or local operators and the damage is set to be extended that it has neglected to impact...


October 21, 2013  10:08 AM

Does rapid take-up of SME broadband vouchers indicate a better way for final 2%

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, Defra, EE, European Union, fttc, HMRC, MWhitehall, PSN, rural, Sky, SME, Telefónica, Virgin, Vodafone, Vouchers

The broadband talkfest on 7th October appears to have been a profound disappointment  although there is still...


May 24, 2013  8:44 AM

Tell UKIP that it holds the key to the future of EU Network, Information and Cyber security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conservative, Cyber security, European Commission, European Union, Information security, UKIP

Let me explain why UKIP MEPs (and their allies in other member states) may well determine the future of EU Internet regulation and what is at...


April 3, 2013  8:27 AM

A case study in regulatory hypocrisy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CNIL, European Union, Google, TED

The controversy over Google's privacy policies is mounting. More data...

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February 25, 2013  8:09 PM

Should the penalty be for the data breach or for aiding and abetting fraud?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Data breach, European Union, Identity fraud, Nominet, UK

I have just had interesting feed back from a number of CISOs on my posting on the EU data Protection Directive. Some are still stuck in the past,


February 25, 2013  1:45 PM

Will the EU Cybersecurity Directive do more good than harm?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cybersecurity, Davos, directive, EIF, ENISA, European Commission, European Union, Europol, IGF, ITU, PICTFOR

Cybersecurity is fashionable. Everyone must have an initiative: from the dozens of fragmented and competing schemes across the tribes of Whitehall, Washington or the Berlaymont , through the IGF and ITU, to the


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...


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