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September 9, 2013  12:25 PM

Never have so many charged so much to keep tabs on so few: what is the “real” cost of PRISM

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTV, cloud, Facebook, GCHQ, Google, IETF, Internet of Things, Internet security, IPv6, NSA, scrambls, twitter, Yahoo

I recently read a New York Times article on how the US drug enforcement surveillance database supposedly dwarfs that of the 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

August 26, 2013  12:01 PM

Which should concern us more: lack of privacy or lack of resilience?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Apple, awareness, Big Data, Cloud Computing, competition, Compliance, confidence, cyberbullying, Google, IET, Information security, Microsoft, On-line, scareware, trust, UK, WCIT

The rash of stories about state surveillance and


August 22, 2013  3:09 PM

Who do you trust less? Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, GCHQ, Google, guardian, Home Office

It is over five years since I first blogged on the theme of whether I would prefer to trust Google or GCHQ with the privacy of my e-mails. Material put into the public domain by 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


July 15, 2013  12:42 PM

BT to give FTTP in Dolphinholme but not FTTC to Smithfield

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, cumbria, Dolphinholme, FTTP, Google, Lancashire, liberty, London, O2, Ofcom, Sky, Smithfield, Stockholme, Stokab, Virgin, Vodafone

In whose interest is it for BT to offer a short order, fibre solution to the premises solution to a community in rural Lancashire (I have had a geography lesson since I first posted this entry) that is too remote for fibre to the cabinet, in order to match the timescale offered by a local...


July 15, 2013  12:10 PM

Is Angry Birds a bigger surveillance threat than PRISM?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
App store, Facebook, FSB, GCHQ, Google, iPhone, MOSAIC, NSA, Prism, Rovio, Star Wars

This morning I listed to the first episode of "Privacy Under Pressure" - it was Radio 4 at its best - with some of my favourite pundits. However, as is my wont, I looked through the other end of the telescope. Who really runs


June 20, 2013  10:50 AM

A bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theory related to the non-story that is PRISM

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Facebook, FBI, FISA, GCHG, Google, Information security, Microsoft, NSA, Prism, Yahoo

I love a good conspiracy theory.  It should have sufficient by way of checkable references to have a veneer of credibility while pandering to the prejudices of the listeners. The more that  emerges about "PRISM", the more it appears to be a non-story. If it is correct that 


June 17, 2013  5:43 PM

Is the EU Network and Information Security Directive a bigger threat than Al Qaeda?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, CERT, Cyber security, EU, Facebook, Google, Information security, NIS, Prism

The objectives of the Network and Information Security Directive are laudable but the approach does not fit with the


June 11, 2013  11:28 PM

The “free market” on-line world is under attack from all directions: who wants to save what and why?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, Fraud, FSA, Google, Impersonation, Microsoft, NFA, Prism, RIPA, Which

The storm of media cover for PRISM, the NSA equivalent for what the Communications Bill was intended to support in the


June 4, 2013  2:07 PM

Caught between the Communications Bill, the Patriot Act and Anglo-US “mutual assistance” agreements

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Facebook, Google, Home Office, Intellectual property, Microsoft, twitter, Yahoo

Press cover for the supposed letter from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter to Theresa May needs to be placed in context. "Highly contentious" puts their position mildly. They are "between a...


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