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February 1, 2016  9:53 AM

Is Government willing to pay for a surveillance regime that is fit for purpose?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Home Office, LINX

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December 31, 2013  12:33 PM

Is Mike Bracken’s CBE a mark of support or a consolation prize?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, CCTA, DVLA, dwp, Goethe, HMG, HMRC, Home Office, privacy, treasury

One of my regular sources for this blog is a seasoned Whitehall warrior who has been keeping me abreast of the progress (or otherwise) of the Cabinet...


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...


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...


March 27, 2013  1:16 PM

Whitehall Department to mandate support for a failed procurement service – yet again

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
economy, government, Home Office, police, Procurement, Whitehall

The Home Office response to the...


February 25, 2013  6:19 PM

Can Big Data help balance the Budget?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
dwp, Fraud, HMRC, Home Office, immigration, India, London, NHS, ONS, privacy, Service delivery, UKBA, Universal Credit

I have been quite scathing about the quality of government data and the need for


January 3, 2013  2:24 PM

Monday is the deadline for your views on rebuilding trust in .UK

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conservative, Home Office, ICANN, Nominet, Ofcom, UK, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

At the beginning of October Nominet launched a consultation on the potential introduction of a new service known as


January 2, 2013  4:46 PM

Good news on Universal and Tax Credits: Minister admits scale of current fraud

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
HMRC, Home Office, looters, Pakistani, Universal Credit

Iain Duncan Smith's comments on the unknown scale of immigration-linked fraud with regard to tax credits indicates that ministers are at last beginning to get to...


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


August 6, 2012  11:19 AM

“The Surveillance Commissioner warns … ” Be very careful what you wish for

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, DTI, Eurim, FIPR, Hawktalk, Home Office, LINX, NHSIA, NPfIT, RIPA

Last week I received an FIPR alert covering the


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