When IT Meets Politics:

Information governance


April 4, 2010  11:57 AM

Should you have a choice whether your personal information is sent offshore?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing, Eurim, Information governance

The revelation that NHS trusts are routinely sending personal records for processing in a nation with no data protection legislation reminds me of when a former Inland Revenue CIO suggested (at a PITCOM...

January 21, 2010  8:35 AM

Drowning in Data Slurry as the “pipes” clog and burst

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
data.gov.uk, Eurim, Information governance

The HMG actions to put more of its information on-line at data.gov.uk are surprisingly modest compared to today's hype. They are right to be so. THere are major issues to do with the accuracy of much of the data on their files, The


November 25, 2009  9:54 AM

Why can’t victims and witnesses go on the DNA database?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Identity governance, Information governance

I read the Guardian article "Police routinely arresting people to get DNA" after it was drawn to my attention by FIPR and came to the opposite conclusion. The "real" issue is...


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 5, 2009  3:36 PM

The power of government misinformation: be very afraid

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Information governance

"The still calm voice that drives the strongest of men to panic". Today the Audit Commission  launched a discussion paper "Nothing but the Truth" to start "a discussion on how to...


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 31, 2009  10:00 AM

Valuable asset or toxic liability: ‘Is there something you should know?’

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Information governance

Yesterday the Audit Commission published the results of one of its national studies: 'Is there something I should...

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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...


May 22, 2009  6:58 PM

How does the cookie crumble? Whose spyware is acceptable?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cookies, Eurim, iglen, Information governance, MEPs, MPS, Outlaw.com, Spyware

What is the difference between the Larry Page's claim that making Google wipe data after six months would hit Flu Protection and a Ministerial claim that...


April 22, 2009  9:35 AM

Death by Data Protection: those lethally secure databases

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Information governance

More patients die because their medical record was wrong than because it was not available. More suffering and injustice are caused because police, justice and care records are not fit for purpose than because they are insecure. There is a very old rule of thumb that about 10% of records...


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