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February 25, 2014  7:26 PM

How relevant and practical are awareness programmes designed for a PC world to the mobile world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Paypal, security awareness, smartphone, Symantec

John Walker of SBLTD has given me permission to reproduce the following e-mail that he sent to me this morningĀ  in response to my recent blog on the fight back against the surveillance...

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February 23, 2014  12:51 PM

How do we ensure that public online services are fit for a democratic society?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, choice, Data protection, digital divide, e-Inclusion, Ebay, ETICA, experian, Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Paypal, privacy, Security, Surveillance

The discussion at the recent Digital Leaders Annual Lecture and the attitudes of those I met at the reception afterwards caused me to ponder some of the unresolved issues regarding the ethics of public service delivery.  We need to...

November 30, 2012  8:50 PM

Do the e-Commerce Directive and “innnocent carrier” status still have any meaning?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cyber Monday, Ebay, European Union, Paypal

Publicity for the recent Austrian case regarding TOR  caused me to ponder whether the e-commerce directive still has any meaning. One the one hand we have market leaders touting for business across the EU without...

October 9, 2012  10:33 AM

Has HMG given up on trying to impose an ID scheme?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, Facebook, Nominet, Paypal, social media

Recent "leaks" appear to indicate that Cabinet Office has finally given up on trying to impose a uniform ID scheme on the...

March 6, 2012  8:23 AM

Stop the Bleeding – the wetware is more important than the software or hardware

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barclaycard, BT, Cabinet office, Citizencard, dwp, Equifax, experian, Fraud, Google, information technology, ISPs, MBNA, Microsoft, Paypal, Swift, telcos, visa, Vodafone

In my previous blog on the need for the Chancellor to give serious priority to tackling on-line fraud in his budget, I should also have made the point that the software and...

February 14, 2012  5:53 PM

“Please review your billing agreement” – Paypal does it better

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

This morning I received one of the many impressive scams doing the rounds. I might have fallen for it save that two copies, almost but not quite identical, arrived a few minutes apart. I looked up the Action Fraud website for reporting spam and...

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