When IT Meets Politics:


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

November 15, 2012  9:11 AM

McAlpine and Petraeus: removing the illusions of Internet anonymity and privacy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, CIA, FBI, McAlpine, privacy, Surveillance

The news that Lord McAlpine's lawyers intend to identify and extract damages from those twats (shorter than twitterers) who down not own up and apologise...

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

April 20, 2012  8:06 AM

Scramble for Safety but not to protect Children

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Childnet, Eurim, ParentPort, Peterhouse, privacy, WCIT

January 25, 2012  3:50 PM

Who exploits “Brand Me”? Is customer power sufficient?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
identity, Impersonation, privacy

December 25, 2008  9:27 AM

Once in Royal David’s Digital City

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
privacy, Surveillance

I am indebted to GC Weekly for notice of this alarming announcement from the Herod Office and the respsnse from the No2AD campaign.

The government has published controversial plans for...

October 30, 2008  4:29 PM

Stop whinging and respond to the consultation on “Additional Uses of Patient Data”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Inssrance, Paoga, patient data, Pharmaceutical, privacy

A strong response to the consultation on the "Additional Uses of Patient Data" (e.g. to help planning,...

September 24, 2008  10:25 AM

Your life’s data in their hands?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Confidentiality, NHS, NHSIA, patient data, privacy

The NHS "Consultation on the wider use of patient information" is the first serious attempt to consult on the levels of privacy that patients expect since those of the

September 22, 2008  12:38 PM

Is your database really necessary?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asch, Bilko, Database, Eurim, Hasek, Information governance, Kafka, privacy, Schwiek

My attention has just been drawn to an article on the value of regularly purging datafiles to cut cost, legal risk cost and enhance security and...

May 30, 2008  8:38 PM

Who would you trust with your e-mail content: Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, FIPR, GCHQ, Google, Microsoft, privacy, Surveillance

At the FIPR 10th birthday I was fascinated to hear an attack on HMG plans to record all on-line communications by a well-known civil liberties activitist who makes a point of using g-mail: because it is not Microsoft. There is an increasingly surreal quality to...

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