When IT Meets Politics:

Surveillance


June 6, 2017  3:14 PM

Exiling hate preachers to the dark corners of the Internet is a win win strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Theresa May", GDPR, Google, Internet, PKI, privacy, Surveillance, WannaCry

The supposed "controversy"  over the Prime Minister's

May 15, 2017  12:16 PM

Exploiting “Fake News” – GCHQ and the Cyber Cartel

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, FIPR, GCHQ, NCA, NHS, privacy, Surveillance, Windows 7, XP

It is now apparent, from sources like the FIPR alerts, that the damage inflicted on NHS systems by Wannacry was much more localised than at first...


December 16, 2016  3:49 PM

The first NCSC enquiry (Nativity Child Safety Consequences)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
nativity, Surveillance

Extract from the minutes of the departmental enquiry into the so-called "Massacre of the Innocents". " ... the homing beacon was switched off as soon as the expert advisors from China, India and Iran had  arrived ...  secure subliminal "DREAM" channels were used successfully to warn the...


May 14, 2016  3:26 PM

Consumers trust neither Big Data nor Telcos/ISPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, privacy, Surveillance, trust, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The Vodafone survey "Big Data: a European Survey on the opportunities and risks of data analytics" shows that Europeans do not like the idea of ceding control over personal...


January 10, 2016  1:35 PM

Investigatory Powers and Civil Liberties in practice: “Think of Cicero as Al Capone’s Pocket Lawyer”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, IOCA, privacy, RIPA, Surveillance

My blog yesterday on the Scrambling for Safety event has been criticised for focusing on governance and safeguards rather than the powers themselves. Perhaps I should explain why....


November 30, 2015  11:21 AM

Does the Investigatory Powers Bill go far enough?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Data protection, DRIPA, GCHQ, ICR, IPv4, IPv6, ISP, Li-Fi, RIPA, SPOC, Spyware, Surveillance, Wifi

I received the press release for the call for evidence by the Joint Scrutiny...

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January 28, 2015  11:12 AM

Will Companies’ House liability for damages help trigger better approach to identity governance?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, BCS, Cabinet office, Data governance, Data protection, Google, privacy, Surveillance, Yahoo, Zoopla

We have much debate about information security and data protection but far more harm is caused because accurate information is not available when and where it is needed. The Cabinet Office "liability avoidance" approach to identity and authorisation policy has long been driven by the need to...


September 9, 2014  10:32 AM

Would the UK be a happier or more sinister if the police routinely wore body cameras?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CPS, Fergusson, FIPR, gps, police, Rialto, Surveillance, Technology, Wolfcom

The Home Secretary's suggestion that to save time the police should routinely wear body cameras sparked a rush of publicity, much of it from those opposed to the concept for a variety of reasons,...


July 21, 2014  10:39 AM

Why does the Bletchley Park Trust wish to airbrush Colossus out of history?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Bletchley, Colossus, GCHQ, guardian, museum, national museum of computing, privacy, Spycatcher, Surveillance

The Daily Mail press cover for the visit of the Duchess of Cambridge to Bletchley
includes a photograph of


March 23, 2014  9:26 AM

Have you sold your on-line soul for a mess of potage?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
choice, privacy, Surveillance

See my next blog entry . It is not just smart TVs that require you to agree to global surveillance by you technology or service provider and those to whom they decide to provide...


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