Another bunch of people who will now hate my guts

Labour Pains

As the pandemic takes hold, an unwelcome distraction comes with news that an internal Labour Party report into how it dealt with antisemitism has been leaked, showing up in the hands of some of the dumbest people in left-wing politics. The document was unredacted, and...

My Corona

I'm not the first person to point out that the current flood of Covid-19 emails are reminiscent of the Great GDPR Consent Panic of 2018. Organisations you have no memory of ever interacting with are suddenly there as well as many household names, reassuring you of...

Just the candidates we need

A few months ago, the ICO received a Freedom of Information request on What Do They Know from a 'Dwayne Dibbley', asking interesting questions about the recruitment of Ellis Parry to the post of ICO Data Ethics Adviser. As soon as the post was announced, I was...

National Spam Service

During the hysteria in the run-up to May 2018, one of the ways in which it was easy to spot GDPR practitioners whose sole Data Protection experience was doing That Dreadful Course Run By Those Awful People was their lack of awareness of the Privacy and Electronic...

Second Class

The Times published an interesting story on Saturday about businesses being approached by the Information Commissioner's Office. According to the story, thousands of small business owners and landlords have received "heavy-handed" letters about the annual fee which...

New Year Dishonours

There's never a good time to accidentally publish a huge batch of personal data online, but the interregnum between Christmas and New Year, when nothing happens and most people are bored is a particularly unfortunate moment to choose. The Cabinet Office's foul-up in...

The Hangover

Another day, another story in the Observer about Dominic Cummings and the Brexit vote, inspired (if that is ever the right word in this context) by revelations from Ian Lucas, the former MP for Wrexham. Lucas did not stand in the 2019 General Election and his former...

Open Goal

The OpenRightsGroup currently have a tool on their website to make subject access requests to political parties; they say that it is intended to investigate political profiling: "Who do political parties think we are?" is the heading on the page. There is definitely a...

Hare-brained

Most people have little routines that they enjoy on a Sunday. Doing a spot of gardening, going for a run - I know one person who relishes his Sunday trip to the tip. For me, a minor weekend pleasure is the masochistic ritual of reading a maddeningly ill-informed...

Low Profile

The use of personal data to advance political causes has never had as high a profile as it does now, thanks mainly to Brexit and the lurid tales of data manipulation usually bundled under the vague heading of the 'Cambridge Analytica scandal'. Thanks to the efforts of...