Data Protection

The Cold War

Another day, another headline about charity marketing calls. The Daily Mail proclaims ‘VICTORY’ against the scourge of charity call centres, reporting urgent (though vague) promises from the Prime Minister, and the closure of three of the rogue agency GoGen’s four...

A bunch of Tw*ts

The Englishman who wades into Scottish politics on either side, especially if he lives in England, is probably taking a huge risk of being disagreed with vehemently, no matter what he says. Nevertheless, the explosion of interest into the so-called 'Clypegate' list...

Roast Lamb

Politicians rarely handle data protection with anything like aplomb. The political parties' record on compliance with DP and PECR is awful, and they often seem to think privacy laws don't apply to them. An impressive example of this emerged today, with a largely...

Hunting the snark

There isn't any legal requirement to publish a clear public link, explaining how to make an FOI request, but it is obviously in the interests of both applicants and the organisation. The applicant knows where to go, and the organisation directs requests into the hands...

Careless

The people who run NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre never wanted to give the public a choice about whether their data would be mined and sold for research purposes (and the clumsy, ill-infomed opt-out that was dragged out of them isn't a...

Stop the press

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the Leveson proposals for press regulation, the Independent Press Standards Organisation is currently the preferred regulator for most newspapers. Even if you think that IPSO shouldn't be the regulator for press standards and...

Liberal Spamocrats

The Varsity newspaper reports a scandal in academia, as Julian Huppert stands accused of spamming Cambridge's students with crass emails about revenge porn. As well as reflecting the understandable annoyance of students at the spam and its triggering content, Varsity...