National insecurity

In all the furore over the announcement of the Government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill, one detail caught my eye. The Daily Telegraph published an article by Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC. Mr Wanless was keen that whatever else, we did not forget about the children: “We have heard plenty from groups extolling privacy […]

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Optical illusion

It’s a horrible week for news, and even if you ignore that, it’s a horrible week for Data Protection news, with charities up to their usual tricks, WHSmith and HMRC spraying their correspondents with other people’s correspondence, and in the middle of it all, the unforgivable mishandling of sensitive personal data at a sexual health […]

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Labour pains

Last month, I registered as a supporter of the Labour Party in order to vote for the leader and deputy leader. I am a lifelong Labour voter, and no, I don’t care what you think about that, and if you tell me what you think about that in the comments, I will let your comment […]

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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 proper choice anyway). It should therefore come as […]

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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 something more rigorous should be, there is no question that for most of the press, IPSO […]

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License to share?

Last month, I renewed my car tax disc. I am certain that Francis Maude and the Cabinet Office will be thrilled beyond measure to learn that I did it online. During the process there were some tick boxes, one which stated the following:  The email address and/or mobile number supplied by you, may also be used […]

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Sweet Charity

Two stories involving charities caught my eye this week because both seemed to indicate a belief that the normal rules should not apply to charities. The first is a bit of a puzzler – naturally one might sympathise with the environmental campaign group Global Witness, who are mired in a court case over their use […]

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Call the Cops

In June 2013, the Swansea-based company CPR Global proudly announced that their nuisance-call-busting Call Blocker had received a significant accolade – the device was now endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Having been vetted by their approved agent, the Call Blocker now carries ACPO’s ‘Secured By Design’ logo. It is police approved. Every […]

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Return to Sender

The Home Office is in the news again, coming under fire for the latest in a series of questionable wheezes to bully unwelcome foreigners. After the Racist Van, now we have the Racist text messages, brusquely telling the recipient: Message from the UK Border Agency. You are required to leave the UK as you no […]

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