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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This is not fine

The Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has come out fighting. Having just received a record £325,000 civil monetary penalty for DPA breaches, Mr Duncan Selbie has declared that he doesn’t understand what is going on, and he will appeal the CMP forthwith. There is a small part of me that […]

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