Signifying nothing

I was an FOI / DP officer in local government for the first five years of FOI’s operation, and like everyone else in the field, I got used to spotting trends – certain topics would come up again and again, certain requests would follow certain events. Of course, I also got used to certain names […]

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Whose data is it anyway?

The Guardian’s website led with an odd story this morning. Not for the first time, GPs (the people whose insights are supposed to be so profound that they are effectively running NHS Commissioning) are complaining about the complexity of dealing with access to childrens’ medical records from parents who are divorced or separated. The most […]

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Wake up and smell the non-trivial data security incidents

You know what it’s like. You’re travelling home on three trains to complete a journey that would take half the time if only the trains went a sensible way. You’re too tired to do anything constructive, you’ve forgotten your Kindle but you’ve afraid to do nothing in case you doze off and miss the stop […]

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Re-Use THAT!

To bowdlerise Viz Comic, chuff me, it’s all kicking off in Buxton. The fine folk of High Peak Borough Council had a little local difficulty last week after getting into a tussle with a redoubtable local concerned about how much the Council was paying to maintain closed office buildings. Having disclosed the costs under FOI, […]

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