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Conference Season – Autumn 2011

It started for me with a fascinating lunch hosted by the Information Technologists’ Company on HQS Wellington. As always, an impressive keynote speaker in Professor Richard Susskind OBE but you’ll have to ask David Blunkett about his concerns regarding Home Office confidentiality –I thought you were supposed to kiss a lot of frogs, not let […]

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The Cost of Complacency

"The Cost of Cyber Crime" report reveals that whilst government and the citizen are affected by rising levels of cyber crime, at an estimated £2.2bn and £3.1bn cost respectively, business bears the lion’s share of the cost. The report indicates that, at a total estimated cost of £21bn, over three-quarters of the economic impact of […]

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Implementing PbD – Privacy by Design

The Canadian Government has long led the way regarding Privacy over Personal Information and this position is reinforced by the White Paper ‘Privacy by Design in Law, Policy and Practice’ published in August 2011 by Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada. The paper reflects and endorses what we at PAOGA have […]

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BT excel

It is said that you shouldn't design a software application that you wouldn't use or, better still, need yourself. Having recently moved house I am amazed at the time and inconvenience involved in informing suppliers of our change of address. Some can be done online, some require that you download a form to sign and […]

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Nothing to Hide?

I had not heard of Truth-Out until Matt pointed me at this article. Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security by: Daniel J. Solove, Yale University Press | Book Excerpt I have often questioned the tangled semantics and interpretations surrounding Identity, Persona, Security, and, as Daniel Solove explains, Privacy. He explains how […]

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Building My Business

Albeit that PAOGA is my 9th start-up I am very aware that the market changes significantly so ‘experience’ needs to be constantly challenged and lessons learnt. For that reason I was pleased to attend ‘Building the next generation of growth and wealth in the UK and Europe’ event last week hosted by Michael Tinmouth, Editor […]

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Do you really want to access UK public services through US Facebook and Google?

Kelly Fiveash reports in The Register that "Facebook and other social networks [Google] could be used by British citizens to sign into public services online." These two US companies have openly declared their ambition to 'own' all the data and personal information that passes through them – and, unless I am mistaken, that means that it […]

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What does PAOGA do?

Sony and their customers have suffered the problem that we are looking to address. They have incurred huge costs and reputational damage because they are responsible for a 'honeypot' containing the personal and financial details of 77m individuals, their most valuable assets, who now don't trust them. 77m individuals who are now at risk of […]

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PAOGA Digital Document Exchange

The digital revolution has resulted in many document based transactions being replaced by electronic authorisation, rather than signed documents. For instance credit card authorisation, tax returns and Companies House returns are all now done ‘online’. However the majority of legal and financial documents still require ‘hard’ copies, ‘wet’ signatures, and physical transportation either by post […]

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80% of people concerned about their personal details online

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, supported by Lord McNally, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice are right to recognise the urgency of this issue but 'understanding the law and your rights' alone is not sufficient if unenforceable. According to research by Privacy International and Virtual Identity and Privacy Research Center, Switzerland, the Personal Information of a European […]

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