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There is a problem, but there are solutions.

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Ctrl-Shift report that: Not that long ago it was a trickle. Now it’s becoming a flood. Research after research, white paper after white paper all have the same underlying message. It goes something like this – “Hey! There’s a problem with the way organisations collect and use personal data! The sooner they deal with it, […]

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Data breaches within the Legal Profession

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Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said: “The number of breaches reported by barristers and solicitors may not seem that high, but given the sensitive information they handle, and the fact that it is often held in paper files rather than secured by any sort of encryption, that number is troubling. It is important that we sound […]

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EBay Personal Information breached

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The [EBay] database was compromised in late February or early March, according to eBay. No financial information was lost but encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers were. The firm said that other than these no “other confidential personal information” was taken. But that’s more than enough for highjacking an […]

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White House report on collection of data

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Yesterday the White House published a report, (view full report) commissioned by Barack Obama in January 2014 in response to the Snowden revelations, in which John Podesta, counselor to the White House, backs the collection of Big Data. The White House report – Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values You can read a response in the […]

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The European Information Security Summit 2014

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I will be on a panel at EISS 2014 on Feb 19th to propose how Personal Clouds can help businesses and individuals to address the issues of Data Location: securing private and personal data in an outsourced world, which will be moderated by Rupert Goodwins ( Hope he has forgiven me for using Tom’s photo on […]

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Privacy by Design

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Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian announced the Big Privacy paper in her keynote to start the Privacy by Design User Forum in Toronto this morning. Click on the image to view.   PAOGA are delighted to be an Ambassador for PbD and a Founding Partner of the Respect Network. Privacy & Trust online is a global issue […]

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Parliament 2.0 to be designed by US?

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In The Sunday Times on 10 November 2013 Dominic Lawson wrote “British Officials are unable to trust the Americans to keep a single secret”. He also quoted from Facebook’s licence for its billion or so members as “you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use any IP content that you post […]

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Psst! Wanna buy a second hand digital copier?

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I have always known that ‘paper’ is an expensive and time consuming way of collecting, sharing, storing and retrieving information. I recall us all going out to buy document shredders to protect us from Ne’er do wells rooting through our dustbins (sorry – trash cans) to get hold of our personal information until weak or unprotected […]

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