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‘total lack of trust’

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There was an interesting interview on BBCnews this morning in which Peter Bolton King, Global Residential Director at Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), revealed the findings of their survey that Estate Agents are not trusted to provide relevant information to property buyers. This concurs with a recent survey by Which? who asked consumers the […]

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The Cost of Complacency

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"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

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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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Nothing to Hide?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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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Proposed Privacy Initiatives in the US

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John Ball, friend and colleague, kindly keeps me aware of privacy initiatives in the US where the attitude towards individuals personal information often clashes with the European perspective.This 'opinion piece' from Allison Mason of Rogin Nassau LLC The End of 2010 Marks Significant Developments in Online Privacy Initiatives, he bought to my attention describes some of the initiatives that […]

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Health, Wealth & Happiness

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Good day at the Business Cloud Summit 2010 yesterday participating on the panel analysing the rights and wrongs of the NHS IT strategy and potential of Cloud Computing given current economic conditions. Barry Evans, John Cruickshank, Graham Sadd and Gary Flood provide 'A Cloudy Health Check' As 'Business' is in the title I was not surprised […]

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