Category: Privacy

Computer Crime, Good News and Bad News

By all accounts, May seems to have been a terrible month for the security of government computer systems. First the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) announced that they were taking their website offline, after an attack claimed by a hacker group. Then in an interview with the Guardian, Major General Jonathan Shaw, who has spent […]

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We’ve got a file on – me?

I was sent the following email during the recent Norwich South selection. Isn’t Data Protection a wonderful thing? The way it’s supposed to prevent important personal information from falling into the wrong hands, for instance. It’s rather ironic then, isn’t it, that New Labour were so appallingly lax during their time in office as to […]

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I spent Saturday at the TAM London conference. TAM stands for ‘The Amazing Meeting’, and is a conference for skeptics of all flavours. The keynote speaker was James Randi, the magician and professional skeptic, who made his name debunking, among others, Uri Geller. Randi was asked how people like Geller are able to make a […]

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On Saturday I spoke at the first Open Rights Group conference. Admittedly the title – ORGCON  – made it sound like a  1980’s Dr Who villain, but what can you do? I was part of the first panel of the day; the topic of the panel was “Thriving in the Real Digital Economy”; and (for […]

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The scandal of the MMR vaccine / autism scare is a story of greed, ignorance, gullibility, and the willingness of certain newspapers to print anything to shift copies. The shoddy doctor at the centre of the scam Andrew Wakefield seems finally to be getting his just deserts. Here is the story in full, beautifully illustrated […]

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Last night the Government rushed the Digital Economy Bill through Parliament without proper scrutiny in what is known as the ‘wash up’ procedure. This procedure is designed to allow the government of the day to pass uncontroversial bills once an election has been called, to prevent the country grinding to a halt. However, the Digital […]

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