UK national ID card scheme to be scrapped!

Wow, I love this news that UK'scoalition government will be keeping their promises to "reverse and restrain many of the surveillance systems that have marked its citizens out as the most watched in the world," THINQ.co.uk reports. Plans include scrapping the National Identity Register and ID card, as well as biometric passports, and expanding the … Continue reading UK national ID card scheme to be scrapped!

Beware of school authorities bearing gifts ;-)

Picked up from Jack's tweets.... According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their … Continue reading Beware of school authorities bearing gifts 😉

National Crime Database Raises Privacy Concerns

The (quiet) introduction of a National Police Reference System in Australia has raised concerns on the impact on privacy.  The database (run by CRIMTRAC has millions of records - including DNA and fingerprints) and is able to be accessed by all Australian law enforcement officers.  There are up to 80,000 accesses to the data per day. For more … Continue reading National Crime Database Raises Privacy Concerns

Shedding Your Identity in the Digital Age

is the title of a new article in the December 2009 issue of Wired Magazine. For one month, Evan Ratliff shed his digital identity and tried to disappear. Wired offered $5000 to the first person who could locate him, say the password "fluke" and take his picture within the one month contest period. The premise … Continue reading Shedding Your Identity in the Digital Age

Facebook – “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time”

According to Mark Zuckerberg, the 25-year-old chief executive and founder of Facebook, "People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people". For him, "That social norm is just something that has evolved over time". Complete article here (The Guardian): Privacy no longer a social … Continue reading Facebook – “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time”

Data Privacy Day 2010 is just around the corner

Data Privacy Day 2010 is occurring on January 28th. Data Privacy Day is an annual international celebration to raise awareness and generate discussion about information privacy. In 2009, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives recognized January 28th as National Data Privacy Day. Over the past few years, privacy professionals, corporations, government officials and … Continue reading Data Privacy Day 2010 is just around the corner

EU ePrivacy Directive amendment

A recently passed amendment to the EU Privacy Directive will require Internet users' consent before cookies can be placed on their computers. This is part of a revised ePrivacy Directive that is close to enactment, that includes improvements on security breach, cookies and enforcement. The new provisions will bring vital improvements in the protection of … Continue reading EU ePrivacy Directive amendment

Data protection guide

Thanks to David Lacey for highlighting that the Information Commissioner's Office has just published a detailed Guide to Data Protection that is an excellent, well presented piece of work.

One month today since Ivy joined us!

You know today is a pretty special day. It is exactly one month since my daughter Ivy checked-out and joined us, pappa and myself in this exciting world. Exciting because it feels today as though we have come over a challenging and most beautiful month and feel a real achievement. We are learning how Ivy … Continue reading One month today since Ivy joined us!

How anonymous is your anonymised data?

The question is how anonymous is your data once stripped of 'personal identifying information' (PII) when used by data aggregation companies for analysis. PII can include name, postcode, etc. I made a couple of blog posts in 2008 concerning this. According to a study led by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, previously anonymised data … Continue reading How anonymous is your anonymised data?