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January 4, 2012

Journalism News
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» Press standards – what’s new?

As the Leveson inquiry into press standards resumes (on 9 Jan) it might be interesting to put the current debate about the behaviour of the media into a historical perspective. Here’s a list of concerns about newspapers and journalists: ‘Complaints … Continue reading

July 31, 2008

Inside Security News
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» UK goverment is ignoring the importance of your confidential details

This is not a laughing matter anymore. The first large hit to the UK government was the reporting of 25 million child benefit records stored on disks going missing [1, 2, 14, 15] . Then we had more going missing [13, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]. To top the icing on this wonderful cake called 'e-government and e-commerce tossed fruit salad', just today we read that:

Thousands of driver details lost [4]

Thousands of staff details leaked [5]

Building society loses staff data [6]

I would be surprised if this quarter (i.e. based on the US fiscal year [3]) was not named 'the quarter of privacy lost'. Let's hope that something will come out of reports like [7] and all the publicity. If in the end they will protect the consumer or will it just be another opportunity for a money making scheme?

How hard can it be to enforce an encryption paradigm where a public key cryptography [16] is used by the high ranking members of a department?

Note to self: Putting a price on 25 million records is really tough. Giving a £20,000 reward for the discs, containing the records, that are 'worth £1.5bn' to criminals, there must be something wrong there, i think.

Links Used:
[1] UK's families put on fraud alert, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7103566.stm
[2] Private data 'also given to firm', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7108532.stm
[3] Fiscal year, en.wikipedia.org - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_year
[4] Thousands of driver details lost, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7138408.stm
[5] Thousands of staff details leaked, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7138426.stm
[6] Building society loses staff data, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/7138106.stm
[7] Better data protection 'required', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7131980.stm
[8] Drivers sent wrong DVLA details, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7131506.stm
[9] More firms 'admit disc failings', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7127951.stm
[10] £20,000 reward offered for discs, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7128851.stm
[11] Discs 'worth £1.5bn' to criminals, BBC News -http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7117291.stm
[12] Personal files go to wrong office, BBC News- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7116944.stm
[13] Six more data discs 'are missing', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7111056.stm
[14] E-mails reveal data check warning, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7106987.stm
[15] Data lost by Revenue and Customs (15,000 Standard Life customers), BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7103911.stm
[16] Public Key Cryptography, en.wikipedia.org - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_key_cryptography