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ICO Issues First Fines But Scares No-One – UPDATED

If the news that the Information Commissioner’s Office has levied its first fines  is supposed to scare people and organisations into being ethical, compliant with the law, using common sense and following sensible IT security precautions then I’m afraid the ICO is deluded.

Remember that the ICO is complicit in the mass privacy breaches by BT and Phorm in their secret and illegal testing.  The ICO did nothing to prevent this from happening.  The ICO now says that it doesn’t need technical expertise for its role.  I say that is bulls**t. The ICO needs technical expertise as much as it needs legal expertise.  Its abysmal perphormance in the Phorm phiasco proves that it does.

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Home Office RIPA Consultation – Inept? Incompetent? Can’t Be Arsed?

Like that fart you work your cheeks to get out silently so your grandparents don’t chastise you for breaking wind, the Home Office have snook out a consultation paper on amendments to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

You know, the one BT and Phorm violated multiple times in their secret and illegal tests.

You know, the one the Metropolitan Police were too thick to understand.

You know, the one the Crown Prosecution Service don’t seem to comprehend either.  How many days is it now? 765?

Deadline for consultation responses is 7th December.  It wasn’t put on the public consultations page until today.

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The Grauniad Lacks Clue on The #DEAct?

The recent report by The Guardian about the Judicial Review into the Digital Economy Act seems to be little more than a whining board for those proponents of the legislation who are annoyed by the prospect of the review.  The comments after the article say as much. This is my brief (ish) summary of how the DEA came into being & how supporters of the legislation are behaving.  I don’t know if The Guardian has forgotten to mention some of the other salient facts or just missed them out for a word limit so here they are.

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All I Hear Is Phorm

Like a nasty strain of venereal disease that just won’t go away, Phorm somehow seems to keep hanging on and showing up somewhere that hasn’t encountered its unpleasantness.  Kent Ertugrul’s company is said to be looking at China (a nice match that as China is no fan of privacy) and is trialling in Brazil.  Of course what Kent calls trialling and what you or I would call trialling may well be two very different things.

Let’s be honest here, veracity isn’t something Phorm have a very good track record in.  There has been some discussion on internet forums in Brazil about Phorm and its invasive (and illegal under UK and EU law) product. Then of course there’s the smear campaign website.  In short there’s nothing about Phorm to indicate that they are trustworthy in any respect.

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