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Why cyber security doesn’t work

Posted by Kevin on September 29, 2016

Ilia Kolochenko, CEO and founder of High-Tech Bridge, has an interesting article in CSO Online. It’s worth reading – but I just want to consider the first part here. He examines two sets of figures: spend on cyber security; and the losses to cyber crime. Both are rocketing: Gartner predicts a rise in spend from […]

Automatic takedown – a step too far

Posted by Kevin on September 5, 2016

Europol announced yesterday that “1,677 media content and social media accounts in 6 languages containing terrorist and violent extremist propaganda have been processed for the purpose of referral.” ‘Referral’ by Europol’s Internet Referral Unit effectively means ‘takedown’ without judicial oversight. Few people will object to the removal of illegal content from the internet. ‘Terrorist and […]

Spammers are spammers whoever they are

Posted by Kevin on September 2, 2016

Two spammers’ spam samples took my eye today: Kevtownsend, our VIP host has a message for you Kevin, you’ve been chosen to participate in our Desktop Virtualization Research Panel The first was caught by my spam filter; the second, more subtle sample, was not. The first, obviously a bit OTT, clearly took my name from my […]

Time for the people to take back control

Posted by Kevin on August 14, 2016

The basis of the Labour Party in the UK is that it is the party of the people. Well, that hasn’t been true for many years – certainly not since Tony Blair decided that the people didn’t understand that they wanted an illegal foreign war. Recent events have shown that nothing has changed. Labour MPs […]

Windows 10 privacy concerns are growing

Posted by Kevin on August 3, 2016

We’ve often talked about our concerns over Windows 10 privacy. See these for example: Serving Formal Notice to Microsoft Corporation Falling into the Windows 10 PIT again ‘PIT’, incidentally, stands for ‘privacy invasive techniques’ The agony of indecision – Windows 10 Windows 10 makes Google look like it still does no evil Microsoft’s encryption: a […]

Same as it ever was

Posted by Kevin on July 4, 2016

Baroness Neville-Rolfe has laid out Britain’s IT security and data protection plans in the post-Brexit era. It is simple and consistent with Britain’s historical approach: we don’t know and it all depends. That, frankly, is amazing. She doesn’t even know if the UK will proceed with GDPR. It seems to depend on whether the EU […]

FPTP balderdash

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2016

This has to be just about the most stupid, ill-conceived, undemocratic, authoritarian, thoughtless comment I have ever heard outside of the Fifth Form. FPTP gave us Blair who took the country to war against the will of the people; Brown who never had the will of the people; and Cameron who seeks to sap the will […]

Privacy and trading pariah

Posted by Kevin on June 25, 2016

The UK’s Information Commissioner has made a case for the implementation of the GDPR regardless of Brexit. This will be necessary to prevent the UK becoming a privacy and trading pariah. …if the UK wants to trade with the Single Market on equal terms we would have to prove ‘adequacy’ – in other words UK […]

Well, that was disappointing. Britain is leaving the EU

Posted by Kevin on June 24, 2016

Well, that was disappointing. Britain is leaving the EU. In my opinion it’s all down to immigration – and I think if Cameron had got better immigration concessions out of Brussels, Britain would have voted differently. Immigration is – or at least was – a serious problem. Britain is hugely overpopulated already. Unimpeded economic migration […]

For f’s sake vote Remain – ‘f’ stands for Freedom

Posted by Kevin on June 22, 2016

At last somebody has raised the privacy issue in relation to Brexit. While the in-out debates have focused mostly on immigration, spending and so forth, it’s also important that the public gives consideration to their right to privacy. The UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers bill – or Snooper’s Charter – would make it easier for the […]