Aug 13th 2014

New guidance only shows the problems of surveillance oversight. Where are the solutions?

Finally clarifying what was already widely accepted, a publication by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has confirmed that surveillance legislation is “complex”. “Surveillance Road Map” (PDF) seeks to set out the responsibilities of each body tasked with overseeing the laws that govern surveillance as well as highlighting some of their overlapping functions. One of the […]

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Jul 22nd 2014

Yet another Government Database Mooted

Even plans made with the best of intentions can go awry. In a speech made last week, Mark Hoban, a former Minister of State for Work and Pensions, floated the idea of combining previously separate personal financial information into a single database. Mr Hoban argued that “It would be great if we could use the Retirement […]

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Mar 4th 2014

When patient privacy and google collide

Clearly when data is held by a third party, a different set of risks exist – from concerns about foreign Government access to the use of the data by the third party for other purposes. Patients appreciate their information will be held by the NHS but do they think it will end up on a […]

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Feb 19th 2014 delay is not the end of the issue

In a campaign victory for Big Brother Watch, medconfidential and others, the scheme has been delayed for six months. This is not the end of the issue. We have significant ongoing concerns regarding the scheme, both in terms of how patients have been told about what is happening and the long term privacy […]

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Feb 18th 2014 – rhetoric is easy but the reality is not so simple

Today two articles have appeared on, with are worthy of a few comments. Firstly, George Freeman MP writes in the Telegraph: “We must do everything to ensure a robust regime that will protect data from hacking and from any potential misuse. But at the same time, we must not block life-saving advances.” As we […]

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