Jul 19th 2017

Still no biometric strategy, but launch of a competition to find Robocop instead.

A couple of days ago the Security Minister Ben Wallace announced the launch of a competition open to the “country’s brightest talents” to help the Government “reduce the threat from terrorist attacks using weapons or explosives.” What can this mean?  Are the Government so lost for solutions that they need to create a competition to […]

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Jun 21st 2017

Privacy, security, data protection and civil liberties in the Queen’s Speech

This morning the Queen outlined the Government’s plans for the next two years. The full text is available online here. A number of proposals relevant to privacy, security, data protection and the freedom of the internet were included. These fall under a number of headings. Digital Charter Data Protection Countering Extremism Counter Terrorism Arguably all […]

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May 18th 2017

How the NHS cyberattack reveals the flaws in the Government’s attempts to keep us safe

Last week’s global cyberattack which brought large swathes of the NHS to its knees raises some extremely serious questions about the recently passed Investigatory Powers Act (IP Act), in particular the provision for the Government to issue Technical Capability Notices. Technical Capability Notices (TCN) are a small but critical part of the IP Act and […]

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Feb 14th 2017

Government Cyber Security Strategy – how does encryption fit into all of this?

The new National Cyber Security Centre was officially opened today – although the unofficial opening was 5 months ago. The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond MP, gave a speech outlining the need for a stronger approach to cyber security and the need for all of us, Government, business and citizens to work together to improve our security […]

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