Five-Year-Old Boy Detained by the TSA
I always get an icy chill in my stomach when I hear stories of bureacratic process taking over from common sense and humanity. An extreme example of this is Nazi concentration camp guards merrily shoving Jews into the "showers" at Auschwitz for a quick blast of Zyclon B, just to "follow orders".
Clarkson hoist by own petard
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson found himself "unexpectedly donating to charity" after divulging his bank details in his newspaper column, the BBC reports.In the wake of the HMRC fiasco, Clarkson published the details, claiming that no-one could take money from his account, merely put money in.
UK, US, Russia, China - surveillance blackspots
A report by Privacy International has again found the UK to be up there with such enlightened regimes as Russia, China, and the US in terms of how intrusive surveillance is in our society.Yes, we are on a par with countries that have appalling human rights records.
The lonesome death of data protection
Bob Dylan knew his protest songs. While I'm aware that the number of people who are a) interested in privacy and security issues, and b) Bob Dylan fans, is probably about two or three, what's been going on with the government and data protection recently led me to rework a Bob Dylan classic.
Police to stop looking for HMRC CDs
On Monday the police will call of the search for the two unecrypted CDs containing sensitive information on 25 million people that HMRC lost at the end of November, according to the Financial Times.After all, the personal details of all the people claiming and receiving Child Benefits (half of the country), and their bank account information, well, they're not very important really, are they?
Mixed messages from HMRC over data loss blame
As the full implications of the loss of two discs containing 25 million people's personal details by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs begin to sink in, it's interesting to notice how the blame for the fiasco seems to be shifting from a "junior official" to the "team" in which he or she was a member.The immediate reaction by HMRC was some hysterical finger pointing.