How many Bradley Mannings are copying your supposedly secure big data to publish to the world?"

Apparently 1.5 million Americans have similar security clearances to Bradley Manning. The UK security and surveillance services appear to be less insecure, but 600,000 NHS staff have access to your most sensitive medical records. How secure, in practice, are all those big data clouds to which HMG is planning to move your personal data? Let alone those in which that supplied to on-line retailers is being held, including by Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft et al?

Or rather, how do we ensure that they are indeed secure and that only those “we” trust  have access? And who are we?

Public debate on privacy and data protection takes place in a surreal world, divorced from the interlocking realities of the Internet, Big Data and Information Insecurity, let alone how the people processes for access to data actually work. Forget “the right to be forgotten”. Your data, whether accurate or not, is already out in the wild in a global village – where nothing is ever truly forgotten. Where is the right for your youthful indiscretions to be forgiven – and by whom?   

Hence the supposed decision of the Lithuanians to put data protection and all the other potentially counter-productive EU e-commerce regulatory initatives on the back burner. Like the other Baltic nations, the Lithuanians have a pragmatic approach to complex systems which comes of having to survive long winters when call-out engineers cannot make it through the snow drifts.They really do want on-line systems that are fit for purpose (including through long arctic winters).

Hnece also the reason I am putting so my of my post-retirement energy into getting the thought leaders of the future to look at how to really improve confidence in the on-line world

I have been ask to do an update on progress with the pilot competition, including the routines for late entry this year and plans for havervesting the results and scaling up next. I hope to be able to make time for this over the week-end.  

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Whilst all this is opaque, to the public, the sheer volume and implications, then the public will continue to be blind.

The government are pushing on with releasing more data to the world.

This is on the back of the public offering up such vast amounts of personal data to the likes of Facebook et al.

600,000 NHS staff??? Not the real risk. Third parties consuming the NHS data and combining with other datasets, more of a risk.

Who are the third parties buying the data? Will there be a list available to the public?

P.S. Never mind big data, how about spell / grammer checking your post?

I fully accept your point regarding spell/grammer checking. If I compose in word, using the spell checker etc. and then cut and paste into wordpress, then the opening "taster" paragraph appears in Computer Weekly as garbage. The alternative is to compose direct and then try to proof read on the screen. That is not a good idea, as any author or journalist has long known. I therefore apologise - and use this opportunity to remind the editor of Computer Weekly of this problem. Any ideas as to a way round would be most gratefully received.