Podcast 40: Carl Gardner on Peter Hain, Terrorism, The EU Amendment Bill and the problems about the rule of law in Pakistan… – Charon QC

Posted January 28th, 2008 in EC law, elections, government departments, podcasts, terrorism by sally

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog. Carl was a government lawyer for ten years specialising in Constitutional and EU Law issues. Now freelance, Carl has some useful views today about the Peter Hain resignation, the Police investigation, possible charges, the new Counter Terrorism proposals being debated in Parliament and he is keeping a watching brief on the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – the EU Treaty debate in The House of Commons.”

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Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of Consilio.tv

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Court case data CDs lost in post – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2008 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“Four CDs containing personal details from court cases have gone missing in the post, the government has admitted.”

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BBC News, 23rd January 2008

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MoD admits inquiry into 69 lost laptops – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is investigating the reported loss of 69 laptops and seven personal computers over the past year, officials revealed yesterday, as Whitehall staff were banned from removing laptops containing sensitive data from their offices.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2008

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MoD to be quizzed over lost data – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2008 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“The information watchdog is to grill the Ministry of Defence over its data protection policies after it lost the personal details of 600,000 people.”

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BBC News, 19th January 2008

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Not fit for purpose: £2bn cost of government’s IT blunders – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2008 in government departments, news by sally

“The cost to the taxpayer of abandoned Whitehall computer projects since 2000 has reached almost £2bn – not including the bill for an online crime reporting site that was cancelled this week, a survey by the Guardian reveals.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2008

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Whitehall should be prosecuted over data loss, say MPs in call for new law – The Times

Posted January 3rd, 2008 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“MPs are calling for new offences to allow Whitehall departments to be prosecuted for data security blunders such as the loss of child benefit records for 25 million people.”

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The Times, 3rd January 2008

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Cybercrime agency faces cuts as computer raid threats grow – The Times

Posted December 4th, 2007 in computer crime, government departments, news by sally

“Staff cuts at the government agency that tackles cybercrime will leave British businesses vulnerable to attack from criminals and industrial espionage, experts say.”

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The Times, 4th December 2007

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Careless data loss “should be an offence” – The Times

Posted November 26th, 2007 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“The top security chief in Whitehall is to carry out a comprehensive review of data protection across the Government within a matter of weeks after the child benefit records scandal.”

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The Times, 24th November 2007

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Who can you sue if lost data is misused? – The Times

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“Anyone who loses out financially as a result of mistakes at HM Revenue and Customs is likely to be compensated by their bank – but if they have the appetite they could also sue the Revenue.”

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The Times, 21st November 2007

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Data watchdog seeks dawn-raid powers – The Times

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which polices the security of the nation’s data, is to be given the power to raid Government departments suspected of breaching protection laws.”

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The Times, 21st November 2007

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New data protection law ‘urgently needed’ – The Times

Posted November 21st, 2007 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“Security experts called for an urgent review of the law following the loss of the personal information of 25 million Britons by HM Revenue & Customs.”

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The Times, 21st November 2007

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25 million exposed to risk of ID fraud – The Times

Posted November 21st, 2007 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“The sensitive personal details of 25 million Britons could have fallen into the hands of identity fraudsters after a government agency lost the entire child benefit database in the post.”

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The Times, 21st November 2007

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Foreign Office web security failed Data Protection Act, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 13th, 2007 in data protection, government departments, internet, news by sally

“The Foreign Office has promised to keep data safer in future, after its website exposed the details of those seeking visas for entry into the UK. An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found a breach of the Data Protection Act.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2007

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DCA splashes 47% more cash on consultants – Legal Week

Posted June 1st, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“Government spending on external consultants has rocketed again this year, it has emerged, with the now-defunct Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) shelling out for £15.6m on external services during 2005-06.”

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Legal Week, 1st June 2007

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The new Home Office: Protecting the public, securing our future – Home Office

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“The division of the Home Office culminates an extraordinary programme of reform and change initiated by Home Secretary John Reid shortly after he took over running the department last year.”

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Home Office, 9th May 2007

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Justice ministry faces jails crisis as Home Office splits in two – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

“Britain’s first Ministry of Justice emerges today out of the rubble of the “not fit for purpose” Home Office to face a mounting prison crisis with prisoner numbers in England and Wales hitting a new record.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2007

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Restructured Home Office splits – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“A restructured Home Office is to begin operating, with the Ministry of Justice taking control of prisons, probation and sentencing.” 

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BBC News, 8th May 2007

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Judges to rule on justice ministry – The Times

Posted April 30th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Lord Chancellor’s officials are locked in talks with senior judges in a desperate effort to secure their backing for the new ministry of justice, which is due to come into effect on May 9.”

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The Times, 30th April 2007

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Home Office to be split up ‘after Blair’s departure’ – The Independent

Posted April 25th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“John Reid has admitted that the timetable for breaking up the Home Office is slipping and that the complete split will not take effect until after Tony Blair announces his resignation.”

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The Independent, 25th April 2007

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Former law chief warns over ‘scrambled’ Home Office split – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Reforms to split the Home Office in two and create a new Ministry of Justice are being rushed through too quickly, the former head of the judiciary in England and Wales warned today.”

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The Independent, 24th April 2007

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