Friday, September 22, 2006

The rules of the game...

Rachel from North London says the rules of the game have changed...

Home Office criticised by select committee report

Jerry Fishenden of Microsoft points to an interesting parliamentary report by the Select Committee on European Union, which catigates the Home Office for pressing forward with measures with other G6 ministers of interior, to undermine data protection principles. They also complain that there has been a serious lack of transparency about the whole enterprise and accuse the Home Office of effectively misleading parliament on the issue.

"We do not understand why the former Home Secretary should have apparently agreed with other G6 ministers to press forward with the "availability" principle and disregard data protection issues. This is contrary to the decision of the Member States in the Hague Programme, contrary to the advice of independent data protection authorities, inconsistent with what the Home Office Ministers had told us, and against the views of the Finnish Presidency. The exchange of information between the law enforcement authorities is important, but not so important that civil rights can be eroded."

This Select committee always gets plenty of media attention when criticising the EU but not much, it seems, when drawing attention to the erosion of abstract principles like data protection.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tony Blair and the end of privacy

The Telegraph are on Tony Blair's case again, this time wondering if the prime minister's legacy will be that he ended privacy as we know it. It's a stirling polemic.

Thanks to HJ Affleck at FIPR for the link.

Microsoft's open specification promise

From Kim Cameron:

"Microsoft announced a new initiative that I hope goes a long way towards making life easier for all of us working together on identity cross-industry.

It’s called the Open Specification Promise (OSP). The goal was to find the simplest, clearest way of assuring that the broadest possible audience of developers could implement specifications without worrying about intellectual property issues - in other words a simplified method of sharing “technical assets”. It’s still a legal document, although a very simple one"

This is an important move on the identity architecture front. Kim subsequently points to the range of reactions to the move on his blog.

Eben Moglen's dotCommujnist manifesto

I had reason to re-visit Eben Moglen's dotCommunist manifesto today. Whatever you might think about the Free Software Foundation's ideals, Moglen always makes me stop and think.