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    December 19, 2013

    Caribbean and drugs: time for some healing?

    Richard Thomas, a dreadlocked Jamaican sound engineer and musician, is still livid over the last time he was arrested and...

  2. December 9, 2011

    Media opposed tougher ‘blagging laws’

    Media companies lobbied the government against efforts to toughen the law on theft of private information such as health and...

  1. August 13, 2011

    Mark-Anthony Turnage: Anna Nicole

    If you were caught up in the hype surrounding Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new stage-work in February but didn’t catch a...

  2. September 9, 2010

    Shoes, Sadler’s Wells, London

    The idea of a two-hour song-and-dance show about shoes may have seemed intoxicatingly clever and inviting, and the words...

  3. January 29, 2010

    The hard sell gets harder as budgets get smaller

    The economic downturn was not meant to be a problem for Richard Thomas. His company, Net Evidence, sells software that helps...

  4. December 7, 2009

    Europe: London leads in race to be western hub

    London has established itself as the world’s third-biggest market for Islamic finance. It is unlikely to challenge the two...

  5. September 16, 2009

    Tories to roll back 'surveillance state'

    The privacy watchdog would have his powers substantially beefed up by an incoming Tory government as part of a drive to...

  6. July 9, 2009

    A pressing matter

    Journalism, largely an activity in the private sector, finds its public purpose in claiming to hold power to account, in...

  7. June 11, 2009

    Learn to love end of secrecy, MPs told

    The MPs’ expenses debacle shows how unjustified official secrecy can seriously damage public confidence, the information...

  8. June 11, 2009

    Learn to love end of secrecy, MPs told

    The MPs' expenses debacle shows how unjustified official secrecy can seriously damage public confidence, the information...

  9. February 25, 2009

    Straw bars release of minutes on Iraq

    Jack Straw, the justice secretary, on Tuesday took the unprecedented step of invoking special powers to block the release of...

  10. February 18, 2009

    Open cheques

    Talking of pay, I hear that Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, is expected to call next week for greater...

  11. January 27, 2009

    Brown ordered to release Iraq minutes

    Gordon Brown has been ordered to release minutes of crucial cabinet meetings discussing the legality of the Iraq war. The...

  12. November 26, 2008

    Cabinet secrets - read all about it

    What a blow for the Whitehall establishment! Yesterday it became clear that it is losing the battle to keep its secrets...

  13. November 25, 2008

    Cabinet secrets – read all about it

    What a blow for the Whitehall establishment! On Tuesday it became clear that it is losing the battle to keep its secrets...

  14. October 29, 2008

    Companies dominate data-failings shame list

    Companies top a league of shame published on Wednesday by the privacy watchdog as part of efforts to crack down on data...

  15. October 29, 2008

    Tech-savvy industry fails to shine

    The telecommunications industry has not escaped the bad publicity the private sector has attracted for data security...

  16. October 29, 2008

    Companies dominate data-failings shame list

    Companies top a league of shame published today by the privacy watchdog as part of efforts to crack down on data security...

  17. August 4, 2008

    Dtex on a fast track in data security drive

    The spate of high-profile data losses has highlighted a trend that is worrying corporate executives. But for one company,...

  18. July 16, 2008

    Easier access to data 'a step too far'

    Plans to give government easier access to confidential personal telephone and internet information could feed vast official...

  19. July 15, 2008

    Easier access to data ‘a step too far’

    Plans to give government easier access to confidential personal telephone and internet information could feed vast official...

  20. July 11, 2008

    Review urges personal data overhaul

    A far-reaching overhaul of the handling of personal information by companies and the government will be demanded on Friday...

  21. July 11, 2008

    Review urges personal data overhaul

    A far-reaching overhaul of the handling of personal information by companies and the government will be demanded today by...

  22. July 8, 2008

    Data laws branded out of date

    Europe's data protection laws are "no longer fit for purpose", the man charged with overseeing them said yesterday. Richard...

  23. July 8, 2008

    Data protection laws ‘not fit for purpose’

    Europe’s data protection laws are “no longer fit for purpose”, the man charged with overseeing them said on Monday. Richard...

  24. June 26, 2008

    Whitehall faces data handling overhaul

    A root-and-branch shake-up of the way sensitive information is handled across Whitehall has been ordered, which will see...

  25. May 26, 2008

    Concerns grow over snooping watchdog

    Britain may have sleepwalked into a surveillance society, but you would not know that from the watchdog supposed to stop it...

  26. May 10, 2008

    Watchdog in threat over data breaches

    Companies will face unprecedented fines from the privacy watchdog if they deliberately or recklessly breach data protection...

  27. May 10, 2008

    Watchdog in threat over data breaches

    Companies will face unprecedented fines from the privacy watchdog if they deliberately or recklessly breach data protection...

  28. March 27, 2008

    Watchdog hits out at NHS trust

    The privacy watchdog will today attack a National Health Service trust's "clearly inadequate" records management, in a...

  29. March 14, 2008

    Justice ministry faces data criticism

    The privacy watchdog has launched its latest salvo over failures in public authorities' data handling - this time against...

  30. March 14, 2008

    Ministry of Justice faces data criticism

    The privacy watchdog has launched its latest salvo over failures in public authorities' data handling - this time against...

  31. March 13, 2008

    Justice ministry faces data criticism

    The privacy watchdog has launched its latest salvo over failures in public authorities’ data handling – this time against...

  32. February 28, 2008

    Information watchdog targets private sector

    Fresh evidence of the inroads made by freedom of information rules into private sector data will be unveiled today in a...

  33. February 1, 2008

    A dabble with the rabble

    Jerry Springer: The Opera finally made it to Fun City this week, drawing loud cheers for two semistaged performances at...

  34. January 26, 2008

    Classical? Jazz? No, Turnage

    The man behind the scruffy donkey jacket, the unshaven face and skewed spectacles is pulling no punches – but it never was...

  35. January 23, 2008

    Watchdog orders MPs to disclose expenses

    MPs face another potential battle to keep their expense details secret after the privacy watchdog ordered the disclosure of...

  36. January 17, 2008

    Phone retailer warned over data security

    Carphone Warehouse and its sister company TalkTalk face prosecution unless they stop mishandling customer information, the...

  37. January 17, 2008

    Phone retailer warned over data security

    Carphone Warehouse and its sister company TalkTalk face prosecution unless they stop mishandling customer information, the...

  38. December 23, 2007

    Devil in the details: Why personal data are ever more open to loss and abuse

    A midwinter blizzard of privacy breaches is blowing through Britain’s public sector, undermining confidence in government...

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