Mind the Gap

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From Nick Robinson’s blog:

However, what interests me much more than any of that is the yawning gap that has opened up between what we’re told about the protection of our personal data and the reality. What is clear to me is that the public would like to see the information they provide guarded like a dangerous virus in a lab (or, after the events of this summer perhaps rather better than that). In reality, there is clearly a culture of casualness toward it which allows one man, apparently, to copy 25 million names and details onto two discs and chuck them in the post.

Except, of course, the gap isn’t new at all; it’s the noticing that’s different.

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