Author: Phil Lee

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Reading an article last weekend about everybody’s favourite hero and villain du jour, Edward Snowden, I was particularly struck by one comment: ” What last year’s revelations showed us,” said Snowden, ” was irrefutable evidence that unencrypted communications are no longer safe.” It’s a bold statement but one, I suspect, that will not surprise many.  Even before the Snowden revelations, it was commonplace for organisations to disclaim in their privacy policies that “no communication over the Internet can ever be […]

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When thinking about data encryption, businesses typically view this as a proactive measure to avoid security breaches.  Naturally, this is correct – data that’s encrypted is harder to hack – but what’s often missed from the equation is how encryption can reduce organizational risk should a security breach still happen. This is because of the impact encryption has on businesses’ data breach reporting requirements.  Many countries around the world now have data breach reporting rules, and these can attract serious […]

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Last week, we jointly published a white paper with our friends at Vormetric on the legal obligations to encrypt data that exist in various key global economies, including the United States, European Union and Asia-Pac region.  Our report was well-timed: very shortly before it went live, the UK’s data protection authority (the Information Commissioner’s Office or ” ICO“) published its own report on common security failings for online businesses. In total, the ICO’s report identified 8 common security failures that […]