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Prince Andrew laughs in life or death revelations

Look at the Person Talking PosterBoth Washington and London have declared that the release of documents from wikileaks are a massive threat to national security and could cost lives. But how realistic is this? Only a fraction of the documents have been released so far but what I have looked at hasn’t been exactly matters of life and death. Or for that matter things we were not already aware of.

In on release, the Secretary of State hinted that the US should prepare for possible further actions against Iran – It has long been suspected that USA wants to attack Iran over its nuclear program. They even went so far as to consult people on the matter. Surely this cant be the life and death stuff Washington and London is fearful of being released to the general public?

Perhaps they are referring to diplomatic discussions with  the Saudi Crown Prince which indicated that it was of importance to the King that the situation in Iran be dealt with by any means necessary. That was certainly unexpected, the Saudi government never seemed to be publicly working in co-operation with the western world before.

London might be just trying to cover up some rather humiliating revelations about Prince Andrew instead. The prince has accused the UK as having the best geography teachers in the world and that the US never was any good at Geography. Well, it wasn’t long ago that we heard a study suggesting that a disturbingly high percentage of American school children could not point out America on a map of the world. So that really is not new stuff either. The prince referring  to law enforcement as idiots well that perhaps is a new revelation but again, this really isn’t a threat to National Security of Britain let alone the United States.

So a lot of the dangerous stuff seems to relate to Iran, so is London and washington afraid of the retaliation from Iran? Well, they can sleep safely now, because Iran has responded: “We don’t give any value to these documents” – President Ahmadinejad stated in a press conference where he outright blames the United States for the release of these documents. A sign that no one is really taking the documents seriously, people are enjoying reading the remarks made by people that were in positions of power and heard things that in retrospect should perhaps never have been said for political correctness reasons.

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Daily Mail
TheMirror
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India asks: Can I have your password?

Mobile Phone SecurityBlackberry operator Research in Motion has till just the 31st of August or face the Indian government banning their secure service from the country. Most corporations would consider that data being transmitted in a sensitive nature should be secure data.

With a large number of business outsourcing things like contact centers to India or worse still core development teams being shipped out there. There must be a measure in place to understand where your data is going. Consumer data from the UK must be protected. Stated in the Data Protection Act: “Entities holding personal information are required to have adequate security measures in place. Those include technical measures (such as firewalls) and organisational measures (such as staff training).”.

Secure email is a service which assuming that a company had a legitimate purpose to transmit data to outside the national border would enable them to have security in place. Several countries have indicated that they want to have access to snoop on your data namely: The United States of America, The United Arab Emirates and India.

They all cite anti-terrorism as a reason that they must have access to confidential and private secure data which for that matter due to the drop in security by providing governments the password could actually see this data used for terrorism. The ban could see more organizations internally encrypt data prior to transmission which of course would make it impossible for the Government to access the data and maintain levels of security of data.

The concern over security should be considered when you next are looking to outsource work however this kind of activities is sure to impact on both US  and Indian trust.

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Wall Street Journal
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