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Minister for Education: We will forget nothing, learn nothing

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About two weeks ago, as letters started to arrive home in children's lunchboxes, parents started raising issues with the Department of Education's project to take children's data (racial, psychological assessment, special needs, religion, PPS number and so on) and store it until they were 30. Here's the post setting out the inital issues I had with the plan.

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Private phone messaging apps compared

Recently, for reasons, I had occasion to examine the current state of the market for encrypted messaging apps on phones. Tested: Wickr, BBM, Threema, Confide, Cyber Dust, Cyphr, Telegram. Thoughts to follow:(Notes:-All of these apps start off wanting access to your contacts.

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Thoughts on Ireland’s new Surveillance Order

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Some tiny Saturday thoughts on today's Page 1 scoop by Karlin Lillington re the state's creation of a new statutory framework for secret Ministerial surveillance orders and, quite seriously, for FISA-style secret court hearings. 1) The Minister has activated a law that has been overtaken by events. 2) The Department of Justice has claimed the SI was signed to comply with EU treaty obligations.

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Water and Power

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Two kinds of protest floating in my head tonight. The first, the Irish Water protests. The second, the complaints about the fluoridation of drinking water.

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Apple Watch, HealthKit & the meaning of normal

A tiny thought about the Apple Watch and HealthKit. Long term, the flood of additional data on the general population's state of health and range of daily behaviour will be of benefit. The problem is going to come with gauging exactly when we've reached that 'long term'.

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