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Oxfam: confronting value retailers head-on

Oxfam has opened an upmarket gentleman's boutique in Mayfair, central London. The shop took GBP3,000 on its opening day, and Oxfam is hoping that the concept can be rolled out across the country to stop the devastating effect that discount clothes retailers are having on charity retail.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006
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National data sharing - an ambitious aim unlikely to be achieved

Recent reports have suggested that the UK government is planning to create a super database to hold citizens' details. Meanwhile, UK prime minister Tony Blair has denied the super database idea, but is planning to share data at a national level anyway. However, national data sharing will be very challenging, not least due to the many data quality and integrity issues, and is unlikely to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2007
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One card to rule them all

The UK's Museums, Libraries and Archives Council recently published the results of a feasibility study for a single membership card for all of London's public libraries. The card is likely to be a smartcard and the possibility of linkage with transport card Oyster is being considered. The launch of such a card would represent an interesting development, especially if the smartcard format is used.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2007
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Identity theft: UK faces further threat due to DWP blunder

The UK Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has made a blunder in notifying pensioners of their new pension amounts and confirming the bank details the pensions were to be sent to. When sending out notification letters to some pensioners, the DWP managed to attach a further letter not intended for the actual recipient. This raises the threat of identity theft, which is already a growing problem.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2007
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'Proof-Win' - a means for Gordon Brown to deliver successful public sector IT projects?

The public sector will be one area where incoming UK prime minister Gordon Brown and his team will have their work cut out. The public sector has a culture not conducive to centralized IT project specification and governance, explaining the many projects that have hemorrhaged money and failed to deliver. This must be taken into account if large IT projects' chances of success are to be improved.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2007
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Spend on municipal wireless in UK and US to reach $6.4 billion by 2012

Municipal wireless is still in the embryonic stages of development, but the trend is positioned to explode in the UK and the US over the next five years as local governments and internet service providers recognize the economic and community benefits these networks offer. Given this, spend in the US and UK is expected to grow from $900 million in 2007 to $6.4 billion in 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2007
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Uncertainty in UK's ID card plans

The UK government has started the tender process to allow suppliers to join those that will be registered as potentially available to meet the technological requirements of its identity card program. However, there are significant areas of uncertainty as to what the system will encompass and provide.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2007
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Information sharing and the DPA

As information sharing moves higher up the government agenda for improving and modernizing public services in the UK, confusion over sharing personal data abounds within the sector. There is a need for a balanced approach to sharing personal information, but it must be done for good reason and while maintaining the principles of data protection.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2007
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Smartcards dumbed down for bus passes

With just six months until free bus travel for elderly and disabled people across England is introduced, local authorities are struggling to meet government smartcard bus pass deadlines. Many rushed into investing in smartcards only to have them work as ordinary passes for the foreseeable future. Card software sharing could prove helpful here, but many authorities will still not be ready in time.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2007
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Mr Darling regrets

Up to 25 million UK citizens are at risk of becoming identity fraud victims after HM Revenue and Customs lost two discs containing personal details of families with a child under 16. While the UK chancellor said that the data in itself was not enough for miscreants to access bank accounts, he has conveniently chosen to overlook the fact that data theft has been committed using far fewer details.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2007

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