The Here and Now

In 1957 A German pharmaceutical company released Contegran onto the market, a drug marketed as being a sedative.  By October of that year it became an over-the-counter treatment for morning sickness. Very quickly things started happening that people linked to the...

The clues in the name

We were doing some work recently which caused us to look at captured email addresses in detail. We noticed something that had us scratching our heads. What do you do if you have a supporter record in one person’s name – Barbara Smith for instance – but the email...

Will we, won’t we?

Here’s a little dilemma for you. I’m going through some data and find an address for a supporter that is in a nursing home. A look shows that donations have been received and there’s been no communication from the supporter or their family asking to us to stop...

Now you see me

In 2014 the Right to be Forgotten ruling against Google was made. Individuals have the right to request that on line sources remove links to information about them that they believe is detrimental to their life and/or wellbeing. This has now been re-articulated in the...

Building consumer trust

I’ve made a good living managing data, analysing it and advising on how to get that data working harder. But I’m also a consumer. You’d think this would cause conflict, but I don’t feel it does. All of my clients know that the scientific matter-of-fact approach to...

Revenge of the small print

If I asked you what an EUL was, would you know? It’s an End User Licence agreement, the terms and conditions under which we use software and applications. If I asked you if you read them for every piece of software you use, would you say yes? Possibly not. If I asked...
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