Knowing your data rights on the Web – and protecting those rights



Wednesday 12th March was the 25th anniversary of what we now know as the World Wide Web – a date that Tim Berners-Lee, the `inventor’ of the web used to call for an Internet Bill of Rights to be drawn up.  His call follows in the wake of the revelations of Government online surveillance from the past year, and also from the continued growth of online criminal activity.

Berners-Lee called for a `Magna Carta’ Internet Bill of Rights to protect Internet users against snooping and interception of data.  It’s an excellent idea – but also one that relies on trust that all types of organisations, from commerce to Governments, will adhere to the principles of the Bill.

Can businesses afford to take that chance, and trust that others will not try to pry into their intellectual property?  As Pentura MD Steve Smith says here (,  “The only way to keep data and IP safe from all types of prying and surveillance – whether from criminals or governments – is to audit what information is critical, and apply appropriate protection to it so it’s safeguarded at rest and in transit.  The Web can’t be trusted, so companies and individuals have to put their own protection measures in place.”