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Helping to build a single domain for government

5 September 2011. 3 Comments

Just under two and a half years ago I joined CF Labs – a new team based within Consumer Focus with a remit to build useful online tools and make data more useful and accessible. Over that time, we’ve worked to make product recall information more useful and helped to make it easier to reduce […]

An update on the EU cookie law

27 July 2011

“The law was meant to protect the privacy of people using the Internet. To accomplish this, the EU made over 90% of websites illegal” – Oliver Emberton, silktide. Back in May I wrote about the new EU law on cookies that came into effect this year and will be enforced from May 2012. On Monday, […]

Opening up rail performance data

12 July 2011

I admit it; I’m a bit of a train buff.  I don’t stand around at the end of platforms recording the numbers of trains, but I do like to know what is going on and how everything works. I’ve been a regular user of trains for nearly 10 years.  When I was in college, I […]

Using website cookies in the EU

24 May 2011. 2 Comments

Later this week a new law comes into effect – the Privacy & Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. This law requires all website operators in the EU to gain consent from visitors before storing or retrieving information from a visitors computer. Essentially, this law blocks the use of cookies until a user has […]

The last half of 2010 (Part 3 – December)

26 January 2011

This is the third and final part in a recap of everything that happened in the last half of 2010.  Part 1 covered the July, August and September including the launch of a redesigned CF Labs website.  The second part covered the launch of the new website for Consumer Focus and the second phase of […]

The last half of 2010 (Part 2 – October & November)

19 January 2011

This is the second part in a recap of everything that happened in the last half of 2010.  Part 1 covered July, August & September.  This part looks at October and November. October 2010 In October we completed the second phase of the new Consumer Focus website.  Earlier in the year we made the move […]

The last half of 2010 (Part 1 – July, August & September)

17 January 2011

Whenever there has been an extended gap in my blogging I try and find something to get it going again.  It usually involves some kind of recap of the missing months to try and fill in the gap.   This time is different only in the sheer amount of things that have happened.  Over the last […]

Attack on @baskers and the public sector

14 November 2010. 4 Comments

Disclaimer (just in-case you haven’t noticed the statement in the sidebar of this blog): These are my own personal thoughts and not those of my employer. I’m disappointed. Over the past few months a concerted media campaign against public sector workers has been building. We are continually portrayed as being lazy and overpaid, not only […]

Costs of government websites

28 June 2010

On Friday, the Government announced that it is intending to close up to 75% of the 820 public sector websites it has identified. The announcement coincided with a report from the Central Office of Information (COI) outlining statistics for central government websites. These figures show that 47 websites have cost taxpayers over £127 million in […]

Helping you to Stay Private

13 June 2010

On Thursday, CF Labs launched their latest project – StayPrivate.org – into public beta. This site is designed to make it easier to sign up for the various marketing opt-out services that exist in the UK. There are lots of different opt-out services that exist, all of which have separate sign-up forms and require you […]

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