Cookiepocalypse could (should!) have been played right, and made part of a stronger, sustained campaign… except that the UK Information Commissioner – a man with a budget of £10m to protect the personal data of 50 million people, who seems more awed by the powerful than virtually anyone in public life I’ve ever met – believes that he can and should only ‘manage’ things and not rock the boat. God forbid the data protection ‘watchdog’ should act as advocate!
If there was ever a case for scrapping the ICO and, for that matter, the various Interception and Surveillance Commissioners (fat lot of use they’ve been, eh?) and replacing them with a properly-empowered Privacy Commissioner then surely the mess we’re in right now is it?