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Another Day In Court For The Company Behind The World’s Most Popular Browser Plugin

Posted by Alexander Hanff on August 13, 2015

Earlier this week I boarded a plane to Dusseldorf in Germany in order to attend a court session in Cologne regarding ad blocking.  The purpose was to continue my research on how these privacy enhancing tools are being targeted by the publishing and advertising industry and follows on from a debate I hosted at the […]

Why CTO’s should enforce adblocking on their networks

Posted by Alexander Hanff on July 13, 2015

Recent research from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia has illustrated that blocking advertising on their enterprise network cut bandwidth usage by 25-40%.  They used AdblockPlus, the most popular browser plugin in the world, for a period of six weeks and actively recorded how it impacted network traffic and bandwidth consumption.  In their paper they […]

Veracode & Marketo – more like Faust & Mephistopheles

Posted by Kevin on July 1, 2015

I have news for you: you can’t trust your friends anymore. Some of them are likely to be unwitting marketing pawns first, and friends second. This is from the Marketo website: With those figures it’s fairly obvious that marketing companies will seek to exploit friendships over and above advertising – or put another way, get […]

Media Blackout on Commeta

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 28, 2015

Last week I wrote a piece about a new project called Commeta which is a global comment system allowing Internet users to comment on any content online without the fear of being censored.  The Kickstarter campaign seems to have hit a wall – which is odd given how many people have claimed to support the […]

Advertising Industry to Sue AdBlock Plus

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 10, 2014

In the news this week (French) is the story regarding GESTE and the French Internet Advertising Bureau threatening to sue Eyeo GmbH – the company behind AdBlock Plus. Now don’t get me wrong, I am no fan of AdBlock Plus, I think their “Acceptable Advertising” racket is amoral and indefensible, but I do believe that […]

One rule for them…

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 9, 2014

Earlier this week I was engaging in an interesting discussion with some lawyers about the Article 29 Working Party opinion on Device Fingerprinting.  First of all, for those who do not know, Device Fingerprinting is a technique used by the advertising industry (and government intelligence agencies) to circumvent cookie blocking and allow them to still […]

The War Against Ad-Blockers

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 8, 2014 are currently running a story titled “Internet giants wage war on pop-up ad blockers” in which they raise moral panic about the woes of the advertising industry being crippled by Ad-Blockers. Depending on the website, the percentage of viewers equipped with ad-blocking software ranges from 10 to 60 percent they claim with further citations […]

Is Google too big to control?

Posted by Kevin on December 3, 2014

Publishers in general look at Google’s massive profits compared to their own and say, “That’s not fair. We produce the copy and get very little; they do nothing but link to it and get huge profits.” Not surprisingly, they want things to change. “Since we own the copyright,” says the argument, “Google should be forced […]

Westin’s “Privacy Segmentation” critiqued.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on November 9, 2014

Professor Alan Westin was a privacy giant with research dating back to the 1960s and a professional career seen by many privacy professionals as paramount to the development of the current legal regime regarding privacy and data processing. It is without question that Westin dedicated his life to privacy law but his research was often private […]

Certificate-less authenticated encryption gets US patent

Posted by Kevin on July 1, 2014

Connect in Private (CIP) has made two announcements today. The first is that it has received a US patent for its Certificate-less Authenticated Encryption (CLAE). The second is that Alexander Hanff has joined the company as Chief Privacy Officer. CLAE Encryption, as we have been told by Edward Snowden, is our best defence against espionage; […]