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Privacy by Design – worrying developments

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 5, 2015

Last week I attended the Privacy by Design User Forum in Toronto where I delivered a presentation on how to develop a new project using Privacy by Design.  But that is not the subject of this article, this article is about a discussion which took place at the end of the event – a lively […]

Net neutrality is dead — the EU and US have already decided

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

On Friday, Gizmodo reported, FCC Mysteriously Lost Hundreds of Thousands Net Neutrality Comments: As the Sony hack makes internet regulation a top priority, startling new revelations about how the FCC handled public comments on net neutrality just came in. New analysis of the data the FCC recently released about the process shows that the agency […]

LinkedIn and the Irish data protection regulator

Posted by Kevin on November 3, 2014

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), Ireland’s data protection regulator, has said that it issued a raft of ‘significant’ recommendations on LinkedIn — but neither it nor LinkedIn will say what they are. All LinkedIn will say is that it has implemented some, is implementing some, and is considering the others. Is this […]

Hint to ICO: LloydsPharmacy is violating the DPA

Posted by Kevin on September 13, 2014

When I go into LLoydsPharmacy with a prescription, I hand it over, am told it will take 20 minutes and I reply, ‘OK, I’ll come back’. Twenty minutes later I return and ask, “Prescription for Townsend?” The assistant asks me to confirm my address, and hands over my medication medicine. That’s all it takes. Now […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 09/11/2014

Posted by Kevin on September 11, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Thursday, September 11, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News Leaked gMail accounts probably due to phishing   A credential dump […]

The continuing failure of data protection laws – especially in the UK

Posted by Kevin on July 5, 2014

IRISS – Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies – is an EC-funded empirical analysis of surveillance and data protection in Europe. It comprises seven separate study areas. A report on the fifth area, exercising democratic rights under surveillance regimes, was published in the latter part of June 2014. Led by Professor Clive Norris and Dr Xavier […]

Industry Two Faced over Privacy

Posted by Alexander Hanff on May 29, 2014

As an advocate I have spent a great deal of my time over the past six years taking part in roundtables, consultations, forums and conferences and during that time I have witnessed first hand the relentless push by “Big Data” corporations to dilute the fundamental right of privacy in order for those same corporations to […]

ECJ says Google, and other search engines, must abide by European data protection laws

Posted by Kevin on May 16, 2014

This is going to upset the apple cart – the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided in favour of Mario Costeja González in his dispute with Google. Way back in 1998, a Spanish newspaper published reports on certain pecuniary difficulties in which González found himself. By 2010 those difficulties were long past – but […]