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P’raps Microsoft Doesn’t like Google…

Posted by Kevin on October 8, 2015

I’m accusing no-one of nothing – I’m just saying, OK? I didn’t want Windows 10. In fact, I don’t want Microsoft. But I can’t afford Mac, and Linux scares me — so Microsoft it is. And I thought to myself, well, I don’t want Windows 10, but sooner or later I’ll have no choice, so […]

Windows 10 makes Google look like it still does no evil

Posted by Kevin on August 2, 2015

I have no proof of this because I have done neither analysis nor comparison, but I often feel that the European Commission tends to favour Microsoft over Google. It seems to me that the EC is willing to praise Microsoft (such as over its declaration that European data will stay on European servers even though […]

Google rejects CNIL demand for global delisting

Posted by Kevin on July 31, 2015

This is getting interesting. Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel, has rejected the French demand that Google delist ‘inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive, and not in the public interest’ links not just from European Google Search, but from global Google Search. Put very simplistically, CNIL is demanding the right to be forgotten from […]

France and the global censorship of Google

Posted by Kevin on June 13, 2015

There’s still an awful lot of guff being written about the ‘right to be forgotten’, especially by certain Americans who believe that their own right to free speech trumps all limitations on free speech anywhere else in the world. Here’s an example: What’s worse, if France or other EU countries get away with this attempt […]

Researchers play Whack-a-Mole with Google Password Alert

Posted by Kevin on May 3, 2015

Phishing is a huge problem with no indication of any solution (see, for example, Phishing: detection and prevention). Last week Google attempted to alleviate the issue with the release of a Chrome extension: Password Alert. If you end up on a phishing page that asks you to enter your Google password, the extension pops up […]

Google’s latest assault on Privacy – Project-Fi

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 22, 2015

Google announced on their blog today that they are launching Project Fi – a new mobile network for owners of Nexus 6 devices.  Basically Google have partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and at a glance the service looks appealing.  You only pay for the actual data you […]

UK Court of Appeal issues game changing judgment in Google Safari case

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 27, 2015

Where to start… For those who are unaware, in February 2012 Jonathon Mayer (a researcher at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society) discovered that Google were circumventing privacy settings in Apple’s Safari web browser. Mayer alleged that Google deliberately exploited a feature in Safari to bypass privacy settings designed to block third party cookies and […]

The Right To Be Forgotten – EU and Elsewhere

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on March 18, 2015

By Tara Taubman 17 March 2015 The Right To Be Forgotten and the balance of Privacy and Freedom of Speech. A Spanish Court asked the European Court of justice to decide whether there was a legitimate grant for an individual to request from the Search Engine Google to take down a reference to a past information […]

Cats and the Internet

Posted by Kevin on January 1, 2015

The internet was designed for cats to research the deep mysteries of life

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 […]