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Music, Security, and a Nice Cup of Tea

Posted by David Harley on October 19, 2015

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Music as a tool for improving security? No wonder the security industry has made all those YouTube videos.

Music a Bridge Too Far, But Not Your Personal Data

Posted by Martin Zinaich on September 5, 2015

I was a member of MP3.com back in the day and even had a song make it into the top 10 of its genre. Also at that time, Napster was in a huge legal battle and rightfully so because it literally was breaking copyright laws by sharing music that was not properly purchased. MP3.com also […]

NSA to destroy bulk metadata collection

Posted by Kevin on July 28, 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced yesterday that the NSA will cease analytic access to its collection of historical metadata (that is, the data collected under Section 215 prior to the new authorization under the USA FREEDOM Act from 29 June 2015 onwards). Furthermore, the NSA will destroy that data as soon […]

My all-time favourite Dilbert strip

Posted by Kevin on July 2, 2015

It is my all-time favourite Dilbert strip. The Boss and Catbert are sat in the Boardroom. They are secretly listening, over the intercom, to a private conversation between Alice and Dilbert in a completely separate and supposedly soundproof room. Alice and Dilbert are discussing what to do about Wally, who’s standing alone in the corridor. […]

Still speculating about anti-virus after all these years?

Posted by Kevin on June 23, 2015

The Intercept yesterday published an article titled Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks. I am one who in the past has wondered about the relationship between the spy agencies and the anti-virus industry (see, for example, AV and the NSA: is the anti-virus industry in bed with the NSA – why […]

iStorage FIPS 140-2 Encrypted Storage Devices

Posted by Alexander Hanff on May 28, 2015

My first Privacy News Video is a review of i-Storage’s FIPS 140-2 Certified Hardware Encrypted Storage Devices. Given the current climate and security concerns since the Snowden revelations began it is impossible to guarantee any main stream encryption is secure and there is a great deal of work ongoing to review existing specifications after it […]

Is Twitter misleading its users on Data Protection?

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 24, 2015

Recently I wrote an article about Amazon and other companies opening European Datacentres in an attempt to mitigate concerns over mass surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.  The general point is that because these companies are US owned, they are still vulnerable to US law irrespective of where they physically host and process […]

European Commission tells citizens to stop using Facebook

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 25, 2015

Yesterday was a very important day for privacy and data protection in Europe.  It was the day that Max Schrems was able to present arguments in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) with regards to the US surveillance programme called PRISM and whether or not companies which expose European citizens’ data to […]

EU Data Centers are not safe from US Surveillance

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 10, 2015

Over the past 12 months I have noticed an increasingly worrying trend which is developing in the global technology arena and it is one which in my mind amounts to nothing less than a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers and businesses alike on the legal powers available to US law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Late […]

Has the Tor takedown begun?

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

Three days ago the TOR Project blog warned, The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities. Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network There has been some suggestion that this […]