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Credit Due Where Credit Deserved – Microsoft

Posted by Martin Zinaich on December 21, 2017

In the past, I have criticized Microsoft for the privacy invasive defaults of Win10. I failed to mention a feature that sheds a bit of light on what they collect. Beyond changing many of the settings using tools (which I highlighted here), you can actually review and delete some of the metadata being collected. If […]

Beware the New Fisher Queen

Posted by Kevin on June 21, 2017

Theresa May has become the new Fisher Queen of legend — the wounded, impotent keeper of the Holy Grail (the financial supremacy of the few). The original Fisher King presided over the decline of his country into a barren wasteland; and this new Fisher Queen seems intent on doing similar. The Holy Grail will be […]

Living the Nightmare

Posted by Kevin on November 20, 2016

This is the stuff of nightmares. It is a nightmare set in a shadowy world of total government surveillance, where government can spy on anyone pretty much unhindered (IP Bill), and where citizens’ personal data can be given by government to pretty much anyone (Digital Economy Bill). In this shadowy world there is a government […]

Still in Denial of the Tough New Privacy Law GDPR?

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on October 17, 2016

This morning GDPR on the news, shared by Rachel Oconnell : Firms Are in Denial About Tough New EU Privacy Law: The world’s toughest privacy law will go into force in Europe 18 months from now, and so far, the strategy of many IT professionals appears to be “pretend it’s not happening.” That’s the takeaway […]

Windows 10 privacy concerns are growing

Posted by Kevin on August 3, 2016

We’ve often talked about our concerns over Windows 10 privacy. See these for example: Serving Formal Notice to Microsoft Corporation Falling into the Windows 10 PIT again ‘PIT’, incidentally, stands for ‘privacy invasive techniques’ The agony of indecision – Windows 10 Windows 10 makes Google look like it still does no evil Microsoft’s encryption: a […]

Serving Formal Notice to Microsoft Corporation

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 23, 2016

Just three days after my last post on Windows 10 privacy issues, The Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) issued a formal notice on Microsoft Corporation to stop collecting excessive data. The formal notice gave Microsoft Corporation three months to comply with the French Data Protection Act. The CNIL found that Microsoft was collecting […]

Falling into the Windows 10 PIT again

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 17, 2016

In the past, I wrote about Microsoft’s “Asimov” and how it appeared to be running on my Windows 7 machine. I was not participating in the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program but a KB was loaded and producing errors related to that program. I describe such applications as Privacy Invading Technology (PIT). Fast forward to […]

No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 1, 2016

Privacy

Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy on the Internet? A senior US district judge recently stated the technically obvious, but it may come as a shock to many. The FBI seized control of Playpen, a dark net website dedicated to child porn distribution (yes disgusting and good for the FBI). In building their case, […]

The new Data Protection Regulation has been adopted

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on May 9, 2016

I have aggregated all you need to know about the new EU Regulation using the curation tool Pearltrees. The resource will be kept updated. EU Regulation 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation, or “GDPR”), Text published 4 May 2016, enforceable after a grace period, 28 May 2018. Possible fines up to the greater of €20 […]

New EU data protection rules highlight privacy paradox

Posted by Monica Horten on April 15, 2016

The European Parliament has adopted a data protection package  that is being described as ‘historic’ and monumental’.  The new EU measures  update data protection rules for the era of the Internet and social media, including the use of data by  police  and law enforcement. The hot buttons have been the transfer of data outside the […]