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San Bernardino: what does the security industry think?

Posted by David Harley on February 19, 2016

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While Apple’s head is above the parapet over the San Bernardino forensic issue, the security industry (mostly) offers subdued support.

Applesauce, The Apple FBI Backdoor

Posted by Martin Zinaich on February 19, 2016

The Apple FBI Backdoor While the FBI has been after Apple to create a backdoor to iOS, this recent episode stems from the December attacked of Syed Rizwan Farook who killed 14. Farook had expressed support for the Islamic State on a Facebook page and there are still many questions about whom the shooter might […]

Apple stands to defend customer’s Privacy

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on February 18, 2016

Apple is defending the customer’s right to Privacy against the FBI’s Security arguments. On Tuesday, a judge in California ordered Apple to help the FBI break into the phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. The FBI claims, based on the All Writs Judiciary Act of 1789,  to have the right to force Apple to write a software […]

Scandalous Redflex surveillance cams—those insidious scoundrels!

Posted by Bev Robb on February 1, 2016

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Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., is a company riddled with bribery dealings, mismanagement, and ongoing scandals. It’s been almost four years since I received a a red-light camera ticket for failure to obey a traffic control device. I remember that morning clearly. The sun was shining bright and it was rather warm for the third week of […]

Twitter App on iOS nags users for Photos Access

Posted by Alexander Hanff on January 28, 2016

Earlier this week I was in Brussels talking about Privacy at the European Parliament – which is nothing unusual, especially as today is Data Privacy Day and this week is often referred to as Privacy Week in Brussels. What did surprise me though was a change in behaviour I noticed with the official Twitter iOS […]

Encryption and privacy: indissoluble partners

Posted by Kevin on January 7, 2016

Earlier this week the Dutch government announced that it would not be seeking to curtail or backdoor encryption. This has been seen as a big win for privacy. In reality, as Matthijs R. Koot notes in his English translation, this is not a permanent rejection but a disinclination to do anything ‘at this time‘. Nevertheless, […]

Music a Bridge Too Far, But Not Your Personal Data

Posted by Martin Zinaich on September 5, 2015

I was a member of 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. also […]

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 […]

DNA-based access control: the dystopian endgame

Posted by Kevin on July 27, 2015

Martin Zinaich yesterday excellently described what he calls the PIT: privacy invasive technology (Falling into the PIT). The implication is that this is a deep, steep pit from which it is already too late to escape. But there was one comment he makes that implies it is going to get worse: The problem with technology […]

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 […]