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NSTIC – it will prove our identity but will it protect our privacy?

Posted by Kevin on May 4, 2015

NSTIC, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, is an Obama initiative designed to make internet usage more secure for everyday users. It will do this by allowing third parties to vouch for our identity. In theory, this will allow us to stop using multiple passwords – instead, the third party will confirm our […]

Security is everyone’s responsibility!

Posted by Bev Robb on April 29, 2015

wipe and flush security

Four simple words This morning I accepted a new LinkedIn connection who works for Johns Hopkins University and SANs. Aside from all of his certifications, and over a decade of security experience — he is also recognized as a strong security advocate and change agent; is self-driven, self-motivated, and result-orientated. Though he obviously holds many credentials and […]

Time to get Real on IoT

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 29, 2015

I was reading my Twitter feed this afternoon and a member of my network posted an article about how the Internet of Things (IoT) will create a virtual world with virtual people and how wonderful this will be for society, ushering in a future where we control everything without ever having to really do anything.  […]

Media Blackout on Commeta

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 28, 2015

Last week I wrote a piece about a new project called Commeta which is a global comment system allowing Internet users to comment on any content online without the fear of being censored.  The Kickstarter campaign seems to have hit a wall – which is odd given how many people have claimed to support the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Right-to-be-Forgotten, Sandeep Kumar and the Oxford Mail

Posted by Kevin on March 18, 2015

Following Tara’s article on the right-to-be-forgotten (The Right To Be Forgotten – EU and Elsewhere) there was an interesting comment on Twitter: The headline to this article in the Oxford Mail reads: Google wipes out stories about Asbo yob Sandeep Kumar under Right to be Forgotten ruling. That’s really sad for a newspaper with the […]

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 […]