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Draft General Data Protection Regulation – where it went wrong.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 11, 2015

Last week a coalition of NGOs issued a report on the latest changes to the draft General Data Protection Regulation made by the Council of Europe titled “Data Protection Broken Badly”.  The eight page document talks about a number of issues such as the “one stop shop”, “legitimate interest” and consent. As someone who has […]

Looking for the worm in the Apple Watch?

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on March 10, 2015

Apple watch has been officially presented. As a sophisticated gadget that is highly desirable. Much more aesthetic than google glasses, Kashmir Hill describes its functionalities and privacy concerns. We know that the FTC is said to have had discussions over the privacy issues of the device. we are said that Apple will not retain data […]

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 […]

Privacy by Design – worrying developments

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 5, 2015

Last week I attended the Privacy by Design User Forum in Toronto where I delivered a presentation on how to develop a new project using Privacy by Design.  But that is not the subject of this article, this article is about a discussion which took place at the end of the event – a lively […]

Advertising Industry to Sue AdBlock Plus

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 10, 2014

In the news this week (French) is the story regarding GESTE and the French Internet Advertising Bureau threatening to sue Eyeo GmbH – the company behind AdBlock Plus. Now don’t get me wrong, I am no fan of AdBlock Plus, I think their “Acceptable Advertising” racket is amoral and indefensible, but I do believe that […]

One rule for them…

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 9, 2014

Earlier this week I was engaging in an interesting discussion with some lawyers about the Article 29 Working Party opinion on Device Fingerprinting.  First of all, for those who do not know, Device Fingerprinting is a technique used by the advertising industry (and government intelligence agencies) to circumvent cookie blocking and allow them to still […]

The War Against Ad-Blockers

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 8, 2014

Phys.org are currently running a story titled “Internet giants wage war on pop-up ad blockers” in which they raise moral panic about the woes of the advertising industry being crippled by Ad-Blockers. Depending on the website, the percentage of viewers equipped with ad-blocking software ranges from 10 to 60 percent they claim with further citations […]

Is WIRE a threat to Privacy?

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 4, 2014

This week saw the launch of Skype Co-Founder Janus Friis’ new social communications application, WIRE.  There has been a great deal of noise about it in the press which is to be expected given Friis’ pedigree.  One of the points being made is that WIRE is based in Switzerland and complies with EU privacy laws, […]

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 […]

European privacy regulators clarify right to be forgotten

Posted by Kevin on November 28, 2014

The European Article 29 working party of national data protection regulators has issued guidelines on the European Court’s so-called right to be forgotten ruling, effectively closing some of the loopholes. Perhaps the most important of the opinions is that the ruling applies to all domains available in the EU and not just European domains. Thus, […]