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UN damns DRIP even before it is law

Posted by Kevin on July 16, 2014

There is a huge irony that on the very day that the British Government, Small Brother to the US Big Brother global surveillance alliance, whips its lackeys into subservience in order to get yet another surveillance bill through the House of Commons, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, warns: …Governmental mass surveillance […]

The continuing failure of data protection laws – especially in the UK

Posted by Kevin on July 5, 2014

IRISS – Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies – is an EC-funded empirical analysis of surveillance and data protection in Europe. It comprises seven separate study areas. A report on the fifth area, exercising democratic rights under surveillance regimes, was published in the latter part of June 2014. Led by Professor Clive Norris and Dr Xavier […]

Certificate-less authenticated encryption gets US patent

Posted by Kevin on July 1, 2014

Connect in Private (CIP) has made two announcements today. The first is that it has received a US patent for its Certificate-less Authenticated Encryption (CLAE). The second is that Alexander Hanff has joined the company as Chief Privacy Officer. CLAE Encryption, as we have been told by Edward Snowden, is our best defence against espionage; […]

A life-long commitment to privacy.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on June 30, 2014

For the past seven years I have been advocating for stronger privacy across the globe, both in my role at Privacy International, where I managed their digital privacy portfolio for three years, and as an independent expert. Much of the first five years were focused on lobbying for changes in global privacy laws to change […]

Holder says European privacy will be protected by US law

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2014

If the art of politics is to make it seem as if you are giving the people what they want, then the US and the EC are Masters. The people want Privacy. They do not have it in the current scheme of things. So the EC has publicly warned the US that unless it changes […]

The Darker Side of Jeff Bezos’ Fire Phone

Posted by Alexander Hanff on June 19, 2014

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos took to the stage this week to talk about Fire Phone – Amazon’s inaugural step into mobile devices. The world’s press and media are buzzing with activity over the device and in particular the Firefly app which can be used to identify objects and images from the camera with the immediate opportunity […]

There is no ‘right to be forgotten’; and Google won’t forget you anyway

Posted by Kevin on June 2, 2014

A lot of guff has been written about last month’s ECJ ruling that search engines must abide by European data protection laws. Much of this centres around the world’s media claiming that a right to be forgotten now prevails in Europe. Here are just three examples from the last few days: Google sets up ‘right […]

Industry Two Faced over Privacy

Posted by Alexander Hanff on May 29, 2014

As an advocate I have spent a great deal of my time over the past six years taking part in roundtables, consultations, forums and conferences and during that time I have witnessed first hand the relentless push by “Big Data” corporations to dilute the fundamental right of privacy in order for those same corporations to […]

Antipodean iOS ransomware

Posted by David Harley on May 28, 2014

Wherever you live, now is the time to take advantage of Apple’s 2FA for Apple ID credentials.

Don’t let them pull the Aircloak over our eyes

Posted by Kevin on May 4, 2014

Big business wants our personal information so it can make even more money. Privacy laws say it cannot have our personal data, but do not define anonymized data as ‘personal’. Business-friendly privacy regulators, such as the UK’s Information Commissioner, specifically declare that anonymized personal data is not regulated by the data protection laws — and […]