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Alas, we can’t rewind America – or can we?

Posted by Bev Robb on October 4, 2016

Rewind America

Late last summer my son called me from Seattle to let me know that he would be making a cash deposit to my bank to repay a small loan I had given him over the summer. An hour later, he called back stating that my ridiculous expletive deleted bank would not accept a cash deposit to my personal […]

Scandalous Redflex surveillance cams—those insidious scoundrels!

Posted by Bev Robb on February 1, 2016

Redflex surveillance-intersection

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 […]

ECJ Says Safe Harbor Is Not So Safe

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on October 8, 2015

‘A milestone’ or a ‘historical’ decision cry the media around the world. It is like a deluge of comments and articles. The Open Rights Group speaks of a ‘Landmark victory for Privacy rights’. Like a bombshell, following the Advocat General Opinion, the ECJ decision this Tuesday 6 October 2015 held the Safe Harbor decision 2000 invalid. […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted by Joseph Saviri on May 19, 2015

The GCHQ will now be immune from prosecution from engaging in illegal hacking operations. This state of affairs is now made by possible as a result of amendments made to the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 (CMA) creates a set of offences for those who engaged in activities interfering with 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The long slow slide into tyranny

Posted by Kevin on January 21, 2015

21 Jan, 2014 Just yesterday F-Secure published a blog titled Why David Cameron’s Communication Promise is Foolish. Cameron, you will recall, has latched on to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist outrage in order to promote what he and the UK intelligence agencies want for the UK: access not just to everyone’s metadata but also to their […]