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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 […]

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 […]

Why CTO’s should enforce adblocking on their networks

Posted by Alexander Hanff on July 13, 2015

Recent research from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia has illustrated that blocking advertising on their enterprise network cut bandwidth usage by 25-40%.  They used AdblockPlus, the most popular browser plugin in the world, for a period of six weeks and actively recorded how it impacted network traffic and bandwidth consumption.  In their paper they […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commeta – innovative, privacy enhancing, global comment system

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 22, 2015

A friend of mine from Toronto got in touch with me today about a new service he is developing called Commeta.  It immediately caught my attention as a privacy guy, because one of the fundamental problems with leaving comments on web sites is the requirement to give them your details – which means you are […]

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 […]