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TalkTalk’s Failure over Incident Response

Posted by Kevin on October 29, 2015

TalkTalk’s incident response has been an unmitigated disaster. Let’s look at some of the facts… CEO Dido Harding told the Sunday Times (after earlier admitting that she did not know if the stolen data had been encrypted), “[Our data] wasn’t encrypted, nor are you legally required to encrypt it.” That is incredibly crass. It implies […]

Get ready for some serious DoubleSpeak

Posted by Kevin on October 28, 2015

Two mutually exclusive principles continue their collision course: the European demand for privacy and the US demand for access to personal data. On Monday this week the European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova was talking about the need to replace Safe Harbor with something mutually and legally acceptable. Following talks between Washington and Brussels she said, […]

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. […]

Who are you – scammer or victim?

Posted by Kevin on September 22, 2015

I believe that paranoia should be part of everybody’s security armoury. It is free. It scales up and down automatically in reaction to different circumstances. And while it should never be relied upon, and can be susceptible to more false positives than many other systems, I still recommend it. Take this: false positive or paranoia […]

Have Lynch and Europol just set in motion a solution to the Microsoft problem?

Posted by Kevin on September 16, 2015

It’s a conundrum. Microsoft is caught between two masters: Europe, where it is desperately seeking to increase marketshare against the dominant Google; and the US, its homeland overlord that it must, and indeed would like to, honor and obey. This conundrum is illustrated by Microsoft’s refusal to simply hand over a European customer’s emails from […]

Section 94 – the UK Section 215

Posted by Kevin on August 15, 2015

Julian Huppert, lecturer at Cambridge and formerly a Lib Dem MP, has written about a disturbing piece of legislation that most of us don’t know exists: Section 94 of The Telecommunications Act 1984. It is somewhat secretive — so secretive that even he, when an elected representative of the people, could not discover how often […]

The agony of indecision – Windows 10

Posted by Kevin on August 12, 2015

It’s just sitting there. Mostly it’s being quiet – but every now and again it pops up: ‘Here I am. What are you going to do about me.’ Well I don’t know. Do I install Windows 10 and obey the business logic; or do I ignore it and obey the privacy logic? The Business Logic […]

The other drug money

Posted by Kevin on August 12, 2015

This is from Science Daily yesterday: Are these the same scientists that we educate with our money to be paid by the drug companies to produce statistics that will persuade the politicians who we pay with our money to make laws to force us to have the vaccinations that don’t work and make us more […]

Cameron’s Fecking Controls

Posted by Kevin on August 10, 2015

There are two problems with this image. The first is obvious. BT is blocking LinkedIn. LinkedIn? Really? The second is perhaps only immediately obvious to me. It is this: I don’t have fecking Parental Controls set on my account. So what the feck is going on? Has Cameron made ‘Parental Controls’ suddenly obligatory without me […]

NSA is missing a trick, here …

Posted by Rob Slade on July 31, 2015

Lonely Chinese are chatting with a smartphone program. “Since Xiaoice collects vast amounts of intimate details on individuals, the program inevitably raises questions about users’ privacy.” Siri, Cortona, Xiaoice, etc.  At least with Facebook you have to semi-deliberately share your deepest secrets with the world.  But who is going to remember (or guard) what they […]