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The Right To Be Forgotten – EU and Elsewhere

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on March 18, 2015

By Tara Taubman 17 March 2015 The Right To Be Forgotten and the balance of Privacy and Freedom of Speech. A Spanish Court asked the European Court of justice to decide whether there was a legitimate grant for an individual to request from the Search Engine Google to take down a reference to a past information […]

Trusteer vs. Minded Security in fighting financial fraud

Posted by Kevin on February 16, 2015

We’re talking financial fraud – malware-instigated theft from your bank account… This will be sacrilege to many, but I’m no fan of two-factor authentication (2FA). In fact, I think it can be positively dangerous. There are two primary reasons: It’s not all that effective. Once the bad guys have rooted your PC or installed a […]

Democracy is dead – long live the Commission!

Posted by Kevin on January 28, 2015

Democracy in Europe is dead. I make no comment about the US, but doubt that it is very different. In Europe we have an elected European Parliament. It tries hard, but has about as much potency as a eunuch in a house of screaming hellcats. The hellcats are the European Commission. The Commission is unelected. […]

The President’s CFAA and the disclosure problem

Posted by Kevin on January 26, 2015

Obama’s State of the Union speech gave cybersecurity a prominent position. The problem is the government’s view of security priorities usually puts intelligence agency demands first, military requirement second, business demands third, and the poor bloody user last of all. This speech seems to be little different, although it’s sufficiently vague to be anything you […]

Zero-day Flash vulnerability delivered by Angler

Posted by Kevin on January 22, 2015

The Angler exploit kit has, according to Cisco’s latest report, replaced Blackhole as the kit of choice for the bad guys: Cisco Security Research attributes Angler’s popularity to the decision by its author(s) to eliminate the requirement of downloading a Windows executable to deliver malware. Angler’s use of Flash, Java, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), and […]

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 […]

ICO wants prison for offenders as long as it can continue to ignore Google

Posted by Kevin on January 18, 2015

The ICO has long suggested that fines are not enough to enforce the Data Protection Act, and that the option for prison sentences needs to be included. It’s been speaking about this on BBC Radio 5 Live: But who is it going to imprison? You cannot imprison companies, and you are unlikely to single out […]

The new Snooper’s Charter — a guide to political opportunism

Posted by Kevin on January 12, 2015

How do cyber content search warrants signed off (rubber-stamped) by the Prime Minister’s number one political henchman, selected by the Prime Minister — rather than a non-political independent Judge — safeguard personal liberty? This is pure political opportunism to get a law that provides control over, rather than security for, the people. This is the […]

Terrorism and the Law: cause and effect or effect and cause?

Posted by Kevin on January 9, 2015

Many years ago towards the end of the First Crypto War a Home Office advocate who patrolled one of the crypto mailing lists wrote that it would only take one terrorist spectacular for the people to demand that the government take more control over all things cyber. And then, just a few years later, along […]

The danger of casual CCTV surveillance

Posted by Kevin on January 6, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I asked if Sainsbury is — or at least was at the time — in breach of the Data Protection Act. I have no doubt that it was. The issue was Sainsbury’s practice of using ANPR cameras on every vehicle entering its car park at the Torquay Willows store. I […]