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An open letter to all members of the House of Commons

Posted by Joseph Saviri on May 26, 2015

Our democracy hinges on trust. We rely on our Parliamentarians to ensure that all citizens can undertake their daily activities with the knowledge that they are safe and secure,without unauthorised intrusion. It is only right that our Parliamentarians do their outmost to ensure that threats and risks posed by individuals and terrorists are anticipated. Intelligence […]

FTC demonstrates that the US takes Safe Harbor seriously

Posted by Kevin on April 7, 2015

Hallelujah, I have seen the light! What are we Europeans worrying about? Safe Harbor is safe in the safe hands of that pit-bull defender of privacy, the Federal Trade Commission. Let me explain… The FTC came across 2 out of hundreds of US companies in breech of the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement, and has chastised […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tribunal rules that GCHQ mass surveillance is not illegal

Posted by Kevin on December 6, 2014

When British jurisprudence is caught between a rock (the wishes of government) and a hard place (the law), it resorts to some wonderful contortions to escape. The rock is immovable; but luckily the law is malleable — and with one deft twist the beaks are free. Privacy International (PI) and others had sought a ruling […]


Posted by Bev Robb on November 28, 2014

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