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European privacy regulators clarify right to be forgotten

Posted by Kevin on November 28, 2014

The European Article 29 working party of national data protection regulators has issued guidelines on the European Court’s so-called right to be forgotten ruling, effectively closing some of the loopholes. Perhaps the most important of the opinions is that the ruling applies to all domains available in the EU and not just European domains. Thus, […]

TTIP: will a Franco/German alliance save Britain from Cameron?

Posted by Kevin on November 18, 2014

If you had to select four European countries and sum up their national government policy in single sentences, you would not go far wrong with this: Sweden: to support the US at all costs France: to promote France and French best interests at all costs Germany: to maintain German dominance of Europe UK: to curry […]

Putin bans Apple!

Posted by Kevin on November 6, 2014

Watch for the headlines in the western press over the next few days: Putin retaliates over western sanctions by banning Apple. That’s not quite what is happening. It is true that as things stand Russians will not be able to use iPhones and iPads from 1 January 2015 — but that’s not because Apple has […]

TF1 claims copyright over junk — demands takedown

Posted by Kevin on November 4, 2014

You couldn’t make it up if you tried. MalwareMustDie posts and shares malware/junk samples for other security researchers on MediaFire. But MediaFire has taken down one sample because it allegedly infringes copyright, according to a tweet a few hours ago: MalwareMustDie also shared the letter it received from Mediafire: At first glance this is hilarious. […]

Identity verification in the UK

Posted by Kevin on November 2, 2014

A little while ago I spoke to an American security officer involved in the US government online identity schemes. He seemed to think that the UK’s Verify system showed promise that could be emulated elsewhere. The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP (Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General) described Verify in a speech at […]

Arguments as circular as the GCHQ building

Posted by Kevin on October 28, 2014

A complaint by Privacy International against the six undersea fibre optic cable companies, including BT and Vodafone, that facilitate GCHQ’s mass surveillance practices has been rejected by the UK agency charged with ensuring corporate compliance with human rights obligations, after the companies refused to reveal the extent of their cooperation with GCHQ. Let’s see if […]

Hint to ICO: LloydsPharmacy is violating the DPA

Posted by Kevin on September 13, 2014

When I go into LLoydsPharmacy with a prescription, I hand it over, am told it will take 20 minutes and I reply, ‘OK, I’ll come back’. Twenty minutes later I return and ask, “Prescription for Townsend?” The assistant asks me to confirm my address, and hands over my medication medicine. That’s all it takes. Now […]

Email forwarding and the Wiretap Act

Posted by Kevin on September 8, 2014

When does consensual forwarding potentially become Wiretap violation? Answer: after the divorce. While married, Abadir took a CableVision contract and set up his wife’s (Zaratzian) email account. He included, according to him consensually, email forwarding to his own email account. When the couple separated, Zaratzian took over the contract (2005) and, some time later (2009), […]

Law: Cloud Big Data

Posted by Brian Bandey on August 21, 2014

”Analytics in the Cloud: Traversing a Legal Minefield” – To avoid legal liability, organizations that want to reap the benefits of cloud-based big data analytics must carefully vet partner technology by Dr. Brian Bandey, Doctor of Law When a corporation mines the Big Data within its IT Infrastructure a number of Laws will automatically be […]

Microsoft appeal against extraterritorial warrant dismissed

Posted by Kevin on August 2, 2014

Last week Judge Preska dismissed Microsoft’s attempt to quash a government warrant demanding a customer’s email content that is stored on a server located in Ireland. Microsoft’s argument is that US warrants do not extend extraterritorially, and that if the government seeks data from foreign nationals in a foreign state, it should use international law […]