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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 […]

DNA-based access control: the dystopian endgame

Posted by Kevin on July 27, 2015

Martin Zinaich yesterday excellently described what he calls the PIT: privacy invasive technology (Falling into the PIT). The implication is that this is a deep, steep pit from which it is already too late to escape. But there was one comment he makes that implies it is going to get worse: The problem with technology […]

Copyright: parliament’s will overturned for profits

Posted by Kevin on July 18, 2015

I won’t buy music anymore. I’ll listen to the radio and watch performances on television; but I won’t buy the CDs. I decline to put money into a music industry that tells me if I wish to listen to their CDs in my home I must pay them, say, £10 (cost of a blank CD, […]

Lauri Love to face extradition hearing

Posted by Kevin on July 17, 2015

Here we go again. Lauri Love, who was first arrested (but not charged) under the Computer Misuse Act almost two years ago has been rearrested on the original US charges and now faces an extradition hearing on 1 September. And yet, just two months ago, the UK police returned some confiscated items dating from the […]

TPP & TTIP are bad enough, but TISA is catastrophic

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2015

Background The United States dominates the world not because of the strength of its economy but because the US Dollar is the world’s reserve currency, used in almost all major international transactions. This position is primarily maintained by the world’s practice of buying and selling oil in dollars. It means that the US economy doesn’t […]

My all-time favourite Dilbert strip

Posted by Kevin on July 2, 2015

It is my all-time favourite Dilbert strip. The Boss and Catbert are sat in the Boardroom. They are secretly listening, over the intercom, to a private conversation between Alice and Dilbert in a completely separate and supposedly soundproof room. Alice and Dilbert are discussing what to do about Wally, who’s standing alone in the corridor. […]

Don’t let the Tories ditch the Human Rights Act

Posted by Kevin on June 27, 2015

You may have had an email from the Lib Dems seeking support against Cameron’s plans to dump the Human Rights Act. It doesn’t matter which party you voted for (and I didn’t vote), we must stop Cameron. Please add your name to the petition seeking to protect human rights. The Tory propaganda machine preparing support […]

Still speculating about anti-virus after all these years?

Posted by Kevin on June 23, 2015

The Intercept yesterday published an article titled Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks. I am one who in the past has wondered about the relationship between the spy agencies and the anti-virus industry (see, for example, AV and the NSA: is the anti-virus industry in bed with the NSA – why […]

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 […]