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Why I will not vote (part 2)

Posted by Kevin on March 22, 2015

The problem with voting is that most people believe they are voting within a democracy. This is wrong — we do not have a democracy. Ask yourself these four questions: when was the last time that government policies changed when we changed the government? when was the last time that a government honoured its manifesto […]

Why I will not vote

Posted by Kevin on March 21, 2015

We have an election here in the UK, coming to a school/village hall near you very soon. Once again, I will not vote. There are people who disagree with my stand. They say that I have a duty to vote, and that voting should be compulsory. I do not – and compulsory voting would be […]

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 […]

EU Data Centers are not safe from US Surveillance

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 10, 2015

Over the past 12 months I have noticed an increasingly worrying trend which is developing in the global technology arena and it is one which in my mind amounts to nothing less than a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers and businesses alike on the legal powers available to US law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Late […]

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 […]

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 […]

North Korea did not attack Sony; & the US did not attack North Korea

Posted by Kevin on December 23, 2014

The official line from the US is that North Korea attacked Sony; and the official line from the British custodian of truth, the BBC Radio 4 news, is that the US probably attacked North Korea (which the US has declined to deny). Both are almost certainly false. While the US, from Obama down, insists it […]