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Living the Nightmare

Posted by Kevin on November 20, 2016

This is the stuff of nightmares. It is a nightmare set in a shadowy world of total government surveillance, where government can spy on anyone pretty much unhindered (IP Bill), and where citizens’ personal data can be given by government to pretty much anyone (Digital Economy Bill). In this shadowy world there is a government […]

Still in Denial of the Tough New Privacy Law GDPR?

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on October 17, 2016

This morning GDPR on the news, shared by Rachel Oconnell : Firms Are in Denial About Tough New EU Privacy Law: The world’s toughest privacy law will go into force in Europe 18 months from now, and so far, the strategy of many IT professionals appears to be “pretend it’s not happening.” That’s the takeaway […]

New Microsoft Windows 10 update non-options

Posted by Rob Slade on September 22, 2016

We interrupt the security and quantum computing series to bring you news of Microsoft’s latest decision about how your computers will work. (Those wise or lucky enough to use Linux or Macs can sit in the corner and chortle quietly to yourselves.) Last week was patch Tuesday, and, as usual, the machine rebooted itself, and […]

The new Data Protection Regulation has been adopted

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on May 9, 2016

I have aggregated all you need to know about the new EU Regulation using the curation tool Pearltrees. The resource will be kept updated. EU Regulation 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation, or “GDPR”), Text published 4 May 2016, enforceable after a grace period, 28 May 2018. Possible fines up to the greater of €20 […]

#panamapapers and Mossack Fonseca’s Reckless, Feckless IT Security: Was That Breach a Privacy Curse or a Transparency Blessing?

Posted by Richard Smith on April 9, 2016

…the tight-lipped Mossack Fonseca (believed to be an industry leader) The Economist, 2012 Readers will doubtless have noticed that someone has recently loosened Mossack Fonseca’s lips, quite a lot, by way of an utterly monumental hack. 2.6TB of business emails and documents, covering the affairs of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca’s sometimes rich and politically exposed, sometimes […]

If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear

Posted by Kevin on February 26, 2016

If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. I have often expressed surprise and dismay at the apathy of the British voter. It’s almost as if we have a built-in desire to believe our politicians – we assume they tell the truth and we never question their motives. I take the opposite […]

iPhone and the FBI backdoor

Posted by Kevin on February 17, 2016

Much is being written about the FBI’s court order instructing Apple to provide a backdoor into a terrorist’s iPhone. And much praise is being heaped upon Apple for its disinclination to do so. This disinclination is described by Tim Cook in a letter to Apple users: A Message to Our Customers. I think, however, it […]

Twitter App on iOS nags users for Photos Access

Posted by Alexander Hanff on January 28, 2016

Earlier this week I was in Brussels talking about Privacy at the European Parliament – which is nothing unusual, especially as today is Data Privacy Day and this week is often referred to as Privacy Week in Brussels. What did surprise me though was a change in behaviour I noticed with the official Twitter iOS […]

Get ready for some serious DoubleSpeak

Posted by Kevin on October 28, 2015

Two mutually exclusive principles continue their collision course: the European demand for privacy and the US demand for access to personal data. On Monday this week the European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova was talking about the need to replace Safe Harbor with something mutually and legally acceptable. Following talks between Washington and Brussels she said, […]

ECJ Says Safe Harbor Is Not So Safe

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on October 8, 2015

‘A milestone’ or a ‘historical’ decision cry the media around the world. It is like a deluge of comments and articles. The Open Rights Group speaks of a ‘Landmark victory for Privacy rights’. Like a bombshell, following the Advocat General Opinion, the ECJ decision this Tuesday 6 October 2015 held the Safe Harbor decision 2000 invalid. […]