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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 […]

Privacy by Design – worrying developments

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 5, 2015

Last week I attended the Privacy by Design User Forum in Toronto where I delivered a presentation on how to develop a new project using Privacy by Design.  But that is not the subject of this article, this article is about a discussion which took place at the end of the event – a lively […]

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. […]

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 […]

Net neutrality is dead — the EU and US have already decided

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

On Friday, Gizmodo reported, FCC Mysteriously Lost Hundreds of Thousands Net Neutrality Comments: As the Sony hack makes internet regulation a top priority, startling new revelations about how the FCC handled public comments on net neutrality just came in. New analysis of the data the FCC recently released about the process shows that the agency […]

Has the Tor takedown begun?

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

Three days ago the TOR Project blog warned, The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities. Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network There has been some suggestion that this […]

The big legal argument from Microsoft: “Well, you wouldn’t like it”

Posted by Kevin on December 12, 2014

At the beginning of this year I began to think that Microsoft had changed. General Counsel Brad Smith announced that Microsoft would store its users’ personal data within their own jurisdiction, thus intimating that the NSA and FBI couldn’t get hold of it. “People should have the ability to know whether their data are being […]

Advertising Industry to Sue AdBlock Plus

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 10, 2014

In the news this week (French) is the story regarding GESTE and the French Internet Advertising Bureau threatening to sue Eyeo GmbH – the company behind AdBlock Plus. Now don’t get me wrong, I am no fan of AdBlock Plus, I think their “Acceptable Advertising” racket is amoral and indefensible, but I do believe that […]

One rule for them…

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 9, 2014

Earlier this week I was engaging in an interesting discussion with some lawyers about the Article 29 Working Party opinion on Device Fingerprinting.  First of all, for those who do not know, Device Fingerprinting is a technique used by the advertising industry (and government intelligence agencies) to circumvent cookie blocking and allow them to still […]

The War Against Ad-Blockers

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 8, 2014

Phys.org are currently running a story titled “Internet giants wage war on pop-up ad blockers” in which they raise moral panic about the woes of the advertising industry being crippled by Ad-Blockers. Depending on the website, the percentage of viewers equipped with ad-blocking software ranges from 10 to 60 percent they claim with further citations […]