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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 […]

The right to privacy Vs the right to spy

Posted by Kevin on November 5, 2014

Human rights are hugely misunderstood — there is actually no such thing. We are born with no ‘rights’; we are simply born. The assertion of a right is nothing more than a refusal to accept a negative. It is a denial that some third party should be allowed to prevent something. In this way, a […]

The Islamic State’s Propaganda Network and the Forty-Nine Dollar Challenge

Posted by Richard Smith on November 4, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, this happened, in Iceland: ISNIC – Internet á Íslandi hf., which manages the registry for the .is country code, was forced to shut down a website on grounds of its content for the first time in the company’s history last night because terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) was using the […]

IMSI catchers in London

Posted by Kevin on November 4, 2014

The Times ran a report over the weekend claiming that the Metropolitan Police uses ‘IMSI catchers’, also known as Stingrays, to collect communications from mobile phone users. If you want the details you will need some serious hacking skills, or a Times subscription. But if you just want the gist, you can get it from […]

Google, RAPPOR and care.data

Posted by Kevin on November 3, 2014

The Holy Grail of acquiring statistics without impinging privacy has, according to Google, been found. It is an application of Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response (Rappor); and Google will present its technical paper at this week’s 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Scottsdale, Arizona. The paper claims, RAPPORs allow the forest of client […]

LinkedIn and the Irish data protection regulator

Posted by Kevin on November 3, 2014

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), Ireland’s data protection regulator, has said that it issued a raft of ‘significant’ recommendations on LinkedIn — but neither it nor LinkedIn will say what they are. All LinkedIn will say is that it has implemented some, is implementing some, and is considering the others. Is this […]

ShazzleMail – a new approach to encrypted email.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on October 28, 2014

The Problem One of the key issues we face with regards to the privacy and security of our electronic communications is encryption. Email protocols were designed decades ago with little mind for security and for the past twenty years we have been frantically trying to put our proverbial thumb in the hole. In 1991 Phil […]

Britain’s surveillance would turn the Stasi green with envy

Posted by Kevin on October 13, 2014

7 October 2014; The Guardian National Crime Agency director general: UK snooping powers are too weak “Britons must accept a greater loss of digital freedoms in return for greater safety from serious criminals and terrorists in the internet age, according to the country’s top law enforcement officer.” That is, the National Crime Agency, which works hand […]

The dangers of public Wi-Fi – talking to F-Secure’s Sean Sullivan

Posted by Kevin on October 1, 2014

Think twice before you connect to public Wi-Fi when you’re out traveling – it may not be as free as you think. F-Secure recently set up a free Wi-Fi hotspot in London. Remember that anything F-Secure did could equally have been done by criminals. Well, it will surprise no-one in the security industry that this […]

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 […]