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Google orchestrating anti-GDPR sentiment

Posted by Kevin on September 13, 2014

There is still an awful lot of guff talked about Google and the ‘right to be forgotten’. Much of the media portrays the issue as a right for individuals to demand that personal data be removed from the internet. This is not the case. Google couldn’t do it even if it were the case. There […]

Zimmermann, McAfee and Schneier – and the Future for Privacy

Posted by Kevin on August 10, 2014

Two security celebrities have waxed lyrical on freedom and surveillance at DefCon: Phil Zimmermann and John McAfee. In an extended talk at Defcon 22 in Las Vegas, Zimmermann said it might seem as though the intelligence agencies have the whip hand at the moment but mankind had faced this situation before… Companies were waking up […]

Snowden documents should all be in the public domain

Posted by Kevin on July 21, 2014

Wow! The sooner that all Snowden documents are in the public domain the better. While there are some advantages in releasing the Snowden documents via the world’s media, those advantages are now long past. I would be happy for all field operative names to be redacted (but not those of office staff); but otherwise the […]

Of paedophiles, cybercriminals and surveillance

Posted by Kevin on July 18, 2014

The European cops have been busy this week. First the UK’s NCA announced the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles (Wednesday); and then (Thursday) Europol announced the dismantling of a Romanian cybercrime network. I don’t want to make too much of it being the same week in which the UK government bulldozes through a new cyber […]

GCHQ on trial and DRIP emergency data retention bill

Posted by Kevin on July 16, 2014

Coincidence? Only if the tooth fairy is real. In the same week in which Privacy International and other civil liberties groups are trying to force the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) to declare GCHQ internet spying activities illegal, prime minister Cameron is trying to force through parliament emergency new powers (DRIP) to make such activities legal. […]

Phorm to go tits-up by mid-August?

Posted by Kevin on July 14, 2014

Well, if it’s true, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Tom Winnifrith, writing in ShareProphets.com, suggests that Phorm is nose-diving into oblivion: In the last days of March, AIM Cesspit listed Phorm (PHRM) raised £10 million. Today it has warned that unless it raises more cash urgently it will go tits up. I reckon […]

Certificate-less authenticated encryption gets US patent

Posted by Kevin on July 1, 2014

Connect in Private (CIP) has made two announcements today. The first is that it has received a US patent for its Certificate-less Authenticated Encryption (CLAE). The second is that Alexander Hanff has joined the company as Chief Privacy Officer. CLAE Encryption, as we have been told by Edward Snowden, is our best defence against espionage; […]

Verizon tells porkies at loss of German contract

Posted by Kevin on June 30, 2014

At the end of last week, the German government announced that it would not be renewing its telecommunications contract with Verizon. According to Bloomberg, Verizon’s services won’t be retained because the German government now requires telecommunications providers signing new contracts to confirm they’re not legally obliged to share information with foreign governments, Johannes Dimroth, an […]

Holder says European privacy will be protected by US law

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2014

If the art of politics is to make it seem as if you are giving the people what they want, then the US and the EC are Masters. The people want Privacy. They do not have it in the current scheme of things. So the EC has publicly warned the US that unless it changes […]

The Darker Side of Jeff Bezos’ Fire Phone

Posted by Alexander Hanff on June 19, 2014

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos took to the stage this week to talk about Fire Phone – Amazon’s inaugural step into mobile devices. The world’s press and media are buzzing with activity over the device and in particular the Firefly app which can be used to identify objects and images from the camera with the immediate opportunity […]