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JavaScript: New Privacy/Security Threat

Posted by Alexander Hanff on June 13, 2014

  Recently, a developer I know reasonably well contacted me to show me a new JavaScript library he had written which exposes information on all network adapters and connections on a PC. This code was able to detect -all- network adapters along with the IP addresses assigned to them including virtual adapters. This means that […]

CESG advice on securing Android in a BYOD environment

Posted by Kevin on June 10, 2014

CESG, the infosec arm of GCHQ, has released updates to its advice on the secure use of Blackberry, Android and Chrome, to cover the latest versions. The advice is aimed at public sector use of BYOD at OFFICIAL level – but it should be required reading for all businesses. It tries to square the circle […]

There is no ‘right to be forgotten’; and Google won’t forget you anyway

Posted by Kevin on June 2, 2014

A lot of guff has been written about last month’s ECJ ruling that search engines must abide by European data protection laws. Much of this centres around the world’s media claiming that a right to be forgotten now prevails in Europe. Here are just three examples from the last few days: Google sets up ‘right […]

Industry Two Faced over Privacy

Posted by Alexander Hanff on May 29, 2014

As an advocate I have spent a great deal of my time over the past six years taking part in roundtables, consultations, forums and conferences and during that time I have witnessed first hand the relentless push by “Big Data” corporations to dilute the fundamental right of privacy in order for those same corporations to […]

Antipodean iOS ransomware

Posted by David Harley on May 28, 2014

Wherever you live, now is the time to take advantage of Apple’s 2FA for Apple ID credentials.

C-13 – a two-faced law from a two-faced government

Posted by Kevin on May 20, 2014

One of the nastiest little tricks of nasty little governments is to hide new laws that they don’t want us to know about in popular laws that we all welcome. All governments do it — and the latest example is being done to us in Canada. The Bill is C-13. It is called the Protecting […]

Privacy International’s new complaint against GCHQ is like pissing in the wind

Posted by Kevin on May 16, 2014

Fresh from its success against HMRC, Privacy International (PI) is now taking on GCHQ. It announced Tuesday that it has “filed a legal complaint demanding an end to the unlawful hacking being carried out by GCHQ which, in partnership with the NSA, is infecting potentially millions of computer and mobile devices around the world with […]

ECJ says Google, and other search engines, must abide by European data protection laws

Posted by Kevin on May 16, 2014

This is going to upset the apple cart – the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided in favour of Mario Costeja González in his dispute with Google. Way back in 1998, a Spanish newspaper published reports on certain pecuniary difficulties in which González found himself. By 2010 those difficulties were long past – but […]

HMRC ordered by the judge to think again about withholding information from Privacy International

Posted by Kevin on May 13, 2014

Privacy International has been attempting to get blood from a stone; otherwise known as getting information out of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. It has wanted to know if Gamma International is being investigated for potential breach of UK export controls. Gamma International, you may recall, is the company behind the FinFisher surveillance malware. FinFisher […]