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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

The agony of indecision – Windows 10

Posted by Kevin on August 12, 2015

It’s just sitting there. Mostly it’s being quiet – but every now and again it pops up: ‘Here I am. What are you going to do about me.’ Well I don’t know. Do I install Windows 10 and obey the business logic; or do I ignore it and obey the privacy logic? The Business Logic […]

NSA is missing a trick, here …

Posted by Rob Slade on July 31, 2015

Lonely Chinese are chatting with a smartphone program. “Since Xiaoice collects vast amounts of intimate details on individuals, the program inevitably raises questions about users’ privacy.” Siri, Cortona, Xiaoice, etc.  At least with Facebook you have to semi-deliberately share your deepest secrets with the world.  But who is going to remember (or guard) what they […]

Hacking Team Hacked

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2015

If you enjoy irony, this is one of your better days: Hacking Team, purveyors of spyware (DaVinci) beloved by repressive regimes around the world, has been hacked. And its dirty laundry is being hung out to dry. Don’t you just love the comments from Christian Pozzi, Senior System and Security Engineer: More seriously, the hackers’ […]

An open letter to all members of the House of Commons

Posted by Joseph Saviri on May 26, 2015

Our democracy hinges on trust. We rely on our Parliamentarians to ensure that all citizens can undertake their daily activities with the knowledge that they are safe and secure,without unauthorised intrusion. It is only right that our Parliamentarians do their outmost to ensure that threats and risks posed by individuals and terrorists are anticipated. Intelligence […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted by Joseph Saviri on May 19, 2015

The GCHQ will now be immune from prosecution from engaging in illegal hacking operations. This state of affairs is now made by possible as a result of amendments made to the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 (CMA) creates a set of offences for those who engaged in activities interfering with the […]

Is Twitter misleading its users on Data Protection?

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 24, 2015

Recently I wrote an article about Amazon and other companies opening European Datacentres in an attempt to mitigate concerns over mass surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.  The general point is that because these companies are US owned, they are still vulnerable to US law irrespective of where they physically host and process […]

Google’s latest assault on Privacy – Project-Fi

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 22, 2015

Google announced on their blog today that they are launching Project Fi – a new mobile network for owners of Nexus 6 devices.  Basically Google have partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and at a glance the service looks appealing.  You only pay for the actual data you […]