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European Commission tells citizens to stop using Facebook

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 25, 2015

Yesterday was a very important day for privacy and data protection in Europe.  It was the day that Max Schrems was able to present arguments in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) with regards to the US surveillance programme called PRISM and whether or not companies which expose European citizens’ data to […]

Looking for the worm in the Apple Watch?

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on March 10, 2015

Apple watch has been officially presented. As a sophisticated gadget that is highly desirable. Much more aesthetic than google glasses, Kashmir Hill describes its functionalities and privacy concerns. We know that the FTC is said to have had discussions over the privacy issues of the device. we are said that Apple will not retain data […]

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 […]

The long slow slide into tyranny

Posted by Kevin on January 21, 2015

21 Jan, 2014 Just yesterday F-Secure published a blog titled Why David Cameron’s Communication Promise is Foolish. Cameron, you will recall, has latched on to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist outrage in order to promote what he and the UK intelligence agencies want for the UK: access not just to everyone’s metadata but also to their […]

The danger of casual CCTV surveillance

Posted by Kevin on January 6, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I asked if Sainsbury is — or at least was at the time — in breach of the Data Protection Act. I have no doubt that it was. The issue was Sainsbury’s practice of using ANPR cameras on every vehicle entering its car park at the Torquay Willows store. I […]

Is Sainsbury in breach of the Data Protection Act?

Posted by Kevin on December 23, 2014

When you enter the Sainsbury car park at its Willows store in Torquay. a big sign flashes up your car number plate. In smaller figures it also displays the time by which you must depart, viz, four hours later. There is no explanation of why, how or by whom your number plate is recorded. I […]

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 […]

Time to reject GCHQ and rebuild a Free Albion

Posted by Kevin on December 18, 2014

One of my favourite companies is F-Secure. F-Secure is a company that hasn’t just sat back and said, ‘Oh, how terrible – governments are spying on us.’ F-Secure is fighting back by developing the technology that makes it more difficult for governments to spy on people. I recently asked F-Secure’s Sean Sullivan why his company […]

Tribunal rules that GCHQ mass surveillance is not illegal

Posted by Kevin on December 6, 2014

When British jurisprudence is caught between a rock (the wishes of government) and a hard place (the law), it resorts to some wonderful contortions to escape. The rock is immovable; but luckily the law is malleable — and with one deft twist the beaks are free. Privacy International (PI) and others had sought a ruling […]

UK government continues its attack on privacy

Posted by Kevin on November 27, 2014

The UK government is continuing to demonize internet companies, almost suggesting that they are the cause of successful terrorist attacks. In a report by the Intelligence Committee into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby it suggests that Facebook should have detected and reported the single known incidence of one of the murderers showing his hand […]