Analog Equivalent Privacy Rights: Our children should have the same rights as our parents

In a series of 21 posts on this blog, we'll examine how privacy rights — essential civil liberties — have been completely lost in the transition to digital. The erosion is nothing short of catastrophic. In a series of posts on this blog, we will take a look at all the different areas, where privacy … Continue reading “Analog Equivalent Privacy Rights: Our children should have the same rights as our parents”

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  • Dec 6, 2017
  • PIA Team
  • News, Privacy,

Private Internet Access by London Trust Media has acquired Cypherpunk VPN

Dear Private Internet Access users, Today, we are happy to announce that London Trust Media, the creators of Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN, has acquired Cypherpunk VPN (www.cypherpunk.com). The Cypherpunk team has joined the Private Internet Access team to bolster our ability to serve you – our customers. Together, the team will continue to work … Continue reading “Private Internet Access by London Trust Media has acquired Cypherpunk VPN”

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You thought targeted Facebook ads were bad for privacy? Wait until you see cross-screen addressable ads…

Last month we wrote about Cambridge Analytica, and how its micro-targeting may have had a significant influence on the US election and Brexit. A new article in Fast Company reveals that the firm is extending its services to the world of TV: “Since last year’s presidential campaigns, the company has sought to expand further into … Continue reading “You thought targeted Facebook ads were bad for privacy? Wait until you see cross-screen addressable ads…”

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Once again: Privacy promises from a company are worth nothing, because companies can’t promise anything

In the last post, I recalled that the only thing that matter whether data collection is taking place is whether it's technically possible, and that if you carry an electronic sensor, you must assume it to be active. Here's why it doesn't matter one bit if the sensor was made with "good guys" with exemplary … Continue reading “Once again: Privacy promises from a company are worth nothing, because companies can’t promise anything”

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Once again: If you carry a sensor of any kind, you must assume it to be active and collecting data, you can’t trust pinky promises

As Quartz revealed, Google has been tracking your location since the start of 2017. At this point, the story should not be about why Google did this, but why, with all the experience at hand, anybody expected otherwise. Privacy is your own responsibility today. When Quartz broke the story that Google is tracking and collecting … Continue reading “Once again: If you carry a sensor of any kind, you must assume it to be active and collecting data, you can’t trust pinky promises”

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  • Nov 24, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

China’s censorship czar falls, as its “Police Cloud” tracking system rises across the country

We write quite a lot about China here on Privacy Online News. Sadly, that’s generally because China is in the vanguard when it comes to bad things happening to privacy. That’s confirmed by an important new “Freedom on the Net” report, which summarized the situation in China as follows: “China was the world’s worst abuser … Continue reading “China’s censorship czar falls, as its “Police Cloud” tracking system rises across the country”

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  • Nov 22, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

The latest threat to your online privacy: exfiltration of personal data by website session-replay scripts

Last week, Privacy News Online reported on a worrying trend of increased surveillance in the workplace. This kind of spying includes capturing every keystroke workers make. The practice is regarded in many jurisdictions as acceptable because people are working on equipment provided by their employer, and use it to carry out tasks for the company … Continue reading “The latest threat to your online privacy: exfiltration of personal data by website session-replay scripts”

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Germany is dealing with children’s surveillance watches in the right way

The internet of things comes with all kinds of privacy worries, and one country in particular is keen to address them. Having earlier this year banned an internet-connected talking doll for its lack of proper security, Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency, or BNA), has now turned its attention to smartwatches that are marketed for use … Continue reading “Germany is dealing with children’s surveillance watches in the right way”

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  • Nov 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Two ways to help preserve privacy in an age of massive leaks and deep hacks

We live in the golden age of leaks. That’s not to say that leaks didn’t happen before. But the move to digital data and the availability of high-speed Internet connections has made the exfiltration of data on a massive scale much easier. Where in 1971 Daniel Ellsberg had to photocopy 7,000 pages of what became … Continue reading “Two ways to help preserve privacy in an age of massive leaks and deep hacks”

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  • Nov 13, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Welcome to the brave new world of workplace surveillance

Here on Privacy News Online, we write a lot about government surveillance and its impact on privacy. Sadly, constant spying has been normalized to such an extent that workplace surveillance is a thriving new business sector that startups and established companies are rushing to serve. For example, InterGuard promises “complete end-user auditing and control”, and … Continue reading “Welcome to the brave new world of workplace surveillance”

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