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

The privacy battle over cross-border data flows just went up a notch

Until the election of Donald Trump last year, multilateral trade deals were a key element of global politics, and affected many aspects of the digital world. Indeed, as the Internet moves ever-closer to the heart of commercial activity, so the importance of digital business has increased, and trade deals have become an important forum for … Continue reading “The privacy battle over cross-border data flows just went up a notch”

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  • Oct 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors

Governments all around the world hate encryption. Unless they are being incredibly cunning by pretending they can’t break strong encryption when they can, this seems to be because crypto really does keep messages and data safe from prying governmental eyes. Banning strong encryption is clearly a non-starter – even the most clueless politician knows by … Continue reading “Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors”

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  • Oct 18, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming,

Powerful and pervasive artificial intelligence is coming: now is the time to talk about its impact on privacy

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rather like the GNU/Linux desktop: every year is the one when it will finally take off. Indeed, this has been true for AI far longer than for the GNU/Linux desktop, since it is generally held that AI as a discipline was born back in 1956, whereas the GNU project only started … Continue reading “Powerful and pervasive artificial intelligence is coming: now is the time to talk about its impact on privacy”

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  • Oct 18, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

How to stop your mobile phone number and location from being sold

Smartphone users are becoming aware that their phone number and location isn’t private when they use the internet on their data plans thanks to the selling of your mobile advertising id (MAID). According to Wired’s Andy Greenberg, it only costs $1,000 to track someone online. When you visit a website on your smartphone, both the … Continue reading “How to stop your mobile phone number and location from being sold”

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  • Oct 17, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

British spies are collecting and sharing datasets of people’s social media activities

The British intelligence services have for years quietly claimed the right to collect so-called bulk personal datasets (BPDs) about people, most of whom may be innocent of any crime. The practice was only officially acknowledged in 2015, and last year’s Investigatory Powers Act was – for all its draconian elements – supposed to at least … Continue reading “British spies are collecting and sharing datasets of people’s social media activities”

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  • Oct 16, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Telegram is preparing to fight the Russian authorities over crypto keys

The encrypted messaging app Telegram continues to have a tough time in Russia. Having previously been threatened with blockage for not providing operational information, Telegram has now been hit with a significant fine – and ordered to hand over the encryption keys that led to the fine in the first place. Early on Monday, a … Continue reading “Telegram is preparing to fight the Russian authorities over crypto keys”

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  • Oct 16, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

WPA2 KRACK leaves your device vulnerable on every WiFi network

Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) has been proven to be insecure – leaving your device vulnerable on pretty much all wireless networks, whether they are public or private. The WPA2 KRACK, a Key Reinstallation Attack, was discovered by Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens of imecDistriNet, KU Leuven. More details about the vulnerabilities can be seen … Continue reading “WPA2 KRACK leaves your device vulnerable on every WiFi network”

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  • Oct 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Visiting websites with your smartphone on mobile data can reveal your full name, phone number, address, and even location

With just your mobile IP address, a website can find out all of your billing information, and even your precise location. This has been going on for years, largely behind the scenes – but recently the issue has been re-highlighted and the benefits of hiding your IP address are super clear. Whenever you are using … Continue reading “Visiting websites with your smartphone on mobile data can reveal your full name, phone number, address, and even location”

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  • Oct 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Brazilian politician: “Freedom of expression is guaranteed, but it cannot be anonymous”

Freedom of expression is not doing well in Brazil. A new law approved last Thursday by the Brazilian Congress allows political parties and candidates to force social media companies to remove any content they feel is defamatory or offensive and posted by an anonymous account. Social media companies would need to provide the full name … Continue reading “Brazilian politician: “Freedom of expression is guaranteed, but it cannot be anonymous””

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  • Oct 9, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Key transatlantic data flows under threat as US surveillance laws clash once more with EU privacy protections

We wrote recently about clouds gathering over the Privacy Shield framework that governs transatlantic data flows for thousands of US companies. As that post explained, even if the Privacy Shield is struck down by the EU courts, as some believe it will be, there are alternative mechanisms that can ensure the legality of data transfers … Continue reading “Key transatlantic data flows under threat as US surveillance laws clash once more with EU privacy protections”

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