• Oct 4, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Web sites have a problem after top EU court rules that pre-ticked checkboxes for tracking cookies aren’t valid for consent

Last week we wrote about two important judgments from the EU’s top court – the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It has just released another long-awaited ruling that is likely to have an even bigger impact on privacy and the Internet. It involves the use of pre-ticked checkboxes for allowing cookies. It’s … Continue reading “Web sites have a problem after top EU court rules that pre-ticked checkboxes for tracking cookies aren’t valid for consent”

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Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook

While most people have long suspected that their smart TVs are spying on them, there is now definitive proof. Two new studies have highlighted that smart TVs are still not good for your privacy. Two sets of researchers – one from Princeton University and the University of Chicago and a second from Northeastern University and … Continue reading “Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook”

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  • Sep 18, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Now is the time to defend the final haven for privacy: your brain

One of the principal concerns of privacy is to prevent others – typically governments or companies – from monitoring what we think. They have to do that indirectly, by spying on what we say or write, and inferring what is going through our minds from that data. We assume that our actual thoughts are immune … Continue reading “Now is the time to defend the final haven for privacy: your brain”

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  • Aug 31, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming,

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

Back in May Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed: the future is private“. Now Google is joining in: Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do. So today, we are announcing a new initiative to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web. We’re calling this a Privacy Sandbox. As a slogan, … Continue reading “Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true”

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  • Jul 8, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

Privacy News Online noted back in February a growing disquiet at the huge amounts of personal information that sites like Facebook and Google routinely gather about us, and how it is used for personalized advertising. Of particular concern is real-time bidding (RTB), which sees often extremely private information sent out to hundreds of potential advertisers, … Continue reading “The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere”

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  • Apr 12, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy

Last month, Privacy News Online looked at a 3000-word essay entitled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking“, written by Mark Zuckerberg. It’s a measure of the political pressure that Facebook finds itself under that Zuckerberg has published another big “thought piece”, where he is obviously trying to steer public discussions to his company’s advantage. This … Continue reading “Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy”

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  • Mar 16, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Last week, you could have been forgiven for thinking that privacy had finally arrived. Mark Zuckerberg published a 3000-word essay entitled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking“, and wrote: As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms. Privacy gives … Continue reading “Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you”

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People and publishers start to turn against micro-targeted advertising and its harms to privacy

Privacy News Online has written a number of articles looking at the threat to privacy posed by the widespread use of micro-targeted ads. At the heart of the idea is that the more online sites and services know about their users, the more they can charge advertisers to reach them. To recoup these higher charges, … Continue reading “People and publishers start to turn against micro-targeted advertising and its harms to privacy”

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  • Dec 15, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy, it just wants to farm your personal data – these confidential documents prove it

Privacy News Online has published a number of stories about privacy problems with Facebook. But what the company’s top management really thinks about the personal information it holds – as opposed to its public statements that “Protecting the privacy of the people on Facebook is of utmost importance to us” – has been something of … Continue reading “Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy, it just wants to farm your personal data – these confidential documents prove it”

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  • Dec 8, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, News, Online Activity, Tutorials,

Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them

I looked for a nice wallet for my husband’s birthday but then decided to buy it later. An hour later, I’m showing him something on a blog and that same wallet is in the adverts. My husband smiled at me. He got the hint! Dang it! That advert ruined my surprise. If you’re also annoyed … Continue reading “Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them”

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