• Nov 6, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

US Senate hearing confirms Facebook is the perfect surveillance machine: what can we do about it?

Last week’s hearings before US lawmakers has provided us with new insights into the workings of companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter, and how they have been subverted by Russia to further its political aims. In his opening remarks, the Vice Chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner, said that 120 Russian-backed pages on … Continue reading “US Senate hearing confirms Facebook is the perfect surveillance machine: what can we do about it?”

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  • 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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  • Sep 29, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, Networking, News,

UN experts are worried about the Catalan referendum online crackdown

Catalonia is set to have an independence vote this coming Sunday and the Spanish authorities, who say the referendum is unconstitutional, are furious — to the extent that they arrested the Catalan junior economy minister, are trying to prosecute referendum officials, and have raided printing operations and newspaper offices in an attempt to make the … Continue reading “UN experts are worried about the Catalan referendum online crackdown”

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  • Aug 10, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy,

Putting the “face” in Facebook: how Mark Zuckerberg is building a world without public anonymity

Facial recognition has matured sufficiently that it is cropping up in real-world applications with increasing frequency, as recent Privacy News Online stories attest. There’s one well-known company that is more active in this area than most, not least because it has access to more facial images than any other. It even has the word “face” … Continue reading “Putting the “face” in Facebook: how Mark Zuckerberg is building a world without public anonymity”

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  • Jul 31, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Transatlantic data flows under renewed threat following top EU court’s ruling

Last week, Europe’s highest court issued what might seem a fairly obscure ruling on an agreement between the EU and Canada on the transfer of passenger data between the two regions. In fact, the implications of the judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) are far reaching, and are likely to … Continue reading “Transatlantic data flows under renewed threat following top EU court’s ruling”

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  • Jun 19, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Leading European politicians call for “state-of-the-art” end-to-end encryption – and no backdoors

Encryption is under attack around the world, and not just by hackers trying to break into systems. Governments continue to call for access to encrypted communications, despite universal warnings from experts that every way of doing so would significantly weaken security and privacy for billions of users. As well as moves by individual countries like … Continue reading “Leading European politicians call for “state-of-the-art” end-to-end encryption – and no backdoors”

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  • May 18, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches

Three EU countries – Belgium, France, and the Netherlands – have determined that Facebook is breaking their privacy laws, while Germany and Spain are still investigating the US company. The news was announced in a joint statement from the Contact Group of the data protection authorities (DPAs) of the Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and … Continue reading “Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches”

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WhatsApp and Facebook might soon share your data with each other

A new EU agreement could mean WhatsApp user data is shared with Facebook, despite user protest over privacy incursions. The new deal amends WhatsApp’s relationship to Facebook in what would be a radical new way forward for the messaging app, which has long celebrated its encrypted nature.  Facebook Wants Your WhatsApp Data The social networking … Continue reading “WhatsApp and Facebook might soon share your data with each other”

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