• Oct 6, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Tim Berners-Lee unveils next step for Solid, a decentralized Web platform with privacy built-in as standard

It’s no secret that the current design of the World Wide Web has huge problems. This was shown most dramatically by the recent security breach at Facebook that saw 50 million accounts compromised. A key issue is the highly centralized nature of today’s Internet, with power – and our personal data – concentrated in just … Continue reading “Tim Berners-Lee unveils next step for Solid, a decentralized Web platform with privacy built-in as standard”

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  • Jul 21, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Should Facial Recognition Technologies Be Regulated by the Government? Microsoft Says ‘Yes’

Facial recognition technology represents one of the most serious threats to privacy. That’s for two principal reasons. Perhaps the most important is that it is almost impossible to change our faces: serious plastic surgery apart, there are few effective techniques to disguise our bodily appearance. Masks may hide our features, but are too cumbersome – … Continue reading “Should Facial Recognition Technologies Be Regulated by the Government? Microsoft Says ‘Yes’”

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Dark Patterns: How Tech Companies Use Interface Design to Undermine Online Privacy

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force back in May. One reason many people know about the GDPR is because they were bombarded with emails asking them to accept updated privacy policies as a result. Another is that some companies have required people to agree to new terms and conditions when they … Continue reading “Dark Patterns: How Tech Companies Use Interface Design to Undermine Online Privacy”

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Why did privacy expert Max Schrems immediately file GDPR complaints against Google and Facebook – and will he win?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force a few weeks ago.  As Rick Falkvinge noted in his post on the topic, its impact is potentially huge. The GDPR has already led to a flood of (annoying) emails from companies eager to tell us about their updated privacy policy, and the blocking of EU … Continue reading “Why did privacy expert Max Schrems immediately file GDPR complaints against Google and Facebook – and will he win?”

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  • Jun 22, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Maybe “smart” devices are too clever: they know all about your Facebook friends, and can spy on you and your family

The Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed the power of psychological profiling and hyper-targeted advertising based on personal data collected and stored by Facebook. As it became aware of these privacy violations, Facebook tightened up the rules governing what data the apps running on its platform could access. However, in a further blow to Facebook’s reputation as … Continue reading “Maybe “smart” devices are too clever: they know all about your Facebook friends, and can spy on you and your family”

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US Senators Introduce ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ in Wake of Facebook Data-Harvesting Scandal

Two US senators have introduced a bill that seeks to establish a “privacy bill of rights” for American consumers and prohibit social media platforms and other websites from sharing or selling personal data without explicit user consent. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act, sponsored by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) … Continue reading “US Senators Introduce ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ in Wake of Facebook Data-Harvesting Scandal”

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Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube are currently blocked for millions in Pakistan

Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube are currently blocked in Pakistan. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) also ordered that all news channels be taken off-air. They made these drastic changes in light of protests in the capital and under the authority of the Media Code of Conduct 2015. The anti-blasphemy … Continue reading “Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube are currently blocked for millions in Pakistan”

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  • 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 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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  • Oct 2, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

EU is losing its patience with the US government over its failure to implement properly the Privacy Shield deal

Last week, the European Commission announced new guidelines to tackle illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online. Central to its new framework is expecting “online platforms” – Internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter – to take a more pro-active role: “The Communication invites online platforms step up their efforts to remove illegal content … Continue reading “EU is losing its patience with the US government over its failure to implement properly the Privacy Shield deal”

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