• Mar 19, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

As Covid-19 spreads around the globe, so does the idea of using smartphones to track everyone to help contact tracing

It seems extraordinary that it was only a month ago that this blog wrote about the new coronavirus, also called Covid-19. At that time, it was not yet clear whether it would turn into a full-blown pandemic. Now, there is no doubt on the matter. As that blog post reported, Covid-19 began in China, and … Continue reading “As Covid-19 spreads around the globe, so does the idea of using smartphones to track everyone to help contact tracing”

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  • Jan 17, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy,

Police forces around the world continue to deploy facial recognition systems, despite no evidence of their utility

Last month, this blog wrote about governments around the world continuing to trial facial recognition systems, and the growing concerns this is provoking. There’s one area in particular where facial recognition systems are deployed: law enforcement. That’s hardly a surprise, since the legal system can only operate if it identifies alleged criminals that need to … Continue reading “Police forces around the world continue to deploy facial recognition systems, despite no evidence of their utility”

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  • Dec 5, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Roll-out of facial recognition by governments around the world accelerates as privacy experts sound the alarm

A year ago, this blog wrote about the spread of facial recognition systems, and the danger they represent to privacy. Since then, the roll-out has accelerated, as the technology becomes more accurate, and the products on offer become cheaper. Governments in particular see facial recognition as an easy way to check and control their populations. … Continue reading “Roll-out of facial recognition by governments around the world accelerates as privacy experts sound the alarm”

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General Data Protection Regulation one year on: what next?

A previous post discussed what has happened in the world of the GDPR during its first year. Although only a few rulings have been handed down, there are many legal complaints working their way through the system that could have important implications for the EU. And far beyond, too, as more countries consider bringing in … Continue reading “General Data Protection Regulation one year on: what next?”

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  • Feb 2, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Google hit with first big GDPR fine over “forced consent”; eight new complaints filed over “right to access”

Last June Privacy News Online wrote about complaints filed just six minutes after the EU’s tough privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), started to be enforced. They were brought by a new organization defending privacy rights, “None of your business” (NOYB), headed up by the Austrian lawyer Max Schrems. Four similar complaints were … Continue reading “Google hit with first big GDPR fine over “forced consent”; eight new complaints filed over “right to access””

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  • Dec 1, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Android, Governments, News, Privacy,

Multiple threats from EU’s GDPR to today’s corporate surveillance and targeted advertising system

Eighteen months ago, Privacy News Online wrote about how pervasive corporate surveillance is threatening the privacy of everyone who uses the Internet. Nearly every move people make online is being tracked and recorded. This is not in order to spy on the public directly, but to create vast databases about people’s interests and habits, which … Continue reading “Multiple threats from EU’s GDPR to today’s corporate surveillance and targeted advertising system”

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  • Jun 2, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • BitTorrent, Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

As America’s FCC tries to dismantle NN, French authorities back net neutrality in France

In sharp and deliberate contrast to America’s bullheaded rush into destroying net neutrality protections, net neutrality in France is alive and well. French internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms have 9 months to comply with ARCEP’s new pro-net neutrality position – which includes explicit directions not to block or throttle p2p or VPN traffic. The … Continue reading “As America’s FCC tries to dismantle NN, French authorities back net neutrality in France”

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France blocked or removed over 2,700 websites in 2016

Authorities in France ordered the blockage or removal of over 2,700 websites in 2016, according to Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux. The orders were designed to minimize extremist content online. At a recent cybersecurity conference in the northern French city of Lille, Le Roux remarked that the French government requested that 834 websites be blocked, … Continue reading “France blocked or removed over 2,700 websites in 2016”

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  • Dec 2, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Security,

A French man has been sentenced to two years in jail because of the contents of his internet history

The contents of your internet history are more than enough to send you to jail in France. A French man has been sentenced to two years in jail for visiting terrorist websites. According to French sources, the 32-year-old man, whose name is not yet released, had been regularly visiting pro-ISIS websites for two years. On … Continue reading “A French man has been sentenced to two years in jail because of the contents of his internet history”

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France Really Wants Google to Censor “Right to Be Forgotten” Search Results Worldwide

Google is currently fighting France over the most important internet censorship legal case this year – and it involves the controversial Right to Be Forgotten. Google has recently filed an appeal with the highest court in France against the CNIL, France’s data protection authority. In 2015, the CNIL had ordered Google to stop showing “forgotten” … Continue reading “France Really Wants Google to Censor “Right to Be Forgotten” Search Results Worldwide”

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