• 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 29, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Google wants to spy on everything you do at home, in every room (including the bathroom), to help “improve” your family

Smart speakers and the Internet of Things are undoubtedly impressive considered purely as technology. That may explain why they are increasingly popular. But as this blog has pointed out a number of times, they raise huge questions about privacy that many users seem unaware of. Moreover, we have only just started the journey towards making … Continue reading “Google wants to spy on everything you do at home, in every room (including the bathroom), to help “improve” your family”

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  • Dec 21, 2018
  • Sean Doyle
  • Browsers, Chrome for Android, Chrome for iOS, Google Chrome, Mobile Browsers, Tutorials,

How to Clear Your Cache, Cookies and Web History in Google Chrome

Google Chrome stores information from websites you visit in its cache and cookies and logs your web history. Clearing your cache, cookies and web history in Google Chrome can fix certain problems, like loading and formatting issues. Clearing your cookies can also enhance Chrome’s performance and stop websites and third-parties from obtaining your data. After … Continue reading “How to Clear Your Cache, Cookies and Web History in Google Chrome”

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  • Dec 4, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Tutorials,

How to Be Forgotten If You Are in the EU

When something goes up on the internet, it’s almost permanent. Your data lies with so many people –your clients, partners, and other parties. Even when you stop taking services from someone, your data still stays with them. If you’ve done something embarrassing in the past, it can linger on with you forever. Especially, if you’ve … Continue reading “How to Be Forgotten If You Are in the EU”

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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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  • Nov 26, 2018
  • Jayson Q.
  • General Privacy and Security, News, Online Activity, Tutorials,

How to remove your voice search history from Amazon, Google or Siri

Many people report strange targeted adverts showing up after a specific conversation with someone. The general consensus is that our mobile devices and smart tech is monitoring us, which is possible as everything seems to contain a microphone now… even television remotes. Often these microphones are constantly listening for a certain keyword; “Okay Google”, “Hey … Continue reading “How to remove your voice search history from Amazon, Google or Siri”

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  • Nov 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

Readers of this blog hardly need to be told that surveillance represents a grave threat to privacy. By its very nature, it seeks to know who we are and what we do, whether we wish that or not. But there is a secondary harm that surveillance brings – a collateral damage – as three recent … Continue reading “Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales”

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  • Oct 27, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

As many feared, Google’s ambitious Sidewalk Toronto “smart city” project turns out to be a “surveillance city”

The idea of “smart cities” – the application of digital technologies to the urban environment – is much in vogue. But as this blog has noted, although potentially powerful, the approach does raise serious issues for privacy. Perhaps the most ambitious “smart city” project so far is one involving a sister company of Google, Sidewalk … Continue reading “As many feared, Google’s ambitious Sidewalk Toronto “smart city” project turns out to be a “surveillance city””

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  • Oct 13, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices

Last year, Privacy News Online noted that there was a new frontier for digital privacy: home devices that understand spoken commands. Recent research from Canalys confirms that the market continues to grow strongly, admittedly from a small base: The worldwide smart speaker market grew 187% in Q2 2018, with shipments reaching 16.8 million units. Google … Continue reading “Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices”

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