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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  • Jun 1, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

General Data Protection Regulation one year on: what has it done?

A year ago, arguably the most important event in the recent history of privacy occurred: the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) started to be enforced. To mark that anniversary Privacy News Online will look at what the GDPR has achieved in its first 12 months, and what is likely to happen next. The GDPR … Continue reading “General Data Protection Regulation one year on: what has it done?”

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  • Apr 27, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Linux, News, Open Source, Privacy,

How to use a FreedomBox running open source software to regain control of your online privacy

As numerous posts on this blog have noted, some of the biggest threats to privacy come from Internet giants like Facebook and Google. The centralized nature of their services allows them to aggregate personal data on a huge scale, and to extract information that we never agreed to provide. Although it is only recently that … Continue reading “How to use a FreedomBox running open source software to regain control of your online privacy”

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Google’s Infinite Reach – How Google Builds a Profile on Everyone

There’s a lot of talk about the invasive practices of FaceBook right now, but somehow Google has skated by largely unfazed by the public outcry against privacy violations and the snowballing impact of too much personal information being out there with ambiguous consent from the parties being snooped on. Through the lens of privacy activism, … Continue reading “Google’s Infinite Reach – How Google Builds a Profile on Everyone”

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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 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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