• 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 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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  • Aug 29, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • BitTorrent, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Is this the key to foiling phishing attacks? Spoiler alert: probably

As readers of this blog know, VPNs are a great way to protect your privacy and security. But they address only some of the online threats we all face every day. Another important class of problems are caused by attacks that lead to accounts being taken over, identities being appropriated, data theft and financial losses. … Continue reading “Is this the key to foiling phishing attacks? Spoiler alert: probably”

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  • Aug 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Copyright, Governments, Privacy, Security,

Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things

There’s a new frontier for digital privacy: home devices that understand spoken commands. That’s impressive and convenient, but it comes with definite risks, as Rick Falkvinge pointed out earlier this week. The product sites of the main players in the so-called “smart speaker” sector – Amazon, Apple, and Google – offer plenty of upbeat advertising … Continue reading “Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things”

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  • Jul 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle

VPNs are indispensable tools for today’s Internet users, and nowhere more so than in China. The famous “Great Firewall of China” – the name given to the set of technologies used to enforce censorship of foreign sites – can be circumvented by VPNs, but not in a consistent way. Sometimes VPNs are blocked, sometimes they … Continue reading “Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle”

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

Privacy and population-wide whole-genome sequencing in the age of Google

Back in May, Privacy News Online noted that the legal basis of a data-sharing agreement between Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was suspected to be “inappropriate”. That rather vague judgement has now been clarified, with a ruling from the UK’s independent body created to uphold information rights, the Information … Continue reading “Privacy and population-wide whole-genome sequencing in the age of Google”

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Canadian Supreme Court decision forces Google to participate in censorship by removing search results worldwide

A recent decision by the Canadian Supreme Court will force Google to remove a particular site from search results all around the world, not just in Canada. While Canada has committed to upholding net neutrality and treating all data traffic the same; they have definitely also taken a hard stance on how they wish to … Continue reading “Canadian Supreme Court decision forces Google to participate in censorship by removing search results worldwide”

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Untangling the other dark web – of pervasive, inescapable, corporate surveillance

Visitors to this site are well aware of how our every move is tracked as we move around the Internet. We know that companies are building minutely-detailed profiles of us, stored on huge databases, and that the information held there not only changes the ads we see, and the prices that companies offer us when … Continue reading “Untangling the other dark web – of pervasive, inescapable, corporate surveillance”

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Google is now tracking your private, personally identifiable information from all sources possible (ie; Gmail, Chrome, DoubleClick) by default

Since this summer, new users are now being tracked to Google’s fullest potential unless they opt-out. Google has bought many tech companies over the last few decades. One such purpose, in 2007, of DoubleClick, prompted many concerns. Google, which had the promising slogan “Do no evil,” back then, promised that they would not combine Google’s … Continue reading “Google is now tracking your private, personally identifiable information from all sources possible (ie; Gmail, Chrome, DoubleClick) by default”

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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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