• Sep 27, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Top court says “right to be forgotten” doesn’t always apply outside EU – and orders search engines to manipulate results

One of the more controversial elements of EU data protection law is the so-called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF), which dates back to 2014. This allows EU citizens to request internet search engines such as Google to remove search results directly related to them. Despite its misleading name, they are not “forgotten”: the material that … Continue reading “Top court says “right to be forgotten” doesn’t always apply outside EU – and orders search engines to manipulate results”

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  • Sep 4, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Linux, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

The next great platform shift is underway, and that could be really bad for privacy

The first computing era was based on the keyboard. Mainframes, minicomputers, personal computers – they were all controlled using fingers typing out commands. Later on, the graphical front end of the Macintosh and Windows allowed people to point and click, but the keyboard was still there for text to be entered at some point. The … Continue reading “The next great platform shift is underway, and that could be really bad for privacy”

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  • Aug 31, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming,

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

Back in May Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed: the future is private“. Now Google is joining in: Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do. So today, we are announcing a new initiative to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web. We’re calling this a Privacy Sandbox. As a slogan, … Continue reading “Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true”

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Why you need to use a VPN to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your porn habits

A team of researchers from Microsoft, the University of Pennsylvania, and Carnegie Mellon have revealed a study showing that Google and Facebook are keeping tabs on your porn viewing habits with trackers and using incognito mode or private browsing does not stop it. The researchers analyzed 22,484 porn websites and noted a whopping 93% of … Continue reading “Why you need to use a VPN to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your porn habits”

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  • Jul 12, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy,

Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data”

Last October, Privacy News Online wrote about an ambitious project from Google’s sister company, Sidewalk Labs. It aims to take the idea of a “smart city” to the next level, measuring everything that happens in the public sphere so that it can be optimized – and monetized. As that post reported, many people were understandably … Continue reading “Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data””

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  • Jul 8, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

Privacy News Online noted back in February a growing disquiet at the huge amounts of personal information that sites like Facebook and Google routinely gather about us, and how it is used for personalized advertising. Of particular concern is real-time bidding (RTB), which sees often extremely private information sent out to hundreds of potential advertisers, … Continue reading “The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere”

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  • Jun 21, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming,

When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy

Customer service is a crucial part of many businesses, so it comes as no surprise that digital technologies are increasingly being applied to this field. By its very nature, a customer service system is about people, and often stores and processes highly-personal information. As a result, the new generation of advanced, computer-aided customer service systems … Continue reading “When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy”

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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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  • 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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