• 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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  • Oct 6, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Tim Berners-Lee unveils next step for Solid, a decentralized Web platform with privacy built-in as standard

It’s no secret that the current design of the World Wide Web has huge problems. This was shown most dramatically by the recent security breach at Facebook that saw 50 million accounts compromised. A key issue is the highly centralized nature of today’s Internet, with power – and our personal data – concentrated in just … Continue reading “Tim Berners-Lee unveils next step for Solid, a decentralized Web platform with privacy built-in as standard”

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How to stop Chrome running in the background

With the changes to Chrome 69 (Chrome 69.0.3497.81 to be precise), Google pushed out a change which stealthily signs you into the Chrome application. This means that all your browsing habits can (and Google say they’re not currently profiling people) be logged, even when not using Chrome. Chrome runs in the background because the next … Continue reading “How to stop Chrome running in the background”

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Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?

Google will expand into China and launch a new search engine compliant with the Chinese government’s strict censorship rules, according to a recent report by The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher. Versions of the app have been called “Maotai” and “Longfei,” and could launch in as soon as six months — once the Chinese government approves the … Continue reading “Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?”

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