• Oct 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors

Governments all around the world hate encryption. Unless they are being incredibly cunning by pretending they can’t break strong encryption when they can, this seems to be because crypto really does keep messages and data safe from prying governmental eyes. Banning strong encryption is clearly a non-starter – even the most clueless politician knows by … Continue reading “Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors”

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  • Aug 14, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Privacy issues with Palantir’s move into law enforcement, and how to tackle them

The name “Palantir” bespeaks mystery. Its original meaning is the powerful artefact in Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” that allows direct communications with distant lands. It is now also the name of a secretive company, Palantir Technologies, founded in 2004 by a number of Silicon Valley luminaries, chief among them Peter Thiel. At heart, Palantir … Continue reading “Privacy issues with Palantir’s move into law enforcement, and how to tackle them”

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It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently

The head of the Hamburg Institute for Legal Medicine, Klaus Püschel, has called for the DNA of everybody in Germany – including tourists – to be collected and stored. As a story in the German news magazine Der Spiegel (Google Translate version) reported, Püschel wants this because: “Then we can clear up crimes much faster … Continue reading “It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently”

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  • Nov 18, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Traveling businessmen now consider WiFi more of a daily essential than sex, alcohol or even chocolate

Traveling businessmen and businesswomen worldwide consider WiFi to be the utmost daily essential, more important even than sex, alcohol, or chocolate. The shocking results come from the iPass Mobile Professional Report 2016, which surveyed 1,700 “mobile professionals” around the world to gather their information. The data is starting to show that tech dependence is a worldwide … Continue reading “Traveling businessmen now consider WiFi more of a daily essential than sex, alcohol or even chocolate”

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Study: people will risk getting shot to replace everyday safety with privacy

Once upon a time, a population with homogeneous culture and language was divided into two halves. One half got almost-perfect safety, full employment and living wages, while the other half got rampant terrorism, runaway unemployment, stark inequality, and decent privacy. People would risk their lives to move from the half with jobs and safety to … Continue reading “Study: people will risk getting shot to replace everyday safety with privacy”

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How copyright is irreparably, fundamentally incompatible with privacy

Copyright and privacy cannot coexist. Society is at a crossroads where only one of these will exist in the future, and the copyright industry has been working hard to erode privacy to protect its obsolete business. It’s time to acknowledge the conflict and accept that copyright enforcement need to be actively prevented in order to … Continue reading “How copyright is irreparably, fundamentally incompatible with privacy”

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Privacy is not an individual privilege, as much as it is a collective benefit

All debates on privacy at the society level tend to focus on the individual rights of people vs. a collective desire for law enforcement. But this view of individual vs collective is highly skewed. Privacy is first and foremost a collective benefit, not an individual privilege. It’s possible to debate endlessly whether privacy is a … Continue reading “Privacy is not an individual privilege, as much as it is a collective benefit”

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Privacy habits: Full-disk encryption goes from optional to very recommended

As US authorities decide they have the right to seize any data, the mandatory privacy suite expands: full-disk encryption goes from optional to very recommended, in addition to using a firewall and some sort of encrypting anonymizer. A decision by a U.S. appeals court says that all your hard drives can be searched without warrant … Continue reading “Privacy habits: Full-disk encryption goes from optional to very recommended”

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