• Sep 30, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Guides, Surveillance,

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

It is hardly news that we are being tracked as we visit Web sites, and move around the Internet. As this blog has reported, it’s the basis of today’s main online business model: using information about where we go, and what we view, in order to allow advertisers to offer highly-targeted advertising based on the … Continue reading “How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more”

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  • Jul 29, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Surveillance,

Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its drivers

Back in 2017, this blog noted a new threat to privacy from the increasing use of workplace surveillance. Once people’s work is quantified automatically, it can then be used for algorithmic management, as we described this year. The coronavirus lockdown has led to millions of people working from home for the first time. As well … Continue reading “Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its drivers”

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Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 19th, 2020

Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of JUNE 19th, 2020 35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests A group of 35 Congress members has sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the Drug Enforcement Agency … Continue reading “Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 19th, 2020”

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  • Jun 3, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

The DEA is now surveilling protesters in the United States. BuzzFeedNews has uncovered a memorandum that shows that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been granted powers by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct covert surveillance on the ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. This past Sunday, the interim head of … Continue reading “DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters”

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  • May 13, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Here’s how China has made mass surveillance a “killer application” for AI: will the US do the same?

It’s increasingly evident that the coronavirus pandemic will cause a radical re-shaping of many aspects of society, not least in the world of privacy. Many people are trying to discern the shape of that new world in the current evolving situation. An interesting analysis from Naomi Klein picks up on many themes that have appeared … Continue reading “Here’s how China has made mass surveillance a “killer application” for AI: will the US do the same?”

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  • Apr 1, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

How can we protect privacy during a crisis like Covid-19, when “health surveillance” is on the rise around the world?

A couple of weeks ago, this blog looked at the use of smartphones to track people so that contact tracing can be carried out to slow the spread of Covid-19. Two weeks is a long time in a pandemic. Soon after, it emerged that many countries were going further, and using smartphone location to check … Continue reading “How can we protect privacy during a crisis like Covid-19, when “health surveillance” is on the rise around the world?”

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  • Mar 26, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments,

Coronavirus delays the passage of the world’s most important new privacy law

For obvious and justified reasons, the coronavirus pandemic dominates the news currently. One of the latest developments is that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has put his entire country on lockdown. Ordering 1.35 billion people to stay indoors is a pretty dramatic move. A side-effect of that lockdown is that one of the most important … Continue reading “Coronavirus delays the passage of the world’s most important new privacy law”

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  • Feb 26, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News,

The enemy within: welcome to the Internet of gaslighting

Two and a half years ago, this blog warned about the Internet of “listening, eavesdropping, spying things” that were starting to become more popular. Today, smart speakers are found in many homes, and people seem largely oblivious of the privacy issues. Beyond these obvious spies that many invite into their homes, there are the more … Continue reading “The enemy within: welcome to the Internet of gaslighting”

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  • Jan 26, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the EU’s top court, has played a key role in protecting privacy in the digital age, in Europe and beyond. In 2014, it ruled that a major piece of EU legislation, the Data Retention Directive, was “invalid” – that is, illegal – and should be taken … Continue reading “Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply”

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