You thought targeted Facebook ads were bad for privacy? Wait until you see cross-screen addressable ads…

Last month we wrote about Cambridge Analytica, and how its micro-targeting may have had a significant influence on the US election and Brexit. A new article in Fast Company reveals that the firm is extending its services to the world of TV: “Since last year’s presidential campaigns, the company has sought to expand further into … Continue reading “You thought targeted Facebook ads were bad for privacy? Wait until you see cross-screen addressable ads…”

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  • Oct 17, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

British spies are collecting and sharing datasets of people’s social media activities

The British intelligence services have for years quietly claimed the right to collect so-called bulk personal datasets (BPDs) about people, most of whom may be innocent of any crime. The practice was only officially acknowledged in 2015, and last year’s Investigatory Powers Act was – for all its draconian elements – supposed to at least … Continue reading “British spies are collecting and sharing datasets of people’s social media activities”

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The UK home secretary still doesn’t know how encryption works, and she’s not ashamed

Railing against the use of encryption by criminals has always been an exercise in futility, but it’s a great way to sound tough. What better way to assert your power as a law-enforcer than by demanding the impossible? The problem is, there’s a line between swagger and overt foolishness, and for some reason politicians are … Continue reading “The UK home secretary still doesn’t know how encryption works, and she’s not ashamed”

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  • Aug 7, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Ireland planning to introduce national identity cards by stealth, with no debate and unclear privacy safeguards

National identity cards are an emotive topic. In the UK, the ID card debate raged for years before and after the authorities there passed a law in 2006 to introduce them. Five years later, a change of government saw the law being repealed as a result of widespread public concerns. The Irish government seems to … Continue reading “Ireland planning to introduce national identity cards by stealth, with no debate and unclear privacy safeguards”

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  • Jul 1, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

What could a whole year of your internet history reveal? The UK wants to find out – and without needing a warrant

Does your internet history from the last twelve months have anything that you wouldn’t want the public, the government, or even a blackmailing hacker to know about? For most people in the world, our Internet activity can provide enough information to paint a clear picture. Browsing and search history can easily reveal your sexual preferences, … Continue reading “What could a whole year of your internet history reveal? The UK wants to find out – and without needing a warrant”

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