Google’s claim that it fought the Wikileaks gagging order just doesn’t add up

By Simon Davies Google’s claim that it fought the gagging provisions of a federal handover request for detailed information on three Wikileaks staff is not only wholly disingenuous, it’s also deceptive. Since the issuing of that demand in early 2012, it took almost three years before Google finally admitted to WikiLeaks that it handed over …

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January 29, 2015

The Code Red project is launched as whistleblowers warn of unprecedented threats to privacy

  BERLIN The whistleblower community turned out in force last night in Berlin for the launch of the long-awaited Code Red security accountability project. The Code Red initiative was created by veteran privacy activist Simon Davies in response to mounting concerns that government surveillance and intrusion has escalated – despite the Snowden national security disclosures …

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January 24, 2015

Why political solidarity at the Paris Hebdo rally has become the most dangerous threat ever to privacy

 By Simon Davies Anyone concerned about the future of privacy protection should take careful note of the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France. The rapid chain of events in the days since then has triggered a domino effect of intrusive proposals and inflammatory rhetoric that could imperil the right to privacy for decades …

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January 17, 2015

The Privacy Inferno (with apologies to Dante)

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Ever wondered what horrors of hell are in store for the privacy invaders? Simon Davies and Edward Allnutt take inspiration from Dante’s Inferno to give you the inside scoop. PROLOGUE There was no earthly reason why I had suddenly appeared in the bleak centre of this strange and soulless city – or how I had come …

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December 28, 2014

Google’s brazen blackmail strategy against Spanish publishers is both disgraceful and dangerous

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By Simon Davies One of Europe’s most important information rights and competition stories of the past five years has almost invisibly unfolded this week in Spain. It’s a tale dominated by corporate bullying, retribution and hypocrisy – and its impact is likely to resonate across the world. The thirty-second background is that Google has just …

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December 16, 2014

The Privacy Surgeon publishes the “hundred principles” for radical privacy campagning

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By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon has published an important new resource for citizen activism that argues for more strategic and aggressive direct action by rights campaigners. Ideas for Change is an independent project that sets out a hundred principles for effective activism. The work is a ‘tool kit’ of strategic principles and campaign tactics …

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December 4, 2014

A powerful new legal analysis lays bare the facts about the Right to be Forgotten

Review by Cristina Pauter “The right to be forgotten on the Internet: Google versus Spain” (Artemi Rallo, ed. CEPC, Madrid, 2014) is a timely work (Spanish text only) that examines an emerging legal issue in which singular fundamental rights are threatened by the rapid development of knowledge and the modern information society. The initial illusion …

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November 10, 2014

The NSA, GCHQ and the secret Mafia connection

This week, the new head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service – the National Security Agency’s principal spy partner – wrote a controversial press article accusing the tech industry of aiding and abetting terrorism and crime. Simon Davies provides his interpretation of the unfolding scenario. The powerful “Five families” spy syndicate – the secretive enterprise that …

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November 5, 2014

Britain’s draconian new cybercrime law could open the floodgates for extradition of whistleblowers

By Simon Davies The UK government has drafted new legislation that will empower courts to impose life sentences for serious cybercrime activities. If the bill becomes law, whistleblowers across the world will be exposed to a vastly increased threat of extradition and prosecution. The Serious Crime Bill has been included in the Queen’s Speech, indicating …

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November 2, 2014

The Privacy Surgeon prepares to launch one of the world’s most ambitious privacy initiatives

One of the most ambitious global privacy initiatives of recent years will be launched in Brussels at the end of January 2015. The project, Code Red, was initiated by the Privacy Surgeon’s publisher, Simon Davies, one of the pioneers of the privacy movement, Its concept development planning began in 2012, and detailed work commenced last …

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October 27, 2014

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