A genius takes on the world of privacy

Simon Davies celebrates the influential – and perhaps surprising – privacy and human rights work of the world’s greatest-ever chess champion, Garry Kasparov. It would be a futile task to define Garry Kasparov. The man defies delineation. No sooner had he captivated the world with his chess prowess, than he became a blisteringly effective champion …

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July 20, 2017

Why Transhumanism will be a blight on humanity and why it must be opposed

  Sciences such as bionics, robotics and neural-prosthetics have moved in the space of thirty years from being potential aids to human life, to a philosophical – almost a religious – futurist movement that aims to replace the natural human condition. In this article, Professor Dr Sarah Spiekermann argues that this movement has become dangerous …

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July 7, 2017

Bag searches at borders reveal more than ornamental nipple clamps

Bag searches at the border are becoming a privacy issue. Simon Davies explains why we need to put our foot down on zealous security officials.  The online world is replete with embarrassing tales of air travellers who have suffered the indignity of having the intimate contents of their luggage aired in public by zealous security …

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June 25, 2017

Exploring the flicker of life after death

By Simon Davies I died a few months ago. Literally died. Body functions ceased, heart stopped, lungs paralysed. Cast deep into a coma, I swung precariously between life and death for a month. Yes, I know being brought back from clinical death is no big deal in the larger scheme of things. It happens to …

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May 21, 2017

Data Protection complaint lodged against Santa Claus over unlawful mass surveillance

By Simon Davies Following a complaint to the Icelandic Prime Minister over surveillance activities by Christmas trolls, the Privacy Surgeon has escalated its campaign against intrusive Christmas entities by writing to Russian president Vladamir Putin to formally complain about mass surveillance being routinely conducted by Santa Claus. The complaint is set out below. 20th December 2016 …

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December 25, 2016

How law enforcement cooperates – and what we should do about it

In the second part of a two-part series, Simon Davies examines the ongoing controversy over arrangements for exchange of information and judicial process between nations. Last week, the European Parliament approved a new Umbrella Agreement to protect personal information that is passed between the law enforcement authorities in the EU and the US. It’s a …

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December 6, 2016

Privacy in the Cloud is on the edge

Over the past two years, the US and UK governments have been aggressively moving to further undermine privacy protection for access to data in the Cloud. In the first of a two-part series, Simon Davies reports on a landmark US case being contested by Microsoft and a secret trans-Atlantic law enforcement access deal. In the …

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December 1, 2016

Privacy, public interest – and why privacy advocates make hopeless biographers

By Simon Davies As readers will know all too well, a fiercely complex tension has existed for decades at the core of the privacy realm. It involves a constantly changing equation that determines the relationship between public interest and privacy rights. Put simplistically, it’s the line between my right to own or control my information, …

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August 21, 2016

Confused about the privacy policies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Here’s our analysis

    By Simon Davies As loathsome as Donald Trump’s policies (rabid prejudices) may appear to be, it would be wrong to sanctify Hilary Clinton by default. The bottom line is that both leading candidates have a terrible track record on privacy. This should come as no surprise. Anyone who has lived through the inaugurations …

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August 19, 2016

Rant: A new style of online news headline has emerged – and it’ll make you so angry you’ll explode.

By Simon Davies Astute readers will have noted – probably with dismay – the rise of a new genre of online news headline. It’s a style that has the potential to become even more infuriating than the syntactic ambiguity of the “red top” tabloids (e.g. “Headless Body in Topless Bar“). These emergent headlines are maddening …

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August 18, 2016

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