Warrantless mass surveillance? Bring it on! I’m all the way with Theresa May…

 By Simon Davies My colleagues in the privacy realm should think twice before attacking the fledgling British Prime Minister, Theresa May, over her plan to introduce sweeping new surveillance laws. I personally think she’s a very courageous woman and deserves some kudos. And she has nice hair. I mean, no sooner were the Tory Party’s …

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July 21, 2016

After the Nice killings we need to think rationally – so let’s start by pressuring the intelligence chiefs

By Simon Davies If you ever needed to gain an understanding of Europe’s mindset on the protection of internal security, you need to look no further than the Swedish border. Here, in this former warm-blooded bastion of humanity and freedom, you will see how the future of this region is unfolding. Do what I did, …

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July 21, 2016

Eight New Year privacy resolutions that everyone can adopt

By Simon Davies Everyone can be a privacy advocate, so why not start 2016 with a bang with these fun and interesting activities. Go on… you know you want to! Refuse to hand it over Just once, when some interfering busybody asks for your personal information, say no. See what happens. The most entertaining aspect …

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December 31, 2015

The official (and insulting) 2016 privacy horoscope

2016 will be a momentous year for all the astrological houses. Privacy, in particular, will be massively influenced by a shift from air and water, to earth and fire. Here, Simon “the oracle” Davies analyses the charts and presents the definitive privacy horoscope for the year ahead.   Aries: March 21 – April 19 As …

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December 19, 2015

Seven perfect gifts for privacy advocates

 By Simon Davies It’s not too late to buy the perfect Christmas gift for the privacy advocate in your life. And, well, if you miss Christmas, you know the plan; just wrap it in tin-foil and call it a New Year’s present.   1. Window tint kit. $40 – $400. The perfect gift for any …

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December 16, 2015

Data Protection complaint lodged against Santa Claus over unlawful mass surveillance

By Simon Davies Following a recent 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. 10th December …

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December 10, 2015

The Privacy Surgeon lodges formal data protection complaint against Iceland’s “Yule Lads” trolls

By Simon Davies Following complaints from a number of readers, the Privacy Surgeon has lodged a formal Request for Investigation with the Prime Minister of Iceland over the activities of a criminal enterprise known in Icelandic folklore as “The Yule Lads” (jólasveinarnir). This gang of trolls has been terrorizing Iceland’s population for centuries, but they …

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December 10, 2015

US lawmakers leverage the Paris tragedy to enlarge America’s security matrix

By Simon Davies If evidence was ever needed of the current intemperance and paranoia within the US Congress, you need look no further than this week’s vote to tighten American border controls. The lower house has overwhelmingly backed plans to put the screws on visa free travel to the US. The House has authorised steps …

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December 9, 2015

The Belgian decision about Facebook cookies has huge data protection and press freedom implications

By Simon Davies Like many other people, I’ve been grappling with the intricacies of the recent Belgian court decision about Facebook’s use of cookies (the English text of which is, at last, here.) I’m coming around to the view that the implications are far broader than we might imagine and it’s a little bewildering that there …

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December 8, 2015

The world’s most powerful human rights data initiative is unveiled

 By Simon Davies This article outlines a powerful new indexing platform for human rights, fundamental freedoms and civil society data. The Index will enable the assigning of unique and highly specific reference codes to billions of items of data ranging from audio and visual material to reports, articles, blogs, forums and research material. It will  substantially …

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November 24, 2015

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