One of the world’s most ambitious privacy initiatives launches in January

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

A twisted case of police abuse in small-town America

By Simon Davies Recent high profile episodes of misconduct and unlawful killings by US police have generated widespread public concern that law enforcement agencies in some parts of the country are institutionally dysfunctional. But for each one of these headline-grabbing cases there are countless others unfolding each day in small-town America that the public never …

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October 21, 2014

‘Scrambled X’: a scheme to thwart government surveillance of sensitive online payments

In the final of a two-part series, Simon Davies outlines a scheme that could bring an end to government snooping on sensitive online transactions, including financial support for political and human rights campaigns. In the first part of this series I outlined a common security gap for companies that offer secure products and services. Specifically, …

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October 19, 2014

Silent Circle’s dangerous security gap – and a challenge for all such developers

In the first of a two-part series, Simon Davies explains the vulnerability of secure communications services such as Silent Circle. Part two will examine one possible solution. During recent publicity for the new privacy-themed Blackphone device, you might have noticed references to Edward Snowden’s recommendation that people should use a communications system called Silent Circle …

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October 18, 2014

Privacy reaches boiling point in South Korea as dominant IM service openly defies police

By Simon Davies In a highly unusual act of defiance against government intrusion, South Korea’s dominant instant-messaging service has ceased responding to prosecutors’ warrants to access customer data. Kakao Talk ended communications with law enforcement agencies on October 7th and has vowed that in future it will not comply with State requests to hand over …

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October 15, 2014

David Cameron’s hypocrisy over human rights sets a new low for double standards

By Simon Davies It would be a mammoth task to itemise the volume of hypocrisy and double standards in British Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest assault on human rights protection – not the least of which is the fact that he came to power on a commitment to protect the rights and freedoms guaranteed by …

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October 6, 2014

Google’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ offensive goes spectacularly off the rails

By Simon Davies Google’s European roadshow, which the company hopes will destabilise a new EU court ruling on the Right to be Forgotten (RTBF), has backfired spectacularly. Google had hoped that the roadshow would trigger a division within the digital rights movement and stoke a media firestorm of protest against a decision by Europe’s highest …

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September 27, 2014

Rights activists focus on freedom, not fear, to drive public engagement

By Simon Davies Throughout this weekend, digital rights activists from across Europe will converge on Brussels to recharge their strategic batteries and brainstorm new approaches to tackling Big Brother. The 4th annual Freedom Not Fear conference has brought together a spectrum of rights campaigners who are anxious to build their campaigning skills. Tactical campaign blueprints …

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September 27, 2014

My blindness – and the curious tension with privacy

By Simon Davies When I was a young boy, there was a kid in my class whose visual impairment was so bad that he had to sit front and centre of the classroom, using binoculars just to see the blackboard. To many classmates this was a hilarious spectacle, though there were always one or two …

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September 11, 2014

Why I decided to boycott Google’s sham ‘Right to be Forgotten’ road show

 By Simon Davies Earlier this week, in a futile moment of wild optimism, I emailed a prominent Google executive to ask if I could join an expert panel for the road show events that the company is currently rolling out across Europe to fuel dissent about a legal principle called the Right to be Forgotten …

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September 9, 2014

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