Why Denmark’s data protection is a disgrace

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By Simon Davies There’s a catchy line from Hamlet that – in modern times – is usually abbreviated to “There’s something rotten in Denmark”. That quote could well apply both to Danish data protection and to the national authority that supervises it. Perhaps it’s not fair to single out that delightful kingdom, but I will …

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August 27, 2015

Why the Thalys rail attack is a gift to idiotic security barons

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By Simon Davies This weekend’s thwarted attack aboard a high speed train in northern France has raised the spectre of a further disintegration of civil liberties and privacy across Europe. Belgian and French authorities have already stepped up rail security, with increased baggage and identity checks and an escalation of armed security at rail terminals. …

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August 22, 2015

Why I’ve stopped caring about what the public thinks about privacy

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 By Simon Davies There’s no elegant way to express the following idea, but here goes anyway. To put it bluntly, I’ve stopped worrying about whether the public cares about privacy – and I believe privacy advocates should stop worrying about it too. I’ll go even further. Unless human rights activists and their philanthropic backers abandon …

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August 16, 2015

MasterCard will begin trials of face recognition software to authorize payments – let the travesty begin!

By Simon Davies In its continuing effort to crack down on fraud, MasterCard has announced ambitious plans to trial a new program that approves online purchases using facial scans. The program is scheduled to begin in the US this Fall and – if successful – could be rolled out globally. Company executives told CNN Money …

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July 6, 2015

Seven lies about privacy (and how you can debunk them)

By Simon Davies No human right has ever been subjected to as much deception and attack as privacy. I mean, no-one tries to dilute protections against torture by saying “it doesn’t really hurt anyone”. But privacy is open-season for anyone with an interest in killing it off. Here we summarise seven of the most common …

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July 6, 2015

Code Red launches one of the world’s most ambitious anti surveillance projects

By Simon Davies The new global privacy advocacy group Code Red has launched one of the most ambitious human rights projects in recent years. After three years of planning, the group – which involves many of the world’s most renowned figures in the tech, whistleblower, legal, activist and policy communities – has commenced construction of …

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June 25, 2015

Checkmate for human rights in Pakistan as government moves to outlaw non-approved NGO’s

By Simon Davies The Pakistan government intends imminently to promulgate a new law that will have the effect of destroying its entire independent human and political rights infrastructure. The regulations are planned to take force in around eight weeks. Under these regulations, all organisations must be accredited by government, and each must have a civil …

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June 23, 2015

Google moves its privacy offering from Abysmal to Appalling as EU regulators force change

By Simon Davies You’ve probably seen numerous media reports on Google’s new privacy dashboard. In essence, this is a facility where Google consolidates all its spin about the need to collect more information on its customers. Users who can navigate the anti-privacy rhetoric on those pages have an opportunity to improve their privacy level from abysmal to …

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June 3, 2015

Why the UN must sever ties with the world’s biggest private security company

By Simon Davies The question of whether the controversial global security giant G4S is institutionally amoral or merely ambivalent about its societal responsibilities amounts to the same outcome: the company is starting to pollute the global human rights initiatives that it has hypocritically signed up to. With over twelve thousand corporate participants, the most prominent …

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May 14, 2015

US police shoot two journalists and a dog during press conference on police reform

By Simon Davies BALTIMORE A press conference held earlier today on proposed measures to curb violence by US police, ended in chaos after police officers shot and seriously wounded two participating journalists. The event – jointly convened by the Ferguson and Baltimore police departments – was intended to showcase a new campaign to reduce the …

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May 14, 2015

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