The secret diary of a Neo-Nazi

  As narrated to Simon Davies   Dear Diary, 8AM Well, here it is. The Big Push. Must get myself ready for the march. Every other guy in this country is probably still in bed, fondling their black boyfriend, but not me! I’m up and about, bopping to Rage Against The Machine. Might take a …

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August 17, 2017

A Facebook user reveals what people really want from the site – and it’s a scary prospect.

By a Facebook user (as revealed to Simon Davies)   Facebook is living out some weird fantasy that it knows what people want. No it doesn’t. It’s clunky and full of useless bits that mess with your head and waste your energy. It’s time Facebook learned the truth about what we REALLY want out of …

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August 17, 2017

Why making a call-centre worker say “poopsy-poo” will strengthen your security

By Simon Davies I spent nearly twenty years as a university lecturer unsuccessfully trying to figure a way to make authentication a fun and popular topic, and only now have I cracked the problem. It’s all about “pull” and “push” and making people in call centres read out hilariously stupid words from their screen. I …

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August 17, 2017

Beyond compliance: the Seven Deadly Sins of privacy management

By Simon Davies Any company that has a data protection officer or privacy adviser will understand the fundamental risks of bad data management. Keeping too much customer information – and for too long. Failing to provide even basic security measures. Risking data breaches because of poor staff training and support. These are obvious 1.0.1 aspects …

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August 17, 2017

Twelve great images of privacy humour

No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6 No. 7 No. 8 No. 9 No. 10 No. 11 No. 12

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August 15, 2017

How retail companies use sonic weapons to physically assault kids – and ten ways they can do it better.

By Simon Davies Back in 2005, an entrepreneur by the name of Barry Stapleton came up with an ingenious plan to automatically ward off “unruly” children and young people loitering around high-end retail shops. Stapleton’s idea was to build an ultrasonic device that could be heard only by people under the age of 25 (the …

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August 14, 2017

A depressing chronology of the 2017 prohibitions in Russia

By Simon Davies Russia’s quest to prohibit personal freedoms has reached a level that many people may not yet comprehend. The past year has seen the persecution of a vast spectrum of human rights that extend way beyond the digital domain.The past few months, in particular, have also seen the further deterioration of Russia’s global …

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August 12, 2017

Weekend Reflection: Secret Brussels; Has the capital suddenly become Europe’s friendliest city?

By Simon Davies A new mood of civility is emerging across Europe. You can see it in the faces and attitude of people in Paris, Berlin and even sour-faced Switzerland. But the trend is most pronounced in Brussels, previously the butt of everyone’s jokes about bad hospitality. There was a time, not so long ago, …

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August 12, 2017

The “Microsoft Critical Alert” virus: a quick solution to disable it

  By Simon Davies Many readers will have encountered the “Microsoft critical alert” virus on their browsers. This tech support scam hijacks your browser with an audio pop-up that loudly advises you to call a “toll free” number with the threat that failure to do so will result in your computer being disabled. The more …

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August 6, 2017

A letter from the future warns of the true privacy dystopia

By Simon Davies To understand the value of our rights, it’s important to get a glimpse of what life in the future might be like without them. This is a letter from the future that tells us what life in 2044 might look like – and why we should think carefully about the path we …

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August 6, 2017

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