Category Archive: Cloud computing

Document access request goes to appeal as the EU Commission admits possible flaws in its Google investigation

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon today filed an appeal over the European Commission’s refusal to release documents related to its current investigation into Google. Our request for documents – covering eighteen categories – was submitted in mid November. It sought data related to the Commission’s operational procedures and requested clarification of the conduct of …

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Analysis: Why Google has become a threat to sovereign law

  By Simon Davies WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lashed out at Google, accusing the advertising giant of collusion with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the US State Department. Assange believes that Google has entered into a partnership with the US Administration in which the company acts as a foreign policy enabler, influencing overseas …

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It’s time for companies to become champions of rights and build a new accord with the public

  By Simon Davies To one extent or another all companies that provide online services have become outsourced agents of government. Their vast archives of personal data are a cost-effective resource for security and law enforcement agencies which often require little more than basic paperwork to secure the target information. Companies will tell you that …

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These fake investigations by data protection regulators have to stop

 By Simon Davies On Thursday the Irish Data Protection Authority gave Apple and Facebook a clean bill of health over the transfer of PRISM data to the US National Security Agency. Apparently the practice is entirely legal, and those companies are free to ship the personal data of Europeans across to the spy agencies. The …

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Analysis: Four important consequences of the French ruling against Google

By Simon Davies Earlier today the French national privacy authority CNIL issued a ruling that put Google on notice that it is in breach of national data protection law. The authority has given the advertising giant three months to bring itself into legal compliance. CNIL’s position is that Google’s new privacy policy – permitting the …

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French privacy regulator finds Google in breach of national law, as Spain and Germany close in.

By Simon Davies The French privacy regulator CNIL has found Google to be in breach of national law and has given the company three months to comply. The ruling comes days after Sweden’s data protection authority issued a prohibition on public sector use of Google Apps. The national authorities of Spain, Germany and Holland have …

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New Post: Outsourcing Big Brother

 By Simon Davies Anxieties over the data relationship between government and corporations are not new. I managed to dig up this piece from the October 1996 edition of Wired (which I thought had been lost to the world) in which I investigate the early days of cloud and outsourcing. I thought it may be an …

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How a forgotten wheelie-bin campaign may offer surprise insights into campaigning against PRISM

By Simon Davies It would be hard to overstate the extent of public outrage at the moment about the NSA PRISM scandal. I can’t recall an issue for many years that has triggered such widespread anger. The response is also noteworthy because it cuts across national boundaries and demographics. From the local pub in Hertfordshire …

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Sweden’s data protection Authority bans Google cloud services over privacy concerns

By Simon Davies In a landmark ruling, Sweden’s data protection authority (the Swedish Data Inspection Board) this week issued a decision that prohibits the nation’s public sector bodies from using the cloud service Google Apps. The ruling – which bans Google cloud products such as calendar services, email and data processing functions – is based …

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Google pulls the plug on face recognition apps – for now

By Simon Davies Last week the Privacy Surgeon published a critical piece alerting readers to a new app that would have turned Google Glass into an automated face recognition device. The article warned that the new software would irrevocably shift the Glass product to “the dark side” and that there were serious inherent dangers in …

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