Category Archive: Corporate governance

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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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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Why opposing privacy reform is now dinosaur thinking

By Simon Davies If anyone wants proof of the relevance of privacy, they need only reflect on the fact that over the past three years, almost every government and corporation on earth has been repeatedly forced to address the issue. Wherever you turn – the WTO, WEF, IMF, the UN, the ILO or even Bilderberg …

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Corporate transparency is crucial, but it must also become far more meaningful

Last week – to a surprisingly muted public reception – Apple became the latest addition to a growing club of companies that have adopted greater transparency in their dealings with government agencies. In this article Paul De Hert (VuB-LSTS & UvT-TILT) and Dariusz Kloza (VuB-LSTS) outline the growing trend to transparency and argue why such information …

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Audio interview: Europe’s new privacy supremo criticizes the US and commits to building EU harmonisation

By Simon Davies Europe’s new data protection and privacy supremo has lashed out at the Obama administration, accusing the US of failing to deliver meaningful safeguards in the wake of the Snowden revelations. In a wide-ranging audio interview with the Privacy Surgeon, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin – president of the French privacy watchdog CNIL and also the …

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Google’s false claims to a French court dangerously compromise the company’s integrity

By Simon Davies Please note update at the end of this article Google yesterday broke new ground in its increasingly bitter dispute with European data protection authorities by reportedly giving false and misleading testimony to France’s highest administrative court. Google had made an application to the Conseil d’Etat, seeking to overturn a ruling by France’s …

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Who are these “Chief Privacy Officers” and why didn’t they blow the whistle on the NSA?

By Simon Davies The US government has a lot of explaining to do about the role of its oversight Privacy Officers in the NSA affair. In short, these watchdogs appear to have done nothing, but have entirely escaped media and political scrutiny. In theory, privacy oversight over NSA-related matters rests with the CPO’s of the …

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Facebook trashes its “principles” as it blocks human rights pages in Pakistan

By Simon Davies Facebook has again been accused of unlawful collusion with the Pakistan government after the publication today of a list of url’s that have been blocked by the company – including an influential page dedicated to human rights and political discourse. A partial list of blocked pages is published below. While some of …

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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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Right or wrong, it’s time for Google to disclose its relationship with government

By Simon Davies Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has repeated claims that Google is up to its neck in the machinations of the White House Administration. This claim raises some critically important questions. Speaking this week via video link to the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art Assange warned “Google wants to ingratiate itself in the …

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