Category Archive: Data protection

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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How to complain to a Data Protection Authority – a beginner’s guide

By Simon Davies Total strangers often come up to me on the street and ask “How do I write a letter of complaint to my local data protection authority?” This is a question that deserves attention, so the Privacy Surgeon will deal with it head-on. Of course, as with so many such issues, there’s a …

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Europe’s shame: how governments are conspiring to cripple data protection rights

 By Simon Davies It’s official. The Council of the European Union, representing Europe’s governments, is moving swiftly to cripple data protection rights for half a billion people. As noted in a previous blog on the Privacy Surgeon, over recent months a deep chasm has emerged over Europe’s proposed new data protection framework. If this chasm …

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UK landmark ruling has dealt a double blow to Google while boosting consumer privacy rights

By Simon Davies The Court of Appeal in London this morning handed down a decision that is set to trigger a huge win for European consumers. The court had been considering a case in which a group of UK online consumers had sued Google over its wilful manipulation of the Safari browser, so that privacy …

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MEP’s start to militate about the EU Google investigation as the Competition Commission shows its true colours

By Simon Davies Members of the European Parliament are starting to become militant about the failure of the EU competition authority to take action over mounting complaints about the activities of Google. A statement endorsed by MEPs has complained that “despite four years of investigation and three sets of commitment proposals, the Commission has achieved …

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The heavy hand of Prague police highlights the dangerous hypocrisy of European identity checks

By Simon Davies Throughout the early to mid 2000’s, the then UK Labour government tried to impose a compulsory national ID card on the whole population. No-one had the slightest clue why it was being introduced, least of all the government. The justification swung wildly to the tune of the latest media frenzy, be it …

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A powerful new legal analysis lays bare the facts about the Right to be Forgotten

Review by Cristina Pauter “The right to be forgotten on the Internet: Google versus Spain” (Artemi Rallo, ed. CEPC, Madrid, 2014) is a timely work (Spanish text only) that examines an emerging legal issue in which singular fundamental rights are threatened by the rapid development of knowledge and the modern information society. The initial illusion …

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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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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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US wiretap case could be the key to Google transparency compliance in Europe

By Simon Davies In one of the most important online privacy developments of recent years, the Italian data protection regulator has issued a ruling that requires Google not only to explicitly inform users of the extent of commercial processing of their data, but to also secure customer consent before that data can be used. It …

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