Category Archive: Future issues

An unexpected European friendship is the only upside of Brexit

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  By Simon Davies I’ll declare from the outset that I always opposed Brexit. To me it was a dangerous idea that would set Britain back fifty years and that would imperil the rights and freedoms in its national DNA. Nor did I ever approve of the idea that an arbitrary referendum should determine such …

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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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Google Glass goes on sale today – but there are relatively few circumstances where you can legally and safely use it

By Simon Davies Google’s controversial Glass technology goes on sale to the public for the first time today amidst a flamboyantly promoted one-day sale across the US – but “buyer beware”. The experience might not be as rich as you imagine. Ignore for a moment the rising tide of public concern about Glass – or …

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The Trans-Atlantic divide on privacy just became a little wider

By Simon Davies Over the past three weeks the so-called “Trans-Atlantic Divide” on privacy between the US and Europe has widened significantly. This shift could indicate new dynamics in the global push on America to institute more meaningful privacy safeguards for non-US persons. In this short period the European Parliament and the European courts have …

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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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EU Justice Commissioner Reding wants an EU spy agency. Has she lost her mind or her morals?

By Simon Davies Europe’s justice commissioner Viviane Reding last week threw her weight behind the creation of an EU-wide intelligence service. This idea is being viewed as either a political ploy to irritate American security chiefs, or – at the other extreme – one of the most dangerous notions to have emerged from Brussels in …

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2013 was the year that privacy satire became meaningless

By Simon Davies Amidst mind-blowing scandals and sensational revelations, 2013 became a landmark year for privacy awareness. However one unfortunate consequence is that it’s now difficult to get away with satirical writing on the subject. Many people believe that even the most outlandish spoof is straight reporting of the truth. Like other sites, Privacy Surgeon …

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Outrage builds as thousands of Google Glass eye-pieces become fused with the faces of users

By Simon Davies In a bizarre incident described by scientists as “Frankenstinian”, the faces of thousands of Google Glass users have been chemically fused with the controversial technology. The phenomenon took place just after midday EST Wednesday when Glass users in the US and Europe began reporting on Twitter that they were unable to remove …

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A new audio chat show brings together privacy’s renowned friends and foe

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon today launches its new audio interview series “The Privacy Channel” in which we explore a range of key issues with some of the world’s most influential leaders of thought and policy. Our aim isn’t just to discuss privacy with defenders and experts, but also to engage with those who …

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US states pilot the drone menace into the statute books

By Simon Davies A new report on the regulation of drones in the US has identified a surge in state legislation to control the technology. The analysis “The Year of the Drone” was prepared by Allie Bohm of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It presents an interesting picture of increased activity by state legislatures …

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