Category Archive: Future issues

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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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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A time capsule reveals the limitations of tech predictions

 By Simon Davies While rummaging through an old data archive today I discovered a document that I thought had been lost to history. It was a profoundly humiliating read – even more so than those woeful newspaper articles I churned out as a teenager in the late 1970’s warning that new technologies would totally devastate …

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Military drones are scary enough, but toy-store drones without ethical guidelines are going to be terrifying

By Simon Davies Walking through Boston Airport yesterday brought both the chill of foreboding and a thrill of excitement. I was being chased by a miniature drone. It was an awesome piece of technology. Controlled remotely through the Android platform it had two high resolution cameras, gyroscopic stabilisers and proximity sensors. The video images were …

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We must soon confront the biggest dilemma over EU data protection reform

By Simon Davies Back in October I gave an address to the joint meeting of the European and national parliaments on the prospects for data protection reform. I made the observation that the public was largely disengaged from the reform process and that the agenda was being carved out amongst key industry and government entities …

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Viol des données et apocalypse à venir de la vie privée 

 By Simon Davies Traduit par Christine Tréguier http://www.politis.fr/-De-quels-droits,017-.html Ce texte étant à la fois lucide, didactique et nécessaire, j’ai proposé à son auteur d’en publier ici une traduction intégrale (libre de droits, il va sans dire). Dans les années 1970 – frustrés par un cadre légal agressif dominé par les mâles et un système judiciaire …

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Sunday reflection: How to become a futurist

By Simon Davies Today’s Sunday Reflection is aimed mainly at my fellow privacy advocates. My intention is to offer an idea to alleviate your discomfort at parties: become a futurist, because futurists will always be cool. On the rare occasions when privacy advocates actually go to a conventional party it’s difficult to explain to non-advocates …

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In the blink of an eye, Google Glass has just shifted to the dark side

By Simon Davies Last week a California start-up – Lambda Labs – announced that it is about to release a face recognition app for Google Glass. With this simple innovation the wearable technology has been transformed from a cool gizmo into a privacy quagmire. Facial recognition is a digital “biometric” technique that scans a face …

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The Big Brother Awards gears up for a renewed assault on the privacy invaders

By Simon Davies Fifteen years ago today, while drinking with friends in a chaotic London pub, I came up with a whacky idea that somehow ended up taking off around the world. The initiative that emerged from that day – the Big Brother Awards – has caused more grief for invasive organisations than any single …

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