Category Archive: Online advertising

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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Google shows its true colours – and they’re not the colour of money

By Simon Davies Last Saturday, Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, had an interesting comment piece published in Britain’s Guardian newspaper that caused some readers to choke on their breakfast cereal. The article was placed as a response to recent revelations that Google has for years evaded the payment of UK taxes. With irony mischievously dripping …

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Google hit with $1bn US class action suit over unlawful interception

By Simon Davies The US legal press is reporting (subscription required) a potentially important class action law suit that has been filed against Google over alleged email interception. The one billion dollar suit, filed last week in California, claims that Google unlawfully intercepts communications via its Gmail-based Google Apps for Education program, which provides student, …

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Data rape and the impending privacy apocalypse

 By Simon Davies In the 1970s – frustrated by an aggressive, male dominated legal regime and a timid judicial system – justice campaigners for rape victims coined a powerful phrase that cemented a cultural mindset for decades to come: No means No. Over time those three words shifted the centre of gravity of public debate. …

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New joint enforcement action against Google may trigger an EU-wide government blacklisting of the company

The stand-off between Google and Europe’s data protection authorities took a dramatic turn today as six EU countries launched coordinated enforcement actions against the company. The unprecedented action follows an investigation by the Article 29 group of EU authorities into Google’s amalgamated privacy policy that aggregates data across all the company’s products and services. Authorities …

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Global survey reveals that online ad tracking is less popular than Colonel Gadaffi

By Simon Davies The online advertising industry has responded with utter disinterest to the results of a major international consumer survey which revealed that the vast majority of consumers believe the advertising sector is dishonest and untrustworthy. The poll – one of the largest of its kind ever undertaken – involved more than 11,000 respondents …

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Analysis: How Microsoft turned a mouse into a monster

By Simon Davies The tech press has been buzzing over the past few days about a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could allow hackers to exploit a mouse tracking feature used by advertisers and analytics companies. This anti fraud process assists advertisers by determining whether a banner click resulted from a human or a bot. …

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The UN has adopted China’s global snooping plan. It’s time for civil society to abandon the Internet Governance Forum and grow some teeth

By Simon Davies Last month, the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) summit in Dubai adopted confidential recommendations proposed by China that are intended to set onerous surveillance standards across the Internet. The move highlights the ITU’s increasingly blatant hostility to civil liberties, privacy and human rights. Recently published documents establish an overwhelming argument that NGO’s …

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Europe’s Antitrust authority begins gearing up to privacy

By Simon Davies The European Parliament’s Privacy Platform organised a fascinating event earlier this week on the subject of privacy and competition law. Complex and arcane as this topic is, it turned out to be one of those rare “Pandora’s Box” moments in privacy. Competition law isn’t my field, and I would never even pretend …

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India’s first major privacy survey reveals deep concern over intrusion

By Simon Davies India’s largest-ever privacy survey has revealed a high degree of concern over encroachment into private life. The survey, published earlier today, polled the views of more than ten thousand people and concluded that Indian residents believe the threat of privacy invasion is now largely out of control. The survey – which was …

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