Category Archive: Online privacy

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 …

Continue reading »

Read More...

VPN users beware. Your IP address can still be visible

By Simon Davies There are dozens of reasons why any smart Netizen might want to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. These facilities allow you to enjoy an online Level Playing Field, avoiding censorship and dodging bad players such as trackers and malicious hackers. The idea is simple. A VPN will mask your location …

Continue reading »

Read More...

If you figure that privacy advocates are irrelevant, here’s why you should think again

By Simon Davies (This article appeared originally on the website of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in August 2016. In recent months, a small but tenacious army of privacy and consumer rights activists has been quietly ramping up for an assault on poor privacy and data protection practices by companies and governments. These …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Warrantless mass surveillance? Bring it on! I’m all the way with Theresa May…

 By Simon Davies My colleagues in the privacy realm should think twice before attacking the fledgling British Prime Minister, Theresa May, over her plan to introduce sweeping new surveillance laws. I personally think she’s a very courageous woman and deserves some kudos. And she has nice hair. I mean, no sooner were the Tory Party’s …

Continue reading »

Read More...

The Belgian decision about Facebook cookies has huge data protection and press freedom implications

By Simon Davies Like many other people, I’ve been grappling with the intricacies of the recent Belgian court decision about Facebook’s use of cookies (the English text of which is, at last, here.) I’m coming around to the view that the implications are far broader than we might imagine and it’s a little bewildering that there …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Google moves its privacy offering from Abysmal to Appalling as EU regulators force change

By Simon Davies You’ve probably seen numerous media reports on Google’s new privacy dashboard. In essence, this is a facility where Google consolidates all its spin about the need to collect more information on its customers. Users who can navigate the anti-privacy rhetoric on those pages have an opportunity to improve their privacy level from abysmal to …

Continue reading »

Read More...

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 …

Continue reading »

Read More...

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 …

Continue reading »

Read More...

A speech reveals Google’s poetic deception over EU privacy law

By Simon Davies Last month, Google gave one of its most impressive public performances of the year – one that was filled with strategic artistry that would do justice to Mark Antony. It’s likely that you overlooked this precious moment, which is a pity because – like a Bill Hicks comedy sketch – it was …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Why the UK GCHQ unlawful spying ruling may force president Obama to take action

By Simon Davies Last week, a British court ruled that UK spy agencies had acted unlawfully by partnering with the NSA in conducting mass surveillance through the use of covert interception programmes such as PRISM. Make no mistake. Despite the bravado-ridden response of the British government to this ruling, the national security ground has shifted …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Older posts «