Category Archive: Online privacy

Global security analysis reveals widespread government apathy following Snowden disclosures

By Simon Davies A global analysis published today reveals that the overwhelming majority of the world’s governments have failed to take any meaningful action in the wake of the disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden (pdf download – open link titled “Snowden final report for publication“) The report, “A Crisis of Accountability”, has been published by …

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Corporate transparency is crucial, but it must also become far more meaningful

Last week – to a surprisingly muted public reception – Apple became the latest addition to a growing club of companies that have adopted greater transparency in their dealings with government agencies. In this article Paul De Hert (VuB-LSTS & UvT-TILT) and Dariusz Kloza (VuB-LSTS) outline the growing trend to transparency and argue why such information …

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Google’s “commitment” to student privacy unearths some worrying questions

By Simon Davies Quite a few media outlets have excitedly reported on Google’s announcement last week that ads and ad scanning will now be removed from the company’s education apps for schools. If these articles were to be believed, we should all be dancing in the streets with joy over some miraculous U-turn by the …

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Why it’s time for citizens to take direct action over GCHQ

By Simon Davies I am making an appeal to everyone who has used a webcam over Yahoo in the past six years to consider making a formal complaint to UK police over unlawful interception by Britain’s communications intelligence agency, GCHQ. This action has become necessary because of the continuing refusal by the British government to …

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Audio interview: Europe’s new privacy supremo criticizes the US and commits to building EU harmonisation

By Simon Davies Europe’s new data protection and privacy supremo has lashed out at the Obama administration, accusing the US of failing to deliver meaningful safeguards in the wake of the Snowden revelations. In a wide-ranging audio interview with the Privacy Surgeon, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin – president of the French privacy watchdog CNIL and also the …

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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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If media are going to claim an insight into public opinion, they should do it correctly

By Simon Davies There are a few raised eyebrows over a poll published last week by the pop zine TechWeek Europe. The mag had apparently “forgotten” to include Google in its hit list of cloud providers that it had asked readers to rank in terms of how much trust the key brands attract. By way …

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Dear “The Internet”: A sonnet on privacy

By Tim Young Written for and recorded at Webster University Geneva’s 5th Annual Media Conference – Media and Privacy Invasion – this is what Shakespeare might have had to say about the Internet.   Dear ‘The Internet’ Shall I compare thee to a Class A drug? Thou art more persuasive and addictive Your ever present …

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UK police action over “liking” a Facebook post could signal a dangerous prosecution trend

By Simon Davies Police in the southern England borough of Kent are considering whether to lay criminal charges against a local councillor for “liking” the Facebook post of a colleague. The move signals a bizarre twist in British policing from extending criminal evidence from content to context. This has the potential to create a serious …

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We ignore Pakistan’s struggle for freedom at our own peril

By Simon Davies The global outpouring of public support over the Turkish government’s latest incursion on freedom of expression has been breathtaking. International media have extensively covered the issue, providing fuel for citizen-led initiatives to oppose or circumvent the Twitter ban. This support, however, throws into sharp relief the dearth of activity around ongoing censorship …

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