Category Archive: Privacy policies

Five questions European regulators need to ask Google – and Al Capone

Readers may recall the story of legendary US gunslinger Billy the Kid. If so, you probably have a fond view of this extraordinary figure. He comes across in many historical accounts as a good natured Robin Hood character who won widespread love and respect in urban legend Billy the Kid achieved such acclaim in his …

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Leaked letter establishes Google as the best thing for privacy since the invention of toilet cubicles

In the wake of yet another scandal involving the misuse of customer data, Google appears to have lost its sanity. Following its attempt to bully the press into toning down coverage of the controversy, EU privacy authorities have vowed to step up their investigation into the company. This leaked letter shows the depth of concern …

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The hidden story behind Facebook’s privacy changes – and why your data has suddenly become a lot more valuable

By Simon Davies Desperate for a positive news story about Facebook, the world’s media is in hyperdrive over changes to the site’s new privacy settings. I mean, gosh, they are now so easy to use. “Facebook caves in to privacy pressures” declared the stately Financial Times. “Facebook’s privacy evolution crawls another step out of the …

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Europe to Google: respect our laws or face the consequences

By Simon Davies Europe’s privacy and data protection regulators have launched a substantial attack on Google, mauling the advertising giant’s business practices. The letter, signed by almost all EU regulators, accuses Google of illegality and calls into question the viability of the company’s current operations within the European legal environment. The letter follows an investigation …

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Weekend reflection: The curious politics of privacy newspeak

By Simon Davies My friend and colleague Robert Ellis Smith was kind enough recently to reprint my “twenty privacy principles that they never taught you at school” blog in his excellent US publication Privacy Journal. I’ve subsequently received a few messages suggesting that I should consider writing about the new language of privacy. This is …

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Why Norway’s rigorous stance on Cloud computing highlights the primacy of strong privacy policies

By Simon Davies A spate of press articles is appearing at the moment on the topic of regulation of Cloud services, one of the more interesting of which has just been published on ZDNet. This story is noteworthy because it highlights a regulatory trend that will doubtless have a huge impact on Cloud and it …

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Time for Europe to get serious about investigating Google

By Simon Davies Google‘s recent admission that it failed to fully delete unlawfully harvested WiFi data brings to a head several unresolved issues that are central not only to EU data protection, but also to the core principles of the Union itself. The company’s continuing compliance failure on the WiFi issue and its poor treatment …

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