Category Archive: Privacy principles

When privacy reform gets as dirty as environmental reform, we’re all in trouble

 By Simon Davies Last summer I received a cross-party request from the European Parliament to conduct a wide-ranging independent assessment of the proposed EU data protection regulation. Nearly a year on, I’ve decided I can’t provide that assessment – and as many people have asked about its progress, here are the reasons why. I apologise …

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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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Analysis: Why the EU data protection crisis is more perilous than you imagined

 By Simon Davies With masterful understatement, Europe’s data protection supervisor, Peter Hustinx, has warned that the EU’s proposed new framework for information privacy is in danger of collapse because of “excessive lobbying” by corporations and other entities that are hostile to privacy reform. “Barrage” might have been a more accurate description. The new data protection …

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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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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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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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India takes its first serious step toward privacy regulation – but it may be misguided

 By Simon Davies The world’s second-most populous nation may be on the cusp of embracing privacy legislation. After several false starts the Indian government appears ready to accept the need for some form of regulation. Well, maybe this is a slightly optimistic view. A more accurate portrayal might be “the Indian government appears ready to …

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Don’t blame engineers for the shortcomings of Privacy by Design: privacy advocates are equally guilty

By Simon Davies On 10th June 2000, amidst great ceremony, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth cut the tape to open the first new Thames river crossing in more than a century. The Millennium Bridge had won acclaim for its sleek shape and elegant design – and London was buzzing with excitement about its new landmark. Then… …

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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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