Category Archive: Satire

Seven perfect gifts for privacy advocates

 By Simon Davies It’s not too late to buy the perfect Christmas gift for the privacy advocate in your life. And, well, if you miss Christmas, you know the plan; just wrap it in tin-foil and call it a New Year’s present.   1. Window tint kit. $40 – $400. The perfect gift for any …

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The Privacy Surgeon lodges formal data protection complaint against Iceland’s “Yule Lads” trolls

By Simon Davies Following complaints from a number of readers, the Privacy Surgeon has lodged a formal Request for Investigation with the Prime Minister of Iceland over the activities of a criminal enterprise known in Icelandic folklore as “The Yule Lads” (jólasveinarnir). This gang of trolls has been terrorizing Iceland’s population for centuries, but they …

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The inside scoop on the real story behind Britain’s new surveillance law

By Simon Davies Amidst thunderous applause, UK Home Secretary Theresa May today launched the government’s long-awaited draft mass surveillance law. The “Protect Britain from Nasty People” bill (PBNP) has been heralded as a triumph of spin management. Its publication was preceded by a series of publicly funded games and sporting spectacles, all aimed at convincing …

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US police shoot two journalists and a dog during press conference on police reform

By Simon Davies BALTIMORE A press conference held earlier today on proposed measures to curb violence by US police, ended in chaos after police officers shot and seriously wounded two participating journalists. The event – jointly convened by the Ferguson and Baltimore police departments – was intended to showcase a new campaign to reduce the …

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Swedish counter-terrorism program will nationalize all toilets and analyze all human body waste

 By Simon Davies Sweden’s beleaguered Prime Minister, Stefan Löfvén, received a much-needed popularity boost this week following the announcement of an audacious counter-terrorism plan centred on the country’s 46,000 public toilets. Titled “Let’s sit on the problem” (låt oss sitta på problemet), the scheme aims to curb the threat of domestic terrorism by tracking suspects …

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How police and security surveillance really work (a fairytale for children and for smart adults)

By Simon Davies Once upon a time in a kingdom not so far away, there dwelled a lovely policeman called Elderberry who lived happily in a picturesque village at the top of a beautiful green hill populated by flowers and birds and contented sheep. Elderberry had been the town’s policeman for as long as anyone …

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The Privacy Inferno (with apologies to Dante)

Ever wondered what horrors of hell are in store for the privacy invaders? Simon Davies and Edward Allnutt take inspiration from Dante’s Inferno to give you the inside scoop. PROLOGUE There was no earthly reason why I had suddenly appeared in the bleak centre of this strange and soulless city – or how I had come …

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The NSA, GCHQ and the secret Mafia connection

This week, the new head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service – the National Security Agency’s principal spy partner – wrote a controversial press article accusing the tech industry of aiding and abetting terrorism and crime. Simon Davies provides his interpretation of the unfolding scenario. The powerful “Five families” spy syndicate – the secretive enterprise that …

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Confused about data retention? You won’t be after reading this

By Simon Davies The UK government has introduced emergency legislation called the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill. It is a thoroughly confusing piece of law, highly dangerous to privacy and a blatant abuse of democratic process. To help explain what it’s all about here’s a conversation between David Cameron and the ambulance service. We’re …

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Outrage grows as British Airways bans passengers with beards

By Simon Davies British Airways this week announced sweeping new security measures that will permit the airline to turn away passengers who are carrying a mobile phone that isn’t fully charged. In the past any suspect device could be confiscated. Under the new rules the passenger’s seat is confiscated. Media organisations have been struggling to …

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