Why I’ve stopped caring about what the public thinks about privacy

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 By Simon Davies There’s no elegant way to express the following idea, but here goes anyway. To put it bluntly, I’ve stopped worrying about whether the public cares about privacy – and I believe privacy advocates should stop worrying about it too. I’ll go even further. Unless human rights activists and their philanthropic backers abandon …

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August 10, 2016

Why the terrorist attacks I’ve endured have strengthened my commitment to privacy

The Privacy Surgeon’s Simon Davies recalls his brushes with terrorist attacks across the world, the friends he has lost – and explains why he believes the fight for individual liberties is more important now than ever. Like many of my fellow Londoners, I remember, with vivid clarity the morning of 7th July 2005. More than …

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August 9, 2016

Why the fake “migration crisis” is bad news for European privacy and rights

By Simon Davies I’m starting to believe the so-called “migration crisis” facing Europe is little more than a tragic confidence trick. Worryingly, however, it involves dangerous consequences for the rights of every EU resident. I’m not being heartless. Yes, thousands of refugees have lost their lives in the struggle to reach EU borders. Many more …

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August 9, 2016

18 things that will happen to your life when you become a privacy advocate

By Simon Davies Ever been curious about what will happen to your life when you become concerned about privacy? Here’s the Privacy Surgeon’s warning guide to what you can expect.   1. You won’t trust anything digital, ever again – and you especially won’t trust any product that claims it’ll protect your privacy. 2. Although …

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August 9, 2016

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 …

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August 5, 2016

An unexpected European friendship is the only upside of Brexit

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  By Simon Davies I’ll declare from the outset that I always opposed Brexit. To me it was a dangerous idea that would set Britain back fifty years and that would imperil the rights and freedoms in its national DNA. Nor did I ever approve of the idea that an arbitrary referendum should determine such …

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July 26, 2016

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 …

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July 21, 2016

After the Nice killings we need to think rationally – so let’s start by pressuring the intelligence chiefs

By Simon Davies If you ever needed to gain an understanding of Europe’s mindset on the protection of internal security, you need to look no further than the Swedish border. Here, in this former warm-blooded bastion of humanity and freedom, you will see how the future of this region is unfolding. Do what I did, …

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July 21, 2016

Eight New Year privacy resolutions that everyone can adopt

By Simon Davies Everyone can be a privacy advocate, so why not start 2016 with a bang with these fun and interesting activities. Go on… you know you want to! Refuse to hand it over Just once, when some interfering busybody asks for your personal information, say no. See what happens. The most entertaining aspect …

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December 31, 2015

The official (and insulting) 2016 privacy horoscope

2016 will be a momentous year for all the astrological houses. Privacy, in particular, will be massively influenced by a shift from air and water, to earth and fire. Here, Simon “the oracle” Davies analyses the charts and presents the definitive privacy horoscope for the year ahead.   Aries: March 21 – April 19 As …

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December 19, 2015

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