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The myth of Do Not Track - and the tragedy of Internet privacy
Robert X. Cringeley looks at the state of Do Not Track, originally scheduled to be finished by now, and cites the recent resignation of doctoral student Jonathan Mayer from the working group and concludes there's little hope that DNT will ever bear helpful fruit.
dataprotection  donottrack  privacy 
august 2013 by osi_info_program
Facebook's Foe: German Minister Urges Government to Quit Facebook - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"Following an extensive legal probe I think it is essential that we should no longer use the Facebook button on all official government Internet sites under our control," she wrote in a letter seen by SPIEGEL.
germany  facebook  dataprotection 
september 2011 by osi_info_program
France Halts ‘Three Strikes’ IP-Address Collection After Data Leak | Threat Level | Wired.com
"The French government’s “three strikes” approach to online copyright infringement relies on a private company that scans file sharing networks and gathers the IP addresses of alleged Gallic content pirates. But that company, TMG, suffered an embarrassing security breach last week, and the French government has “temporarily suspended” its acquisition of new TMG data while an investigation is underway."
hadopi  france  threestrikes  dataprotection  security  news 
may 2011 by osi_info_program
Benlog » (your) information wants to be free
Mozilla cryptographer Ben Adida recalls Stewart Brand's famous utterance that information wants to be free and juxtaposes the stick-it-to-the-man enthusiasm with recent news of compromised user data by Epsilon and Sony. His conclusion: "Every company that dabbles in user data should assign a dedicated security and privacy team whose sole responsibility is to protect user data."
privacy  security  op-ed  dataprotection 
may 2011 by osi_info_program
EPIC - Google Ends Secret Wifi Data Gathering
"Following numerous protests around the world, Google has ended its illegal collection of wifi data transmissions."
google  wifi  privacy  surveillance  dataprotection  news 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
'Scrapers' Dig Deep for Data on the Web - WSJ.com
"The market for personal data about Internet users is booming, and in the vanguard is the practice of "scraping." Firms offer to harvest online conversations and collect personal details from social-networking sites, résumé sites and online forums where people might discuss their lives." Story jumps off from recent episode where media research company Nielson were caught scraping "Patients Like Me"
bigdata  dataprotection  privacy  news 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
French cops claimed to hold secret, illegal gypsy database • The Register
"The French national police force – la Gendarmerie – yesterday stood accused of operating a secret and illegal database of Roma and other travelling minorities.

The existence of this database was reported in great detail in yesterday's Le Monde. It came to light by chance, when a 48-page powerpoint presentation, prepared by a Commandant in the Central Bureau for prevention of Traveller Crime (OCLDI), and presented to a meeting of Transport Businesses in November 2004, turned up on the internet."
privacy  security  roma  france  bigdata  dataprotection 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Mining social networks: Untangling the social web | The Economist
"Software: From retailing to counterterrorism, the ability to analyse social connections is proving increasingly useful"
dataprotection  privacy  socialmedia  socialweb  parsing_the_realtime_web 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
EU Authorities: Implementation of Net Surveillance Directive Is Unlawful | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"In a landmark announcement issued today, the data protection officials across the European Union found that the way that EU Member States have implemented the data retention obligations in the 2006 EU Data Retention Directive is unlawful. "
dataretention  dataprotection  privacy  surveillance  eu  news 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
New Challenges to Data Protection - Final Report - Executive Summary by Douwe Korff, Ian Brown
"The purpose of the study was to identify the challenges for the protection of personal data produced by current social and technical phenomena such as the Internet, globalisation, the increasing ubiquity of personal data and personal data collection, the increasing power and capacity of computers and other data-processing devices, special new technologies such as RFID, biometrics, face-recognition, increased surveillance (and "dataveillance"); and increased uses of personal data for purposes for which they were not originally collected, in particular in relation to national security and the fight against organised crime and terrorism"
eu  dataprotection  surveillance  bigdata  rfid  biometrics  privacy  research  oped 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Article 29 Working Party press release
Analysis of implementation of data retention directive - falls short of data protection standards.
eu  dataprotection  dataretention  security  privacy  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
US investigators to gain access to Britons' bank accounts - Home News, UK - The Independent
"The personal bank accounts of British citizens will be made available to American investigators working on counter-terrorism cases when MEPs approve a request made by President Obama today."
privacy  security  dataprotection  us  eu  financialdata 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
European Privacy Officials: Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Are Still Breaking European Privacy Law | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The article 29 working party have told the major search engines Google, Microsoft and Yahoo that their methods of making users' search data anonymous still do not comply with the EU's Data Protection Directive.
dataprotection  privacy  search  eu  microsoft  google  yahoo 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
Facebook Privacy Blunder Is Boon for Berkeley Legal Scholar
Facebook announce $6 million towards online privacy grant-making foundation as part of court settlement
facebook  funding  privacy  bigdata  dataprotection 
march 2010 by osi_info_program
The Official Netflix Blog: Netflix Prize Update
Netflix withdraws its innovation prize after groups raise concerns over user privacy. What's interesting is the comments this announcement attracts - lots of negative feeling towards the privacy lobby here.
privacy  dataprotection  news 
march 2010 by osi_info_program
NYT: Rethinking the Protection of Online Privacy
The "notice-and-choice" approach to safeguarding online privacy developed in the 1990s no longer works. The article outlines proposals for new rules and tools such as "privacy nudges", "visceral notices" and redesigning browsers for default anonymity.
privacy  dataprotection  oped 
march 2010 by osi_info_program
Cyberactivists obtain Latvian State Revenue Service data
A purported group of cyberactivists who call themselves the Fourth Awakening People's Army has obtained around 7.4 million records from a database linked to the web-based service for filing income tax returns and other information with Latvia's State Revenue Service. According to the group, it hopes to expose government waste, unjust wage differentials and possible corruption by analyzing data filed by state agencies and public sector.
cybersecurity  cybercrime  latvia  hacktivism  dataprotection  transparency 
february 2010 by osi_info_program

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