Surveillance & Privacy

07 November 2016

Tim Berners-Lee warns of danger of chaos in unprotected public data The Guardian

Hackers could use open data such as the information that powers transport apps to create chaos, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has said.

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04 November 2016

Norwegian privacy complaint for fitness wristband makers BBC News

Norway's consumer watchdog has filed a formal complaint about the privacy policies of four fitness wristband companies.

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03 November 2016

Productivity Commission wants Australians to be given right to opt out of data collection The Guardian

The Productivity Commission wants to revolutionise how personal data is collected and handled in Australia.

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29 October 2016

Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies Reuters

After Facebook's removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network's executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication.

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WhatsApp warned over Facebook data share deal BBC News

WhatsApp has been warned by European privacy watchdogs about sharing user data with parent company Facebook.

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US Telecoms' Ambitions on Targeted Ads Seen Curbed by F.C.C.'s New Privacy Rules New York Times

In recent years, companies like Verizon and AT&T have made no secret of their ambitions to build online advertising businesses that can take on the behemoths of Silicon Valley.

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27 October 2016

How private are your favourite messaging apps? Amnesty

We've ranked 11 companies that run the world's most popular messaging apps - including Skype, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger - on how well they're using encryption to protect your online privacy.

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18 October 2016

UK spy agencies broke privacy rules says tribunal BBC News

UK spy agencies broke privacy rules by collecting large amounts of UK citizens' data without adequate oversight, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled.

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10 October 2016

Editorial: Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era New York Times

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama vowed to assert greater oversight of the massive surveillance apparatus built in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing that the United States needed to strike a better balance between privacy and security and that all intelligence programs should be lawful.

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08 October 2016

Yahoo email spying claims prompt warning from UN rights tsar The Guardian

Yahoo's alleged scanning of emails of hundreds of millions of users at the request of US intelligence raises serious human rights concerns, according to a United Nations advocate.

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05 October 2016

Yahoo 'secretly scanned emails for US authorities' BBC News

Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report.

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28 September 2016

Why data is the new coal: Deep learning needs to become more efficient if it is going to move from using data to categorise images of cats to diagnosing rare illnesses The Guardian

"Is data the new oil?" asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data's turbo-powered cousin deep learning, we had become more certain: "Data is the new oil," stated Fortune.

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18 September 2016

Don't let WhatsApp coax you into sharing your data with Facebook The Observer

When WhatsApp, the messaging app, launched in 2009, it struck me as one of the most interesting innovations I'd seen in ages - for two reasons. The first was that it seemed beautifully designed from the outset: it was clean, minimalist and efficient; and, secondly, it had a business model that did not depend on advertising. Instead, users got a year free, after which they paid a modest annual subscription.

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17 September 2016

Edward Snowden Says Disclosures Bolstered Individual Privacy New York Times

Edward J. Snowden, the former American intelligence contractor who leaked documents about surveillance programs, said on Friday that his disclosures had improved privacy for individuals in the United States, and he declared that "being patriotic doesn't mean simply agreeing with your government."

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10 September 2016

Facebook privacy issues may not be competition matters: EU antitrust chief Reuters

Facebook's problems with European privacy regulators do not mean that the social network has breached the bloc's competition rules, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday.

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03 September 2016

Microsoft’s Challenge to Government Secrecy Wins Dozens of Supporters New York Times

Dozens of allies threw their weight behind Microsoft on Friday in a case that challenges law enforcement's use of secrecy orders to cloak its pursuit of digital communications in investigations.

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31 August 2016

British ISPs that restrict porn or block ads could be breaking EU guidelines The Guardian

Internet service providers that restrict online access to pornography or block ads could be breaking EU guidelines on net neutrality even if customers opt in.

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16 August 2016

EU to crack down on online services such as WhatsApp over privacy The Guardian

WhatsApp, Skype and other online messaging services face an EU crackdown aimed at safeguarding users' privacy, in a move that highlights the gulf between Europe and the US in regulating the internet.

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Peter Thiel: The Online Privacy Debate Won't End With Gawker New York Times

Last month, I spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because I believe our country is on the wrong track, and we need to solve real problems instead of fighting fake culture wars. I'm glad that an arena full of Republicans stood up to applaud when I said I was proud to be gay, because gay pride shouldn't be a partisan issue. All people deserve respect, and nobody's sexuality should be made a public fixation.

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11 August 2016

Twitter is not liable for ISIS activity on its service, US judge rules [IDG] Computerworld

Twitter is not liable for providing material support to the Islamic State group, also referred to as the ISIS, by allowing its members to sign up and use accounts on its site, a federal judge in California ruled Wednesday.

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07 August 2016

Your Internet privacy shouldn’t be a ‘luxury item,’ this regulator says Washington Post

Should your online privacy depend on whether you've paid your Internet provider a little extra this month?

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04 August 2016

New resources help us see if mass surveillance is happening in NZ InternetNZ

InternetNZ has launched Easy Transparency, a set of reporting tools that will make it easier for New Zealand organisations to complete transparency reports. These reports will mean New Zealanders will be better able to see how often government agencies are requesting their personal information.

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03 August 2016

Your battery status is being used to track you online The Guardian

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after privacy researchers warned that it had the potential to do just that.

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27 July 2016

Technology Is Monitoring the Urban Landscape New York Times

Big City is watching you. It will do it with camera-equipped drones that inspect municipal power lines and robotic cars that know where people go. Sensor-laden streetlights will change brightness based on danger levels. Technologists and urban planners are working on a major transformation of urban landscapes over the next few decades.

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23 July 2016

Microsoft's president explains the company's quiet legal war for user privacy Washington Post

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft. It won a major victory last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit sided with the company, ruling that a U.S. warrant could not be used to force Microsoft to turn over email data stored in an Irish data center. The decision, which the Justice Department is considering appealing to the Supreme Court, could have major implications for tech companies who routinely move data around the world so it can be backed up or quickly accessed by users.

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