Surveillance & Privacy

22 December 2016

EU court says mass data retention illegal Reuters

The mass retention of data is illegal, the European Union's highest court said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Britain's newly passed surveillance law and signaling that security concerns do not justify excessive privacy infringements.

Read full article

20 December 2016

Google facing FTC scrutiny over privacy — yet again Washington Post

Consumer advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated user privacy through a policy change that gives the company more leeway to build profiles of people as they browse the Web and use Google services.

Read full article

15 December 2016

Yahoo says information from over 1 billion users has been stolen ABC News

Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider.

Read full article

21 November 2016

'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper The Guardian

A bill giving the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world has passed into law with barely a whimper, meeting only token resistance over the past 12 months from inside parliament and barely any from outside.

Read full article

13 November 2016

A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Mobile Phone Number New York Times

The next time someone asks you for your cellphone number, you may want to think twice about giving it.

Read full article

Your health information is neither safe nor secure ABC News

E-health files in the United States are being used for identity fraud and by paedophiles, according to a new report that highlights the vulnerabilities of online health systems.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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."

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

Registrar Solutions