Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category

US Terrorist-Tracking System tracks many many non-terrorists

Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local […]

Child porn used to justify reading of cloud data by Google, MicroSoft

With privacy concerns being raised more and more about the use of cloud storage, tech giants are turning to the age old scare tactic of using child porn as an excuse to burrow through users data. Google Spotted Explicit Images Of A Child In A Man's Email And Tipped Off The Authorities – Business Insider. […]

Russia wants SAP and Apple source code

“to ensure users’ rights to privacy of their personal data and personal information, and information security for government agencies and corporate clients” Google Translate.

NL courts allow illegally gotten private info to be used by secret service with no oversight.

In a court case in which the government (mr Plasterk) was taken to task for using NSA data – private information gotten through illegal means according to Dutch law – the NL courts have ruled that secret services can use this data freely, because “it’s important”. This is a bit like allowing evidence gained under […]

Privacy Quick Scan

The Dutch organisation for small / medium sized businesses (MKB Nederland) has set up a quick scan for companies dealing with private data, to have a look at the risks of using this kind of data. Privacy Quick Scan.

New Instant Messenger Plans to Leave No Metadata Worth Harvest​ing is backed by some pretty big names in IT security. It’s not foolproof and it’s in the first stages, but it’s a start with great potential. New Instant Messenger Plans to Leave No Metadata Worth Harvest​ing.

UK Gov reveals legal framework for intercepting all citizens’ social media communications

Basically the interpretation is that since the servers on which these services are hosted are in foreign countries, they are classed as “external communications”, which allows them to intercept them indiscriminately as opposed to needing a warrant. This also applies to webmail services and Google searches. UK intelligence forced to reveal secret policy for mass […]

Marktplaats (Dutch E-Bay) shares IP-adresses, phone numbers, etc

When you ask them for your own details, you also get all the personal details of the people who have interacted with your account! This data should be anonymised. Mag niet: Marktplaats deelt IP-adressen en NAW-gegevens – Webwereld.

Google starts to implement right to be forgotten

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union found that certain users can ask search engines to remove results for queries that include their name where those results are inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed. In implementing this decision, […]

Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’ –

If you have over 3000 daily visits, you have to register. You remove anonymity and you have to keep all your data in Russia for at least 6 months. This after a few laws that ban 4 words from being used in the arts and allow the state to shut down websites – promptly used […]

Disconnect – Private Browsing

We crawl the web to find the companies that track people, then Disconnect blocks those companies’ tracking requests in your browser. Click the items below to learn more about Disconnect’s features. via Private Browsing.

NL gov gives away source code for person registration system

From a man who has done plenty wrong in privacy recently, this is a very very good idea. People who want the source code do have to sign a NDA. I don’t know what’s in the NDA, but this seems reasonable. Plasterk geeft broncode Basisregistratie Personen vrij – Webwereld.

NL Police get office info from 1551 accounts in 2nd half 2013

In the first half it was 714 accounts. In 2012 it was 1438 accounts. This is information from Office 365, Hotmail and Skype. Nederlandse politie vordert meer klantdata bij Microsoft – Webwereld.

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