privacy

  • Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search Crunch Network

    Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search

    Location data is highly sensitive. It contains information about where we live, our daily habits and our network of friends. We discover new places to go; avoid traffic on the way there; swipe to meet new friends once we’ve arrived; and even turn up the thermostat before we get home. When data knows this much about us it requires careful protection. Read More

  • Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

    Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

    Dan Fredinburg, a respected Google executive who headed privacy for Google X and led its product management team, has died in the avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by the huge earthquake in Nepal. The natural disaster has already killed over 2,000 people in the region and devastated infrastructure. Some 18 other climbers have been killed in what is being described as the worst… Read More

  • European Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Heads To Court In Vienna

    European Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Heads To Court In Vienna

    A class action data privacy lawsuit that’s being brought against Facebook in Europe — for participation in the NSA’s PRISM dragnet surveillance program, among other alleged data protection violations — gets its first preparatory court hearing today in Vienna’s Regional Cou Read More

  • Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software

    Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software

    Opera, makers of a suite of software for browsing the web on mobile and desktop devices used by some 350 million consumers, has made another acquisition to build out the services it offers to users. It has acquired SurfEasy, makers of a virtual private network (VPN) app that lets users browse the web more securely. This is Opera’s first security-focused acquisition, and it is made in… Read More

  • No, T-Mobile And Mozilla Are Not Launching A New ‘Privacy Phone’ [Updated]

    No, T-Mobile And Mozilla Are Not Launching A New ‘Privacy Phone’ [Updated]

    Update: A Mozilla spokesperson has been in touch to say that the WSJ has misunderstood what Mozilla and DT are doing and they are not launching a phone, just working together. “It appears that there has been a misunderstanding and the reference to a new device or phone from DT/Mozilla is incorrect,” the spokesperson says. “To clarify, DT/Mozilla will not be launching… Read More

  • Samsung Edits Orwellian Clause Out Of TV Privacy Policy

    Samsung Edits Orwellian Clause Out Of TV Privacy Policy

    Following a storm of criticism relating to a creepy-sounding privacy policy covering its smart TVs, Samsung has today published a rebuttal and a more detailed explanation of the workings of its under-fire voice recognition feature. It has also edited the wording of its privacy policy to avoid sounding quite so eerily similar to George Orwell’s 1984 dystopia. Read More

  • White House Report Sees Potential, Pitfalls Of Big Data

    White House Report Sees Potential, Pitfalls Of Big Data

    A new report released by the White House today outlines the potential and pitfalls of big data in our lives. While there is tremendous economic and social promise from big data, there is also equal prospect for abuse, especially when it comes to privacy and personal data protection. President Obama plans to file several pieces of legislation in the coming months around consumer privacy and… Read More

  • Hey, User! Do You Know What Your Apps Are Up To?

    Hey, User! Do You Know What Your Apps Are Up To?

    It’s International Data Privacy Day, not that most people would likely know that — or, some would argue, care. And therein lies the rub. Privacy, we are constantly told by those with their hands on the levers of power, is not something users are bothered about. Read More

  • Mass Surveillance Threatens Digital Security And Human Rights, Says European Report

    Mass Surveillance Threatens Digital Security And Human Rights, Says European Report

    A 32-page report into mass surveillance by a top European rights body has warned that digital dragnets set up by U.S. government intelligence agencies, and some of the U.S.’ allies in Europe and elsewhere, are endangering fundamental human rights — such as the right to privacy, to freedom of information and expression, to freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. Read More