Tag: privacy

NSA vs people’s privacy – the game commences

NSA vs people’s privacy – the game commences

Written by on March 11, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, […]

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White House privacy bill not tough enough

White House privacy bill not tough enough

Written by on March 2, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House released draft legislation on Friday that would give consumers more control over how the trail of data they leave behind them on the internet is used, stored and sold. The 24-page “discussion draft” on data privacy immediately sparked sharp reaction from the technology industry, which said the proposal would […]

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‘Soft’ Irish regulator being challenged by new EU privacy rules

‘Soft’ Irish regulator being challenged by new EU privacy rules

Written by on February 26, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ireland will not retain sole control over privacy disputes involving companies such as Facebook and Apple under new rules agreed on Wednesday allowing any of its European peers to challenge Irish rulings. Under a ‘one-stop-shop’ mechanism initially proposed in reforms of EU data protection laws, businesses operating across the 28-nation bloc would […]

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Just four vague pieces of info can identify you, and your credit card

Just four vague pieces of info can identify you, and your credit card

Written by on February 3, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News In a recent issue of the journal Science, MIT researchers report that just four fairly vague pieces of information — the dates and locations of four purchases — are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users. […]

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Be afraid, its Data Protection Day

Be afraid, its Data Protection Day

Written by on January 28, 2015 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Today, and every 28th January for the last eight years, we celebrate Data Protection, or Privacy if you are in North America, Day. Celebrating may be a strange term to raise awareness of one of the great threats of our times, but the press release about the threat made interesting reading. It seems we are […]

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Passwords are irritating, we need something else

Passwords are irritating, we need something else

Written by on January 15, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

How many passwords do you have? It seems that the answer to this question is either ‘one’ or ‘I don’t know, too many.’ The problem, of course, is that we need to be vigilant and up to date. And somehow remember dozens of login details. You have to wonder how many people a day click […]

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Another reason to leave your wallet at home

Another reason to leave your wallet at home

Written by on December 23, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

The next time you get pulled over by a cop for a traffic violation – which we hope isn’t a common occurrence – you may be showing the officer your driver’s license from your smartphone if you live in Iowa, which will likely be the first American state to issue digital driver’s licenses. No more […]

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Retailers look for a beacon this holiday season

Retailers look for a beacon this holiday season

Written by on November 13, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Halloween was a couple of weeks ago, and that can mean only one thing: The holiday shopping season is now upon us! Holiday lights, decorations and gifts have already been spotted on the shelves of many retailers, and that will only ramp up to a frenzy over the next few weeks. Many consumers will take […]

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Government to AT&T: Three strikes and you’re out!

Government to AT&T: Three strikes and you’re out!

Written by on November 6, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

To say it’s not been a good month for AT&T would be a gross understatement. Take three of the scariest words in communications – cramming, throttling and spying – and you have the carrier’s troubles in a nutshell. Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general in the […]

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Privacy and security – between a rock and a hard place

Privacy and security – between a rock and a hard place

Written by on November 4, 2014 in Opinion with 0 Comments

In the wake of the Snowden disclosures governments and security services are having to ‘legitimize’ the task of national security, and they have nobody to blame but themselves. After being caught out accessing, collecting and processing personal information of the masses (and, allegedly, not always legally) their attempts at ‘legalizing’ their activities are meeting with […]

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