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Paul Merrell

Belgian court finds Facebook guilty of breaching privacy laws - nsnbc international | n... - 0 views

  • A court in the Belgian capital Brussels, on Friday, found the social media company Facebook guilty of breaching Belgian privacy laws. Belgium’s Privacy Commission had taken Facebook to court and the judge agreed with the Commission’s view that Facebook had flouted the country’s privacy legislation. The company has been ordered to correct its practice right away of face fines. Facebook has lodged an appeal.
  • Facebook follows its users activities by means of so-called social plug-ins, cookies, and pixels. These digital technologies enable Facebook to follow users’ behavior when online. Cookies, for example, are small files that are attached to your internet browser when you go online and visit a particular site. They are used to collect information about the kind of things you like to read or look at while surfing the web. Facebook uses the data both for its own ends, but also to help advertisers send tailor made advertising. In so doing Facebook also uses certain cookies to follow people that don’t even have a Facebook profile. The court ruled that it is “unclear what information Facebook is collecting about us” and “what it uses the information for”. Moreover, Facebook has not been given permission to keep tabs on internet-users by a court of law.
  • he court has ordered Facebook to stop the practice straight away and to delete any data that it has obtained by means contrary to Belgian privacy legislation. If Facebook fails to comply it will face a penalty payment of 250,000 euro/day.
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  • Facebook, for its part, has said that it is to appeal against the verdict.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

The U.N. wants to connect the world to the Internet. That's not enough. - 0 views

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    "But connectivity alone cannot be global policy. Respect for privacy and the freedom of expression must go hand in glove with the drive to connection."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Empower consumers to control their privacy in the Internet of Everything | The Enterpri... - 0 views

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    "As an Eisenhower Fellow, Dr. David A. Bray had the opportunity to travel to Taiwan and Australia in a personal capacity to discuss the burgeoning privacy and security challenges that the Internet of Everything era presents. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Lost in the clouds: 7 examples of compromised personal information | ITworld - 0 views

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    "Google has indexed thousands of backup drives Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe, but that's not entirely true."
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    "Google has indexed thousands of backup drives Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe, but that's not entirely true."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Raids cast doubt on the integrity of TOR | ITworld - 1 views

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    "Federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe have shut down more than 400 Web sites using .onion addresses and made arrests of those who run them, which calls into question whether the anonymizing The Onion Router (Tor) network itself is still secure."
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    "Federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe have shut down more than 400 Web sites using .onion addresses and made arrests of those who run them, which calls into question whether the anonymizing The Onion Router (Tor) network itself is still secure."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Taking back privacy in the post-Snowden cloud | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "Governments aren't going to fix cloud's privacy problem. It's up to the industry-and us. by Sean Gallagher - Oct 28 2014, 2:00pm CET"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Firesheep - codebutler - 1 views

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    "When logging into a website you usually start by submitting your username and password. The server then checks to see if an account matching this information exists and if so, replies back to you with a "cookie" which is used by your browser for all subsequent requests."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

MIT creates a system to "PRISM-proof" websites | Ars Technica - 1 views

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    "System could secure data by encrypting it before it leaves your computer. by Joe Silver - Mar 25 2014, 9:35pm CET Privacy 44 A new platform for building Web applications, called Mylar, aims to provide encryption services that activate on your computer before data ever moves to a server."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

"Self-Censorship on Facebook Sauvik Das and Adam Kramer - 0 views

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    Abstract We report results from an exploratory analysis examining "last - minute" self - censorship, or content that is filtered after being written, on Facebook. We collected data from 3.9 milion users over 17 days and associate self- censorship behavior with features describing users, their social graph, and the interactions between them. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

The Freenet Project - /index - 3 views

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    " Share files, chat on forums, browse and publish, anonymously and without fear of blocking or censorship! Then connect to your friends for even better security! Learn more!"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Stop Watching Us | Stop Watching Us - 0 views

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    "The revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA's spying programs."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

EU is negotiating about new data privacy laws | # Take Part - 0 views

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    [ Currently the EU is negotiating about new data privacy laws. This new EU Regulation will replace all existing national laws on data privacy. Here you can see a general overview which Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are pushing for more or less data privacy. Choose a country, a political group or a MEP from the "Top 10" list to find out more. ...]
Paul Merrell

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance | Politics and Law - CNET News - 0 views

  • Justice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Alert: Our Privacy About to be Destroyed in Brussels? | La Quadrature du Net - 0 views

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    [ Submitted on 22 Jan 2013 - 14:35 data protection press release Printer-friendly version Send by email Paris, 22 January 2013 - The consideration of the "data protection" privacy regulation is in progress in the European Parliament, with a vote in the consumers committee (IMCO) on Wednesday. It is the object of an unprecedented lobbying campaign, mostly driven by US companies. If citizens don't act, banks, insurance companies and Internet service operators will have a free hand to collect, process, store and sell all of our personal data, which will enable them to know and direct all that we do online and offline. ...]
Paul Merrell

Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too - RT - 1 views

  • The most powerful company on the Internet just got a whole lot creepier: a new service from Google merges offline consumer info with online intelligence, allowing advertisers to target users based on what they do at the keyboard and at the mall. Without much fanfare, Google announced news this week of a new advertising project, Conversions API, that will let businesses build all-encompassing user profiles based off of not just what users search for on the Web, but what they purchase outside of the home. In a blog post this week on Google’s DoubleClick Search site, the Silicon Valley giant says that targeting consumers based off online information only allows advertisers to learn so much. “Conversions,” tech-speak for the digital metric made by every action a user makes online, are incomplete until coupled with real life data, Google says.
  • Of course, there is always the possibility that all of this information can be unencrypted and, in some cases, obtained by third-parties that you might not want prying into your personal business. Edwards notes in his report that Google does not explicitly note that intelligence used in Conversions API will be anonymized, but the blowback from not doing as much would sure be enough to start a colossal uproar. Meanwhile, however, all of the information being collected by Google — estimated to be on millions of servers around the globe — is being handed over to more than just advertising companies. Last month Google reported that the US government requested personal information from roughly 8,000 individual users during just the first few months of 2012.“This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise,” Google admitted with their report.
¡%@&# Dizzywizard

Google's Schmidt: People Upset With Street View Can Always Move | John Paczkowski | Dig... - 1 views

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    WTF? do no evil? why does he come out with such statements ??
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    wtf?
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