So which law applies?

Now this is a really interesting legal case. Facebook has a marketing and advertising business established as a separate legal entity in Germany. In December 2012, the Schleswig DPA issued orders against Facebook Inc. in the U.S. and Facebook Ltd. in Ireland, in which the DPA demanded that Facebook allow its German users to use … Continue reading So which law applies?

Draft rules on use of personal information in China

Really interesting post on rules concerning the use of personal information in China. If you make it to the end of the article 😉 I am very much of the same opinion as the author, in that okay to have rules but what about enforcement. Also is the actual intentions of the Chinese authorities? Are … Continue reading Draft rules on use of personal information in China


Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISA) is not aligned with civil and privacy rights of the individual according to privacy advocates such as Electronic Frontier Foundation and Neither Microsoft or Facebook support this bill. Imagine that everything you post on FB to be available for government authorities? Fine if you trust them I … Continue reading CISPA

Cloud and conflicting privacy laws

One of the biggest dilemmas with cloud services is that in theory it shouldn't matter where your data is stored in the public cloud, just that it is secured appropriately, and only you get appropriate access and nobody else gets inappropriate access 😉 But it's much more complicated. Every country has its own laws about … Continue reading Cloud and conflicting privacy laws

National Crime Database Raises Privacy Concerns

The (quiet) introduction of a National Police Reference System in Australia has raised concerns on the impact on privacy.  The database (run by CRIMTRAC has millions of records - including DNA and fingerprints) and is able to be accessed by all Australian law enforcement officers.  There are up to 80,000 accesses to the data per day. For more … Continue reading National Crime Database Raises Privacy Concerns

Removal of DNA of innocent people

There is some good insights at archrights blog into the Marper judgement in the U.K., i.e. the decision to remove DNA of innocents from law enforcement databases. Check it out. Is your DNA stored somewhere, have you tried to have it removed?

Get back your DNA!

Thanks to a post from ARCH blog that give pointers onto how to reclaim your DNA. Are you one of the 800,000 innocent people who have been arrested in England, Wales or Northern Ireland that are thought to have their DNA and computer records retained? Find more information on how to reclaim your DNA at … Continue reading Get back your DNA!

More on genetic privacy down under

It's not just the FBI that are keen to collect DNA of innocent persons. In Australia Mr McDevitt chief executive of CrimTrac, the agency which maintains the database, said the next step was taking samples from people charged but not convicted and from people charged for minor crimes as well as serious offences. Read more...

Guilty until proved innocent?

The largest DNA database not protected by any privacy law, that is the FBI DNA database of over 6.7 million profiles is in the throes of a new spurt of growth. Until now, the federal government genetically tracked only convicts. But starting this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will join 15 states that collect … Continue reading Guilty until proved innocent?