LinkedIn is being sneaky over your privacy settings!

Just in case this hasn't come to your notice yet, but linkedin has the right to use your photos for advertising if you don't opt-out 😦 Read more here. There is already discussions in progress on which privacy laws it is potentially breaking. To opt-out you need to do the following: 1) go to your … Continue reading LinkedIn is being sneaky over your privacy settings!

Your right to opt-out of Google’s Street View service

I love what is going on in Germany during a few months now, in that almost 250,000 Germans have told Google to blur pictures of their homes on the Street View service. Which is quite right. The EU directive on data privacy gives the data subject the right to consent to any personal information being … Continue reading Your right to opt-out of Google’s Street View service

Who owns your personal data?

Interesting article in Network World on the difference in attitudes concerning personal data on whether you are based in the US or over in the EU.

Freedom of speech in China

This is a privacy blog, however there are times when the right to freedom of speech and personal privacy overlap somewhat. Hence I am sure that I am not alone in feeling delighted at the award of the Nobel prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波). There is more: on October 11, 23 Chinese Communist … Continue reading Freedom of speech in China

And where is your personal data in the cloud?

I've been working an awful lot on security and privacy in the cloud lately, surprise surprise ;-), and the thing that is really an interesting problem when it comes to the privacy of data being held, is precisely where the data is physically? This presents some challenges, for example not many countries outside of the … Continue reading And where is your personal data in the cloud?

Fancy a bit of dumpster diving?

What's new? Health records disposed of inappropriately in the U.S. Find more, including videos following the story at action3news

More on behavioural marketing (in the US)

The Interactive Advertising Bureau and other advertising groups behind the industry's self-regulatory privacy initiative are getting ready to officially launch a new trade organization. This means that you will see a special icon that consist of an i inside a triangle turned on its side to resemble a play button. In the past, Web companies … Continue reading More on behavioural marketing (in the US)

The use of Phorm surfaces privacy law flaws in the UK

Some interesting conflict. The EU is taking the UK to court for not taking appropriate measures to protect their citizens's privacy i.e. the UK law does not protect personal privacy as strongly as EU laws demand. Most of this has come about because of the use of Phorm in the UK. Phorm invented a technology … Continue reading The use of Phorm surfaces privacy law flaws in the UK