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 name on the top right hand corner and select settings from the drop down
2) select account on the settings page (bottom left)
3) under privacy controls, select manage social advertising
4) untick it > save

A little belated, but thanks to Eoin Fleming for the tip, more than 10 days ago!

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 stored. I wonder why it is only happening in Germany and not elsewhere in the EU, after all it is our right as data subjects.

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.

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 Party elders known for their pro-reform positions, including Mao Zedong’s former secretary Li Rui (李锐) and former People’s Daily editor-in-chief Hu Jiwei (胡绩伟), submitted an open letter to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, formally China’s highest state body, calling for an end to restrictions on expression in China. Read more at the China Media Project.

Please nominate Virtual Shadows here!

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 EU have equivalent privacy legislation implemented, so if personal data from the EU is stored in the cloud, the hosting country needs to have equivalent legislation or some workaround to protect data both physically and legally. ComputerWeekly.com have a pretty good high level article on this. Also to get a feel of how privacy legislation is working worldwide. The article (p.17) published by ISSA (December 2009, and reprinted later by IAPP July 2010) may be a worthwhile background read. Be aware that there has been an update to this directive since, e.g. the “cookie directive”. I will publish more on this later.