Fine SEK200k on use of facial recognition in Swedish school

Finally some action in Sweden! The ruling is in Swedish, but to summarise the school was using facial recognition on its students. Facial recognition is biometric data, hence sensitive (special categories of data in the GDPR). They used consent as the legal basis but this was considered as unlawful due to the imbalance of relationship … Continue reading Fine SEK200k on use of facial recognition in Swedish school

s.215 Patriot Act is due for renewal in June 2015

And you have a chance to do something to stop the indiscriminate surveillance practices used by the U.S. government agencies. It seems that the Act that was created in a single month has one part that is being abused and this is section 215. To find out more check here. Stop 215 (video) Even if … Continue reading s.215 Patriot Act is due for renewal in June 2015

XKeyscore – what is it?

Big Brother is here, and this article gives an explanation on the capabilities of the big brother surveillance tool.

This is an outrage !

Seems that the email service that Edward Snowden recommended as actually protecting your privacy in the US is being forced to share all data and subsequently shut down! The owner and operator of the service, Ladar Levison, has been gagged. Reading between the lines, it looks like he will move his services outside of the … Continue reading This is an outrage !

You are being watched!

Interesting TEDx talk from 2012 on surveillance (thanks Dave Eddey down under ;-)). What Christopher Soghoian basically says is that you are being watched. Internet companies hang on to our personal information for as long as is practicable. When they receive a request from government requesting information on users, they have no choice but to … Continue reading You are being watched!

More on wire-tapping worldwide!

I thought given the wire-tapping excitement going on now, that I'd post some of the practices going on world-wide that maybe you are not aware of, all excepts from Virtual Shadows (2009), so there could be some updates since, I haven't checked. If there are updates it will surely include social media as per USA … Continue reading More on wire-tapping worldwide!

CISPA

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 Avaaz.org. 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

No surprises……you are being hacked by your government!

Everything you do online is probably being hacked/surveilled by your government. This includes, activities on Facebook or any social networking sites, Skype conversations, chatting, texting from your mobile phone, anything that is stored or transmitted digitally. Companies are now selling, and they are selling hot in all countries, of-the-shelf hacking and surveillance products to governments... … Continue reading No surprises……you are being hacked by your government!

Dilemmas – increased Internet surveillance in wake of Oslo tragedy

This is the dilemma, to increase surveillance in the name of personal safety or to not do this as it violates our right to personal privacy? Remember what happened after the terror attacks on the twin towers in New York? A whole host of privacy invading legislation was passed in the U.S., that now requires … Continue reading Dilemmas – increased Internet surveillance in wake of Oslo tragedy

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