Last week, the increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities. Earlier this year, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN, consisting of 40 national and regional data protection authorities) carried out a ‘mobile app privacy sweep’ to scrutinize organizations’ collection and use of personal data on mobile apps. […]
Online Privacy & Security
Woody Leonhard has written an article about Microsoft’s efforts fighting a federal search warrant demanding that the company release emails stored in Ireland. The article describes why you should be extremely concerned by a U.S. court’s actions — and what you can do about it. You can read Woody’s article at: http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/defying-feds-ms-tries-to-keep-user-data-private.
A Dutch privacy watchdog on Monday ordered Google to make changes to the way it handles users’ personal data or face fines of up to 15 million euros ($18.7 million). The College for the Protection of Personal Data announced it is giving the Internet giant until the end of February to comply with measures aimed at giving consumers in the Netherlands more clarity about how their personal information is used […]
Though the Snowden leaks woke the world to the prying eyes of government snoops and helped popularize services for people to cover their tracks on the Web, we are living in a time when governments around the world are deploying sophisticated technologies for digital eavesdropping.
Christian Cawley has published an article that claims to list the Best VPN Services. I can’t vouch for his accuracy but the list certainly is interesting. I have used SurfEasy Total and Private Internet Access and I agree with his reviews of these services. I am not familiar with the others he mentioned. I was disappointed that Cawley did not mention Witopia, one of my favorite VPN providers. You can […]
A new wave of Facebook users are posting a new privacy notice to their Facebook News Feeds, hoping to protect their posts and photos from being used without their permission. Chalk it up to another hoax notice that doesn’t actually do anything. Details may be found in an article by Ian Sherr in the Yahoo Tech News web site at https://www.yahoo.com/tech/posting-a-privacy-notice-to-facebook-does-104161204389.html.
If you haven’t reviewed your Facebook account’s privacy settings for a while, you may be sharing more than you realize. Facebook is under fire for drawing up terms and conditions so confusing that few people can understand what they’re actually agreeing to when they sign up to the social network. Whatever you think of the service, with 1.35 billion active users (about the same as the population of China), that […]