Katharine Kemp, UNSW
Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we deal with Google, Facebook, and other businesses.
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Imagine a world where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. Or where a department store knows from your buying habits that you’re pregnant even before your family does.
That is the terrifying dystopian world portrayed by a … Read the rest
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted a totally invasive Internet.
At the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where his comments were webcast, he was asked for his prediction on the future … Read the rest
Edward Snowden has hit out at Dropbox and other services he says are “hostile to privacy,” urging web users to abandon unencrypted communication and adjust privacy settings to prevent governments from spying on them in increasingly intrusive ways.
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The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.
Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years … Read the rest
Privacy is a prerequisite for a prosperous economy. Four ways that mass surveillance hurts the US economy.
The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada – Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D. – noted last month:
Privacy is Essential to … Prosperity and … Read the rest
by Ilana Mercer
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While the nation fretted over the ouster of one Duckster from the parallel reality of a TV reality show, more of the protections enshrined in the … Read the rest
New startups looking for ways to keep their users secure should know one thing, a top Google security executive said Tuesday: “Passwords are dead.”
Speaking on a TechCrunch Disrupt panel called “Spies Like Us,” Heather Adkins, Google’s manager of … Read the rest
By Alan Rusbridger
On Sunday morning David Miranda, the partner of Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, was detained as he was passing through Heathrow airport on his way back to Rio de Janeiro, where the couple live. Greenwald is … Read the rest
If you want to know just how crazy fear over PRISM-like surveillance has made the Internet, take a look at DuckDuckGo.
Thanks to the National Security Agency leaks and some well-timed media appearances, the private search engine is … Read the rest
News that the U.S. government has been snooping on Internet users worldwide came as little surprise to global netizens, who said Friday they have few expectations of online privacy as governments increasingly monitor people’s digital lives, often with Internet companies’ … Read the rest
Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.
The resolution, passed Monday, “calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting … Read the rest