Privacy


Privacy, personal data, and their protection are of utmost importance these days, considering the increasing number of serious breaches, and the value your personal information holds for big companies and governments. How does the law react to those new challenges? Is it possible to keep your personal data secure in the age of omnipresent internet access? What is the future of data-driven systems like?

Privacy of Things: Which Security Requirements to Consider for the Smart Devices’ Manufacturing
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Privacy of Things: Which Security Requirements to Consider for the Smart Devices’ Manufacturing

On September 28, 2018, the state of California approved the bill regulating privacy and security issues in one of the leading sectors of the tech industry — the Internet of Things or, simply said, smart devices. While progress-minded appliance makers talk about the magic benefits of the smart fridge, the IoT law will regulate its “black” side …

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A Busy Week for Data Privacy
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A Busy Week for Data Privacy

There’s been quite a week for those keeping an eye on data privacy regulation. The Federal Trade Commission pushes to renew the Privacy Shield — a data transfer pact between the US and the EU. European lawmakers, however, are skeptical about it, arguing that some US-based companies aren’t fulfilling their obligations. Facebook is facing yet …

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Privacy Explained: What It Is, How It Is Challenged, and What to Do About It
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Privacy Explained: What It Is, How It Is Challenged, and What to Do About It

With notions of privacy mentioned every month now due to yet another violation on part of some big tech company, social network, or a government, it may seem that the world has entered the new phase of struggle between regular people and powers that be. While it may sound pretentious, it’s not really far from …

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Another Security Breach: Fitness Trackers that Track Things Way Beyond Fitness
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Another Security Breach: Fitness Trackers That Track Things Way Beyond Fitness

Another day, another privacy breach. This time, it’s not Facebook knowing what you eat for breakfast, or a shopping mall that rats you to the cops. This time, it’s a James Bond movie came to life that turned the tables for the society. Usually, you’re the one that has no idea as to being watched …

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Total Surveillance: Irvine Company Spying on Shoppers and the Demise of Privacy
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Total Surveillance: Irvine Company Spying on Shoppers and the Demise of Privacy

Most tech-related news these days involve something that would fit a great sci-fi novel from the sixties, like self-driving cars or an artificial womb. However, some of those news look more like something else from the sixties: Cold War spy fiction. As EFF has recently unveiled, Irvine Company, California’s largest private landowner operating 46 shopping …

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American Internet Giants in the Crosshairs for Alleged Privacy Violations
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American Internet Giants in the Crosshairs for Alleged Privacy Violations

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has been in the crosshairs for regulators and the broad internet community alike. Mark Zuckerberg testified on the issue on the Capitol Hill in April 2018, but two months later the company got into nearly the same trouble again, this time because of sharing user data with over 60 …

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