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Telegraph (UK): Privacy fears over DNA database for up to 100,000 patients

The Telegraph reports on privacy questions about a new DNA database in the United Kingdom: The UK will be the first country to introduce high-tech DNA mapping within a mainstream health system in a move designed to help it lead the world in tackling cancer and rare diseases, Downing Street said. But campaigners warned the [...]

Opinion at Economist: Difference Engine: Nobbling the internet

In an opinion column, the Economist considers two proposals that could affect the privacy of Internet users: TWO measures affecting the privacy internet users can expect in years ahead are currently under discussion on opposite sides of the globe. The first hails from a Senate committee’s determination to make America’s online privacy laws even more [...]

The Surveillance Memos, and a Suggestion for Jack Goldsmith

The Surveillance Memos, and a Suggestion for Jack Goldsmith: Via Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union. As I noted in a previous post, the two Bush administration surveillance memos we obtained last Friday are very heavily redacted. They’re interesting nonetheless. The first memo, written by Office of Legal Counsel lawyer [...]

AdWeek: Faced With Privacy Complaint, Mobbles Pulls App

This week, the Center for Digital Democracy (disclosure: I often work with the group) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against the Mobbles Corporation over its mobile application Mobbles, which is a game involving virtual pets. CDD alleges that Mobbles violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). CDD says that Mobbles “collects personal information [...]

Australian’s should use US IP addresses to save money.

Choice, an Australian privacy group, has released a paper on how to avoid geo-blocking and price discrimination against Australians. Their research has shown that prices, especially on IT purchases, are significantly higher for Australians than Americans, even before considering shipping costs. Using a VPN based privacy service like Anonymizer Universal allows Australians (or anyone else) [...]

Yahoo to ignore IE 10 Do Not Track

From Declan’s article on CNET. The fight over the “do not track” flag continues. In the latest version of Internet Explorer (version 10), Microsoft has made “do not track” the default setting. This makes tracking by websites an “opt in” rather than an “opt out” proposition. Privacy advocates have long favored this approach, but advertisers [...]

How Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits Turn Low-Budget Movies Into Big Bucks

How Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits Turn Low-Budget Movies Into Big Bucks: Via Wired: Threat Level. On March 7, Camelot Distribution Group, an obscure film company in Los Angeles, unveiled its latest and potentially most profitable release: a federal lawsuit against BitTorrent users who allegedly downloaded the company’s 2010 B-movie revenge flick Nude Nuns With Big Guns between [...]

Google gets 55% more government information requests in 2012 than 2010

Google Transparency Report shows government surveillance, takedown requests are up. The number of information requests coming to Google from governments around the world is growing fast. It is up 55% for the first half of 2012 vs. the first half of 2010. The linked article has some nice graphs showing the trend. It is interesting [...]

Washington Post: Credit card safety at 30,000 feet

The Washington Post reports that there can be questions about the privacy and security of individuals’ credit card data when using such cards on airplanes: Travelers are easy prey for “carders,” who take illegal credit card impressions in a crime called cloning or skimming. Airline passengers [...] may feel extra vulnerable, because on a plane, [...]

Syria switches tactics and kills their Internet

Fast Company has a good article laying out the state of events regarding the Internet in Syria. Here is the short version. Syria has changed tactics from keeping the Internet available but highly monitored and surveilled, to turning off apparently absolutely all Internet connectivity within the country.  Syria was unique in its cyber response to [...]