judgecorp writes: "The British Government has joined corporations such as Yahoo, Facebook and BT, in arguing against a tough proposed EU Regulation on Privacy. The UK government's intervention, led by justice minister Lord McNally, wants to scrap the proposed Regulation and replace it with a system of Directives. That's not just a matter of word play, it dilutes the proposals greatly. Regulations must be implemented in all EU member states at once, while the states have freedom on when and how to put a Directive into force."
judgecorp writes: "Reporters Without Borders has named and shamed the surveillance software vendors who sell to repressive regimes, including Syria, China and Iran. Their software is used to track activists, and has been instrumental in delivering some dissidents over for torture, says RWB. The offending companies include US-based Bluecoat, Germany's Trovicor, France's Amesys, the UK's Gamma International, as well as HackingTeam, based in the US and Italy. HackingTeam is unusual in that it turned up at the recent RSA show to defend its reputation, arguing that it avoided selling to countries on international blacklists."
judgecorp writes: "The Internet of Things needs securing Vint Cerf told the RSA conference this week. The father of the Internet believes that public key cryptography at a very granular level will be required for the host of devices joining the Internet over the next while. He also spoke in defence of "psudonymity", the means by which the likes of Google say they can make use of Web traffic information, without infringing privacy."
judgecorp writes: "A leaked document shows Yahoo's lobbying against European proposed privacy laws. Yahoo is telling the EU that "pseudonymous" data is anonymous enough to protect people's privacy, although it is still plenty good enough for Internet providers to present targetted ads. For that reason and others, privacy groups want pseudonymous data kept under stringent rules requiring explicit permission to share it."
judgecorp writes: "The latest Google Transparency Report, which tallies the number of times personal data is requested from Google, shows that governments are becoming more inquisitive than ever. Requests for user data have gone up by 70 percent since Google started these reports in 2009 — but the report shows Google is getting better at saying no: in 2009 it complied — fully or partially — with 76 percent of requests, and that figure is now down to 66 percent."
judgecorp writes: "A UK government contract has confirmed earlier reports that British citizens will have the option to use PayPal to accredit themselves for public services such as the new Universal Credit benefit system. Using PayPal might be a public relations goof, as PayPal's parent eBay is notoriously clever at avoiding UK taxes, recently paying only £1.2 million on profit of £789 million (around 0.15 percent)."
judgecorp writes: "Plans to make the UK's health service — the NHS — paperless have been criticised by privacy campaigners for making the system opt-out rather than opt-in. Patients records would be shared digitally by default, and this is seen as a big risk by activists."
judgecorp writes: "The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is keeping a close eye on the new Facebook Graph Search. “We will be continuing to engage with Facebook Ireland on this new facility in light of experience of the pilot phase to ensure that the facility operates in compliance with Irish and EU data protection law," said the commissioner, which gave the feature a good look before it was launched."
judgecorp writes: "Rights groups say the United Arab Emirates government used the latest Java zero day flaw in an attempt to load spyware onto an activist's computer. Bahrain Watch reports dissecting an email sent to an activist, which promised a video involving Dubai's chief of policy, but which actually contained a Java applet that exploited the unpatched flaw, to install a remote administration toolkit apparently based on SpyNet."
judgecorp writes: "Nokia has admitted that it routinely decrypts user's HTTPS traffic, but says it is only doing it so it can compress it to improve speed. That doesn't convince security researcher Gaurang Pandya, who accuses the company of spying on customers."