Category Archive: Regulatory action

The lawful tasering of an innocent man signals a dark age of UK policing

By Simon Davies The seemingly growing dysfunction within the UK police reached new heights yesterday when an officer was exonerated without charge after tasering an innocent 63 year-old man who is registered as blind. The officer claimed he had mistaken the blind invalid’s white cane for a samurai sword and neutralised him with a 50,000 …

Continue reading »

Read More...

The Privacy Surgeon lodges plea with Attorney General to refer GCHQ interception to the UK police

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon today submitted a formal plea to the Attorney General of England & Wales, Dominic Grieve, requesting that he use his prerogative as chief law officer to refer Britain’s communications intelligence agency, GCHQ, for police investigation over claims that it violated criminal law. The submission sets out in detail my …

Continue reading »

Read More...

UK privacy groups lodge ICO complaint on Google health data deal

 By Simon Davies Several British rights groups have co-authored a complaint to the UK Information Commissioner, alleging that the use of Google cloud services for the processing of health information has created a serious violation of data protection law. The complaint warns that the arrangements leave open the possibility that Google may be processing personal …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Telegram becomes the New Cool of messaging as millions of users abandon WhatsApp over privacy concerns

 By Simon Davies In one of the most persuasive displays ever of the market power of consumer privacy, Facebook’s recent $19BN acquisition of the popular messaging app WhatsApp appears to have been given the thumbs-down by millions of users. While it may be too early to produce a conclusive analysis, there are solid indications that …

Continue reading »

Read More...

European Commission to citizens: “Human rights are trumped by commercial secrecy – get over it”

By Simon Davies Earlier this week the Secretary General of the European Commission issued a volatile administrative ruling that had the remarkable effect of simultaneously retarding both privacy and transparency. The decision by Europe’s top civil servant came after a two-month consideration of an appeal by the Privacy Surgeon against the Commission’s refusal to disclose …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Google’s false claims to a French court dangerously compromise the company’s integrity

By Simon Davies Please note update at the end of this article Google yesterday broke new ground in its increasingly bitter dispute with European data protection authorities by reportedly giving false and misleading testimony to France’s highest administrative court. Google had made an application to the Conseil d’Etat, seeking to overturn a ruling by France’s …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Pakistan prepares to introduce the world’s most unsafe cybercrime law

By Simon Davies The Pakistan government is on the point of introducing one of the most draconian Cybercrime laws in online history. If passed in its current form, the legislation is likely to create a substantial chill over both free expression and e-commerce in the region’s already fragile online environment. Of even greater concern is …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Consumers angered as Google further undermines the privacy of half a billion Gmail accounts

By Simon Davies Google is under fire over its decision to further weaken the privacy of Gmail users as part of the company’s new integrated terms of service. This is the latest in a sequence of controversial moves intended to force-feed the population base of Google+ by “opting-in” the users of other Google services to …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Why I applied for Europe’s top data protection job – and why you should too

By Simon Davies From next week Europe won’t have anyone in charge of data protection for its institutions. The European Commission kind of forgot to advertise the job. So here – to save the day – is my application for the post of European Data Protection Supervisor. You should do the same. It pays quite …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Google reveals the secret of its success: “dolphin power”

By Simon Davies It has been revealed that Google executives derive their power from dolphins. Well, from the metaphor of dolphins. This surprising news comes courtesy of the personal blog of Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel. After launching into yet another diatribe against Europe’s rule of law (which are always entertaining) he poetically reflects: …

Continue reading »

Read More...

Older posts «

» Newer posts