An advanced spying tool, Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals.
There is a great deal of press coverage this week about Google’s announcement at CCS 2014 that they are working on a new project called RAPPOR (PDF) which reportedly uses techniques from the 1960s based around differential privacy. This is good news, or would be if it meant Google were becoming more ethical with regards …
"The fault line is this. Most of the debate so far, including the assumptions upon which the new consensus are built – are based on a uniformly organisation-centric view" of customer/personal data. This organisation-centric perspective assumes that organisations are the only entities collecting and use customer data. Under the this model organisations collect data about their customers and use this data to drive their own internal processes, resulting in actions which they do to customers (such as targeting them with advertising messages and offers)."
Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit. The company—one the country’s largest wireless carriers, providing cell phone service for about 123 million subscribers—calls…
This morning, Ello officially closed a deal for $5.5 million in venture capital funding. Normally, this would be alarming — VC money typically indicates an exit strategy, which for social networks usually means ad-mongering and selling user data to the highest bidder. But Ello's found a way to permanently head those complaints off at the…
Fantastic post by Chris Messina, with lots of great reflections on Identity, Privacy and Empowerment
"I’ll be the first (well, maybe the second) to admit that we’re no longer living in the golden era of social networking. "
"So why does the competition for control of digital identity matter anymore? Frankly, because as I’ve long held, identity is the platform — the killer app of networked personal computing devices (even more so as we increasingly depend on more than one authenticated device at a time!)."
"....changes the nature of the conversation by making it less about “privacy” and more about empowerment. While some people will freak out (as they always do), this would be a bold, productive, future-forward direction to take. Hell, we’re living in this reality already—but few give straight talk about what’s going on, and how their data is, or be could, be used for their benefit"
Given the challenging UN-level negotiations on the right to privacy, Privacy International and others have urged member states to adopt principles already spelled out in the High Commissioner's report, as they are based on existing jurisprudence of human rights bodies.
As the financial industry scrambles to monetize big data, it would be smart to remember that consumers growing concerns about privacy issues might stanch the flow of personal information in coming years.
Peter Vander Auwera's insight:
With some specific insights for financial institutions
Michael Lynch, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, was the latest guest-speaker in my Technology, Privacy, and Law class. I asked Lynch to appear so that he could explain why he argues, in places like his amicus curiae brief for ACLU v. Clapper and articles in The New York [...]
Peter Vander Auwera's insight:
“We think making decisions for people—including making decisions about whether they should share information—is wrong in itself, even if it can be sometimes justified.”