Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Evil Wednesday Roundup: a weekish in privacy news

Police radar sees through walls.  The problem here is that police no longer need a warrant to see the inside of your house. And, of course, that people who aren’t police will get hold of them too.

Sky blocks pornography by default. Customers have to opt out if they want porn.  Lists of people who want to be able to see porn are dangerous.  For one thing, they’re bound to lead to moralistic blaming of people who turn porn on for all sorts of stuff.

The UK government is the most open and transparent in the world. Kind of makes me wonder who came second…. (it’s the US).

Dating apps leak location data. Not very surprising since they tell users how far they are away from each other.  Hackers have found a way to spoof the servers to get at people’s location data, but I’d be more concerned about the site owners having it.

Hollywood apparently portrays hacking realistically in Blackhat.

Angela Merkel urges new EU law on data tracking. It’s not very clear what she wants to be into the law, she just seems to really want one.  It’s a start, I guess.

Funding cut for CCTV in the UK.  Speculation that it signals the end of the ‘CCTV era’ in the UK seem wildly optimistic.  Just wait until we get reliable real-time face recognition from CCTV pictures….

Zoe Quinn launches anti-harassment task force. It’s bound to fan the flames.  I’m glad Quinn is strong enough to cope with it.

Eradicate DRM within a decade! Let’s hope so.  The right people are involved.

Spies spying on spies who are spying on spies.

Leaked US cybersecurity report singles out crypto as essential for security of private data. And yet our Prime Minister is trying to break it. More on that here.

Obama is creating a Cyber Police State. Why it’s bad.

The White House doesn’t think there’s any need for net neutrality law.

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