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Bruce Schneier Data and Goliath

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We, at PAOGA, are not anti Social Networking and we use it a lot. However, like Bruce Schneier in Data and Goliath, we believe that there are many times and many reasons, for organisations and individuals, when privacy and security are appropriate. We recognised the imbalance on the internet some years ago and developed the […]

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Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

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When the “Trojan Horse” was left at the gates of Troy, the Trojans thought the Greeks had left it as a pious parting gift because they had given up and sailed home. The Trojans welcomed the gift and took it within their walls, not knowing the belly of the beast was filled with armed soldiers who […]

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White House report on collection of data

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Yesterday the White House published a report, (view full report) commissioned by Barack Obama in January 2014 in response to the Snowden revelations, in which John Podesta, counselor to the White House, backs the collection of Big Data. The White House report – Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values You can read a response in the […]

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Parliament 2.0 to be designed by US?

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In The Sunday Times on 10 November 2013 Dominic Lawson wrote “British Officials are unable to trust the Americans to keep a single secret”. He also quoted from Facebook’s licence for its billion or so members as “you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use any IP content that you post […]

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Anti Social Networks – their time has come.

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Now, don’t misunderstand me – I am not advocating Antisocial Networks. I have nothing against Social Networks used sensibly for sharing stuff BUT, like everyone else, I also have private and personal stuff, important to me, that I want to share quickly and conveniently with specific people and organisations. Similarly, as a business, I want […]

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Do you really want to access UK public services through US Facebook and Google?

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Kelly Fiveash reports in The Register that "Facebook and other social networks [Google] could be used by British citizens to sign into public services online." These two US companies have openly declared their ambition to 'own' all the data and personal information that passes through them – and, unless I am mistaken, that means that it […]

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80% of people concerned about their personal details online

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Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, supported by Lord McNally, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice are right to recognise the urgency of this issue but 'understanding the law and your rights' alone is not sufficient if unenforceable. According to research by Privacy International and Virtual Identity and Privacy Research Center, Switzerland, the Personal Information of a European […]

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Privacy International Video

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In case you haven't seen it, have a look at this video posted by Simon Davies, Founder and President of Privacy International. Data from Privacy International on Vimeo. The article Facebook apps plundered for personal details in The Sunday Times by Sean O'Driscoll yesterday again reinforces the dangers of security and accountability on the internet. […]

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Smartphone apps harvest and spread personal info

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Publicly available cell-phone applications from application markets are releasing consumers' private information to online advertisers, according to a joint study by Intel Labs, Penn State and Duke University. In a study of 30 popular applications, TaintDroid, a realtime monitoring service, revealed that 15 send users' geographic location to remote advertisement servers. The study also found that […]

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