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CISA law another nail in the coffin of US companies storing supposedly 'private' data

Privacy information - PrivateRelay - Posted 29 Oct 2015 9:39 CET

The US senate has just voted to bring into legislation a new law called CISA. This bill was, in the first instance, supposedly created to give the US government more ability to detect cyber crime and therefore ways to effectively deal with it. Opponents however are attacking the bill as a way for the administration to gain access to private personal data without any kind of warrant. US citizens buying / using products and services located within the US had until now been protected under the US Freedom of Information Act... [Read more]

Want to find out if the UK intelligence authorities have any data on you?

Privacy information - PrivateRelay - Posted 29 Sep 2015 14:40 CET

Privacy International (PI) recently won a court case against the UK intelligence service (GCHQ). This means that individuals from anywhere around the world can now request if GCHQ have data on them. PI have put together a how-to site which helpfully details how to kick off the procedure. This involves preparing the relevant PDF documents, which can then be printed, signed and posted by mail the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the UK... [Read more]

AVG Free antivirus now deemed as SpyWare as it happily gathers user data to sell for profit

Privacy information - PrivateRelay - Posted 24 Sep 2015 13:14 CET

In an interesting article in today's UK Independent, it has highlighted the new privacy policy of the Czech company AVG. AVG Free has, for many years, been the antivirus program of choice for many Windows users. As the article laments there is no such thing as 'a free lunch', and AVG are now explicitly telling users how they make money from their data. Rather than burying the change in their privacy policy, AVG have even gone to the lengths of putting together a video explaining how this is handled... [Read more]

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