What can you learn from the Yahoo! hack?

So, Yahoo! has been hacked, and 500m records abstracted, allegedly by a “state-sponsored” agency. Apart from worrying what you might have kept on Yahoo!, and whether using the same password for your social media account and your bank account was really a good idea, what does this mean for you? First off it’s a reminder … Continue reading What can you learn from the Yahoo! hack?

Snooper’s Charter – oppressive and useless in equal measure

The government wants ISPs to store everyone’s browser history. Not the least intrusive thing ever proposed, and a world first for a democracy. Should we be proud to be leading the pack in surveillance of our own population – again? (We’ve the most CCTV cameras per capita too, remember). Let’s count the ways in which … Continue reading Snooper’s Charter – oppressive and useless in equal measure

Where’s your data? A French magistrate may just have killed SafeHarbor.

If your company handles personal data, you’ve just been served a wake-up call by a Frenchman. Yves Bot, who serves as an Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, has just given an opinion – which is non-binding, but usually followed by the Court – to the effect that Facebook shouldn’t have stored an … Continue reading Where’s your data? A French magistrate may just have killed SafeHarbor.

Never mind data protection, this is data protectionism

So it begins. Merkel blinked first, talking about protecting European personal data by keeping it in Europe. Now Brazil is about to pass a law making it mandatory to keep Brazilian citizens’ data within the country’s borders. At first glance, this is a kneejerk reaction to the Snowden revelations, intended to punish the US for … Continue reading Never mind data protection, this is data protectionism

Security starts to set the agenda

Being a security consultant sometimes feels like spouting doom-laden prophecy in a deserted wilderness. However much we try to find silver linings in the threatening rainclouds and present security measures as part of competitive advantage, people don’t really want to hear what we have to say. We don’t much like having to say it, either. … Continue reading Security starts to set the agenda

PRISM: will the cure be worse than the disease?

Now here’s a thing. As a private citizen, are you horrified or reassured by the revelations that the American NSA has been intercepting and monitoring internet traffic wholesale? I suspect you’re closer to appalled than comforted. Certainly, this is the public mood. The Europeans have been particularly vocal in expressing their concern at governmental level, … Continue reading PRISM: will the cure be worse than the disease?