Tag Archives: privacy

THINGS are coming!!

Internet of THINGS

Recent explosive progress in electronics miniaturization is changing our world. It is clear to me that Internet of Things (IoT) will soon, sooner than we think, make our lifes DIFFERENT. (Better or worse, depending on your attitude – personally I think it will be better).

And – like with anything new – there are worries, criticisms, doomsday conspiracy theories – that’s just LIFE!

One of the issues that do need addressing though is security. Intuitively it is clear that filling your home with THINGS that are in communication with the rest of the world requires a bit of thought.

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Trust your supermarket

It was only a question of time…
NHS is going to share our medical data with Tesco, Boots and Superdrug. This is to help them to help you (of course).


This was one of the prime worries when the NHS patient database was discussed – you may trust NHS with your data – possibly – but do you trust everybody they share data with?

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Is he trying to put us out of business?

David Cameron is going to try and ban encryption in Britain

Read BusinessInsider article
It may be uncomfortable to suddenly be on the same side as terrorists, but we seem to be in a good company.
And writing for the Guardian, James Ball suggested that a blanket ban on encryption would “spell the end of e-commerce” in the UK since credit card details are generally always sent via secure encrypted connections. “Cameron either knows his anti-terror talk is unworkable and is looking for headlines,” Ball said, “or he hasn’t got a clue.”
Well… – guess which one…

Where to keep your sensitive data for remote working

Where to keep sensitive data

The table below summarizes security and speed implication of different ways of accessing sensitive data while working out of office. Note that the comparison only lists most popular ways of storing data and the Security/Speed correspond to typical situation – in the real world access speed and security provided by local encryption vary.

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Tools to help you go private

Unfortunately there is not a simple answer. There’s no way to block GCHQ surveillance completely. Even if you rebelled against technology, ditched your mobile phone, and avoided using heavily-tracked web services like Facebook and Google, you’d still be on surveillance cameras that capture your face, license plate scanners, and credit databases, among other things. But let’s not get pessimistic. There are tools you can use to make it harder for others to track you. They won’t eliminate your footprint, but they’ll blur the picture of you that emerges through your data.

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