Contactless EFTPOS and Google: Privacy risks

Summary:Two potentially huge privacy risks on Patch Monday this week. Contactless EFTPOS and credit cards that allow you to make payments without a signature or entering a PIN, and the vast honey pot of personal data that is Google.

Two potentially huge privacy risks on Patch Monday this week. Contactless EFTPOS and credit cards that allow you to make payments without a signature or entering a PIN, and the vast honey pot of personal data that is Google. It's not just Gmail, but everything else.

In the shadow of last week's announcement by Google that it had been hacked from China, Stilgherrian speaks with Professor Roger Clarke, chair of the Australian Privacy foundation.

We also summarise the week's IT news — everything you would have read yourself if you weren't so busy.

Patch Monday now also accepts your audio comments. Either Skype to "stilgherrian", or phone Sydney 02 8011 3733.

Topics: Google, Banking, China, Privacy, Security

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit tr... Full Bio

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