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Google less privacy aware than Facebook?

Google+ encourages users to give out information that could compromise their security and its privacy selling point — its circles — are actually a subset of Facebook's friends lists, according to researchers from the University College London in the UK.

November 28, 2011 by

Privacy group awards Big Brothers

LONDON--A proposal by the National Criminal Intelligence Service to store all UK Internet traffic for seven years in a single data warehouse won the Big Brother Award for Most Appalling Project on Monday night. The Big Brother Awards are presented annually by Privacy International to the companies and individuals that have done most to erode the privacy of the citizen, and are accompanied by the "Winstons", which are awarded to those who have done most to protect privacy. The NCIS warehousing proposal beat into second place the Electoral Reform Society which was nominated for its patronage of a report by the Independent Commission on alternative voting methods which, said the judges, provides a "woefully scant assessment of the substantial privacy and security threats arising from electronic voting". Alongside the NCIS as winners of Big Brother Awards were the Norwich Union, which won the Most Invasive Company award for using unapproved genetic tests for potentially fatal diseases when assessing whether to offer life insurance cover to people. The Norwich Union was the only Big Brother winner to have a representative present to collect its award. --Matt Loney, ZDNet UK

March 5, 2002 by

Digital signatures pose security risk, says expert

A leading technology expert has warned that digital signatures, an increasingly prevalent Internet security technology, could hail a future devoid of privacy. Speaking at the International Forum on Surveillance by Design in London, Stefan Brands warned that digital signatures might lead to widespread government tracing and identity theft.

September 25, 2000 by

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