Aug 8th 2012

Google hit with record fine

Google’s tracking of users without permission has set an important precedent with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issuing its largest ever fine, although it will barely trouble Google’s finances. The fine – $22.5m –  was handed down after Google deliberately placed cookies to track a user’s web activity that avoided Safari’s usual default-block on cookies […]

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May 21st 2012

Parenting is not spying

A new mobile phone service launched today demonstrates vividly the debate currently raging about protecting children using mobile phones. Big Brother Watch has long supported the need for services to give parents more granular control about how devices can be used, but ultimately technology is not a substitute for parenting. The new service from Bemilo […]

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May 8th 2012

Leveson turns to dodgy background checks and police searches

This week Lord Leveson’s inquiry will hear about private detectives running background checks on politicians, something that will come as no surprise to followers of our work. We warned earlier this year that with more than 3,500 organisations able to perform almost three million CRB checks directly, without needing to prove consent it would be […]

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Mar 26th 2012

Smart meters – the future of spying?

As several major energy companies continue to rush ahead with installations – British Gas plans to install 2m by the end of this year – there is still no concrete privacy protection in place, nor a clear set of rules about how and when they can be installed – and what rights consumers have to […]

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Mar 20th 2012

Making sense of the Google privacy policy

Earlier this month we led calls for Google to halt implementation of it’s new privacy policy after highlighting how 9 in 10 people had not even read the policy. Now the French data protection regulator, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), has written to Google on behalf of the Article 29 working Group with […]

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