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August 25, 2016
WhatsApp to give users' phone numbers to Facebook for targeted ads. Article published on the digital newsletter 'Vilaweb'. Link
July 24, 2016
Russia’s State Duma just approved some of the most repressive laws in post-Soviet history. Link
May 02, 2016
Australian Craig Wright claims to be Bitcoin creator. Link
April 14, 2016
La UE crea el registre de passatgers. Enllaç
April 04, 2016
WhatsApp rolls out full encryption to a billion messenger users. Link
March 01, 2016
Cryptography Pioneers Win Turing Award. Link
February 28, 2016
Tim Cook Refuses To Comply With "Chilling" Government Demand To "Build A Backdoor" Into iPhone. Enllaç
February 14, 2016
Key takeaways on mobile apps and privacy. Link
February 02, 2016
EU Commission and United States agree on new framework for transatlantic data flows: EU-US Privacy Shield. Link
November 19, 2015
A call for transparency, user control, data protection by design and accountability. Link
November 10, 2015
Key takeaways on mobile apps and privacy. Link
November 07, 2015
EU wants more reporting by firms of U.S. requests for data. Link
October 23, 2015
TalkTalk cyber-attack: Website hit by 'significant' breach. Link
October 06, 2015
European court rules 'Safe Harbour' treaty that saw Facebook hand over user data to US is invalid, after challenge by student. Link
September 03, 2015
Extent of data breaches in pharmaceutical sector revealed. Link
September 01, 2015
Big Data and Smart Devices and Their Impact on Privacy. Link
June 28, 2015
We’re Losing the Cyber War. Link
June 05, 2015
Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance. Link
March 24, 2015
Facebook data privacy case to be heard before European Union court. Link
March 04, 2015
Blackphone: can a mobile ever truly be hack-proof? Link
February 19, 2015
NSA, British spies hack Gemalto to tap mobile calls - Intercept. Link
February 13, 2015
Obama seeks cibersecurity alliance with tech companies. Link
February 07, 2015
UK-US surveillance regime was unlawful ‘for seven years’. Link
February 07, 2015
Obama's surveillance struggle: selling 'weak reforms' to Congress (and Merkel). Link
January 28, 2015
Today, countries all over the world are recognizing Data Privacy Day. Link
January 14, 2015
The Code We Can’t Control. Link
January 14, 2015
Euro security agency says MORE crypto needed in gov policy. Link
November 06, 2014
WhatsApp has a new blue tick to show when someone has read your message. [Link]
November 04, 2014
Electronic Frontier Foundation releases security comparison of messaging applications. [Link]
October 21, 2014
The Dark Market for Personal Data. [Link]
September 26, 2014
The European Data Protection Supervisor launches the IPEN initiative.
September 08, 2014
Data Brokers: the big private information business. [PDF in Spanish]
September 01, 2014
Apple denies iCloud/Find my iPhone breach, says ‘very targeted attack’ hit certain celebrities. [Link]
June 17, 2014
UK intelligence forced to reveal secret policy for mass surveillance of residents’ Facebook and Google use. [Link]
May 30, 2014
Google sets up 'right to be forgotten' form after EU ruling. [Link]
May 13, 2014
EU court backs 'right to be forgotten' in Google case. [Link]
April 28, 2014
Microsoft issues warning to consumers over a weakness in Internet Explorer which hackers could exploit. [Link]
April 24, 2014
Internet governance to be debated at the Net Mundial conference in Brazil. [Link]
April 24, 2014
The conference SSN 2014 is held from the 24th to the 26th of April in Barcelona. [Link]
April 10, 2014
Opinion 05/2014 on Anonymisation Techniques, Article 29 Data Protection Working Party. Link
March 21, 2014
Twitter website 'blocked' in Turkey. [Link]
March 20, 2014
Revelations by Snowden damage U.S. tech industry. [Link]
March 19, 2014
As China squeezes Bitcoin, Hong Kong bets big. [Link]
March 15, 2014
National insecurity. [Link in Catalan]
March 13, 2014
Who defends Catalonia on Internet?. [Link in Catalan]
March 11, 2014
The Future of Internet Freedom. [Link]
February 25, 2014
Bitcoin Scrutinized After Mt. Gox Downfall. [Link]
February 12, 2014
A newly adopted Communication on "Internet Policy and Governance: Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet Governance". [Link]
February 07, 2014
The proceedings for the Annual Privacy Forum 2012 have been published. [Link]
January 24, 2014
An Open Letter from US Researchers in Cryptography and Information Security. [Link]
January 14, 2014
N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers. [Link]
January 02, 2014
NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption. [Link]
December 17, 2013
A Blow Against Big Brother. [Link]
December 15, 2013
NSA review to leave spying programs largely unchanged, reports say. [Link]
December 12, 2013
According to the Advocate General, Mr Cruz Villalón, the Data Retention Directive is incompatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. [PDF]
December 11, 2013
Global Government Surveillance Reform. [Link]
December 05, 2013
Internet Firms Step Up Efforts to Stop Spying. [Link]
November 27, 2013
Europe Urges U.S. to Handle Data Privacy With Care. [Link]
November 20, 2013
Ikea execs charged in French spying scandal. [Link]
October 28, 2013
Sep. 28-30, 2013. Joint UNESCO/Eurostat Work Session on Statistical Data Confidentiality held in Ottawa, Canada. [Link]
October 24, 2013
IFIP statement on intentional weakening of security and trust mechanisms in ICT and the Internet by government agencies and other major actors. [PDF]
October 03, 2013
Internet companies and overall supervision. [PDF in Catalan]
September 26, 2013
Have a Nice Day, N.S.A. [Link]
September 06, 2013
SSL: Intercepted today, decrypted tomorrow. [Link]
September 05, 2013
N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web. [Link]
August 27, 2013
Facebook publishes its first transparency report. [Link] Transparency report. [Link in Spanish]
August 23, 2013
NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies. [Link]
August 12, 2013
Google Tells Court You Cannot Expect Privacy When Sending Messages to Gmail -- People Who Care About Privacy Should Not Use Service, Consumer Watchdog Says. [Link]
July 15, 2013
Google's Global Privacy Counsel states in his blog: "We need global privacy standards... now more than ever". [Link]
June 25, 2013
European Court of Justice lawyer sides with Google in ‘right to be forgotten’ case. [Link]
April 08, 2013
Facebook responds to privacy concerns, says Home shouldn’t be a concern. [Link]
March 23, 2013
2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report. [Link]
March 12, 2013
Facebook ‘like’ users disclosing their personal secrets. [Link]
March 12, 2013
More than 80 academics sign a manifest in favour of Internet data protection. [Link]
March 07, 2013
Data Protection in Europe: 60 leading academics are taking a position. [Link]
February 18, 2013
The Web Won't Be Safe or Secure until We Break It. [Link]
February 13, 2013
US privacy groups believe US officials lobby to weaken EU privacy. [Link]
January 25, 2013
Silicon Valley companies lobbying against Europe’s privacy proposals. [Link]
December 20, 2012
Instagram apologizes to users: We won't sell your photos. [Link]
December 13, 2012
The report on EU Annual Privacy Forum 2012 has been published. [Link]
December 10, 2012
Student group to take Facebook to task in Irish court. [Link]
November 22, 2012
The Man Who Stole Greece: Cuffed chap had data on most of country. [Link]
November 15, 2012
Generals in their own Web. [Link]
October 24, 2012
Facebook Revenue Surpasses Forecasts. [Link]
October 17, 2012
EU Watchdogs To Outlaw Google Privacy Policy. [Link]
September 03, 2012
The meaning of life. [Link in Catalan]
August 27, 2012
Steve Wozniak Warns of "Horrendous" Cloud Storage Problems in the Future. [Link]
July 18, 2012
The Govern approves the awarding of the Medal and Plaque Narcís Monturiol to thirteen figures and three institutions of recognized prestige (catalan). [Link]
July 16, 2012
Boycotts on the Internet: a catalog. [Link in Catalan]
July 16, 2012
Viruses: 25 years of mutations (catalan). [Link]
June 19, 2012
How Google, and the rest, turned evil. [Link]
June 07, 2012
Watching privacy. [Link]
May 17, 2012
The AEPD reiterates the need to reinforce the protection of web privacy. [Link]
May 09, 2012
Anonymous Hacks 55,000 Twitter Accounts. [Link]
May 04, 2012
European e-identity plan to be unveiled this month. [Link]
May 02, 2012
Anti-internet piracy law adopted by Spanish government. [Link]
April 17, 2012
Axis of Suppression: China, Facebook and Iran, Says Google’s Sergey Brin. [Link]
April 10, 2012
Email and web use 'to be monitored' under new laws. [Link]
March 30, 2012
An EU Cybercrime Centre to fight online criminals and protect e-consumers. [Link]
March 01, 2012
Mozilla Collusion lets you see who is tracking you. [Link]
February 24, 2012
How Companies Learn Your Secrets. [Link]
February 24, 2012
Google and Facebook in White House web privacy sights. [Link]
February 03, 2012
E.U. Presses Google to Delay Privacy Policy Changes. [Link]
January 26, 2012
Internet Boycott: a catalog [Link]
January 25, 2012
The European Commission publishes the "General Data Privacy Regulation". [PDF]
January 24, 2012
Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy. [Link]
January 12, 2012
Google New Search Results Raise Privacy and Antitrust Concerns. [Link]
December 23, 2011
Facebook kept 1,200 Page File On 24-Year-Old. [Link]
December 07, 2011
Mark Zuckerberg's private Facebook photos revealed: Security 'glitch' allows web expert to access billionaire's personal pictures. [Link]
December 06, 2011
Facebook agrees to changes to improve transparency. [Link]
December 05, 2011
EU eyes big fines for privacy breaches. [Link]
November 30, 2011
Facebook settles privacy complaint with FTC. [Link]
November 24, 2011
EU Court of Justice rules that ISP filters are prohibited under EU law. [Link]
November 15, 2011
W3C Working Draft 14 November 2011. [Link]
October 26, 2011
The Dark Side Of Biometrics: 9 Million Israelis’ Hacked Info Hits The Web. [Link]
October 02, 2011
China group’s eye on Yahoo fuels privacy fears. [Link]
September 30, 2011
Facebook faces scrutiny over privacy. [Link]
September 14, 2011
Facebook's Self-Regulation in Germany a Bow to Stricter Culture. [Link]
September 01, 2011
British gov watchdog wants privacy tought in schools. [Link]
September 01, 2011
Interview with Peter Fleischer for the Spanish newspaper El Pais. "We have commited some errors". Interview in Spanish [Link]
August 17, 2011
Finding the key of AES is four times easier than believed. [Link]
July 29, 2011
Australia looks to toughen privacy laws after News Corp scandal. [Link]
July 21, 2011
Rumor About NSA-Google Alliance to Stay Just That. [Link]
July 21, 2011
Resolution of the trial that implied the Electronic Privacy Information Center against the Deaprtment of Hiomeland and Security of the United States of America. [Link]
July 14, 2011
79% of Spanish teenagers does not see its internet privacy in jeopardy. [Link]
July 13, 2011
Facebook data privacy questioned by Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. [Link]
July 06, 2011
Gmail: Privacy in the hands of Google. [Link]
July 05, 2011
Google tackles first Google+ privacy flaw. [Link]
June 30, 2011
Google social network takes on Facebook. [Link]
June 28, 2011
Did Microsoft Buy Skype To Spy On You? [Link]
June 10, 2011
Gagging on Tagging: Facebook Facial Recognition Creeps Out Privacy Partisans. [Link]
May 25, 2011
Claims for digital oblivion grow 56% during 2010. [Link]
May 24, 2011
WhatsApp leaks usernames, telephone numbers and messages. [Link]
May 20, 2011
Father of Great Firewall pelted at Wuhan University. [Link]
May 18, 2011
Google chairman Schmidt promises privacy controls. [Link]
April 28, 2011
TomTom sells traffic data to Dutch government. [Link]
April 28, 2011
Sony Sued For PSN Data Loss.[Link]
April 27, 2011
Apple and Google grilled over privacy concerns. [Link]
April 21, 2011
iPhone and iPad 2 keep record of everywhere you go. [Link]
April 20, 2011
Google rapped over privacy issues by 10 nations. [Link]
March 30, 2011
Google to be audited on privacy after Buzz complaints. [Link]
March 18, 2011
Workshop on Lightweight Security & Privacy: Devices, Protocols, and Applications (LightSec 2011). PDF in English
March 16, 2011
The White House Gets Behind New Internet Privacy Efforts. [Link]
February 22, 2011
Cars that speak: technology draws future vehicles. [Link]
January 25, 2011
Google, Mozilla add new privacy features to their browsers.[Link]
January 14, 2011
German Regulator Breaks Off Google Talks. [Link]
January 10, 2011
US wants Twitter details of Wikileaks activists. [Link]
December 22, 2010
US Commerce Department needs a privacy office. [Link]
December 03, 2010
Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback [Link]
November 22, 2010
OpenData, the project of public data opening that has been presented today by the Barcelona city council. [Link]
November 19, 2010
A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimetre wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems Inc after it was recently revealed that US Marshals operating the machine in the Florida courthouse had improperly perhaps illegally – saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens. [Link]
November 09, 2010
The European Commission has proposed a legal "right to be forgotten" allowing internet users to ensure that online content is deleted from social networking websites. [Link]
October 19, 2010
Facebook in Privacy Breach Top-Ranked Applications Transmit Personal IDs, a Journal Investigation Finds. [Link]
October 11, 2010
Private life in the era of Facebook. Josep Domingo Ferrer's intervention in Vilaweb's program "L'internauta". [Link]
October 07, 2010
Facebook changes to offer users more privacy control. It creates a new Group format that allows to make closed communities only to friends.[Link]
October 07, 2010
Google Spain states that the eagerness to protect the rights must not slow down the advance of the Information Society. [Link]
September 17, 2010
What they know? The Wall Street Journal analyzed the tracking files installed on people's computers by the 50 most popular U.S. websites [Link]
June 30, 2010
Myths and Fallacies of “Personally Identifiable Information”. Developing effective privacy protection technologies is a critical challenge for security and privacy research as the amount and variety of data collected about individuals increase exponentially. [Link]
June 05, 2010
Privacy, Facebook's challenge. Users must have tools to protect their privacy on the Internet. Esther Mitjans i Perelló, Director of the Catalan Data Protection Agency (Apdcat) [Link]
June 03, 2010
Are we entitled to digital oblivion? The allegations by the use of personal data, especially in the network, grew 75% [Link]
June 03, 2010
WordPress Plugin: Digital Fingerprint — detecting content theft [Link]
June 02, 2010
Two Spanish companies launch a global alert service and Internet parental control. Lleida.net and Danba allow to contract SMS alerts about the minor navigation [Link]
June 01, 2010
Google improves the privacy of its browser. Users can now search using the encryption process of online banking. [Link]
May 20, 2010
European offensive against Google for stealing their data with Street View. The data protection agencies from Spain, Germany, France and Italy suspect that the privacy breach [Link]
May 17, 2010
Facebook: Diaspora has come [Link]
May 13, 2010
Miguel Soriano: 'Internet voting on the Diagonal would be invalid in elections'. The professor of the UPC, one of the three auditors in the query, tells VilaWeb they opted for a less secure system to have more participation. [Link]
May 12, 2010
European Union urges Google to improve privacy in Street View [Link]
April 30, 2010
Germany threatens Google over Street View. Germany says it's considering legal moves to stop Google from offering its 'street view' service in Germany. The country's consumer protection minister has warned of a 'millionfold violation of privacy rights.' [link]
March 02, 2010
The Catalan newspaper Avui publishes the piece of news "Biometric identification: use and abuse", about the dangers of using identification through physical features, written by Josep Domingo. [Link]
January 27, 2010
Google Profiling. [Link]
September 01, 2009
Article about privacy and videosurveillance in the Computer magazine [Link]
August 07, 2009
A divulgative article about Josep Maria Gastó Heras' experience with Catsalut has been published in the electronic magazine datospersonales.org, a magazine from Madrid's Data Protection Agency. [Link]
May 31, 2009
Warning from the Catalan Data Protection Agency: users of social networks lose 70% of their privacy. [Link]
May 29, 2009
President Obama will appoint a new cybersecurity czar and says he/she will not violate privacy and civil liberties of Americans. [Link]
April 03, 2009
European Commission warns web companies on privacy abuse [Link]
March 14, 2009
Towards a new internet. Engineers and security experts know that privacy and security on the internet are so difficult to achieve that the only way to solve the problem is to start again (ElPaís.com) [Link]
March 12, 2009
Google will offer advertising depending on the behavior of the users. The seeker will store in its database information about what is visited, when and why (ElPaís.com) [Link]
March 11, 2009
Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee wants ban on snooping on internet users. Sir Tim Berners-Lee says internet information should not be harvested (Times online) [Link]
March 07, 2009
Spanish internauts discover the dark side of social "online" networks. In one month, more than 10 people have denounced the webs. The Spanish Agency of Data Protection is investigating the portals (elPeriódico.com) [Link]
March 04, 2009
Chiefs will be able to control electronic mail of their employees in Finland. The "Nokia Law" allows companies to monitor the e-mails of the workers in order to avoid the filtration of industrial secrets. [Link]
February 25, 2009
Anti-terror fight 'will need privacy sacrifice'. Citizens will have to sacrifice their right to privacy in the fight against terrorism, a former senior security official warned today (The Independent) [Link]
February 18, 2009
Facebook listens to the users and will not appropriate upload contents. The new clause, added last February 4th, specified that Facebook reserved the right to store users data forever (AVUI.cat) [Link]
February 11, 2009
Rhodri Marsden: Will Google Latitude invade my privacy? (The Independent) [Link]
February 06, 2009
Video by the Government of Canada about privacy and social networks [Link]
February 06, 2009
Peers warn surveillance state is threat to freedom. Lords committee seeks dramatic reduction of intrusion into private life (The Independent) [Link]
February 04, 2009
"Latitude from Google is a mobile application that knows and says where are its users at every time" (Vilaweb.cat) [Link]
January 15, 2009
"Riding roughshod over our privacy" (The Independent). [Link]
January 15, 2009
"Big Brother database a 'terrifying' assault on traditional freedoms" (The Independent). [Link]
January 07, 2009
"Catalan primary and secondary schools to collaborate in data protection over the Internet". [Link]
December 31, 2008
"Google submit patent applications for analyzing patterns of social network users, with the aim of obtaining revenue by better targeting advertisements to individuals" (IEEE Spectrum Online). [Link]
December 06, 2008
"The Catalan Data Protection Agency proposes scrambling videosurveillance images showing people under 18, in order to protect their privacy". [Link]
December 01, 2008
"Publishing personal information on the Internet means losing the 70% of its control". [Link]
October 10, 2008
"The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed the loss of a computer drive with the private details of a huge proportion of the UK Armed Forces" (The Independent). [Link]
October 04, 2008
"Deutsche Telekom confirms the theft of personal data of more than 17 million of its mobile phone customers, including politicians, ministers and TV stars" (The Local). [Link]
September 09, 2008
"France: French revolt over Edvige: Nicolas Sarkozy's Big Brother spy computer" (TimesOnline). [Link]
August 22, 2008
"UK: Thousands of criminal files lost in data fiasco". (TimesOnline) [Link]
April 14, 2008
"The web creator critisises that the Internet users are being spied with publicity aims". [Link]
February 06, 2008
"The cookie monster knows what you search". [Link]
January 25, 2008
Job announcement: Technology and Civil Liberties Fellow. [Link]
January 22, 2008
"The European Union considers IP addresses as personal data". [Link]
January 22, 2008
"Microsoft wants to patent a program to spy the worker". [Link]
December 27, 2007
Microsoft files patent application for monitoring physical activity details of computer users (US Patent & Trademark Office). [Link]
October 10, 2007
Launched the Call for Papers of the PSD 2008, which will take place in Istanbul (Turkey).