2017 Will Be The Year of Privacy And Here is Why

Only a few days ago a major corporation has admitted to two massive breaches in a row: first in 2013, then second in 2014; both finally detected in 2016. The consequences were substantial: over a billion accounts breached. Company share prices did not respond significantly. However, the most interesting thing…

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Interesting points in leak of new ePrivacy Directive

We've received an interesting opportunity to study further transitions of the privacy and data protection landscape in Europe. Just in time for the Holiday Season, a drafted proposal of European Parliament (and Council) concerning the respect for private life and personal data in electronic communications and repealing of Directive 2002/…

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Battery status information used for fraud detection

I'm interested in battery status security/privacy potential for a while now. I have previously written about it here and recently my research led to web browser vendors removing battery readout functionality, citing privacy issues (Firefox, WebKit; Chrome has not decided yet). I'm also very happy to have suggested to…

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European Union wants to regulate cryptography?

On both sides of Atlantic the debate around strong cryptography frequently resurfaces. Proponents of weakening cryptography or introduction of backdoors (or "golden keys") cite national security. Technologists and activists oppose such proposals, citing freedoms and cybersecurity. Regulating cryptography is of course a bad idea. It's true that cryptography can be…

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Browsers remove functionality due to privacy

It's 2016 and we are experiencing something unprecedented in the history of the Web. Apparently, Web browsers (Firefox, Safari?) are removing parts of their functionality citing privacy concerns. This is a fascinating development. Introduction I am analysing security and privacy of modern Web for more than 8 years now. The…

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