Summarizing this classic oversight by a major newsletter service provider, as responsibly disclosed by Terence Eden:
The referrer (or: referer, as it is falsely spelled in the HTTP protocol) string of a browser coming from a newsletter contains the ID of the subscriber
Website admin can open the […]
Internalizing the history and philosophy behind the General Data Privacy Regulation is key for every designer in privacy-critical contexts. The GDPR is not a law that specifies detailed demands for consent forms or the like—it is a change agent for embracing ethical principles in dealing with personal data, across the EU and beyond.
The Belgian DPAs information website on privacy for young people (in French/Dutch) provides information material for young people and parents on how to protect their privacy. A nice example of educational material in the field of online privacy.
Also has a very stylish “cookie banner” […]
Amen! "While I feel that performance has finally found its place on the agenda in web projects, it’s about time to push privacy, accessibility and ethics to the spotlight as well. Still way too often forgotten or dismissed for the sake of business."
My lightning talk from the beyond tellerrand Berlin warm-up on 2017-11-06: privacy as a core aspect of ethical UX design. "Don’t ask yourself 'does what we are doing require a cookie banner', but instead do something that respects the spirit of these privacy rules in the first place."
"Reformatory" thinking, the idea that no individual should be subject to external control and limitation of their freedoms, is probably needed in 2017 just as much as it was in 1517. I spent a few hours on the 500th anniversary day of Luther's reformation to familiarize myself with the philosophical thoughts by theologist Johanna Haberer.
In today’s issue of the ICO’s blog series on “GDPR myths”, Deputy Commissioner Steve Wood addresses the fact that upcoming privacy regulations are only an evolution of long-standing principles. In the end, it boils down to six simple principles:
“Democracy” by David Bernet is an exceptional film. Who would think that the birthing of an EU law could provide enough drama to power a feature-length documentary, given that the Brussels bureaucracy machine is commonly seen as a closed, cold and robotic community out of touch […]
"Privacy settings" in social web services are only a small part of the complex social phenomenon that is privacy; looking at the 2006 "Privacy paradox" and the 2014 "New privacy paradox" could help leading the discussion on privacy in tech from a far more sociological rather than mechanical perspective.
The blog post “What should you think about when using Facebook?” by Data Scientist Vicky Boykis is a thorough - yet likely not even close to exhaustive - summary of various ways how Facebook tracks, monetises and manipulates its users. It has rightfully gained quite some visibility over […]
Solid is an exciting new project led by Prof. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, taking place at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute. The project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved […]
What do scientists, regulators and lawyers mean when they talk about de-identification? How does anonymous data differ from pseudonymous or de-identified information? Data identifiability is not binary. Data lies on a spectrum with multiple shades of identifiability.
Cifas, a non-profit for fraud protection, recently published “Data to Go”, a brilliant candid camera clip.
Passers-by are asked to “like” a coffee shop on Facebook in exchange for a cup of free coffee …and, as they will find out, a lot more: they receive a mug with all […]
Personal privacy in the networked age is limited by three dimensions of “veillance.” They shape people’s behavior and their anxieties about the future of privacy. At Harvard University’s symposium “Privacy in a Networked World,” Lee Rainie will present the latest survey […]
What is happening as we "google" something is essentially that we are telling a huge corporation what is on our mind right now and we trust that this corporation then knows to lead us to exactly what we are looking for. As people become more and more aware that a corporation knowing every one of us so well is not a good thing, the concept of the meta search engine is seeing a renaissance.
For the past year, I have almost exclusively been using alternative search engines. What started out as a self-experiment soon became such routine I almost forgot to write this blog post for my "Own your data" series. Maybe not quite able to compete with the smartest of full-text indexing algorithms, their power resides in the combination of several engine's results and in the obfuscation of the user's identity [...]
Busy interacting with their media or contacts on the internet, what I call the "digitally blindfolded" barely notice the imminent danger of death as they stumble around on bike paths and between motorized traffic.
The apparent trend towards total extraction from the physical space makes me uncomfortable and I can't help but wonder what is going on here [...]
by Sebastian Greger
The #1 limitation of privacy-friendly Google Analytics alternative @Piwik, lack of event tracking, is now history:
As Matthieu Aubry, founder of the open analytics platform, today commented on my blog post “Privacy-Aware Design: Replacing Google Analytics with a decentralized […]
Creating something that has not existed before is at the core of the activity named "design". Yet sometimes, not creating something is the best way to create something.
The thought of "undesign" - maybe not using that term in such reflected manner - is nothing new to most designers: a designer given the task to solve a certain challenge might well come to the conclusion that creating something new is not the best solution. [...]