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Facts vs Fiction: What’s the ‘Right to be Forgotten’​ Really About?

There’s still a vigorous debate going on about the ‘right to erasure’, also referred to by some as ‘the right to be forgotten.’ Its detractors strongly argue that it is tantamount to censoring lawful and factual information, and is dubious on principle. They also believe it to be deeply flawed as[…]

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New York Privacy Act Would Be Considerably Tougher Than California’s Bill

Just as legal experts have been predicting for nearly a year, individual U.S. states are starting to develop their own privacy legislation similar in form and content to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The first state to follow the lead of California is New York State, which[…]

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‘No More Obscurity’ – Octave Consulting’s Founder & Chairman Discusses Privacy and Online Surveillance at Summer Davos

Octave Consulting’s Founder & Chairman Niel Harper participated in a panel discussion on the impact of online surveillance on society at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions (Summer Davos), particularly looking at individual privacy rights and the power dynamic between data subjects versus corporations and[…]

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Targeted Espionage-as-a-Service Takes Hold on the Dark Web

One in four underground merchants offer advanced hacking services, once reserved for APTs and well-funded organized crime gangs. The cybercrime underground has become a service-driven, on-demand economy, including making available targeted corporate espionage services. According to an analysis, about 40 percent of Dark Web merchants offer spearphishing-as-a-service and[…]

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It’s Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds

In a dusty plastic bin under my bed lies at least four laptops, six cellphones, and a half-dozen hard drives. I have no idea what’s on any of them. Most of these devices predate the cloud-storage era, and so likely contain solitary copies of photos, texts, and emails,[…]

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