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Misleading anti-ACTA arguments

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Just to point out an excellent article revealing that many anti-ACTA claims are simply not true.

Most prominently, according to the article, there is nothing in ACTA requiring ISPs to monitor your traffic. Compare the article to the anti-ACTA video by Anonymous to get the whole picture. Still, the article does not state that ACTA is a good treaty. It should just be opposed for the right reasons.

This is a good example why we should not believe every outrageous statement we hear on why we soon live in an Orwell-esque world but rather inform us from different sources ourselves. Only when we know all the facts we can take measures to create a world we want to live in.

This reminds me of the story in Austrian media on the Ukraine killing dogs for the European championship, which was nicely proven inaccurate by kobuk.at (English translation).

Having said that, go read ACTA in its final version and get your own opinion.

Update: Here is another interesting read on ACTA from a consumers perspective. They talk about  the “Intermediary liability of service providers”.

International Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, 28th of January, is international Data Privacy Day (official website), which is celebrated with numerous events around the globe. It is held to promote privacy education world-wide. What a perfect day to launch a blog dedicated to digital identity, privacy and personal data in the 21st century! In this blog I will look into the issue of privacy and identity both from a technical as well as from a personal perspective.

Why write about privacy?

First, doing business in the security industry, more specifically in video surveillance, privacy has been a subject of interest of mine for quite some years. Aside from business concerns, I also currently research privacy-preserving technology in video surveillance for my PhD, to get a better understanding of how our privacy can be protected without sacrificing security (more of this in future posts).Second, privacy is a hot topic that causes much controversy. This is mainly due to the “unfair” relationship between privacy and technology. Technology develops fast, makes our lives easier and productive, and is generally fun to use. Privacy, however, is not “fun”. We only start to complain when the data created with new technology is used “against” us, such as personal information for targeted advertising. In this fast race privacy only has ground to lose. And lose it will, in all areas were it is not “protected”. This does not imply however that privacy should be preserved or that it is needed in all areas (we will find that out later).

The aim of this blog is to find out if voices calling for more privacy protection are justified. And if so, in which areas? And what can we do to better protect our privacy while not giving up the advancements technology has given us?

Over the course of the next months I will write about technology and our identity, what the value of privacy is, concepts such as privacy by design and post-privacy, and of course comment on current events. So check back for weekly updates.

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