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[ 14 Sep 2012 | Comments Off ]
Topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge: are the royals entitled to privacy?

By Simon Hetherington
The UK-centric parts of the internet are simply seething with outrage this morning at the publication in the French magazine Closer of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. Isn’t it interesting to see how different in tone the media noise is from last month, when the nude pictures of Prince Harry appeared in The Sun?
Then, as now, invasion of privacy was something of an issue, but not exclusively so. Freedom of the press and the public interest was the principal arena for debate. The Sun pointed out …

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[ 28 Aug 2012 | One Comment ]
Prince Harry nude photos: press ethics and invasion of privacy

By Simon Hetherington
It is tempting to throw up one’s hands in exasperation. Risqué pictures of a celebrity appear in The Sun. What’s new? So the pictures apparently involve a member of the royal family – so the star quality of the celebrity is higher, but still, what’s new? We could quite easily add this to a fairly thick file entitled “Here we go again” or “Someone’s been a bit foolish and The Sun is up to its usual tricks”, and move on. But…
We have all been under the impression that …

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[ 7 Jun 2012 | Comments Off ]
Employer Facebook stalking leaves Congress gawking and users squawking

By Charles Worthering, on behalf of Accident-compensation.co.uk
In the US, many public and private employers are routinely asking job applicants for their Facebook passwords during job interviews and checking their profiles on the spot for content that might make them undesirable job candidates. The agencies/employers are not requesting login information but are asking applicants to access their personal accounts on a company computer during the job interview to allow the interviewer to view their profiles.
Needless to say, these actions have been strongly condemned, both in the US and the UK, and …

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[ 18 May 2012 | Comments Off ]
Clarifying cookie consent

By Eduardo Ustaran
Three years have gone by since the European Parliament shocked and awed everyone by tweaking the e-privacy directive and introducing the most controversial word in the data protection glossary – consent – in the provision that deals with Internet cookies. 
The debate that followed immediately afterwards about the meaning of consent and whether it will ever be realistic to get everyone using the web to comprehend, consider and positively accept the use of cookies is still ongoing. 
Much has been said, written and argued about this subject in the past …

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[ 18 Apr 2012 | Comments Off ]
Mission: interoperability

By Eduardo Ustaran
Obama gets it. Viviane Reding gets it. This is indeed a defining moment to get our public policies right in terms of global data protection and privacy. Ignore the human and social implications of the exploitation of personal data and we will lose forever the right to privacy and possibly our freedom. Be too overprotective with one of our greatest assets of our time and we will definitely block progress and prosperity. The stakes are really that high. That was the key underlying message of the recent EU-US …