Archive for the ‘privacy’ Category

New Year fireworks

Happy New Year!

A quick note to mark the passing of 2011 and the start of 2012. Thank you all for reading and commenting here (and on Twitter) on the stories that have been reported on these pages. I’m looking forward to posting much more in 2012. There has been plenty to contemplate in the last 12 months [...]

More #badIPnews

With the increasing importance of intellectual property on companies’ balance sheets, and the rise in litigation between them, the law of averages dictates that we’ll be noticing more mistakes in articles discussing the nature of IP and its territorial limits.  You know the sort of thing I mean: bloggers who note how someone is patenting [...]

Parody screenshot of a phone with poor security

Help Us, Copyright; You’re Our Only Hope!

As any celebrity – and certain governments and law firms – will tell you, there are risks as well as benefits in being connected to publicly accessible networks.  Individuals and collectives such as Wikileaks, Anonymous and LulzSec have embarrassed the US government, the law firm ACS:Law, and now Scarlett Johannson and Jessica Alba by exposing [...]

Happy World IP Day!

I couldn’t let today pass without wishing you all a very happy World IP Day.  This year, the focus of the day is “Designing the Future”, which you can read about here.  You can also ‘Like’ World IP Day on Facebook here, and can read the IPKat’s salute here. No doubt the next year will be [...]

Ministry of Sound, BT and the obligation to preserve electronic documents

Most readers of this blog will be aware that the recent 4Chan / Anonymous attacks against various websites associated with the enforcement of copyrights have been followed by ISPs claiming, in some cases hypocritically, that the current process for investigating intellectual property infringement claims does not adequately protect their customers. By way of recap, the [...]

Scraping and peeping – it’s all the rage

How would it feel to know that people were listening in on your private conversations and were selling the stories they heard so that you could be targeted with junk mail?  Would it make a difference if those conversations, discussing an illness or trying to find comfort after a tragedy, took place remotely, rather than [...]

How dangerous is your iPad?

If a picture paints a thousand words, and the pen is mightier than the sword, just how dangerous is an iPad? At first glance, it looks safe enough.  From a design point of view, it’s hardly adventurous,  looking very much like Dom Joly‘s Trigger Happy iPhone  (I think my favorite is at 3mins15seconds, but watch [...]

Check out these legs!

It’s uncommon for stories to keep going for much longer after they’ve hit the front pages, but the recent Google wifi-spying story looks like it’s got the legs to run and run and that it’s nowhere near over yet. In the most recent development, Google has apparently decided not to hand over all the data [...]

Google says sorry after being a little bit evil

By the end of April, it was begining to look like Google was turning a corner on what had started out as a potentially difficult year.  In Europe, Google was in a high-profile dispute with LVMH, the owner of famous brands such as Moët, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Christian Dior.   If the result went the [...]

Trying very hard not to be evil

I just watched an interesting video about Google and the various markets they have (and/or might have) a finger in.  According to the video, Andy Graves, CEO of Intel, says Google is a company “on steroids” with “a finger in every industry”.  I’m not sure that the “steroid” analogy is a good one, and the [...]