July 11, 2013

Breaking News:

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cyprus Crisis Deepens as the Country Rejects Bailout -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

HSBC Faces Criminal Charges in Argentina -

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cyprus Bailout: Banks Relieved, Cypriots Squeezed -

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Google has been Threatened with Criminal Proceedings by UK Privacy Watchdog

The war between privacy and technology continues with new challenges each day. Apparently, UK Government does not like to be exposed, although they were not hesitant to spy on visiting foreign dignitaries’ virtually all digital communications at a few G8 Summits.

When UK information commissioner’s office (ICO) realized that Google Street View cars were collecting data on them, mainly images, the organization threatened Google with criminal proceedings if they don’t delete the collected data.

ICO is a non-departmental public body which reports directly to Parliament and is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Its primary function is in the fields of freedom of information and the protection of personal data in the widest sense.

According to a report in the Guardian, ICO says it will launch contempt of court proceedings if data is not deleted within 35 days. The privacy watchdog said it would prosecute the US firm under the contempt of court act if it failed to delete private information it gathered from public Wi-Fi networks.

On Friday, the ICO spokesperson said: “The ICO will be taking a keen interest in [Google’s] operations and will not hesitate to take action if further serious compliance issues come to its attention. Based on a detailed investigation, including an analysis of the data Google has recorded, the ICO has concluded that the detriment caused to individuals by this breach fails to meet the level required to issue a monetary penalty.”

This ultimatum is the result of a UK investigation that began in 2010, following the “WiSpy” revelations that launched investigations in the US and throughout Europe. Google has received some small penalties in Europe and the US but largely escaped any major consequences for the episode.

In the wake of the recent NSA surveillance disclosures, as Google is trying to show itself as a leader in consumer privacy and transparency, the renewed publicity will not be welcomed of course.

When an FCC investigation has revealed in 2010 that an engineer in Google was intentionally capturing “payload” data, Google’s cofounder Sergey Brin admitted the problem at Google’s I/O developer conference and characterized it as a “mistake.” The engineer invoked his 5th Amendment against self-incrimination and the FCC decided not to pursue a criminal case against Google.

Google is currently facing multiple privacy related investigations and demands in Europe. EU regulators has sent a warning letter to the company in February, saying they plan to take action on Google’s privacy policy. The letter sent on behalf of European data protection authorities, laid out a number of concerns to Google CEO Larry Page. Among them, it said Google had failed to address key questions regarding data usage and user consent.

On June 18, data protection authorities in Canada sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, asking the company to take part in a “real dialogue” about the “significant privacy issues” related to Google Glass. Google Glass isn’t publicly available yet, and even the Explorer edition is supposed to only be for US residents, but that did not stop the Canadian government from asking questions about the several privacy issues surrounding the device.

Meanwhile in USA………………………

Emine Dilek (146 Posts)

Publisher/Managing Editor: Progressive Press. Contributing Editor: WVoN-Women's Views on News. Columnist: Palm Beach Woman Magazine. Former executive producer and radio host: WVR -Women's Voice Radio, Human Rights/Peace Activist, Aspiring Author/ Journalist/ Poet/ Blogger. Emine also appears as a revolving guest on PNN radio show -international political analyst-, and had been a guest on Liberal Fix and Brian Hammer Jackson Show. Her articles have been published in various publications such as The Vibe UK, The New Agenda, W.E.A Women @ Work, Amazing Women Rock and ICAHK.