If you think AI is a long way off…

Your wrong. On May 8th Google announced Google Duplex. Google Duplex is a technology for conducting natural conversations to achieve real world tasks. In the examples given Duplex makes two phone calls. The first is a hairdressing appointment where it books an appointment for a client, interacts naturally with the unknowing person at the salon, […]

Make a submission on the Privacy Bill

There are many people who are amazed at all the controversy surrounding privacy at the moment. The European Union, Facebook, Google and Cambridge Analytica are in the news almost constantly and many people just don’t seem to care or refuse to consider how it effects them, especially in New Zealand. It might just be an […]

Does Trade Me deserve the Privacy Trust Mark?

At the beginning of 2018 in New Zealand there was a competition to design the Privacy Trust Mark for the Privacy Commission. This trust mark was to be used online to highlight excellent privacy practice in a product or service The winner was a graphic design artist from Christchurch and the final design is very […]

What is the cost of privacy online?

It is an interesting question. And, to be clear, I don’t mean the cost of not being private. The targeted advertisements, chilling effects, restrictions of freedom, loss of power, breakdown of trust and so on. I mean the actual monetary cost of choosing privacy respecting services with which to live our online lives. It turns […]

Data privacy allows for freedom of thought and speech

In much of the world world it is assumed that people should have some freedom of thought and speech. In New Zealand these are expressed in section thirteen and fourteen of the Bill of Rights Act 1990. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and […]

Trust

Trust is an integral part of our lives. When meeting somebody new, going to a website or dealing with a government agency there is a level of trust involved. It isn’t expected that a person has extra information about the relationship through cyber-stalking, that the website is using tracking technology to see what sites you […]

Who tracks me?

Earlier this week arXiv from the Cornell University Library released one of the first papers to study who is tracking users in depth. The data was sourced by Who Tracks Me using more than 780 million page loads over the course of 10 months. Previous attempts at measuring tracking on the Internet were flawed as […]