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Internet Privacy

US whistleblower Edward Snowden finds haven in Hong Kong, but for how long?

Supporters of Edward Snowden rally in New York on Monday. Photo: AP

While Barack Obama played golf on an estate in California, a young man named Edward Snowden emerged from hiding in Hong Kong to tell the world how the US was at risk of becoming a surveillance state at odds with its own better nature.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 11:05am 1 comment

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Could there soon be a data black hole threatening the internet economy?

10 May 2013 - 7:32am

How to delete your digital footprint

How to delete your digital footprint

Wiping away your digital life means erasing traces you have left - the mistakes, the embarrassing photos, the unwise comments and the flawed social media profiles where you have left too much visible.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:43am

Hong Kong just following mainland in rejection of transparency

The Hong Kong government is merely following a trend that mainland government officials adopted years ago. Photo: Bloomberg

In proposing to conceal the identity card numbers of company directors from the public, the Hong Kong government is taking a major backwards step away from transparency. But in doing so, it is merely following the mainland's lead.


20 Feb 2013 - 5:09am 7 comments

Europe to move against Google over privacy rules

Google's headquarters in New York. Photo: Reuters

In October, the data protection agencies warned Google that its new confidentiality policy did not comply with EU laws and gave it four months to make changes or face legal action.

19 Feb 2013 - 3:43am

iPhone users sue Google in UK for tracking their web behaviour through cookies

iPhone users sue Google in UK for tracking their web behaviour through cookies

The internet giant is facing the group privacy claim over the way it sidestepped Apple's security settings on the iPhone, iPad and desktop versions of its Safari web browser to monitor their behaviour. The US Federal Trade Commission fined it a then-record US$22.5 million last year over the effect of the privacy breach on American users.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Instagram U-turn on photo 'sales'

Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram. Photo: AFP

Instagram has backed down on a policy plan that appeared to clear the way for the mobile photo sharing service to sell pictures without compensation following complaints from users.

Kevin Systrom, the co-founder of Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said in a blog post: "The language we proposed also raised questions about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement.

20 Dec 2012 - 5:02am

Privacy fears over police cybersecurity monitoring

Legislator Charles Mok. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The police have to adopt greater transparency in their monitoring of the internet so as to dispel public fears of privacy violations brought on by launch of the force's new cybersecurity centre, lawmakers and activists said yesterday.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:10am

Ex-nurse wants to take hospital to court over film of her asleep on duty

A former St Paul's Hospital employee has applied for permission to take her former employer to court for intruding on her privacy, after she was filmed sleeping at her workplace.

Chan Hui May-kiu has already complained, without success, to the privacy commissioner and an appeals board.

6 Oct 2012 - 3:11am 1 comment

Database on pupils' mainland visits an invasion of privacy, union says

A teachers' union has accused the Education Bureau of invading pupils' privacy with its new data-collection policy.

The Professional Teachers' Union said yesterday that a computer system that was started up this year in public schools was collecting data on mainland exchange programmes.

27 Sep 2012 - 3:45am

Doubts cast on bureau's privacy policy over national education

The Education Bureau's citing of privacy concerns to withhold details of the public consultation on national education was called into question yesterday after the privacy watchdog said consultation responses fell outside the law protecting personal data.

27 Sep 2012 - 9:19am

Staying true to form

Admittedly, I am not the most tech-savvy person in the world, but neither am I the least. For instance, I pay my bills online - or, at least, I try to.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Another blow for mainland web users

Hundreds of thousands of internet users on the mainland are being denied access to many foreign websites because of the widespread disruption of a popular internet tool used to bypass the 'Great Firewall'.

It has raised fears that it could be the latest action by Beijing to restrict internet freedom.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Spilling the beans

Pacific Coffee turns to an Israeli-based company to bring its loyalty programme into a hi-tech era

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am



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