ICOMP Discusses the Evolution of Privacy by Design

At the 32nd International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference this week, privacy professionals from across government, business, legal and academic spheres gathered in Jerusalem to explore the impact of new technologies on user privacy and to debate how this should inform the evolution of privacy and data protection governance. An ICOMP hosted cross-industry panel … read more

The value of the UK Internet industry and the role of competition

Boston Consulting Group has published findings of its recent study on the value on the Internet market in the UK. The findings of the research, commissioned by Google, reveal that the Internet now accounts for 7.2 percent of UK’s GDP, equivalent to £100 billion annually. According to this research, this is due to grow by … read more

Nailing the jelly fish

Late European time on Friday (22 October 2010) Google slipped out a blog confirming that, contrary to previous public assurances, its global Wi-Fi privacy breach had resulted in the widespread collection of consumer data which was more than merely fragments of emails. This included the unauthorised interception of entire emails and passwords. This demonstrates that … read more

Rakuten asks Japanese Authorities to Scrutinise Google/Yahoo! Japan tie-up

It emerged today that Rakuten, a major Japanese online shopping site servicing 7 million registered shoppers, has asked Japanese competition authorities to re-examine plans for Yahoo! Japan to switch its search technology and paid search provider to Google. NHK World reports that Rakuten has told the Japanese Fair Trade Commission that, if implemented, the tie-up … read more

Inside the black box: anything but ‘natural’

A black box is usually thought of as a device which allows us to see what goes in and what comes out, but nothing about what goes on inside. Even the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, called search a black box recently. So, what does go on inside a search engine? It is commonly understood … read more