The mystery of the odd sock….

I thought this was rather funny. A Post from over 2 years ago, and rather cute at that 🙂

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So it’s Monday morning and you need to get to the office, but you only have odd socks in your draws. Where have the matching socks gone?

I have a theory that there are little people living under our houses that run around collecting ‘odd-socks’, to save us from the err of becoming too predictable and symmetric. I call them “the Collectors”. They don’t only collect odd-socks, they collect hair clips, pens, and here is where the information security bit comes in
 USB memory sticks,  commonly referred to as ‘thumb-drives’.

How else can we explain where our USB sticks disappear to? How many have you purchased or acquired in the last 10 years? Where are they now? Fortunately for us “the Collectors” are not interested in what is contained within this little plastic sticks, so it really is not a concern to us security conscious individuals. Or is it? Because

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Final decision on ‘freedom of breach’ in Sweden

Okay so it was the final decision is that a breach cannot be hidden. If an organisation reports a breach to the Swedish SA it is public data, although it seems more specific to IT or security angle. I haven’t read the complete ruling yet…

Handbook on European data protection law

FRA_coverbookI came across this pub_FRA published by FRA (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights). It’s target audience is non-legal, but IMHO there is too much detail here to be of interest to a non-legal individual, which is the alleged target audience. Nevertheless, I think it is a great read, although I’ve not read it all yet.

I’ve made it available from this post, because getting a digital download/link was a little tricky.

Swedish journalists want breach transparency

There is an interesting court case going on in Sweden whereby the Swedish Press had made a case (5200_18 DI and journalist case_publicity vs privacy (1)) against the Datainspektion (Swedish SA) to publish all breaches submitted by Swedish companies.  This is still in progress. Sweden, as you will know from my blog have a very strong freedom of information culture, so it’s interesting that the Datainspektion seems to be taking a stance against the journalists. It has been really great to see the Swedish SA jumping on the power they now have, and using it.

Although, I don’t completely agree with them on this specific point. I believe all breaches should be made public, but it is fun observing the action!



Wikiprivacy beta launch – WELCOME!

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Finally it is ready for launch, at least beta, we are still fixing the payments part. In the meantime you can take a look at a privacy community I’ve been working on for over a year now with a Swedish company called Haaartland. To be a member, it will cost only €9 per month as a privacy early-bird. We wanted to make it accessible to all who were interested in privacy irrespective of how deep pockets they have!

It is a self-help privacy forum, although it is much much more! You need to visit to really get what it’s about. It is a focused forum on privacy, and the GDPR is in there in graphical form… as a member you can Post, Comment and build up your Tribe of favourite contributors. You can find out more and Join via the Privasee website or jump straight in here and request to Join.

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By joining, and getting active you will help Privasee make this a success (which, if you didn’t know I am founder ;)), and meet our vision to “make privacy accessible to all”!

Data Protection vs Privacy

OMG Forbes has got it see article, you know that information and security are NOT the same. Maybe the author of the article actually read my latest book. Filip (co-author) says that the use of ‘data protection’ over ‘Privacy’ compliance hadn’t helped at all in the EU. But I guess we do want to be different from Americans after all 😉

Google punished for domination

Well this article is not directly privacy, but it does give some insight into how the EU Comission deals with unfair competition. However there is one word in data privacy laws which has a commonality with anti competition, and that is CHOICE.