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Twitter is deriding the Australian Prime Minister who said that The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia. This may seem funny at first sight, but unfortunately this lays bare a very fundamental problem: both sides of the trenches in the current ‘crypto war’ fail (or even flatly refuse) to understand each other.

This (second) crypto war rages over the question whether government should get access to end-to-end encrypted communication between devices and the encrypted data stored on such devices.

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A big ransomware campaign is raging on the Internet. Updating your computer regularly, and blocking unneeded ports, are a good first line of defence. Backups are an essential second line of defence. However, if you do backups (and that’s unfortunately a big if), you are more than likely doing it wrong. Making your backups useless in case you are hit by ransomware yourself.

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The first day of CPDP offered an interesting panel on algorithmic transparency that I will summarise here. (There were many panels on very related topics, and some of the remarks made there I’ve used in this summary here.)

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The day before the annual CPDP conference, EDRi (the association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe) organised Privacy Camp 2017 with a panel on the Internet of Things. Here is a summary.

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The updated European Payment Service Directive (PSD2) requires banks to give third party financial services access to our bank accounts. Some safeguards have been put in place: the financial services must have a license, and must ask for our explicit consent before they can access our financial transactions. From an innovation and fair competition perspective, this makes sense: banks are overprotective monopolies. However…

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Last week I participated in a panel of the interdisciplinary seminar
“ANYWARE: Privacy and location data in the era of machine learning”. The event was organised by the wonderful people of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). The event was delightful (so that’s not what this blog post is going to be about ;-). What happened afterwards was an unexpected glimpse into a very bleak future…

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Quantum computing research is receiving a huge boost from the European Union. Today a Dutch newspaper mentioned that KPN, a large Dutch telecom operator, is going to secure one of their main links using ‘quantum encryption’ to protect against attacks using such quantum computers. I doubt that is going to help much.

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