The rolling back of the broadband privacy rules set in place by the Obama administration only a short time ago should concern everyone with a stake in privacy. The Trump government has bowed to pressure from ISPs to allow them to in effect gather browsing data from customers – and then monetise that data through on selling it to marketing and advertising companies. In this article, we examine just how we have arrived at this point.
Privacy issues in the Philippines have become headline news as 2017 gets underway. In January, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) in that country issued a statement placing the blame for a data breach that put the personal information of millions of voters at risk squarely at the feet of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and its Chairman Andres Bautista.