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GDPR: impact of the new European privacy law

Exploring the influence of user rights as defined in the GDPR

Europe’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will become effective on 25 May 2018. It’s a date a lot of organisations are dreading, as they need to get their IT systems in order. A less talked about subject is the impact of the law on users, who get additional rights. This article explores what it means for users and discusses the effects on your life.

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Physical privacy measures – control your own surroundings

Privacy screen protectors and reflective glasses?

When you think of digital privacy, you think of digital solutions. You install a tracker blocker, you use different information in online forms and you look for privacy-friendly ways of communication. What you may never think of is that this protection can be physical as well. Let’s step away from the screen for a moment and see what’s out there.

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Choosing an adblocker that best fits your preferences

Reviewing adblockers for your browser

It may be a pop-up that blocks you from accessing a website. Or perhaps that video that starts playing on a volume your deaf neighbour can hear. At some point, online advertisements become too intrusive to deal with. This week I review some of the most popular adblockers to help you choose the one that fits your preferences for advertisements.

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Google Chrome Adblocker: protecting the advertisement business

Google’s attempt at strong-arming the industry

We all know them, those highly annoying advertisements. Your screen gets blocked, a large advertisement loads and you’re forced to wait before you can continue. Such advertisements may soon belong to the past. Google Chrome is getting a built-in adblocker aimed at improving the user experience by blocking bad advertising practices. But why? What’s the catch?

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Giving up privacy: trade-off or resignation?

Different conclusions from the same argument

One of the most common beliefs about privacy is that consumers don’t care for it. They don’t mind the data collection and aren’t worried about what’s done with it. To them, the trade-off of giving up privacy in exchange for personalised services is either a neutral or a good thing. But do they really think that? Research point in a radically different direction.

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