Airplane! is Actually a Direct Parody of a Film From 1957

It’s no secret that the 1980 comedy movie Airplane! is a parody. But for some reason, I’ve spent my entire life believing that Airplane! was a broad parody of 1970s disaster movies. And while the movie clearly took inspiration from some of those films, it’s actually a very specific parody of a movie from 1957 called Zero Hour! Yes, with the exclamation point and everything. Read More >>

Open Rights Group is Taking the Government to Court Over Immigrant Data Access Exemptions

Back in December it was revealed that sections of the upcoming Data Protection Bill would strip the three million EU citizens living in the UK of their digital rights. More specifically anyone going through the immigration process wouldn't be allowed to how much of their data has been collected and held onto by private companies and public authorities - something that would prevent these people from challenging errors made by the home office (which apparently happen to 1 in 10 cases). Read More >>

WhatsApp’s Raising its Minimum Age to 16 in the EU

Over the years there's been a lot of talk about kids with smartphones, and on social media. Always Tweetapping and Snapbooking whenever they feel like it. Most services have a policy of not letting people sign up if they're under 13, but WhatsApp is taking things a step further ahead of the GDPR introduction next month. That means nobody in the EU will be allowed to sign up for WhatsApp unless they're 16 or over. Read More >>

The Information Commissioner Thinks Data Protection Rules Are Slowing Her Down

Next month the entire EU, which still includes us, will implement the General Data Protection Regulation, which will bolster existing data protection laws and give users more control over what data is stored on them. These rules are going to affect the job of the Information Commissioner's Office, which is responsible for upholding public information rights, but the Commissioner herself feels current rules are slowly down her office's progress. Read More >>

New Laws Want to Ensure UK Citizens Get Extra Data Protection Rights After Brexit

Once the UK leaves the EU there's going to be a lot of legislative work to ensure everything goes smoothly, and one of the places that needs it the most is data protection. Well the government is doing something about it, and more than what was initially lauded during the general election and the Queen's speech in June. Read More >>

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Information Commissioner’s Office Says Google Glass Wearers Will Have to Comply With Usual Rules

Google Glass is now freely-available in the UK, but the Information Commissioner's Office, the independent regulator of data protection and privacy rights, has made it clear that just because it's mounted on your face doesn't mean Glass will be getting any special treatment. Read More >>

Hundreds of Police Sacked and Forced to Resign for Snooping on Ex-Wives and Kids

Stats on police disciplinaries have uncovered over 2,000 data protection breaches since 2009, with some police using their privileged access to national databases to check out their partners and kids, and also giving out inappropriate case data on social networks. Read More >>

Google’s New Privacy Policy “Fails to Meet” EU Data Protection Rules

You must've been bombarded by emails and messages regarding Google's new privacy policy, which wraps up all its previous disclaimers into one supposedly simpler collection of guidelines. Problem is, it may not comply with EU data protection laws. Read More >>

How a Single Student Is Transforming Facebook’s Privacy Policy in Europe

To most people that know him, Max Schrems is a typical law student from Austria. To Facebook, he is a massive pain in the ass. Outsmarting their attorneys, bombarding them with legal complaints and forming activist groups, he plans to transform Facebook's privacy policy in Europe. Read More >>