08 Mar

BBC News – New net rules set to make cookies crumble

The way websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up.

From 25 May, European laws dictate that "explicit consent" must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called "cookies".

These files are widely used to help users navigate faster around sites they visit regularly.

Businesses are being urged to sort out how they get consent so they can keep on using cookies.

via BBC News – New net rules set to make cookies crumble. That’s not a fun change to make, especially because if people choose to reject cookies, they’ll want to know why the site acts so differently.

05 Feb

Schneier on Security – UK Immigration Officer Puts Wife on the No-Fly List

A UK immigration officer decided to get rid of his wife by putting her on the no-fly list, ensuring that she could not return to the UK from abroad. This worked for three years, until he put in for a promotion and — during the routine background check — someone investigated why his wife was on the no-fly list.

Okay, so he’s an idiot. And a bastard. But the real piece of news here is how easy it is for a UK immigration officer to put someone on the no-fly list with absolutely no evidence that that person belongs there. And how little auditing is done on that list. Once someone is on, they’re on for good.

That’s simply no way to run a free country.

via Schneier on Security – UK Immigration Officer Puts Wife on the No-Fly List. Imagine being the wife here, go visit your family, try to return, on a list that you can’t even find out why you are on and no way of being able to appeal your inclusion on the list.