EU Data Retention Directive Invalid The EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice has ruled the EU Data Retention Directive invalid.  The full ruling can be found here. “It entails a wide – ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without… Read More


Ovivo is no More Ovivo has shuffled off this mortal coil, absolutely no surprises there – the pricing model was pretty weak. They weren’t even directly connecting to Vodafone – they were going through an aggregator – someone else taking a percentage. Few have made ad supported work, but we have been here so many,… Read More


You Couldn’t Make it Up It’s starting to sound like something from Monty Python. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition GCHQ. Our chief weapon is surprise, and snooping. Our two chief weapons are surprise, snooping and building a database of the whole population, etc. All we need now is the “and near fanatical devotion to the… Read More


SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit Another day, another piece of the Snowden papers. This is probably the least surprising revelation from the Snowden papers. Texts are sent in the clear, and always have been. i.e. there is no encryption in the SMS standard. Vodafone are reported to be “shocked and surprised”, although I’m… Read More