Data is so cheap it is being given away

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Advert for 200MB of free data.

When I first started in the mobile industry, 3G had just launched. It was slow and expensive. Nowadays it is fast and free. UK Network Three are giving away free SIMs which comes with 200MB per month of free data. Visit three.co.uk/datareward to register. My SIM was delivered a few days later. Update – the…

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Book Review: Privacy is Power – Carissa Véliz

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Book Cover.

Without your permission, or even your awareness, tech companies are harvesting your location, your likes, your habits, your relationships, your fears, your medical issues, and sharing it amongst themselves, as well as with governments and a multitude of data vultures. They’re not just selling your data. They’re selling the power to influence you and decide…

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Moneyed – a personal OpenBanking API

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API Token generation screen.

After writing about how to use MoneyDashboard’s unofficial API, the good folk at Moneyed told me about their officially supported API! So here’s a quick review & howto guide. Moneyed is a slightly strange service. I think it is designed for companies to give as a benefit to their employees. But you can sign up…

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Unofficial MoneyDashboard Neon API

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

Yesterday, I wrote up how to use the MoneyDashboard Classic API. Read that blog post first before reading this one. MoneyDashboard have launched a new “Neon” service. The API is a bit more simple, but authentication is harder. Here’s a quick guide to the bits of the API that I found useful. I’ve lightly redacted…

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Unofficial MoneyDashboard API

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

The OpenBanking specification is brilliant. It allows you to aggregate all of your financial accounts in one place. You can give read or write access to apps and services. Magic! API access is restricted to registered financial institutions. That’s good, because it puts up a barrier to entry preventing dodgy companies slurping up your data…

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Don’t trust Cloudflare with your personal data

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It has been over a year since I cancelled my Cloudflare account. They keep emailing me and haven’t taken me off their marketing lists despite repeated requests. Their CTO told me he would investigate, but nothing changed. Their Data Protection Office hasn’t respond to my requests. Cloudflare do not appear to respect the GDPR. I’ve…

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It’s OK to lie to WiFi providers

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Give social networks fake details, advises Whitehall web security official.

Another day, another data breach. The email addresses and travel details of about 10,000 people who used free wi-fi at UK railway stations have been exposed online. The database, found online by a security researcher, contained 146 million records, including personal contact details and dates of birth. It was not password protected. BBC News There’s…

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Who is Facebook’s mysterious “Lan Tim 2”?

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Facebook activity page saying they received data from "Lan Tim 2".

Facebook has an interesting feature. It will let you see which companies have associated your off-Facebook activity with your Facebook account. If you visit: https://www.facebook.com/off_facebook_activity/ you’ll see what companies are snitching on you to Facebook. #AirBnB shares your activity with #Facebook ?! Delete that @Airbnb app, folks! Mine didn't even allow me to change its…

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The future of the web, isn’t the web

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A fist emerges from a computer screen and punches the user.

My friends, and former employers, at the Government Digital Service have written a spectacularly good blog post “Making GOV.UK more than a website“. In it, they describe how adding Schema.org markup to their website has allowed search engines to extract semantic content and display it to a user. For example, the “Learn to drive” page…

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Can you trust CloudFlare with your personal data?

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Email with CloudFlare's new privacy policy.

I’m increasingly concerned with the power that CDNs wield – and CloudFlare in particular. So I decided to delete my CloudFlare account. While they claim to have removed my account, they still seem to count me as an active customer. I wonder how many people bought shares in their IPO based on inaccurate customer numbers?…

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