Top Online Privacy Predictions for 2012

Truste made public some predictions for 2012 and I mention:

  1. FTC goes after websites for privacy violations related to third-party tracking – this is something good for the users. The Companies will start to be held accountable for tracking conducted by third parties on their sites.
  2. Ad privacy notice and choice goes mobile –  The Companies will have to implement a mobile privacy solution now and offer customers a policy optimized for display on mobile devices.
  3. Privacy becomes a hot job skill – This is self explanatory
  4. Location-based technology breaks national news
  5. Europe says ‘When in Rome, follow our privacy rules’ – US companies that will do business in Europe will have to follow EU countries’ individual privacy standards
  6. Congress will NOT pass a privacy bill – I think this is a sure prediction in my opinion

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Christmas is like decision making in politics, at least if it’s not a heart affair like saving Wall Street.  First nothing happens for a very long time, then something appears far away on the radar – and then it suddenly impacts: GOD DAMMIT! HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?

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EU: new rules for data cloud privacy

Viviane Reding, the EU Justice Commissioner, says, that the non-EU nations should respect the right to privacy of the European users of software that access online data clouds.

Many European companies fear, that the sensitive data transmitted through public clouds with US may be seized under the U.S. Patriot Act surveillance law.

This Pandora box was opened, when Microsoft UK admitted to reporters that the users of the new Office365 aren’t protected against the Patriot Act even if they are Euro citizens. Because Microsoft’s headquarters reside in the US, any data that is hosted or processed by Microsoft could be intercepted by US authorities under the Patriot Act. So storing your data in the Dublin Datacenter doesn’t mean, that you are out of the US authorities.

“Safe Harbor was a nice idea, but didn’t work” said Dutch Member of European Parliament Sophie in’t Veld, because this Safe Harbor could be overridden by the Patriot Act.


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Censorship in Russia near elections

Several independent media websites were attacked on Election Day in Russia with the sole purpose to prevent journalist and rights activists from reporting election violations all over the country.

Several portals (Echo Moskvy radio station, Kommersant newspaper, The New TimesForbes Russia and Bolshoy Gorod) and even blogging services (like LiveJournal) were affected by this massive attack.

With the cyber-attacks preventing observers reporting fraud online, journalists and rights activists instead used Facebook and Twitter to spread and exchange information.


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4 on Demand ( – Live program

BBC iPlayer ( – TV shows, movies & more

BBC Sports Streaming ( – sport events

Demand 5 ( – TV shows  & more

Eurosport ( – sport events

ITV ( – TV shows  & more

Sky Player ( – Live TV

Stv (  – Program on Demand


Deutschland/Schweiz (für den Zugriff aus dem Ausland)* ( – TV

ARD Mediathek ( – TV

Arte ( – TV

Pro 7 ( – TV

Sat 1 ( – TV

wilmaa ( – TV

ZDF Mediathek ( – TV

Zattoo ( – TV



Vplay  ( )- TV shows, Manga, music, documentary



ABC ( – TV shows  & more

AmcTv ( – TV shows  & more

ABC Family ( – TV shows  & more

Amazon Video on Demand (

CBS ( – TV shows, movies

Comedy Central ( – TV shows  & more

Fox on Demand ( – TV shows  & more

Fox Soccer ( – sport events

FX Network ( – TV shows  & movies

iLike/MySpace Music ( – music

Hulu ( – TV shows  & movies

Lala Free Music ( – music

Live Cricket ( – cricket

MTV ( – music, TV shows

NBC ( – TV shows , shows, Webisodes

Netflix ( TV shows  & movies

Pandora ( – Internet radio

Southpark Studios ( – episodes ( – sport events

SyFy Rewind ( – Science Fiction & Fantasy

The CW ( – episodes

The WB ( – TV shows, trailer

TV Land ( – TV shows ( – TV shows  & movies

USA Network ( – TV shows

Vevo ( – music

VH1 ( – music



Bravo! Canada ( TV shows  & movies

City TV ( – TV shows  & local news

CTV ( – TV shows  & movies

Global TV ( – TV shows  & movies

MTV Canada ( – music videos & more

Much Music ( – music videos & more

Spacecast ( – Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Comedy Network ( – comedy

TSN ( – sport events (ice hockey)



Canal+ ( – TV

Direct 8 ( – TV shows, movies  & movies

France 2 ( – TV

France 3 ( – TV

France 4 ( – TV

France 5 ( – TV

M6 ( – TV

TF1 ( – TV

W9 ( – TV

* Not all platforms are to be accessed for free


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