Data Protection

Deleting a Google result and protecting personal data

Deleting personal data with Google

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when...

Replacing an SSL Certificate affected by Browser Distrust

Replacing SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificates affected by browser distrust

Due to browser community distrust in Symantec, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have decided to distrust websites with SSL certificates issued by Symantec before December 1st, 2017. This article outlines the steps and important key dates that website operators need to be aware of in order to sucessfully renew or replace their SSL certificates before their website is branded with a warning...

Data protection in e-commerce

Data protection in e-commerce

Data protection and security in the area of e-commerce can be particularly tricky. Users are constantly leaving behind traces online - regardless of whether they are making online orders or simply surfing the web. Consumer data can be of great interest to businesses. It gives them the opportunity to advertise and make offers to potential customers. But which data are you actually allowed to...

Using SSH keys for your network connection

How to use SSH keys for your network connection

Operating and managing a remote server located in a data center is often carried out by using a secure network connection provided by the SSH protocol. The necessary registration on the server is preceded by an authentication process. Usually this occurs in the form of the username and password. Alternative methods such as the public key authentication used by SSH, do have their advantages. But...

Web analytics and data privacy

Web analytics: data privacy when creating a profile

Tracking tools can provide website operators with a useful indication on how to adapt an online project to suit a target group. These tools focus on user profiles, which reveal how users find the website, and which content provokes interactions. This information is based on user data, which can be subject to stringent data protection guidelines in some countries within the European Union. Find out...

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

There are boundaries when it comes to linking. These boundaries have now been officially confirmed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in its judgement on the September 8th, 2016. Website operators that place hyperlinks with commercial intent are obliged to check the legality of the online content that is being linked to. According to the ECJ, private internet users aren’t expected to check,...

Personal data

Everything you need to know about personal data

What do your e-mail address, eye color, preferred political party, and license plate have in common? They can all be regarded as personal data which companies and cybercriminals can use to draw direct or indirect conclusions about your physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural, or social identity. It goes without saying that this sensitive information must be protected...

Password managers: an overview of today’s best tools

Password manager – a glance at the best tools

Would you give your bank account pin number to a stranger? Certainly not. However, this is essentially just what you are doing if you don’t secure your online banking log-in with a password that can’t be figured out by hackers in a matter of seconds. In order to be able to create and manage all of your passwords in a completely secure way, it is worth making use of a password manager.

Server Name Indication

Server Name Indication (SNI): What’s behind the standard?

What is server name identification, really? Encryption technologies play a big role when it comes to surfing on the net. Credit card data and other personal information must not fall into the hands of criminals. For now, TLS is one of the protocols used for this purpose. But it has a disadvantage: it only functions when each IP address only hosts one domain. If multiple virtual services are...

Social plugins and privacy

Social plugins and privacy: how to use the ‘like’ button legally

For website operators looking to increase their outreach, the advantages of social media buttons are obvious; content can be spread and followers can be generated with just one click of the ‘Tweet’ button, the ‘Like on Facebook’ social plugin, or the ‘Follow on Instagram’ link. These helpful extensions are great tools for expanding an internet presence, but critics warn that these plugins don’t go...


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