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Geoff Duncan

Geoff Duncan

Geoff joined TidBITS in 1994 as Managing Editor, served as Technical Editor through 2006, and is now Editor at Large. Geoff's also a working musician, freelance writer & editor, and sometime Web developer.

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Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation Makes Privacy Global

Your inbox has probably been filled with notices from companies updating their terms and privacy policies to comply with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But what will it actually mean, both inside and outside the European Union?

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Can U.S. States Hang on to Net Neutrality?

Now that the FCC has gutted federal net neutrality regulations, can individual states put up enough of a fight to preserve some sort of net neutrality — and maybe consumer privacy?

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FCC to End Net Neutrality

The FCC is set to rescind Obama-era regulations that mandate net neutrality — and what happens next is anybody’s guess.

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FCC and Congress Work to Roll Back Net Neutrality

Remember in 2015 when the FCC reclassified ISPs as common carriers and (sort of) made “net neutrality” the law of the land? Now the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are undoing it in the name of “freedom.”

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Getting Your Devices and Data Over the U.S. Border

Planning ahead (and knowing your rights) can make all the difference if you want to cross into the United States without opening your entire digital life to U.S. authorities.

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IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic: More Twang for the Buck

IK Multimedia’s iRig Acoustic is an inexpensive, highly portable way to record an acoustic guitar on your iOS device — just be careful you don’t drag your iPhone or iPad onto the floor!

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FunBITS: Google Takes You to Abbey Road

Google’s interactive tour of London’s Abbey Road Studios pulls back the curtain on one of the music industry’s most-storied spaces… without being too much of a hard sell.

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First Legal Shots Fired over Net Neutrality

Everyone knew any attempt by the FCC to regulate the Internet would be met with court challenges… and here they come.

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FCC Goes All-In on Net Neutrality

In a surprise move, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed classifying ISPs as common carriers. Geoff Duncan analyzes the potential ramifications.

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President Obama Weighs In on Net Neutrality

In a move to protect the open Internet, President Obama has called for the FCC to regulate ISPs as common carriers like phone companies. Can that happen, given America’s ever-more-polarized political climate? And would it actually help?

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Apple Goes Public on Privacy

Apple’s new privacy site emphasizes that Apple users are always in charge of their own data — and Apple thinks that’s a critical advantage over Google.

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FCC Moves Ahead with Internet “Fast Lanes”

The FCC is trying to preserve net neutrality while allowing ISPs to charge for “fast lanes” to reach American consumers. Good luck with that.

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Europe’s Highest Court Upholds Internet “Right to Be Forgotten”

Europe’s highest court has ruled that EU citizens have a right to have old search results scrubbed from Internet search engines. Is this identity protection or censorship?

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White House Report Recommends Requiring Warrants for Email

Did you know that law enforcement agencies can access your email with a simple subpoena if it’s more than six months old? Yes, they can, thanks to a 1986 law. And they do.

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Are Comcast and the NSA Locking Horns over Bandwidth?

Consumer advocates have derided Comcast for putting the squeeze on Netflix, but is the company perhaps becoming an unexpected ally of privacy advocates by putting the same squeeze on the U.S. government?