ConsEUmer podcast / EP93: French domestic flights, Hungary’s price caps, and the Dangers of TikTok (w/ Adam Kovacevich)

In this week’s episode of the ConsEUmer podcast: 🇫🇷 The effects of France’s ban on domestic flights 🇭🇺 Hungary implements price caps (w/ Zoltán Kész) 🎵 Is TikTok a threat? (w/ Adam Kovacevich) Follow Zoltán Kész on Twitter @KeszZoltan. Follow Adam Kovacevich on Twitter @adamkovac. Zoltán’s press release: Adam’s post: Support the war […]

ConsEUmer podcast / EP79: France bans gamer jargon, Shooting the messenger, and Hazard vs. Risk (w/ Prof. David Zaruk)

🎮 France bans gaming anglicisms 💬 Telegram messenger targeted for disinformation 🚫 Understanding hazard and risk (w/ Prof. David Zaruk) Check out Consumer Choice Radio: Check out these websites if you want support Ukraine financially: June 23, 2022 Follow ConsEUmer wherever you get your podcasts: Apple: podcasts:

This Pandemic Has Too Many Predictable “I Told You So’s”

Most of Europe is back in lockdown, presumably as punishment for our sins of going outside during the summer, and as preparation for the Christmas holidays. It feels like being back in school, where a patronizing teacher indicates that the children are incapable of behaving themselves. To some Europeans, this is a surprising development. Yet […]

[Reportage] Bréissel gëtt Recommandatioune fir de Gebrauch vun “Tracing”-Apps eraus

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert, an ass den 23. Mee iwwerdroe ginn. De ganze Beitrag fënnt een och hei. D’Europäesch Unioun huet Recommandatioune fir d’Benotze vu sougenannten “Tracing”-Apps verëffentlecht. Duerch esou Applikatioune soll d’Verbreedung vum Coronavirus minimiséiert ginn. Eng “Tracing”-App ass eppes aneres wéi eng “Tracking”-App. Eng “Tracing”-App seet engem Bescheed, wann […]

Quoted in the Financial Times

I was quoted in the Financial Times on the issue of mass surveillance. You can read the full article here. “Privacy advocates aim to spot potential transgressions. “If tracking of individual movement is on the table, then that is unlikely to be in line with existing privacy laws, even in a crisis,” says Bill Wirtz, […]

The worrying acceptance of tracking our phones

“Corona apps” are coming to Europe, to help governments in “trace and track” efforts to manage their coronavirus response. Tracking apps were already widespread in some Asian countries before the now but privacy rights have largely discouraged their adoption in the West. Even in the face of a global pandemic, we shouldn’t rush to discard […]