Howdy partner! The Private Citizen is a weekly data privacy podcast by veteran tech journalist Fabian A. Scherschel. On the show, I analyse news stories about the surveillance economy, data breaches and tracking technologies, all from the viewpoint of the pragmatic consumer.

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TPC 43: The Cyberbunker Case

German prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings against the administrators of the bulletproof hoster Cyberbunker, which was raided by police last year. This is a landmark case for all hosting companies in Germany and should be of interest to anyone looking for privacy-oriented online services.

TPC 42: California's New Privacy Law

A new privacy law is being voted on next month in California. It might change the way internet privacy is dealt with in all of the US, maybe even around the world. Plus: Do Not Track is back. Maybe, this time around, it will actually work.

TPC 41: The Great Privacy Reset

The release of the UK’s contact tracing app, a major Excel blunder, the current coronavirus situation in Germany and how we are being prepared for the Great Privacy Reset.

TPC 40: Live from Düsseldorf

A discussion on what’s going on with privacy laws in the US and in post-Brexit Britain and a look at Amazon’s latest push to spy on our living rooms.

TPC 39: Bits and Bobs

An update on the Danish intelligence scandal, Google’s plans to learn all about the things you get up to in hotel rooms and how to find out if your favourite podcast is tracking your listening habits.

TPC 38: Immunity Passports

Immunity passports are a very old idea. And they have many problems, not all of them directly privacy-related. What are these problems and why are they, if anything, made worse by digital technology?

TPC 37: Unsecure Restaurant Contact Tracing Lists

In Germany, a large cloud service provider for restaurants was revealed to be horribly unsecure, possibly leaking tens of thousands of addresses, collected for mandatory coronavirus contact tracing, to the public.

TPC 36: The Importance of Whistleblowers

A recent scandal involving the military intelligence service in Denmark once again clearly demonstrates how important whistleblowers are to the general public.

TPC 35: Do Contact Tracing Apps Work?

Current research suggests that my initial hunch was correct: Measuring distances between phones via Bluetooth signals doesn’t work well. If at all.

TPC 34: Socialism Primer

By explaining what socialism means in its historical context, I aim to give listeners a better understanding of what the alternatives to capitalism are. Which is important for further discussions of the surveillance economy.