Online Privacy

Big Data in 2014: Five Predictions

Mark Braund | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

2013 was a year in which big data became a 'hot topic' for discussion and debate, reaching far beyond the usual industry journals and making the mainstream news for a number of good and bad reasons. With that in mind there has been a great deal of speculation about what trends we should expect to see in big data in 2014.

Why You Should Buy Internet Security and a Winter Coat

Lucy Karsten | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Karsten

'You've got a virus,' my little sister said finally, sneering at me in a way that made it perfectly clear that she considered the whole matter beneath her. 'What internet security provider are you using?' I laughed, because internet security software is like ironing, or packing the night before a flight- done only by the neurotic or the elderly.

Dissenting Factions Within the Internet Safety Community

Dr Rachel O'Connell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Rachel O'Connell

On one side is the 'Internet Safety Industrial Complex' faction that includes representatives of companies that sell internet safety technologies, i.e. Internet filtering, monitoring and age verification technologies.

Free Virus Software: How to Protect Your Business on a Budget

Tommy Wyher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Tommy Wyher

Keeping your business running on a budget isn't always the easiest task. However, you can keep your business computer safe from viruses by using free virus protection software. There are a lot of options out there, so how do you know what is the best? Take a look at some of the top free virus protection software options for your business.

Privacy Climbs the Small Business Security Agenda

Mike Foreman | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

Any small business that thinks their modest size means they are not a target for cyber criminals only needs to look at the bigger picture. Taken together SMBs represent a substantial proportion of the market.

Cyber-blackmailers and Other Childhood Threats

David Emm | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

Children are often more technically savvy than their parents but less worldly-wise and so typically less wary about sharing information or responding to suspicious messages. This is why it's so important for parents to involve themselves in their children's online activities from a very young age.

IT Security: Can You Really Rest Upon a Cloud?

Lee Mannion | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Tech
Lee Mannion

In the pre-internet era, data security was essentially endless files filled with thousands of documents. It is hard to believe that there was a pre-internet way of doing business securely at all, or that any business that operated during those times is still going today. It must have been a head spinner to adapt to new technologies.

Post-Snowden, Encryption Remains Your Best Friend

Ian Emery | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Emery

Let's start by assuming that if state agencies really want to carry out surveillance of your systems they will. All you can do is make it less worth their while trying.

Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

We need a much larger, open public debate to determine the balance between security and liberty in a digital age. But too many sensible opponents are disposed to calling surveillance measures 'Orwellian'... regular refrain to our most celebrated dystopian nightmare is not helpful.

Five Things You May Not Know About Teenagers and Privacy

Colin Strong | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

Recent work by GfK suggests that teenagers do typically consider privacy to be important and will often go to great lengths to manage it effectively. Here are five key learnings...

Google's 'No Expectation Of Gmail Privacy' Quote Causes Outrage

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Tech

The tech world has reacted angrily to the suggestion made by Google that email users have "no legitimate expectation" of privacy when sending messages...

Troll Over - Four Ways to Stop Online Abuse

Simon Cohen | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Cohen

Online abuse is a complex issue with no easy answer, but we can all take steps to rid the world of trolls. First, stop using the word, and get real. Be compassionate, caring, and kind towards each other. Let's all live by the The Golden Rule of Twitter - tweet others as you would like to be tweeted yourself.

What is Privacy? A Legal Expert Tackles the Issue of Our Era

Shana Ting Lipton | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
Shana Ting Lipton

When Edward Snowden revealed the existence of a widespread spying programme by the NSA, the public's response to the news of the privacy incursion was intriguingly divided. Some called the whistleblower a treasonous spy; others dubbed him a privacy crusader.

Should We Ask Our kids' Permission Before Posting Online?

Holly Seddon | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

I think the way we invade the private lives of others including our children have reached a point where we all need to step back for a moment and re-assess how we live as humans. On the one hand a comment about our children can be innocent enough as part of our daily social lives and conversations.

A Question of Trust: European Parliament Launches Inquiry Into US Surveillance of Europe

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The revelations have shaken trust between the two traditional partners at a time when collaboration is more important than ever. Not only is a historic free-trade agreement at stake, but the two regions also need to work closely together on issues such as terrorism, the environment and promoting human rights and free trade.

Student Scandals: The Stakes May Be Higher Than They Think

Alexander Rankine | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Rankine

The internet and the growth of online media platforms have changed the game. Private pasts cannot be obliterated and university scandals erased. Those involved in the latest union controversy may find when they come to search for those stressful careers their future employers are not so keen to offer them jobs.

How European Legislation Is About to Set the Brakes on Online Surveillance

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Your home and personal belongings cannot be searched without a court approved warrant, so why should it be acceptable for governments and companies to snoop on your online activities - which are no less personal - without any safeguards?

Public Losing Faith With Google Over Privacy: Study

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Tech

Almost two-thirds of internet users want governments to do more to force search engine giant Google to comply with rules on privacy and use of persona...

Are We Slaves to Our Online Selves?

Jules Evans | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jules Evans

There is a word for what the internet and social media have done to us: alienation. It means, literally, selling yourself into slavery, from the Latin for slave alienus. The word has its roots in ancient Greek philosophy, particularly in Plato and the Stoics, who warned that if you place too much value on your reputation or image, you enslave yourself to the fickle opinion of the public.

The War on Privacy is a War with Ourselves

Planet Ivy | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

Many see Google Glass as the latest shady uncle at the Christmas family get-together, casting his dubious and piercing glare across the innocent faces of privacy and information protection. Yet, the world we live in is far from being innocent and even further from being private.

I'm Afraid of Existing Online

Planet Ivy | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

The real fear comes from being judged. I'm a selective misanthrope and I do my selecting by watching your social media output. Some of you come across incredibly well but I think some of you are oblivious twats. I hate you. I'd never delete you though - you're my entertainment, my soap opera, my catharsis.

Google Privacy Chief Steps Down

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Tech

Google's privacy director will step down after three years in the job, the search giant has announced. London-based Alma Whitten took the job in 20...

Facebook 'Likes' Can Predict Your Personality

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Tech

Facebook users' online behaviour reveals intimate details about their personality which could allow strangers to predict their sexuality, political vi...

Facebook's Safety Advisory Board

John Carr | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

Unless Facebook starts paying attention to a few very important details I'd say it is only a matter of time before those comforting images evaporate. They'll be replaced by Donald Trump and barracudas.

Why I Believe in Internet Anonymity, Even When You're Calling Me a ****

The Guyliner | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Tech
The Guyliner

Anonymity is a gilded cage which protects us from each other. Let the key stay lost.