Online Privacy

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.

Take Action and 'Get Safe Online'

Mike Lawler | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Tech
Mike Lawler

'Get Safe Online Week', is a joint initiative by the government and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which aims to give consumers practical advice on how they can protect themselves, their homes and their businesses from an array of security issues when online.

Facebook: 'Bug' Means Old Private Messages Could Be Appearing On Timelines

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Tech

Private Facebook messages could start appearing publicly for European users after French and British users of the site reported a "bug" that makes pri...

Why Justin Bieber is the Only Hope Left for Information Security

Dominique Karg | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Tech
Dominique Karg

I recently had an eye opening experience. My wife confessed to me, in tears, that she liked Justin Bieber's music. She asked for forgiveness, as I walked out of the room mumbling some unrepeatable curse words.

Privacy Fears Over Obama And Romney Mobile Apps

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Tech

President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have both released mobile phone apps for their election campaigns – but experts warn tha...

Website Scans Your Tweets To Find And Publish Your Address

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Tech

A website which crawls your Twitter feed to guess where you live and then publishes your address has led to controversy online - and an apparent overl...

A Little Extra Could Get You Fired...

Ehud Furman | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Tech
Ehud Furman

Far too many people still think of the internet as a veil which they can hide behind and maintain an online persona that is private; the truth is somewhat more disturbing: The internet is a reflection of exactly who you are and if you're looking to impress, you'd better make sure that your reflection is a true and fair depiction of exactly who you are.

Socially Acceptable: Pregnancy and Facebook, What if it All Goes Wrong?

Nathan Woodhead | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Tech
Nathan Woodhead

To anyone who shares life so freely all I'd say is be careful, protect yourself and the day you find yourself contemplating bad news and if it's too soon to post it to Facebook, give it a miss and make a phone call or two, the sound of a familiar voice far outweighs the sympathy of 200 people you haven't seen or spoken to for as long as you can remember.

Defamation Bill Moves To End The Rule Of The Trolls

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 11.08.2012 | UK Tech

The age of the troll could be over. Websites might be forced to unmask people who post defamatory statements online. Under new government propo...

Last.FM Hit By Password Leak After Week Of Security Breaches

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Tech

London-based social music site Last.fm has become the latest website to be hit with a password hack. The site, which helps users share music recomm...

Google Staff Knew Of Street View Snooping

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Tech

Google staff knew that Google Street View was collecting the personal data from wi-fi users after previously claiming it was an accident. An inves...

Tim Berners-Lee Slams Government Web Monitoring Plans

PA | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Tech

Controversial government plans to allow intelligence agencies to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of every person in the UK should ...

Why the European Union Data Directive on Privacy Should Be Welcomed

David S. Gibson | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK Tech
David S. Gibson

Should we be horrified by European bureaucracy or beat the drum for watertight data protection?

UK Government Snooping Plan Could Break EU Laws

Telegraph | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Tech

New surveillance plans could breach European data protection laws, experts have warned, in a further blow to the Government's controversial proposals....

The Internet of Things: Surfing Securely

Raj Samani | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Tech
Raj Samani

We are living in a world of sophisticated modern conveniences. Computer chips, embedded in all aspects of our daily lives, have made it possible to have access to all kinds of information whenever and wherever we need it.

Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take, They'll Be Watching You

Ronnie Joice | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK Comedy
Ronnie Joice

Yesterday, browsing the BBC website, knowing it was April Fool's Day, an article caught my eye that I couldn't believe would ever be possibly true. In it, I read that under a new legislation set to be announced soon, the government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK.