UK Privacy

Consumers More Willing to Share Their Personal Data on Facebook Than on Any Other Social Network

Patrick Salyer | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Tech
Patrick Salyer

ocial login is designed to provide absolute transparency, which means that brands are accountable to the promises they make when asking users to authenticate via their social identities.

Data Collection: All Consumers Want is Transparency, Relevance and Convenience

Patrick Salyer | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech
Patrick Salyer

Consumers are in fact willing to share their personal data with brands, so long as the virtual handshake fulfils three fundamental values.

Fifty Shades, BDSM and the Kinkyf**kery of Our Civil Liberties

Bex Felton | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Bex Felton

While we variously hand-wring about our moral turpitude or lament the lack of full frontal nudity ; while our services deploy emergency drills in the face of lapsed public virtue - we're averting our lusty gaze from a far more insidious threat.

Is Scotland Really Creating a National Identity Scheme?

Jim Killock | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Jim Killock

Your criminal record, educational attainment and health data could be used to decide when the state should intervene in your life, and equally, when to withdraw benefits from people who are deemed less needy.

Samsung TV Listens to Users. We Have Lost the War

Pat Higgins | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Pat Higgins

Your telly does not care whether you are happy. Nor the people or programs who will listen to the words spoken in front of your telly. They do not care whether you're happy either.

Is the Bulk Interception of Data Worse than Mass Surveillance?

Richard Stacy | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Richard Stacy

It is highly unlikely that the people charged with supervising our security services have any idea how algorithmic surveillance works. It is also highly unlikely that the people at GCHQ are going to enlighten them.

David Cameron, Encryption and National Security

David Emm | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

I don't believe that application vendors would be very happy to provide their customers with a 'snoopable' form of encryption. If anything, in the light of growing privacy concerns over the last 12 months, vendors have been keen to take steps to secure their customers' communications.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Britain Must Not Give Terrorists This Victory

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

Detaining foreigners without trial was thus held to be incompatible with fundamental human rights. As a result, section 23 was later repealed. 11 years on, we once more face a threat to the life of our nation..

Mass Spying By The UK Revealed By Edward Snowden Was Actually Illegal

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

Mass surveillance of the internet by UK intelligence services has been unlawful in the past but now complies with legislation, a watchdog has ruled. ...

Why Your Face Could Unlawfully Be On This Police Database

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK

Police have uploaded up to 18 million mugshots, including those of innocent people, to a national database, despite concerns it could be unlawful, it ...

Let's Not Repeat Past Mistakes - Restricting Free Speech will Fuel Radicalisation

Thomas Hughes | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

In the last few weeks EU and US talks have resulted in calls for internet providers to create a means for 'swift reporting' and removal of material that aims to incite hatred and terror - a 'reporting' mechanism which could be used to stifle legitimate, albeit often highly distasteful or offensive, speech without due process safeguards.

Obama Warns Cameron Against Shredding Privacy Protections

AP | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics

President Barack Obama argued on Friday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact ...

Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Tech
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

Google Glass and other smart glasses are continuing the trend of technological augmentation in the workplace. There may be a lack of 'killer apps' for consumers, but in the workplace smart glasses can already increase productivity.

Privacy or Flow?

Steve Loynes | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech
Steve Loynes

I'm perfectly happy to let Google (and a few select others) collect, collate and monetise my data in return for the outstanding services it delivers me at no financial cost. I don't find the benefits of Facebook sufficient to allow it the same courtesy and thus, thankfully, don't have to suffer the desperate status updates of people I haven't seen in 20 years.

Michael Rundle

Meet The 'Unhackable' Gadgets Battling 'The Internet Of Things'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Tech

Tech Editor Michael Rundle finds the 'unhackable' gadget makers fighting a rear-guard defence against the all-encompassing Internet of Things at CES 2...

Cover Your Tracks Online; Privacy is Your Birthright

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

In the days of raging debates on internet privacy, consider this question if you are a novice on the topic. What kind of information do you reveal when you go online, do your searches, do your shopping, check your preferences, surf sites that interest you, read news, share information about yourself, express your opinions and upload pictures of a vacation you took with your family?

Data Privacy - Boom or Bust?

Marco Bertozzi | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Marco Bertozzi

It is fortunate for all of us that we don't see all the news all of the time, or become aware of all the futuristic ways companies are planning to engage with us. I recently read the book The Circle by Dave Eggers which paints a worrying picture of the future based around the over dominance of one 'social media' company. ..

Google Just Killed This Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech

Google has killed CAPTCHA. The online security widget, through which users 'prove' they are human by typing out nearly-unreadable passwords, is nea...

MPs Admit 'We Literally Don't Understand Facebook'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Tech

MPs have admitted they don't understand Facebook. Their solution? Facebook has to change. (It couldn't possibly be up to them to do the legwork,...

Hotel Horrors: The Not-So-Comfortable Aspect of Your Trip

David Emm | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

For many of us, the hotel is equally as enjoyable as the holiday itself. These days, some rooms even coming equipped with technology such as free WiFi-connected tablet devices, to make us feel at home. But what you might not know is that what you do on this device might stay there for all to see.

You Know It's Bad When Reddit Gets Creeped Out

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Tech

The Russian webcam leak story has dominated the headlines and rightly so, however what you might not realise is that Reddit users knew about the site ...

Of the Right to be Forgotten and the Unforgiving Aspect of Online Archives

Julien Tissandier | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Tech
Julien Tissandier

The media in general and online editors in particular are not necessarily the bad guys here, far from it, they mostly just stick to their journalistic ethos... A possible solution could be that, after a set number of years, the article would either de-index itself or anonymise the individuals it cites. Some kind of "digital rehabilitation act" if you will, or a self-triggered right to be forgotten.

The Rise of Anonymous and the Darker Side of Social

Richard Jones | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Tech
Richard Jones

Today, social channels have cemented themselves as pivotal elements in our communications ecosystems, helping us to manage our busy lives and stay connected at all times, but our attitudes to sharing are beginning to change.

Why the Samaritans Were the Worst Possible People to Run Samaritans Radar

Richard Stamp | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech
Richard Stamp

The Radar fiasco may yet have a happy ending, if it forces the Samaritans to focus again on the things that they do best. Given time, others will dream up better apps; Twitter will return to the fractious equilibrium it usually enjoys. And the Samaritans can go back to being the people I remember... the selfless heroes who always listen, and never, ever tell.

Michael Rundle

Google Want You To Trust Them With All Your Personal Data They Already Have

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Tech

Google has a problem, which is that if you're feeling paranoid, use the right combination of language or just aren't paying attention, its best produc...