UK Privacy

Why the Courts Were Right to Protect the Privacy of Paul Weller's Children

Jenny Afia | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Jenny Afia

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the previous ruling was the correct one. There was no public interest in the photos and just because the children's father is well-known, that doesn't mean the children lose any rights of privacy.

If You Use Snapchat You May Want To Read Its 'Shady' New Terms And Conditions

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Tech

Snapchat has updated its terms and conditions to allow the company to "review" and share any content posted by users, with the public. The updated ...

Companies Should Use Data Transparently

David Stillwell | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Tech
David Stillwell

I am not a refusenik. Advancements in digital services have enabled incredible services to exist that wouldn't otherwise. Every so often I remind myself how absurd it is that search engines give us access to the entirety of human knowledge in milliseconds.

Can They TalkTalk Their Way Out Of Crisis?

Mark Hillary | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Ambulance-chasers will always be found circling like vultures around any corporate disaster, but three things about the customer experience really stood out for me in this crisis and neither were handled well by TalkTalk.

Facebook Will Now Tell You If The Government Is Spying On Your Account

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook is introducing a new feature that will let us know if the Government is spying on our accounts. Users will be notified when Facebook has e...

A Tribunal Just Ruled That MPs And Peers Are NOT Protected From GCHQ Spying

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Tech

A tribunal has ruled that the communications of MPs and Peers are not protected from surveillance by GCHQ. It was widely believed that the Wilson d...

Why Our Virtual Failure to Protect Is Real Abuse

Jemma Wayne | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Tech
Jemma Wayne

I use the word 'protection' deliberately because in many ways the proliferation of images on the Internet is a form of abuse. An abuse of the individual's right to a private life, an abuse of the (rapidly disappearing) innocence of childhood, and in some cases actual literal abuse.

Top Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Tech
Nicholas Shaw

High profile hacks such as that of online dating website, Ashley Madison, and last year's attack on Sony have helped bring hacking scandals to the forefront of the news agenda, what these high profile, large scale business hacks fail to bring to light is the smaller scale cyber-attacks targeting consumers, like you and I daily, and the impact these can have on our lives.

Hide and Seek: The Right to Privacy

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Following on from my previous post on the right to be forgotten, a related and ever expanding area of law is that of the right to privacy. It's a cont...

Worryingly, One Of Uber's Most Dangerous Features Is STILL Live

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Tech

Uber's feature 'Share My ETA' is a handy way for you to share your journey and real-time location with a friend, relative or just anyone you're planni...

Apple And Google's Masterplan Has One Fatal Flaw: Your Nude Pics

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Tamblyn

The problem with almost all of these features are their expectations of us as human beings. They're hopelessly unrealistic. I, for example, do not want my family to know where I am all the time. For starters there's the basic issue of privacy, and, secondly, if they did know they'd probably start wondering why I don't have a drinking problem.

Revenge Porn: Educate to Help the Private Stay Private

Rebecca Toman | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Tech
Rebecca Toman

We need a hard hitting, informative and widespread campaign on the issue not only to educate the perpetrators of revenge porn about the consequences of their actions, but also warn potential victims about the risks involved, and how these can be minimised.

Spotify's Scary New Privacy Policy Is So Severe People Are Leaving In Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Tech

Spotify has updated its Privacy Policy with a number of drastic changes that will give the music streaming service direct access to your photos, conta...

The Shame Economy: Why Revenge Porn and the Ashley Madison Hack Should Matter to Everyone

Philip Ellis | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

This behaviour, now illegal in the UK and across 23 states in the US, has spawned an entire industry. Revenge porn websites generate upwards of $50,000 in advertising revenue each month, with some even charging victims a fee to remove photos.

Obliviate! Getting The Internet to Forget You

David Emm | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

It is believed that, by having a 'delete' button, under 18s will have the opportunity to redeem their reputation: for example, by removing embarrassing content that could potentially ruin their future career or negatively impact a school place.

Prince George - To Pap or Not to Pap?

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Amber Melville-Brown

So, do we have a reasonable expectation of privacy when we are out and about in public? No. Not unless we are doing something intrinsically private. Does a child have a greater right to privacy than an adult? Well... Courts the world over, are generally more protective of the rights of the vulnerable, including children, than those of John Smith or Jane Doe.

Are the Royals Right to Ask the Paparazzi to Leave Their Children Alone?

Jenny Afia | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Jenny Afia

It's argued that people whose career depends on being in the public eye have no right to object to photos taken of them without permission. In other words, the entitled are not entitled to complain. But this Faustian pact argument has numerous problems.

Is Privacy Dead?

Jenny Afia | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Tech
Jenny Afia

I'm optimistic that as initiatives like iRights gain momentum, those providing platforms for children to share personal information ‎will make empowerment and protection key product features; thus ensuring that privacy remains alive and well for generations to come.

The Public Acceptance Challenge Facing Civil Drone Use

Alan Mckenna | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Tech
Alan Mckenna

Drones are currently one of the fastest moving technology stories, but included in the growing daily newsflow coverage are clear warning signs of the challenges facing civil drone use due to various public concerns.

Wearable Technology Is Getting Smarter, But Is It Secure?

David Emm | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

There's no doubt that wearable technologies have the power to enrich our lives and transform the way we interact digitally. With continuous development and gaining market penetration, the future undoubtedly looks bright for wearable devices. However, while devices are getting smarter, it does not necessarily mean they are secure.

Amazon Might Be Stalking Your Facebook To Stop You Rigging Reviews

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Tech

Amazon might be stalking people's Facebook and Twitter profiles in order to prevent people 'rigging' reviews on the site. According to blogger ...

This Terrifying Gadget Can Wirelessly Steal Your Card Details Without You Even Knowing

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Tech

A Which? study has discovered a potentially massive flaw in the security of over 58 million contactless cards that are in circulation in the UK. ...

Demand Your Anonymity - Even if You're Having an Affair

Kassem Younis | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Tech
Kassem Younis

It's great that tech companies are at least talking about privacy, but they shouldn't be seen as the sole, compliant arbiter of anonymity online. Consumers use countless online services and gadgets - we should be demanding that anonymity and privacy should be baked in at the core.

"Revenge Porn": Putting Victims Back in Control

Jacqueline Beauchere | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Tech
Jacqueline Beauchere

As a first step, we want to help put victims back in control of their images and their privacy. That's why Microsoft will remove links to photos and videos from search results in Bing, and remove access to the content itself when shared on OneDrive or Xbox Live, when we are notified by a victim.

Why Banning Encryption Just Won't Work

Tom Gaffney | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Tech
Tom Gaffney

This attitude encourages people who value privacy to seek out tools to protect it and this leads to encryption. The United States-based providers Google, Facebook and Apple all added encryption to their services as a response to Snowden. But now, the UK Government wants to go after that.