UK Privacy

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.

Who Decides the Fate of Commercial Drones?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Owning a drone and flying a drone is not the same thing, for the rules about being able to fully utilise the talent of drones, both commercially or for pleasure have been not exactly friendly or coherent.

Reddit Answers: What To Do When Strangers Take Photos Of Your Child

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Parents

A father-of-one didn't know how to react when he noticed a stranger taking photos of his baby, so he turned to Reddit for advice. Reddit user offs...

Terrifyingly, Facebook Can Recognise You Even When You're Not Looking

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Tech

If people need one more reason to exacerbate their trust issues with big tech firms, Facebook's latest experimental algorithm should do the trick. ...

Tim Cook Really Doesn't Hold Back In This Powerful Speech On Privacy

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Tech

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has delivered a powerful speech against the big companies in Silicon Valley that are selling your data. Speaking at the Electr...

My Sex Life is Public, No I Won't Have Sex With You

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Huge swathes of publicity and my sex life dissected by Philip Schofield on 'This Morning' following the release of my memoir 'The Husband Swap', has ...

The Politics of a Trusted Internet

Russell Haworth | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Across the political spectrum, there is common ground on the benefits of the internet. The digital economy is growing at a rate of 10% year, compared to 2.6% for the economy as a whole in 2014. But with growing importance, there is growing concern - and this is where the manifestos get interesting.

Why Lack of Privacy Endangers Patient Care

Dr Ellie May | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

In a hospital where the paths of staff and patients can cross in various different roles it is understandably difficult for patients to be assured of privacy and confidentiality. It is a fact we should be aware of and take seriously to prevent important information being with held to the detriment of patient care.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Feel Threatened By Your Partner Masturbating

Suzi Godson | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Couples rarely talk about private masturbation, but not talking about it doesn't mean its not happening. Most people do not stop masturbating when they're in a sexually satisfying relationship.

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

Patrick Salyer | Posted 19.04.2015 | 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 15.04.2015 | 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 17.04.2015 | 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 13.04.2015 | 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 12.04.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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 10.04.2015 | 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 31.03.2015 | 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.