UK Privacy

Emergency Data Retention Legislation: I Have Nothing to Hide, So Why Should I Care?

Allen Scott | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Allen Scott

As a rule of thumb, call me kooky if you will, but I prefer my politicians to be educated on the subjects they vote upon which affect my life. This is not something that should be pushed through at the blink of an eye, as it is something which is quite profound...

How Can You Live Without Social Media?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Martyn Stewart

I wouldn't hide behind a tree or a parked car to follow my ex-girlfriends every move? Nor would I invite every person I meet in a nightclub, to view my daughter's baby pictures. I don't stroll casually down the street screaming at the top of my lungs 'Well done me!' in regards to my personal achievements as I have no desire to be considered conceited or narcissistic.

The Privacy Prospect

Mark Whitby | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

The "right to be forgotten" could be seen as a potential coup for brands and consumers who wish to rid themselves of those old, embarrassing search links once and for all... Instead of being asked in the fine print if we wish to opt out, the marketing industry may need to get used to the idea of politely asking consumers to opt in.

Facebook Almost, But Not Quite, Says 'Sorry'

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg has formally apologised for poor communication about a study in 2012 which saw users have their timeline's altered to s...

Is Distrust of Facebook Contagious?

Martin Moore | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech
Martin Moore

Revelations about Facebook experiments are waking us up to the fact that these services are not neutral, neither are they simply there for the public good. Yet they are now an integral part of our lives...

Modern Design and a Lack of Privacy

Zahid Ayden | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

The self-proclamation of freedom is a cherished right we have in a modern democratic country where we are able to express religious values, disenfranchisement with the Monarchy, criticism of the government and an expression of individual identity without persecution.

Life Inside A Converted Women's Toilet: How Assange Spends HIs Days At The Ecuadorian Embassy

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK

It's been two years since the founder of WikiLeaks committed himself to an indefinite sentence inside the Ecuadorian embassy. And he shows no sign of ...

The Other IT From Another Europe

Arjen Kamphuis | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Tech
Arjen Kamphuis

In addition, computer and IT education from kindergarten to university studies was fundamentally revised. Basic understanding of the operation of computers and information networks became as normal as reading and writing.

Google Blocked By China Ahead Of Tiananmen Square Anniversary

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Tech

China has started blocking access to Google's services including Gmail, Google Calendar and more in the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananm...

The Trick to Privacy Protection? Wear Big Pants

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Melville-Brown

The privacy of the Duchess of Cambridge is worth its weight in lead. Not gold, but lead. Her mother-in-law, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has never ...

Iran Orders Zuckerberg To Court

The Huffington Post | The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been ordered to appear in court in Iran after a judge in the south of the country declared that both WhatsApp and...

What is Ambient Ecommerce?

Dr. David Patterson | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. David Patterson

Ten or fifteen years ago, a wonderful new world was promised for digital mankind. Futurologists and preachers of the web, internet and digital media revolutions all confidently asserted that a paradise was beckoning in which advertising would finally, seamlessly and efficiently actually work.

What the EU Data Protection Reforms Mean to You

Christian Toon | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

You may have seen in the news recently that the European Union is undergoing its first major overhaul of data protection and privacy reforms since 1995. But what will these mean for you and I? In short:

Should Google be Held Accountable for What Is Published on the Web?

Andrew Tibber | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

In the wake of the EU Court's decision, Google is now faced with a few problems that not only call into question the principles behind the right to be forgotten but could also have possible damaging effects on its functionality as a search engine tool.

Facebook Has A New Feature, And You're Going To Hate It

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook has launched a new feature that enables users to personally request unpublished information like relationship status. The new feature, cal...

Publish and Be Damned: Do We Have a Right to Talk About Our Children Online?

Christina Franks | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Tech
Christina Franks

Some days, I think, I blog therefore I am. It is my reason for getting up in the middle of the night. It is my link to the outside world. It is a way to connect with strangers, to exorcise my demons, to mull over my thoughts and stash them away for posterity...

In a Post-Snowden World, Can We Afford to Criticise Clarkson?

The Conversation UK | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

I have no idea whether he is racist, though I suspect he isn't. Intended or not, ill-used words do cause damage but it is the presence or absence of hateful intent behind such remarks rather than the words used that define the mindset of the speaker. We can't read minds so we interpret that intent, by proxy, from people's words...

Why Governments Suffer Public Backlashes on Personal Data Projects

Colin Strong | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Colin Strong

Why is it that policy relating to personal data seems to generate so much controversy? Take the recent huge public outcry over care.data which resulted in massive negative media coverage, questions in Parliament and subsequent delays to what many consider to be an important program for the well-being of the nation's health.

The sin of defamation

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Amber Melville-Brown

If the media is engaging in sins, peddling disinformation, slander and defamation - as well as unnecessarily invading privacy and engaging in harassment - then they deserve a stern word from the Pope.

Revenge Porn Has Become Too Profitable to Go Away

The Conversation UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

For commercial pornography websites there is no "off" switch: the process of creating new categories will continue as long as there are still advertisers and subscribers willing to support their latest creations.

Theatre Review, Privacy: Frightening Impact of Mass Surveillance Laid Bare

Victoria Sadler | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Privacy is a really sharp, relevant play that looks at the frightening impact of mass surveillance. By addressing this vital issue head on, Privacy is unequivocally a play for our time.

Facebook Exec: You May Never Be Offline Again

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Tech

If Facebook has its way, you may NEVER be offline again. The social network's COO Sheryl Sandberg told BBC Breakfast that "the word 'online' is bec...

Facebook's New 'Feature' Tracks You Via GPS (And Tells Your Friends)

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook has unveiled a new 'feature' which lets you constantly track your friends' locations via GPS. Oh, but don't worry - it's "optional". Th...

Facebook Reveals UK Government Requests To Spy On Users

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Tech

Law enforcement agencies in the UK made more than 1,900 requests for data on Facebook users in last six months of 2013, according to results published...

Online Privacy: Generation A

Louise Orpin | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Tech
Louise Orpin

In the same way that people believe history repeats itself, each generation has something new to offer the world. We've had Generation X - the MTV Generation, then came Generation Y, the Millennials, at the turn of 2000.