UK Privacy

Campaigner Told To F*** Off In Video Showing Up Snoopers' Charter

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK

Privacy campaigners have released a spoof video highlighting the extent to which sweeping spying powers could be handed to public bodies. The clip - ...

Press Banned From Naming Woman Who Died After 'Losing Sparkle'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK

Journalists have been banned from reporting the name of a woman who died after refusing life-saving treatment, over fears it would infringe her family...

Thousands In The UK Are Being Conned By This Devilishly Simple Email Scam

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech

A devastatingly effective email scam has conned thousands of people in the UK last year according to the police. The scam is infuriatingly simple: The...

We Need To Stop Sending Personal Messages Through Work

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Tech

Employees still send huge quantities of personal messages during work hours despite a recent European Court ruling which saw one employee fired for us...

Our Digital Freedom: From Lockdown to Liberty

StJohn Deakins | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Tech
StJohn Deakins

With five billion of us now carrying mobile phones, we all have the necessary hardware. In the words of Thomas Paine at the start of the last great era shift; "We have it in our power to begin the world over again". All we need in this era shift is software and the will to make it happen. It's time for each of us to claim our Digital Liberation.

Why the Whittingdale Storm Makes No Sense

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Should he have told the PM about this modest skeleton in his cupboard when he was given the keys to his ministerial office? I think he probably should have, as it happens, but on my own personal scale of current political stories, ranging from the EU referendum to tax avoidance to the unravelling of the Osborne budget, it comes pretty low down the news list.

5 Celebrities Whose Attempts To Gag The Press With Super-Injunctions Backfired

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

News that a married celebrity dad who allegedly cheated on his spouse in a threesome gained an injunction against the British press to hide his identi...

WhatsApp Now Encrypts Everything You Send, Here's Why That's Important

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Tech

WhatsApp announced last night that it would now be adding end-to-end encryption to all of its communications. That means every message, every image, e...

Burglars Could Buy Your Phone's Location Warn Experts

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Tech

Privacy campaigners have warned that the movements of everyone with a smartphone in the UK are at risk of being hacked and sold online. According to ...

John Oliver Brilliantly Destroys The FBI's Argument For Unlocking An iPhone

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Tech

Now if there's one person who can take a mind-bogglingly complicated story and somehow make it both simple to understand and also funny, it's John Oli...

This Algorithm Could Put An End To Embarrassing Pictures On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Tech

We've all been there: You're scrolling through your Facebook feed and suddenly you stumble across an embarrassing picture. If it's a friend who's upl...

Does The FBI Really Need Apple To Unlock An iPhone? 'Bullsh*t' Says Snowden

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Tech

Edward Snowden is not a man who beats around the bush, which is why it was all the more striking when at a conference yesterday he called the FBI's cl...

You Could Be 'Under Siege' From Hackers Who Want To Hold Your Home To Ransom

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Tech

A security expert has warned that web-connected devices such as webcams, routers and now 'Internet of Things' devices like fridges and smart thermosta...

The Destructive Use of Periscope Concerns Us All

Sofie Sandell | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Tech
Sofie Sandell

These apps bring with them great privacy issues and can put vulnerable people at risk. There is no way we can filter out the bad from the good, and it's really up to every one of us to educate ourselves about the risks of video streaming.

David Bowie: Keeping Schtum About Cancer

Angela Brightwell | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Brightwell

I was upset. It was the headline: 'David Bowie dead at 69 after secret 18-month battle with cancer'. Because for me it was far too close to home. All I could think of was my Mum, I couldn't help it. The facts were identical.

We're Not As Scared As We Should Be About The 'Snoopers' Charter'

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Tech
Thomas Tamblyn

The 'Snoopers' Charter' is confusing, worrying and for many, just jargon so to try and clear this issue up I chatted with Richard Anstey, EMEA CTO at Intralinks, a secure online collaboration platform to find out.

A European Court Just Gave Your Boss The Right To Read Your Private Messages

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Tech

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that it is acceptable for an employer to monitor their employee's private online communications. The r...

Staying Safe Online at Christmas (And Beyond)

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

As with some more traditional toys, children playing in virtual worlds require some degree of adult supervision if they are to play safely. I encourage parents to use the time over the Christmas period to explore some of these resources, and to talk to their kids about what they enjoy online, show an interest and learn and explore the Internet together.

Top Five Worst Hacks of 2015

Roger Keenan | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Tech
Roger Keenan

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past decade, you'll have witnessed proof that digitisation has taken over our lives. With there now being more internet-connected devices than humans on earth and even fridges and kettles being connected, it's sadly inevitable that malicious organisations will attempt to access our data.

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...