UK Privacy

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 26.11.2014 | 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 20.11.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 13.11.2014 | 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...

Has China Just Launched A Massive Cyber Attack On Its Own People?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech

China has reportedly launched a massive hacking initiative specifically aimed at the near 100m iPhone and iCloud users within its own country, taking ...

Google 'Right To Be Forgotten' Stats Reveal Thousands Of UK Requests

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Tech

Britons have asked Google to remove more than 60,000 web links from its results under the "right to be forgotten" law, the search engine has revealed....

This Is 'Watch Dogs' In Real Life

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Tech

A group of adrenaline junkies have climbed up a Hong Kong skyscraper in order to hack the giant LED billboard that sat atop it. In a scene that wou...

Can't Afford Your Car Payments? They'll Disable Your Car

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Tech

The New York Times has written a damming report on the practice of auto loans in the US, highlighting the increasing trend to fit cars with devices th...

Apple Won't Unlock iOS 8 Phones For The Police. Ever.

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Tech

The iPhone 6 comes with one feature that went largely ignored at the unveiling last week: privacy. Apple has confirmed that a change at the core of...

The Nude Photo Leak: How Can We All Avoid Being Exposed?

Chris Harris | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Tech
Chris Harris

To regain control over our personal lives, we need to understand that the technology we use on a daily basis is simply not completely secure.The nude photo leak was a painful example of how far people are willing to go to delve into and capitalise on the private lives of celebrities.

When Is Truth Irrelevant in Divorce

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

In the light of the Leveson hacking inquiry, the issue of safeguarding the individual's privacy has been found to be paramount. Whilst there have been few prosecutions arising from "relationship hacking" in divorce or relationship breakdown, this is certainly set to change.

The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship

Thomas Hughes | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Hughes

The council will examine the tension between the basic principles of privacy and the public's right to know - the main concern with this controversial ruling.

To Be or Not to Be Private: That Is the Question

Miriam Brown | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Miriam Brown

In the Oxford English Dictionary the word private is defined in several ways: 'kept or removed from public view or knowledge, not within the cognizanc...

Racism, Racy Images And Other Police Social Media Gaffes

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

Police officers and civilians made racist and threatening comments on Facebook and Twitter, sent friend requests to victims of crime and uploaded imag...

Are You Being Given the Right Access to the Right Information?

Christian Toon | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Imagine it was your first day in a new job... you'll spend time finding your way around filing cabinets and IT systems, reviewing information and locating documents you need to do your job... If the organisation you've joined has a solid information management process in place, this will be simple. If it doesn't, working life could quickly become a struggle.

Does Your 'Right to Be Forgotten' Exist?

Christian Toon | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Can companies relax about personal data and consumer fears? Not in the slightest. We may have a better understanding about the benefits of sharing our data with the brands we love, but that does not negate their responsibility to protect that data.

From Drones to Building Anderson Shelters in Minecraft

Dave Wallace | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dave Wallace

This is a family picture of us, but not on the beach in Cornwall or picnicking in the park. No, this is our first 'Dronie' - a pic taken by a drone. A robot-powered zoom out selfie - what's not to love?

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

Allen Scott | Posted 14.09.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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 31.08.2014 | 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...