UK Privacy

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 10.04.2014 | 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.

In a Digital World Are the 4 P's of Marketing Still Relevant?

Tony Fish | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Tech
Tony Fish

I am neither brave nor stupid enough to suggest that this replace the traditional and time tested marketing mix thinking, but the old framework doesn't embrace for digital as the fundamental and does not allow in its teaching digital first.

The Future Is What We Make It: Human vs. Inhuman, It's Our Choice

Dan Machen | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Machen

The word technology comes from the Greek 'tekhnologia', meaning either the 'art or craft' through which we move things, or the 'systematic treatment' of things.

The Surveillance Debate - Shaken But Not Stirred

Eva Pascoe | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Eva Pascoe

Yvette Cooper was a member of ISC, the Intelligence and Security Committee from 1997-1999, so although not a Bond girl, she knows very well how to shake surveillance discussion up and where the skeletons of the oversight are to be found.

Happy 25th Birthday World Wide Web - Let's Not Destroy It

Mike Harris | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Harris

It was British ingenuity that led to the development of the World Wide Wide 25 years ago today and unfortunately it appears British guile will be responsible for its possible demise. The hopeful beginnings of the Web have turned sour.

Women Who Don't Get Women Who Eat on Tubes

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

Ladies, I'm a feminist and I will actively fight our cause till my boobs hit the floor and I breathe my last breath through my Chanel lipstick but oh my goodness am I embarrassed by your behaviour lately.

Data Protection: The Shape of Things to Come

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The way personal data will be used and protected in Europe will change as a result of decisions to be taken this week. The European Parliament will vote on rules governing the collection and use of personal data, including for law enforcement purposes...

What Is the Balance That Needs to Be Struck Between Security and Liberty?

Norman Baker | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics
Norman Baker

This is an important issue, which we need to examine, and which affects the lives of almost everyone in the country. Are we comfortable with the way in which our personal data is collected, and who has access to it? How much does our right to privacy matter, in an age where we share photos and personal details online with so much abandon? What is the balance that needs to be struck between security and liberty?

Tinder Was Giving Away Your Exact Location Last Year

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Tech

Tinder - a brutal dating app, but one that removes the "do they, don't they" awkwardness of approaching people in real life while keeping people at en...

How Personalised News Can Actually Help Us Live Longer

Grant Feller | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Tech
Grant Feller

The less privacy I attach to my health, the greater my chances of living longer. And the more health-positive messages I receive, perhaps the greater chance of me becoming a healthier person and thus less of a liability to insurers.

Online Privacy: Terms of Engagement

Louise Orpin | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Tech
Louise Orpin

Negative comments. We all get them. Not many of us enjoy them, but the majority of us can take the rough with the smooth. However, there is always that one statement (the straw that breaks the camel's back, if you will) that forces us to snap. To respond. To cause an issue. But what makes us do this? And why can't we take a step back, a deep breath, and realise that it's not that big a deal?

2014: Trust Is The New Currency

Andy Kahl | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

Any privacy professional will tell you that in the early days of their career they had to come to an unfortunate realisation - people respect what you do, but are generally uninterested.

Apple and Wearable Technology: A Warning From History

Kester Brewin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

Picture the scene - you are completing an application form for life insurance and a page comes up giving you the option to upload data from your always-on fitness monitor, outlining your exercise, work and sleep patterns for the past 6 months, with the incentive that reduced premiums may be available for those who do.

Data Protection Day: How to Keep Your Private Life Private Online

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Tech
European Parliament Web Team

Even though US President Barack Obama announced a reform of American programmes earlier this month, it doesn't mean there are no threats left. Companies now hold more information about their customers than ever before: not just their names and addresses, also their likes, dislikes, profession, religion and political convictions.

Online Privacy: Integrating Integrity

Louise Orpin | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Tech
Louise Orpin

Our social networks have become part of all walks of our life. LinkedIn was once your 'go-to' site for connecting with colleagues, but now the paths of our digital personas cross over, making Instagram and Facebook as important as WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter.

Private Lives, Public Lives

Robin Lustig | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

I was interested to see this week that, just days after we learned of President François Hollande's troubled private life, the European Court of Human Rights set out some useful guidelines about where it thinks the line should be drawn when it comes to the private lives of public figures.

Businesses Listen Up: Take the Threat of the 'Dark Web' Seriously

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

Being prepared means understanding the nature of these dangers - and really that means recognizing the importance of the dark web as part of any information security strategy.

Tom's Decision Is a Brave One - but Inevitable After Entering the Celebrity World

Phil Hall | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phil Hall

It is tragic that Daley had been forced to come out. But anyone setting out on the road to a life in the spotlight must think twice. Once you swap your particular talent, be it singing, competing at sport or acting for a life as a "personality" then the reality is all bets are off. Your life is public property.

Where Is Your Stuff?

Allen Scott | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Allen Scott

You probably have a sock drawer littered with lonesome socks for which you could swear there used to be a partner. The Internet has become the sock drawer of digital content. The problem with the Internet is that someone else might be wearing the other sock!

Lucy Sherriff

Are You On Here?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A "creepy" website which uploads students' Facebook profiles without their permission and encourages the public to rate their "hotness" is also target...

Lucy Sherriff

Meet The Site Taking Your Facebook Profiles And Rating Your 'Hotness'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Facebook is investigating a "creepy, appalling" website uploading thousands of students' Facebook profiles without their knowledge and getting users t...

You Are Your Smartphone

Andy Kahl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

To an advertiser you are many things: you are where you are, what you read, the tools you use, the games you play, and the people you contact. This means that the data inside your smartphone is a gold mine to advertisers, and many companies have begun mining that data through tracking on mobile websites and in mobile applications.

Children & ICT - The Global Village In Action

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Digital subterfuge and parental disapproval are at times inevitable. In effect, many teens are using digital media just as they previously used music or fashion; as a means to help define their identity and facilitate their transition into adulthood.

Facebook and Fluoride: Social Media Are Not Exempt From Social Responsibility

David Emm | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

If I, as an individual, have the opportunity to prevent someone, particularly a child, coming to harm, I should. If society as a whole has the opportunity to prevent this, it should. And if a company has the same opportunity, it should too.