UK Privacy

Apple And Google's Masterplan Has One Fatal Flaw: Your Nude Pics

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Tamblyn

The problem with almost all of these features are their expectations of us as human beings. They're hopelessly unrealistic. I, for example, do not want my family to know where I am all the time. For starters there's the basic issue of privacy, and, secondly, if they did know they'd probably start wondering why I don't have a drinking problem.

Revenge Porn: Educate to Help the Private Stay Private

Rebecca Toman | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Tech
Rebecca Toman

We need a hard hitting, informative and widespread campaign on the issue not only to educate the perpetrators of revenge porn about the consequences of their actions, but also warn potential victims about the risks involved, and how these can be minimised.

Spotify's Scary New Privacy Policy Is So Severe People Are Leaving In Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Tech

Spotify has updated its Privacy Policy with a number of drastic changes that will give the music streaming service direct access to your photos, conta...

The Shame Economy: Why Revenge Porn and the Ashley Madison Hack Should Matter to Everyone

Philip Ellis | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

This behaviour, now illegal in the UK and across 23 states in the US, has spawned an entire industry. Revenge porn websites generate upwards of $50,000 in advertising revenue each month, with some even charging victims a fee to remove photos.

Obliviate! Getting The Internet to Forget You

David Emm | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

It is believed that, by having a 'delete' button, under 18s will have the opportunity to redeem their reputation: for example, by removing embarrassing content that could potentially ruin their future career or negatively impact a school place.

Prince George - To Pap or Not to Pap?

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Amber Melville-Brown

So, do we have a reasonable expectation of privacy when we are out and about in public? No. Not unless we are doing something intrinsically private. Does a child have a greater right to privacy than an adult? Well... Courts the world over, are generally more protective of the rights of the vulnerable, including children, than those of John Smith or Jane Doe.

Are the Royals Right to Ask the Paparazzi to Leave Their Children Alone?

Jenny Afia | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Jenny Afia

It's argued that people whose career depends on being in the public eye have no right to object to photos taken of them without permission. In other words, the entitled are not entitled to complain. But this Faustian pact argument has numerous problems.

Is Privacy Dead?

Jenny Afia | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Tech
Jenny Afia

I'm optimistic that as initiatives like iRights gain momentum, those providing platforms for children to share personal information ‎will make empowerment and protection key product features; thus ensuring that privacy remains alive and well for generations to come.

The Public Acceptance Challenge Facing Civil Drone Use

Alan Mckenna | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Tech
Alan Mckenna

Drones are currently one of the fastest moving technology stories, but included in the growing daily newsflow coverage are clear warning signs of the challenges facing civil drone use due to various public concerns.

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.