Echoing sentiments from across the Atlantic earlier in the year, the head of British spy agency GCHQ as made calls for crypto backdoors into phones to tackle crime, stating, “privacy has never been an absolute right.”
Over the past few years, counter surveillance gadgets which might have been the preserve of secretive government departments a decade ago have suddenly hit mainstream shops – from Mission Impossible-stlye self-destructing drives to some rather eerie counter-surveillance masks.
Many of us have moments when we need, or want, to be more private online – when searching for a new job, for instance, or when having a private business conversation.
Many New Yorkers don’t place a particularly high value on their private data – from fingerprints to social security numbers – having proven willing to give away such details in return for a literal, edible cookies.
Concerns over Snapchat privacy rocketed this week after users were bombarded with spam messages written in a style which suggests that a user’s own friends think they are overweight.
Newly weds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin supplied guests with “burner phones” to prevent photographs from falling into the hands of hackers and the tabloid press.
In what appears to be a misogynist attack directed at Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, a site has appeared supposedly offering a countdown until images of her are released online.
Facial recognition is booming, with the market expected to grow from $1.92 billion to $6.5 billion in 2018 – and invading markets such as dating, with Match.com integrating a service which finds users dates based on their exes.
With iOS 8, you can – for the first time – switch your Safari browser’s search engine to alternatives such as DuckDuckGo. Find out why you might want to and, in fairness, why you might NOT want to…
This week, American chain Home Depot admitted its systems had been breached, Gmail users got a fright, and a series of videos showed leaks in Android chat apps. Meanwhile, Facebook freaked out the world…. again.
A young man who got an email from Facebook ‘identifying’ him via Facebook tag in a series of photographs which turned out to be his mother as a young woman, says the incident “opens the door to larger and more difficult questions.”
Nearly a billion users of a dozen chat apps for Android including popular apps such as Instagram, Oovoo, OKCupid and Grindr could be at risk from eavesdroppers and snoopers after University of New Haven researchers found serious data leakage problems.
A new Harris survey found that almost all Americans care about online privacy, and 71% said that they ‘care deeply’ about it. The survey found that the service that worries Americans most is Facebook.
LinkedIn may not have a spotless record when it comes to security and privacy, but we should give them credit when they do something right. Learn more now.
You are never truly invisible online – and even if you equip yourself with an arsenal of privacy tools, you’ll still be watched. But there are ways to ensure that you and your business never “overshare”. Here’s seven of them.