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Has WhatsApp become a potential career assassin? | Afua Hirsch

The app helped connect me to an inspiring sisterhood. But the case of police officer Robyn Williams shows unopened messages can be a legal minefieldWe need to talk about WhatsApp. When the little green speech bubble first showed up in my life, I greeted it with awe and wonder. I even wrote a little love [...]

By |2019-12-06T01:30:34-05:00December 6th, 2019|apps, Child protection, Data and computer security, data protection, Digital media, Law, Media, Police, privacy, social media, Technology, UK news, WhatsApp, World news|Comments Off on Has WhatsApp become a potential career assassin? | Afua Hirsch

These new rules were meant to protect our privacy. They don’t work | Stephanie Hare

The data protection laws introduced last year are failing us – and our childrenWho owns your data? This is one of the toughest questions facing governments, companies and regulators today and no one has answered it to anyone’s satisfaction. Not what we were promised last year, when the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, commonly [...]

By |2019-11-10T03:30:28-05:00November 10th, 2019|Data and computer security, data protection, Europe, European Union, GDPR, Internet, Internet of Things, Internet safety, privacy, Surveillance, Technology, UK news, World news|Comments Off on These new rules were meant to protect our privacy. They don’t work | Stephanie Hare

Police database flagged 9,000 cybercrime reports as ‘security risk’

Reports were quarantined by software designed to protect fraud bureau’s computer system, watchdog toldThousands of reports of cybercrime were quarantined on a police database instead of being investigated because software designed to protect the computer system labelled them a security risk.The backlog at one point stretched to about 9,000 reports of cybercrime and fraud, some [...]

By |2019-10-23T19:01:51-04:00October 23rd, 2019|cybercrime, Data and computer security, Police, UK news|Comments Off on Police database flagged 9,000 cybercrime reports as ‘security risk’

Farewell the ‘porn block’ – a PR exercise but lousy policy | Amy Orben

Without greater access to our online habits, politicians cannot frame laws for the digital ageThe UK government’s porn block was a dead man walking for months, if not years. It is long overdue that this attempt to curb children’s access to online pornography is scrapped. Almost two years ago, a close colleague and I sat [...]

By |2019-10-20T03:00:49-04:00October 20th, 2019|Children, Data and computer security, Internet, Law, Pornography, privacy, Society, UK news, World news|Comments Off on Farewell the ‘porn block’ – a PR exercise but lousy policy | Amy Orben