Analysis: The pros and cons of privacy and data protection laws

The starting point for most privacy and data protection laws is creating a safer environment for all of us and our personal data - but the inevitable overreach often has far-reaching consequences Most privacy and data protection laws have the noble aims of making us and our personal information safer – but overreach in the … Continue reading Analysis: The pros and cons of privacy and data protection laws

Were YOU hacked? The top data breaches of 2016

2016 was the year that records kept being broken for topping the league that no-one wants to be part of - biggest data breaches of all time. MySpace, Yahoo and FriendFinder were the big three (although there were countless 'smaller' ones) - all revealed in the last few months, despite being historic breaches. MySpace seemed … Continue reading Were YOU hacked? The top data breaches of 2016

EU GDPR: full details of what it means for personal data and your business

Data is the currency of today's digital economy - and the new GDPR will not only protect this valuable resource for both individuals and companies when it becomes law in 2018 but increase innovation and cut costs as well. According to estimates, the value of European citizens' personal data has the potential to grow to … Continue reading EU GDPR: full details of what it means for personal data and your business

The Internet of Me: something we can (and do) all agree on

Unity on identifying key emerging IT trends is something of a rarity, but everyone is singing from the 'People First' hymnsheet at the moment - and we're at the very forefront of the revolution with our Internet of Me forum. We'll get to the who in a minute, but the obvious question is why, right? … Continue reading The Internet of Me: something we can (and do) all agree on

Defining ownership and control in a digital world

Used online, terms such as ownership and control have slightly more fluid connotations than their physical counterparts - but we can still define their context and meaning. At digi.me, we unlock the power of personal data for users by enabling them to gather and collate information from multiple services, platforms and places in one single … Continue reading Defining ownership and control in a digital world

TalkTalk hack: is stolen data really unencrypted?

The news that up to four million TalkTalk customers have had personal details stolen in a massive hack is serious enough - but suggestions that this crucial personal data may not have been encrypted seriously ups the ante. The telecoms firm has revealed that information such as customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, … Continue reading TalkTalk hack: is stolen data really unencrypted?

Data privacy breach complaints leap by a third

New figures show that the Information Commissioner's Office has received a record number of complaints from individuals concerned that their personal data is not being kept sufficiently secure by organisations holding it. Reports to the ICO relating to personal information security jumped 30 per cent from 886 in 2013 to 1150 in 2014 - or … Continue reading Data privacy breach complaints leap by a third