Facebook data transfers under threat after Safe Harbour ruled invalid

Facebook's right to transfer personal data from the EU to the US has been dealt a blow after the pact it was being done through was declared invalid by the European Court of Justice. The Safe Harbour agreement (Safe Harbor stateside) was a voluntary pact set up 15 years ago to get around the fact … Continue reading Facebook data transfers under threat after Safe Harbour ruled invalid

Why human error is the biggest threat to data

If you think shady criminal cartels, blackmail attempts or straight-up hacking geniuses are the biggest danger to any data held about you online, then we have news for you – plain old human error accounts for far and away the most data breaches. New research has revealed that human error continues to be the leading … Continue reading Why human error is the biggest threat to data

How to check your Facebook privacy settings

Facebook is a social giant that holds huge amounts of personal information about each of us. Facebook is also renowned for changing its privacy policies frequently and not necessarily advertising this fact, so it pays to check at regular intervals that you're only sharing what you post (as well as what you have posted and … Continue reading How to check your Facebook privacy settings

Friday Fun: your embarrassing data leaks

Ashley Madison data leak

While no-one is suggesting the Ashley Madison data hack/leak is in any way funny for those involved, the wall-to-wall coverage across social and traditional media does suggest it has hit a nerve. Data protection and privacy has gained a lot of traction in recent months, with publicising of the Ashley Madison and Sony hacks, in … Continue reading Friday Fun: your embarrassing data leaks

Digital innovation in the UK ‘at risk because of personal data concerns’

The UK's move towards a digital-first society risks being slowed because of public concerns over the use of personal data, a new report has found. The sharing of personal data is both crucial for innovation and also improving personal online experiences, which is only made possible through tailoring services based on unique data. But while … Continue reading Digital innovation in the UK ‘at risk because of personal data concerns’

Facebook Privacy: Why the EU Laws on Privacy Matter to you

Once again Facebook has been drawn into another privacy debate.  Basically their practices of updating their privacy settings in line with the EU data protection laws are being questioned again.  This time by an independent review team on behalf of the Belgian Data Protection Authority. Why does this matter to the likes of you and me? … Continue reading Facebook Privacy: Why the EU Laws on Privacy Matter to you