Right to be forgotten: When should free speech trump privacy?

We live in interesting and largely online times, when significant amounts of personal information about each and every one of us can be found with a quick internet search or two. But the online us, our web doppelgänger, is not one whose slate can ever be wiped clean – the internet never forgets what we … Continue reading Right to be forgotten: When should free speech trump privacy?

World’s biggest tech companies failing users on data privacy

Some of the world's top tech companies are failing users over privacy, according to the most comprehensive research published on the subject. Firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, AT&T, Orange France and Vodafone were surveyed by an organisation called Ranking Digital Rights using 31 measures that focused on corporate disclosure of policies and practices … Continue reading World’s biggest tech companies failing users on data privacy

Facebook Supported By Google, Microsoft & More In Privacy Case

You may recall back in June that Facebook had been issued with a court order demanding that it hand over the data of some 381 users who were being investigated as part of a fraud trial. The social network lodged an ultimately unsuccessful appeal, and had to release the personal data - including photographs and … Continue reading Facebook Supported By Google, Microsoft & More In Privacy Case

Facebook Ads Based On Google Searches? How ‘Little’ Data Could Win The Day

Back up your Facebook - or risk losing everything! How to check your Facebook privacy settings  Today I witnessed firsthand circumstantial evidence that Facebook is somehow accessing my browsing history and using this information to show me targeted ads in my News Feed. Facebook ads based on Google searches is a topic that has been in … Continue reading Facebook Ads Based On Google Searches? How ‘Little’ Data Could Win The Day

Google+ Allows Anyone To Send You Gmail – Check Your Privacy Settings

Google has announced a new feature for Gmail that will allow anyone with an account on Google+ to send you an email through the network. While you aren't able to see anyone else's email address unless you are the recipient (or they have replied to you), it is possible to email anyone that has a … Continue reading Google+ Allows Anyone To Send You Gmail – Check Your Privacy Settings

Giving Your Passwords To Third-Party Apps: A Lesson From ‘InstLike’

An app promising free likes and followers for Instagram users has harvested the usernames and passwords from over 100,000 people who downloaded the app since June this year. The Apple and Google approved InstLike app directly asked users for their login credentials rather than using the Instagram API, and created a massive ecosystem of botnets … Continue reading Giving Your Passwords To Third-Party Apps: A Lesson From ‘InstLike’