Tim Cook has written a public letter criticising the US government for threatening "the security of our customers" while explaining why he is refusing to comply with a federal court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. In the letter, posted on the company's website and headlined … Continue reading Apple’s data debate call after ‘dangerous’ request ‘to hack own users’
Major new research from America has confirmed what many in the personal data privacy world have long suspected - whether or not people want to share their information hinges largely on the context of the request. The Pew Research Center found that there were a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal … Continue reading In privacy sharing, context is king (and hurrah say all of us)
A new global study looking at attitudes to privacy and security amongst mobile users has identified lack of trust as the single biggest barrier to growth. The third annual Global Consumer Trust Report spoke to 5,000 users in both developed and developing markets. Of these, 36% said the main reason they don't download or use … Continue reading Are you a reluctant personal data sharer?
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?
Excessive reliance on the internet and search engines for fact finding is damaging our long-term memories as well as compromising IT security, a new study has found. Fuelled by an increasingly connected world that is always online, we no longer hold in our minds information we can store and retrieve from a digital device or … Continue reading Digital dependence is ‘eroding our memories’
As the latest estimates claim the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) will jump from 15 billion now to 50 billion in 2020, we look at what a connected world actually means. What is the IoT? Well, at its most basic level, it is a network of devices fitted with data-capturing … Continue reading What is the Internet of Things?
It's been an interesting week for observers and chroniclers of data issues, especially around privacy and what we can reasonably expect to happen to information we trust to the web and individual websites. First there was the Ashley Madison leak, following an earlier hack, where millions of email addresses and account details of users, including … Continue reading Ashley Madison and Spotify: lessons about personal data privacy