Joe Bloggs wishes to use a pseudonym on Facebook as he does not want his employer and his tutors to know that he has an account. Or, Jane does not wish to have her Google services merged into one account
In a landmark case for the state versus privacy, Simon Walsh, former aide to Boris Johnson, was this week cleared of charges of having ‘extreme’ images and an indecent image of a child.
Wide-eyed internet visionaries told us technology would free its users from the iron grip of states, with the internet blind to borders and not respecting the dictats of bureaucrats.
It has recently been revealed that the average person, who has up to 26 accounts, utilises only 5 passwords for security between them.
Imagine this hypothetical scenario whereby Fred owns a Facebook page which details his interests (what he likes and dislikes), hobbies, friends and family network; has a Twitter account with a list of interested followers; checks his bank account regularly online; buys books through Amazon; is a regular shopper on eBay; uses his university email account; uses his smartphone which enables him to connect with others using Google applications. The list goes on.
Rumours have been circulating this week about the release of a sex tape involving Tulisa Contostavlos, but is the risk of paying damages enough of a deterrent to stop sex tapes and images being circulated?
Are we to believe that London police officers and staff are much less likely to abuse databases than others around the country? Or could it perhaps be that the Met are less assiduous than other forces in cracking down on culprits?
How little has changed in a decade.
Stunning to think that [...]
By Stephen Foley | | Tuesday, 5 July 2011 at 7:52 pm
Google tried to “partner” with Facebook in a bid to gain access to its users’ personal information, the search giant’s executive chairman has revealed. Eric Schmidt believed Facebook data would improve Google’s search function.
We all know who it is now and I’m sure most would agree that we’re already pretty bored with the coverage of a certain naughty boy man.
Premiership footballers, actors, actresses, MPs; they’re all at it. I can’t help but think we’re making a much bigger fuss than is necessary and to be quite honest, I [...]
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