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Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. This kind of ex...[Read More]

Those pop-up ‘I agree’ boxes aren’t just annoying – they’re potentially dangerous

Have you noticed the increasing number of pop-ups asking you to consent or “agree” when you visit a website? Do you find these annoying and tend to just click accept without reading the policies? So do most people, and here’s why that’s a problem. By “agreeing” to any of these particular policies, you are effectively allowing a website or app to collect various types of data on you that could viol...[Read More]

Apple CEO precipitously warns that “data industrial complex” needs to be resisted

Perhaps because it was Apple CEO Tim Cook sounding the alarm, his admonishments that our personal data “is being weaponized against us with military efficiency” are all the more real. Cook, the long-time Apple insider who took over from Steve Jobs, shares his predecessor’s stance on privacy, which is a rare difference in the world of tech firms who make money from their users. Fa...[Read More]

Illuminating the ‘dark web’

In the wake of recent violent events in the U.S., many people are expressing concern about the tone and content of online communications, including talk of the “dark web.” Despite the sinister-sounding phrase, there is not just one “dark web.” The term is actually fairly technical in origin, and is often used to describe some of the lesser-known corners of the internet. As I discuss in my new book...[Read More]

As digital threats grow, will cyber insurance take off?

Cyberattacks cost the world more than natural disasters – US$3 trillion in 2015, a price that may climb to $6 trillion annually by 2021 if present trends continue. But most people – and even most businesses – don’t have insurance to protect themselves against this rising threat. Insurance against all kinds of risks – disease, disaster, legal liability and more – is extremely common. In the U.S., c...[Read More]

Facebook appoints Adam Mosseri as the new head of Instagram

The company renowned for making headlines for all the wrong reasons these days, Facebook, has named Adam Mosseri the new head of Instagram. He succeeds founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who announced their departure earlier this month, amid rumours that ongoing clashes with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were largely to blame for their decision to leave the company they started. Before this p...[Read More]

Facebook uses phone numbers to target ads, for realsies

By now, everyone should know that Facebook uses your personal information to personalise ads especially for you — but instead of feeling flattered, people feel their privacy has been invaded. With good reason… because now we know that if you choose to (sensibly) add two-factor authentication via your phone number, Facebook uses that same phone number to help target ads at you. For example, i...[Read More]

Mini Meme: Pocket Security Guards

Keep your data safe from prying eyes and dodgy digits by locking yourself away in a darkened room and downloading some of these privacy and security apps.   1Password R45/month / Android, iOS If you’re the kind of person who ‘cunningly’ spells password with two 5s, it’s time to stop. 1Password creates insanely complex passwords and injects them into browsers so you don’t have to remember them...[Read More]

The darknet is not a hellhole, it’s an answer to internet privacy

On the back of scandals such as those that engulfed the NSA and Cambridge Analytica, online privacy and data protection have become major political concerns. Many of us worry that private companies and governments know more about us than our closest friends and relatives. One alternative is to switch to the darknet, which offers anonymity and protection from those who keep track of what people do ...[Read More]

Having lost $120bn in a day, Facebook has been torn down to earth for its tardy privacy policies

Facebook’s critics would have experienced a fair amount of schadenfreude last week when it lost a fifth of its value when weaker-than-expected results wiped 24% off its share price, the eye-watering amount of $120bn. It’s now the largest one-day sell-off in history, but also the biggest sign to date that Facebook’s past privacy transgressions are finally catching up with it. Finally. It seemed Fac...[Read More]

Email is the least secure means of transmitting anything, especially private and financial information. You’ve been warned

If there is one good thing to come out of the Liberty Life hacking drama that ruined everyone’s Saturday night, it may be that people finally realise how insecure email is. Once designed as a means to send simple text messages over the nascent network that would evolve into the internet, email is now the backbone of global communications. Email may be a gift for communications between people, but ...[Read More]

We don’t own data like we own a car – which is why we find data harder to protect

It’s known as the “privacy paradox”: people say they want to protect their data privacy online, but often do little to keep it safe. Why? We propose that it’s because people find data difficult to own – and things we don’t own, we tend not to protect. This is a question of psychological, not legal, ownership, which is more powerful in explaining why we care for things we call “mine”. Owning data i...[Read More]

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