Risks Associated with Ghost/Inactive Accounts

Ghost accounts, depending on context, have various definitions. A Ghost Account can be: A social media account made solely to view other people's contentAn inactive account that is still live but has either been forgotten about or is seldom used. Ghost Social Media Accounts People make ghost accounts on social media platforms for a variety... Continue Reading →

WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changes

This week Facebook owned WhatsApp messenger will start to ask users to accept a new set of privacy policies that, depending on where you live, will enforce the sharing of data between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies. The previous policies (June 2020) offered an option to opt out of sharing data with Facebook companies. This... Continue Reading →

UK Covid19 Contact Tracing Apps Go Live

This is an update to our earlier blog "New UK Coronavirus Test & Trace App in Trial". On 12 September 2020 the UK Government for England and Wales announced that their Coronavirus contact tracing app will go live on 24 September 2020. The devolved government in Wales will also use the same app. The UK App... Continue Reading →

NSA Surveillance Ruled as Illegal

I don't normally comment of breaking news stories, but this one is so ground-breaking and important I felt it had to be commented on. On 6th June 2013, Glenn Greenwald published an article in the Guardian newspaper that disclosed the NSA (National Security Agency in the US) had been gathering the telephone call records of... Continue Reading →

New UK Coronavirus Test & Trace App in Trial

On the 13 August 2020 the UK government released a revised Contact Tracing app to be trailed on the Isle of White, the London Borough of Newham and NHS volunteer responders. In addition to the Contact Tracing function it also has other features including: An alert system that informs users of the coronavirus risk level... Continue Reading →

Digital Identities

When you are walking about town, or on the Internet, how do you identity that you are you and not some imposter? Current Forms of ID We should all carry some form of physical identification (e.g. a photo driving licence) that can prove who we are, our age and where we live. In the UK... Continue Reading →

UK Coronavirus Contact Tracing Update

This is an update to my blog Location Tracking, Your Privacy & COVID 19 Contact Tracing to bring this up to date with the recent developments in the UK. The UK were going to develop a COVID 19 Contact Tracing App using a hybdrid technology that was centralised and in which they owned the data... Continue Reading →

Managing and Securing Data

We all have gigabytes of business and personal data that is held in a variety of formats. Do you know what data you have, if it is secured correctly and where it all is? This subject is of massive importance to companies, but is equally important to individuals since you have a trove of data... Continue Reading →

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