Free, but at what cost?
New York City is developing a 'free' public Wi-Fi network to be deployed throughout the city, but the poorly appreciated price is our privacy.
What data are schools collecting on children?
Schools are collecting more and more data on children. They must make sure they comply with the law.
Will your personal details get caught in the surveillance trawl net?
Legislation proposed in both the US and the UK suggest an aggressive path toward entrenching surveillance powers at the cost of citizens’ privacy.
By simulating cities from the "bottom-up", scientists can help us plan for the future.
You often hear it said that 'privacy is dead'. Our cybersecurity expert explains why that's not true, yet.
Many people might be in trouble care of the Ashley Madison hack.
If the Ashley Madison hack was an inside job, then it shows that even strong protection against outside attacks isn't necessarily enough to prevent a leak of private data.
Everyone wants to get their hands on it.
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Firms want your data, but if they offer to pay it's likely they stand to gain more than you do.
What you get out is what you put in.
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Analyzing big data sets holds the promise of big insights. But the axiom "garbage in, garbage out" is particularly apt, since conclusions can be only as good as the raw data itself.
Tell no one… that we’ve just lost all your data.
When hackers take down companies in response to their actions, security chiefs need to know what the CEO is saying in public.
‘We’re not sinking, we’re just naturally low in the water.’
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Declared 'unachievable' by a treasury watchdog, the zombie care.data scheme is back and still full of holes.
Not dancing in the aisles.
David Anderson's report on surveillance isn't a charter for online privacy but it could create problems for a government set on capturing all our data.
Nothing sinister, just taking a quick peek.
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An independent review recommends greater transparency but ultimately concludes surveillance can continue.
More than just a cyber “whodunnit.”
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Many questions remain about the hack on government employee data but the US has to treat the data theft as a high-level diplomatic incident.
Public anxiety and legal protections currently pose a major challenge to anyone wanting to introduce eye-scanning security technologies.
Protecting your privacy when your data collected for one use might have a secondary use for other researchers.
Researchers are tapping into some of the massive amounts data collected these days, which could include information about you. But how do they protect your privacy?
The government can’t read your email, but it will be able to find out where you sent it to and from.
There are still unanswered questions about the data retention bill, but it's now too late to get answers before it is passed into law.
(Security) Service with a smile.
Committee report reveals 'citizens dossiers' feared but never admitted to have existed for decades.
Donate data like blood, and we can look for answers in the patterns we find.
In the future it will be possible to donate our personal data to charitable causes. All sorts of data is recorded about us as we go about our daily lives – what we buy, where we go, who we call on the…
The consent policies of popular websites would take a month to read. Perhaps including a sign like this would be a simpler solution.
We live in a world increasingly dominated by our personal data. Some of those data we choose to reveal, for example, through social media, email and the billions – yes, billions – of messages, photos and…
When the sun sets on Patriot, what will spy agencies do?
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Last week a proposal called the Freedom Act was defeated in the US Senate. The Freedom Act was to restrict whole-of-population collection of communications data which is currently permitted under the Patriot…