Mar 15th 2010

How easy is it for someone to track you online..? Find out here…

We've all heard of cookies on our browsers, but just how easy is it for someone to track us online? Even putting aside the issue of data retention by your ISP, the answer seems to be, "pretty easy". The good people over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have produced Panopticlick (great name) which has sampled […]

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Mar 12th 2010

Google Street View

Yesterday, Google's Street View rolled out across the UK. It's an impressive service and one can easily appreciate that there are many potentially beneficial uses. But for many, Google’s cameras – and the images they generate – are an upsetting invasion of privacy. We’re never asked whether or not we’re comfortable with it coming to […]

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Feb 25th 2010

Want out of Google’s all-seeing eye?

However meritorious Google Earth, and its urban counterpart Google StreetView – for those that enjoy the altogether different charms of privacy, do keep reading. Assuming you do not want your abode to be nakedly featured on the all-seeing eye-view of our world, it is possible to remove it altogether. Google’s presence may be ubiquitous – […]

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Feb 25th 2010

BT in the dock over snooping..?

As readers may know, in 2006 British Telecom trialed Phorm technology, monitoring 18,000 broadband lines without customers' knowledge or consent. They may be prosecuted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. Good. By Alex Deane P.S. Massive credit to https://nodpi.org/ for relentlessly pushing this one over four years, despite notable reluctance from prosecuting agencies to […]

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Dec 16th 2009

Privacy on Facebook

From today, Facebook will automatically index all account users' information on Google.  This allows everyone searching on Google to find and view parts of that information, unless the user actually opts out – the default setting is to allow this. To change this option, when logged into Facebook, do the following:  Click on Settings Click on […]

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