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Public bodies are releasing confidential personal data by accident, activists say | Tec... - 0 views

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    "Freedom of information website WhatDoTheyKnow.com, which automates FOI requests and publishes responses, says it has recorded 154 accidental data leaks made by councils, government departments, police, the NHS and other public bodies since 2009. This amounts to confidential data being wrongly released on average once every fortnight."
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Unethical uses for public Twitter data - Adrian Short - 0 views

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    "But the bigger problem with things like public tweets is that no-one knows what information can be derived from them, either now or in the future. I write as a data analyst who's done a fair bit of work with this kind of material. What follows are a few techniques that aren't at all obvious to the average Twitter user. They go far beyond reading the surface text (or metadata) of an individual tweet. And these are just some of the techniques currently used to mine this data, ethically or unethically, legally or illegally."
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Londoners give up eldest children in public Wi-Fi security horror show | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "When people connected to the hotspot, the terms and conditions they were asked to sign up to included a "Herod clause" promising free Wi-Fi but only if "the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity". Six people signed up.

    F-Secure, the security firm that sponsored the experiment, has confirmed that it won't be enforcing the clause."
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Public apathy over GCHQ snooping is a recipe for disaster | Technology | The Observer - 0 views

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    "Now spool forward to the present. One of the things that baffles me is why more people are not alarmed by what Edward Snowden has been telling us about the scale and intrusiveness of internet surveillance. My hunch is that this is partly because - strangely - people can't relate the revelations to things they personally understand."
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