Invasion of Privacy taken to new heights in the UK

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Personal Privacy online has always been a big concern for large groups of people. But any sort of privacy online could be a thing of the past if the government gets its way.

The government is pushing for access to monitor all calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK.

ISP’s will be required by law to give the government full and undisclosed, real time feeds of all data transmitted through their servers.

This will means that even sensitive information like passwords, private letters and documents will be broadcast directly to a government feed monitored by “officials”.

Civil liberties groups have been in uproar at the new proposed plans calling it an “outright invasion of privacy”.

Tory MP David Davis called it “an unnecessary extension of the ability of the state to snoop on ordinary people”.

Facebook Updates it’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Update March 2012

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

Yesterday Facebook publicly announced that it was making changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, with the aim of making their “practices and policies more clear”.

Some of the most obvious changes are stated on the main introduction to the document, where Facebook states that they are replacing references to their Privacy Policy with a “Data Use Policy”.

With Google releasing the changes to its privacy policy with similar intentions of making the term and conditions “easier to understand” causing such a stair only last month. The new changes to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities are certainly set to make a big uproar within the Social Media Community.

If you would like to read a version which outlines the exact changes to the document, you can read it here.

IT Support News: BT and Talk Talk lose file-sharing appeal

Posted on: March 8th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Internet Piracy vs Customer Privacy: BT and Talk Talk lose the battle to defend their customers.

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Internet Service Provider ISP British Telecom BT Losing the battle in the court room

The big ISP’s fighting for their customers privacy in the court room, lose the battle.

It was revealed yesterday that BT and Talk Talk have lost their appeal over the controversial measures to tackle copyright infringement online.

British Telecom and Talk Talk were fighting the UK’s new Digital Economey Act (DEA) which is aimed at tackling paricy online.

The internet service providers (ISPs) argued that the new act is incompatible with EU law.

The ISPs will now be forced to send warning letters to those suspected of downloading copyrighted content from the internet, as well as potentially cutting users off.

The Music and Film industries argue that internet piracy costs over £400 million a year in lost revenue.

BT and Talk Talk have both stated that these stricter measures could mean an invasion of public privacy and raised costs to both the ISP and it’s users.

“Though we have lost this appeal, we will continue fighting to defend our customers’ rights against this ill-judged legislation.”

A spokesman for BT said: “We have been seeking clarification from the courts that the DEA is consistent with European law, and legally robust in the UK, so that everyone can be confident in how it is implemented.”

“Now that the court has made its decision, we will look at the judgment carefully to understand its implications and consider our next steps.”



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