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TikTok in trouble over use of children's data.

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TikTok in trouble over use of children's data.

One of the fastest growing social media video Apps, TikTok, is being taken to court over use of Children’s personal data. The legal challenge comes from former children’s commissioner for England, Angela Longfield, over the way TikTok collects and uses its young users’ personal data. Millions of Children both in the UK and EU are unaware of ‘giving up’ this information and could be owed thousands of pounds if the challenge is successful. TikTok, naturally, have denied the claims and will take on the fight. The alleged charges are that TikTok extract personal data, like phone numbers, location and videos...

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Facebook v Apple: What is it all about?

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Facebook v Apple: What is it all about?

Apple have recently introduced a new feature to their iPhones and iPads, causing a great disturbance between themselves and Facebook. The new Apple feature allows users to switch off the access to their private data being collected by apps. Facebook are up in arms as they are extremely reliant on the user data for the advertising it generates, this is what makes the company its profits.  At the centre of this row is a unique device identifier which is on all iPhones and iPads, called a IDFA (identifier for advertisers) Businesses that sell mobile ads use this IDFA to target...

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Poor Cyber-Security on Major Cosmetics brand

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Poor Cyber-Security on Major Cosmetics brand

Poor Cyber-Security on Major Cosmetics brand.

One of the world’s most popular beauty product brands, Avon, has been found to have a significant data breach, which was discovered on its web server through an investigation in June 2020, publicly exposing data without password protection or encryption. Anyone who processed the servers IP-address could instantly access the business’s ‘open’ database.

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Have you backed up your data recently?

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Have you backed up your data recently?

With mostly all our personal information now being held on digital devices, whether it be laptops, phones or tablets, more than ever it is important not just to protect these devices with a good all round antivirus package, it is also essential to ‘back up’ or ‘save’ your data. Phones can break or be stolen, the same for tablets. Laptops can contract viruses and make impossible to retrieve your personal data. Have you ever considered what you would do if you phone broke or was stolen? All that personal info like phone/email contacts, addresses, photos, would be lost to you,...

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How to dispose of Old Devices Securely, Responsibly & Eco-friendly.

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How to dispose of Old Devices Securely, Responsibly & Eco-friendly.

Technology changes as fast as the weather can, so we are all sourcing new devices more frequently to keep up with the tech. These Devices have also become the ‘go-to’ birthday or Christmas presents. We all know that our ‘new’ toy must be protected with secure passwords and a good antivirus, but do we think about what to do with our old devices? Its no good having all our security on our new device when we are throwing/giving our old device away without securing it first. It’s like having a burglar alarm fitted on your house but leaving the backdoor...

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