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17 July 2013

Targeted advertising and privacy

‘Tailored advertising’ or ‘retargeting’ allows businesses to target advertising at people who visited their site but didn’t buy anything. These type of ads are becoming more and more common, as Tory MP Gavin Barwell discovered the hard way when he sarcastically tweeted “I know Labour are short of cash but having an invitation to “date Arab girls” at top of your press release?”. Facebook and Google already offer tailored advertising and Twitter announced this month that it will soon be trialling ‘promoted tweets’. These are ads displaying content from brands and businesses in which a user has already shown interest.

5 July 2013

Data protection in mobile apps: boring, but ignore it at your peril

The range of apps for mobile devices is astounding. I doubt that there is anyone reading this that does not have at least a few apps on their smartphone whether Runkeeper, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or even the latest find love app (swipe to left if it’s a no or to the right if it’s a yes).

24 June 2013

Bitcoin – legal tender of the future or fad? UPDATE

Further to our recent blog (see Bitcoin – legal tender of the future or fad?), Forbes reported yesterday via contributor Jon Matonis, who sits on the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation in California, that California’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) issued a cease and desist letter to the Bitcoin Foundation. The Foundation is accused of engaging in money transmission without obtaining a licence or proper authorisation to do so under the California Financial Code and is warned to desist in doing so. Violating the California Financial Code can lead to criminal prosecution resulting in a fine and/or imprisonment as well as civil fines.

13 June 2013

The Snooper’s Charter – an unwelcome erosion of civil liberties?

If you are an avid Question Time watcher, you will have seen the recent debate on the resurrection of the Communications Data Bill, aka the Snooper’s Charter. The debate follows the recent murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich and the bombings in Boston, both linked to terrorism.

4 June 2013

Bitcoin – legal tender of the future or fad?

Bitcoin (BTC) is the world’s newest currency, pushing the Euro out of that coveted spot. It is not your traditional currency however; it is a digital, decentralised currency based on open source.

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