Technology and Privacy

With all the latest scandals in the news about leaked photos and information from Apple’s iCloud, it really makes you wonder how private our online presence and other aspects of our lives are.

A few weeks ago compromising photos of several big name celebrities where leaked online for the whole world to see. The hacker claimed that it was possible because of a weak link in Apple’s iCloud security system. This begs the question to how secure our personal information and property is online. Not only this, but where else is our privacy being breeched by other technology.

CCTV is not a new thing in our society, but for those of you who are concerned about your privacy will have already considered the fact that perhaps CCTV is not only there for your safety and to catch criminals, but also have a log of your whereabouts whenever you are in a public space. This can then be sorted and used in years to come for various reasons, is this a good thing or is this a massive violation of your right to privacy?

There are other issues surrounding technology and privacy, such as having everything we say and do online being monitored by various different associations across the globe. A while back the NSA were in the news because it was revealed that they had been obtaining data on American citizens illegally, breaching the right to privacy. It was used to start illegal criminal investigations into US citizens.

Other discussions that are going on about privacy include whether the privacy laws should be altered to keep up with the technological advances. Britain’s top judge Lord Neuberger has said that due to how easy it is now for people to secretly record and then almost instantly share with the world, poses enormous challenges for lawmakers.

In previous privacy cases that have been publicised, the case has always been fought using the European Convention of Human Rights, which contains a clause about the “right to privacy and family life”. This is due to Britain having no specific domestic legislation covering privacy rights.

With the invention of products such as Google Glass and technologies such as facial recognition, it is becoming easier for everything to be filmed, monitored and recorded by everyone, and then the data consequently being collected and sorted for use at a later date by companies, the government and anyone else who can access this database of information. Is this an invasion of our privacy or just a consequence of the age we live in?

There is a danger that we might relinquish our privacy rights without much thought for the future and what it might mean, there currently isn’t enough debate about the implications this may cause.

As a business there are several ways to make sure your data and your customer’s data stays secure. All our websites are hosted on a secure server which is regularly updated with the latest security fixes and hardened for additional security. All our servers are also kept in a secure datacenter meaning that all data is secured from physical theft. The datacenter has the following security protocols;

  • Keycard protocols, biometric scanning protocols, and around-the-clock interior and exterior surveillance.
  • Access limited to authorised data centre personnel; no one else can enter the production area without prior clearance.
  • Every data centre employee undergoes multiple and thorough background security checks before hire.

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