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  1. Surveillance In The Workplace: How To Tell If You’re Being Watched

    Surveillance In The Workplace: How To Tell If You’re Being Watched
    Earlier this month (January 2016) the Telegraph newspaper instigated what may possibly be history’s shortest ever corporate surveillance programme. On the 10th of January news broke on Twitter that management at the newspaper group had installed under-desk motion sensors to track employee movement and to know when they’re at their desk. This surveillance operation lasted less than one day, such...
  2. 5 Ways Nature Can Help Increase Your Privacy

    The process of protecting your privacy can evoke images of high tech gadgets, reinforced steel doors and high walls. It’s a draconian image. If you’d like to take charge of your privacy, but find the idea of a Fort Knox style home off-putting, Mother Nature can lend a helping hand. Here's how.Conifers For anyone looking to limit access to or...
  3. How To Tell If Your Partner Is Cheating

    Cheating partners can tear apart a family, cause undue stress and trauma to children and in many cases, lead to innocent parties being financially and economically disadvantaged through no fault of their own.  It’s a horrible situation for everyone concerned, even the perpetrator of the infidelity. On the flip side of this coin, unfounded or false accusations of cheating can...
  4. When Is It OK To Conduct Surveillance On Your Neighbours?

    When Is It OK To Conduct Surveillance On Your Neighbours?
    Nobody likes a nosy neighbour, but if you safety or privacy was under threat, wouldn’t you want to know the people you live near are looking out for you? The ethics of surveillance are complicated. The law even more so. The key thing to remember at all times is intent. If you’re watching your neighbours to find out what they’re...
  5. Avoid These Christmas Toys Because They're Hackable By Spies

    Avoid These Christmas Toys Because They're Hackable By Spies
    If you’re thinking of getting any of the so-called ‘smart toys’ currently on the market this Christmas, think hard. Some of this year’s most popular Christmas toys have worrying vulnerabilities that leave them open to snooping and in some cases, manipulation. MPs heard today (December 9th 2015) how these toys, which include Barbie and My Friend Cayla, are vulnerable to...
  6. GCHQ Is On Trial For Hacking - Find Out Who Put Them There

    GCHQ Is On Trial For Hacking - Find Out Who Put Them There
    Sorry to bang on about it, but GCHQ, the government organisation we said had the potential to hack your phone and computer, is on trial for - wait for it - hacking phones and computers. The case, brought by campaign group Privacy International and a coalition of seven Internet service providers, alleges that GCHQ carries out “persistent” illegal hacking of...
  7. Did You Do Facebook's Wordcloud Quiz Recently? Here's How Your Privacy May Have Been Breached

    Did You Do Facebook's Wordcloud Quiz Recently? Here's How Your Privacy May Have Been Breached
    If someone asked you if they could listen in on conversations between you and friends, you’d say no. If they asked if they could also aggregate the things you said to generate a list of your most used words, and then store that list in a database, you’d think they were mad. But 16 million people (at the last count...
  8. How Much Would It Cost For A Private Investigator To Track A Car?

    How Much Would It Cost For A Private Investigator To Track A Car?
    Why track a car? Vehicle tracking can solve a number of problems and prevent a wide range of undesirable behaviours. Employers often fit vehicle tracking devices to cars in order to monitor the location and performance of their employees. Parents will do the same to ensure their children drive fully in the knowledge that their performance will be scrutinised. This...
  9. How To Know If Your Car Is Being Tracked

    How To Know If Your Car Is Being Tracked
    If you suspect your vehicle is being tracked, this is a genuine cause for concern. Especially if you never consented to having your movements tracked. Vehicle tracking is a means by which third parties can monitor your movements, the speeds at which you drive and even the intensity with which you apply the brakes. If you believe you’re being tracked...
  10. How To Identify A Hidden Camera

    How To Identify A Hidden Camera
    Hidden cameras, by their very nature, are hard to spot. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be particularly useful. The trick with a successful monitoring campaign is to not raise the suspicions of the subject so they don’t go looking. Once a subject suspects their privacy has been breached, the next step is obviously going to be countersurveillance. So let’s imagine...