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Supporting Connect Smart Charles Mabbett
16 June 2014

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This week is Connect Smart week. That means you will see and hear about a number of initiatives that underline the need to be cyber-savvy and for people to do more to protect themselves online. The internet is home to networked convenience and fast information but it is also where identity theft, fraud and other kinds of nefarious things happen.

Keeping a low profile Daimhin Warner
12 June 2014

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Profile Engine hasn’t breached the law, but it might remind you to keep your info on lock down. “What you do online has consequences”. “The internet never forgets”. “Once it’s public, it’s anyone’s”. We’re sure you’re all tired of hearing these warnings. But, they’re quite true.

Hi, I’m your Facebook friend Charles Mabbett
11 June 2014

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If two YouTube videos constitute a trend, then these two demonstrate how people need more reminders about the dangers of having loose privacy settings when posting personal information on Facebook and their other social media profiles.

Your notes, they were blowin’ in the wind Daimhin Warner
5 June 2014

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Would you stuff your wheelie bin with letters from your GP, bank statements, your latest pay review notice? Surely not. Who knows where it would end up, if indeed it made it off the street.

Dear Peta John Edwards
3 June 2014

DearPeta

I enjoy reading Peta Mathias’ weekly advice column. Her advice is practical, pragmatic and witty on subjects ranging from moving on after a relationship to getting cling wrap to adhere to pottery.

SUM () of all fears Tim Henwood
30 May 2014

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"I do not believe it makes sense to say that [Excel spreadsheets]* are inherently evil. In certain circumstances, they can play a positive role-as they have in the past. But clearly they have a power to do great harm." Des Browne, UK Defence Minister.

First 100 days John Edwards
26 May 2014

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As far as arbitrary periods of time for measuring progress go, 100 days is pretty neat. That’s about how long I’ve been Privacy Commissioner.