Tuesday 12 December 2017

We can't afford to take our online privacy for granted

YOU should treat your emails much the same way you would a traditional postcard. You can expect these so-called 'private messages' to be read by others you never dreamt would see them. Those are the inevitable conclusions to be drawn from reports carried in this newspaper today.

A leading IT expert gives us all a timely warning to abandon our complacency and wake up to the realities of widespread access by others to our emails and other internet activities.

The expert, Andrew Harbison, of Grant Thornton, tells us that the US security authorities can access virtually everything they wish. But, in reality, these authorities are not interested in the content of our communications – they are seeking patterns of unusual activity which may lead them to terrorist or criminal activity.

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