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Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea?

Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea?

Samantha Floreani A Privacy & Technology Specialist from Salinger Privacy

On this weeks “Digital Families” Podcast with Leonie Smith.

How Safe Are They? Smart Watches, Talking Internet Connected Dolls, Mobile Devices and Smart Speakers?

With Christmas almost upon us, and the last days of shopping for presents looming, many parents and grandparents may be considering a tech toy for the little one for Christmas this year. It could be an internet connected doll or “Robot” a smart speaker, or even a smart TV?

It could be an iPad or other tablet, a phone or a computer of some sort. 

Fitbits and smart watches are also a very popular choice for presents. But how do we choose a safe digital toy for our children, what do we need to consider with safety and in particular what about privacy? We know that Tech companies use our data to market to us, this includes where we live, how old we are, location data showing the trips we take each day, and generally where we go online. But children are supposed to be exempt from that data scraping aren’t they?  Also how secure are these devices from hackers, spies and overreaching marketing?

To help answer some of this questions I’ve invited Samantha Floreani A Privacy & Technology Specialist from Salinger Privacy

Link to the Mozilla article mentioned in the podcast https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/privacynotincluded/

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Facebook Identity Theft Scam On The Rise!

Facebook Identity Theft Scam On The Rise!

There’s a very nasty scam going around on Facebook that seems to be on the increase! A friend of yours messages/P.M’s  you on Facebook, and after asking after your health starts to talk to you about winning lots of money, $50,000.00, in one example. If you keep chatting with them you could be persuaded to click… Continue Reading

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Facebook have just announced proposals for new changes to their terms of service. Facebook have allowed objections and comments from their users for 7 days until they decide if they go ahead with this. You can make your comments under the announcement here along with the hundreds of others so far. As I’m not a… Continue Reading

Should You Use Your Real Name On The Internet?

Should You Use Your Real Name On The Internet?

Fake names…. There’s a lot of discussion going on at the moment around the issue of using what some people call “Fake” names on the Internet, particularly around Google+ which has outlawed them, as has Facebook, although on Facebook you can set up a Fan Page under your “Fake” Name. On Twitter you can call… Continue Reading