Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ll have heard the news about the Yahoo data breach. If you haven’t, the basics are that Yahoo User details were compromised a few years back, and anyone that had an email account with them up until that point may have had their email addresses and passw...

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WhatsApp has just announced that its privacy policy and terms and conditions have changed to give Facebook access to your account info, including your phone number and the phone number of your contacts.

Although the way they phrase it in their blog post frames this change as benevolent, allowing them to a...

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A big part of my job for the last few months has been updating my agency’s data protection policies and practices in order to get us in line with the forthcoming EU data protection law, known as the GDPR (General Data Protection Ruling). It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s not quite over, but some people h...

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I know I haven’t written here for a while, so if you’d forgotten you’d signed up for my email list, I’m sorry for the reminder. There’s been a lot going on, not least the change in focus of my career.

Without boring you with the details, I decided to focus on the data side of the job much more, which led to...

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If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a big fan of working with as much information as I can get. And what’s the best way to get that information from websites when you’re not much of a programmer? Scraping.

There are loads of really good web scraping tools out there, many of...

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