Post 1: How much do you know about online privacy?

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I have researched on data security and online privacy issue, which happens all around the world. There few articles shared different positions from different authors.


On privacy and cyber-security, plan today or fail tomorrow?

James Moore was previously served as Canada’s minister of industry, which included responsibility for Canada’s digital policy, as well as Canada’s privacy and copyright law. The article “Opinion: On privacy and cyber-security, plan today or fail tomorrow” that he wrote for Canadian Business is used to reminding business pay attention to data security.

The article is opinion based. James has pointed out that business should pay much attention of prevent countless data breaches and online privacy crises that happen in most Canadian business, especially for those business who have not yet thought through all of these issues in an increasingly litigious business environment and the perilous online world, it should be planned early it happens (Moore 2016). The story has become all too common for businesses today. So I agree with the author’s opinion, plan before it happens.

On the other hand, communications and engagement, business operations and data protection, which are key indicators of the ability of businesses to reduce the risk of a data breach action. Good communication and customers are keenly engaged in that can help the customers protecting their self-interest. Otherwise, correct business operations and data protection method will enable business to stand out in the perilous online world.



 How much do you know on mobile online games?

Thomson Reuters ZAWYA has published an article – “TRA issues warning against mobile online games that request the geographical location of users”. With the increase in cybercrime, they have the responsibility to open valuable information and make more people aware of the serious problem. UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has been pointed out at the beginning of the article to confirm the reliability of the information source (ZAWYA 2016).

With more and more online games requirements for location information, the privacy of users is invaded. They are allowing criminal elements like hackers to spy on them and know when they are in isolated places–giving them the opportunity to rob them of their possessions or cause further harm. So TRA called on all smart mobile and device users and warned them about playing online electronic games that request for their geographical locations, which could be used against them for criminal activities (ZAWYA 2016). The harm that online game brings to people’s privacy exists on our side; it’s factual. So I agree with the author. Different with other author’s, ZAWYA found the problem from daily life and called people apply in real action.



Why our public lives need privacy protections?

Brigid Delaney is the author of the novel Wild Things. She wrote the article “Why our public lives need privacy protections” for State High Court and it’s worked hard to call for privacy law reform. Different from the previous articles, Delaney mentioned some famous people’s personal experience that will make the information more trustworthy and article more persuasive.

Privacy advocates are grappling with many things at the moment,we are aware, but seem largely unconcerned. A cause of action for serious invasion of privacy does not presently exist in Australian law.

The article is opinion based with well researched, Australian Law Reform Commission and New South Wales parliamentary committee have recommended the state “lead the way” in creating a new legal action for invasions of privacy (Delaney 2016). Same with other authors, Delaney is here joined Kirby to call for privacy law reform. I also agree with the author. We have to say we need this public part of the Internet to get jobs, keep in touch with our friends, market the goods and other things, but there still very necessary for us to live safe online.

On the other hand, we know the law hasn’t kept pace with technology; the increase in social media is creating a dangerous environment for privacy and has brought the harm for people’s life,which can not be ignored. Therefore, there still have bunch of worth information we haven’t know enough, we need to investigate more and protect ourselves in online word.­



How your personal information is at risk?

James Law has published an article “Data leaks: How your personal information is at risk”. In today’s world, the personal data you entrust to companies is at greater risk than you realize and also for business. James has published this article as a wake-up call for Australian and Australia’s corporates. The chief technology officer of information security company Clearswift – Dr. Bunker have stated many Australian companies are not taken seriously about the protection of network attacks and data holes (Law 2014).

In the same way, James has been published the relevant article to emphasize how creepy when your Google map data been stolen. They know where you live; they know everything about you and more worrying results.

The article is opinion based and it’s telling the truth through different examples from different companies. Therefore I agree with the author that companies’ reputations need be protected with the powerful systems, such as data-loss prevention systems, which allow sensitive data to be removed before the information leaves the organization.

On the other hand, companies should further investigate more about “how systems can be checked out to make sure the processes around them is secure and protected; how customers can equally aware of the risks and how to avoid a malicious insider in your companies”, which will help companies far away greater.



Never read the terms and conditions?

Ansgar Koene is a Senior Research Fellow with the CaSMa project. He has published the article: “Never read the terms and conditions? Here’s an idea that might protect your online privacy” to give people advice about how might we protect our online data privacy. Ansgar has been working on the similar topic to research data and people’s interest in online word, so his article becomes more credible.

According to UK’s Citizens Advice reports, Ansgar has provided a trustworthy data, which shows only around 1% people really do read the long pages terms and conditions in full before signing up to a website. Because of so many people don’t fully read terms and conditions, they may not be aware how much control the service provider is asserting over their content.

Therefore, Ansgar’s research came up with “Kitemark idea” concept to protect your data, without having to wade through those documents. A House of Lords committee recently recommended introducing a “kite mark” to identify websites that meet EU standards for handling and processing personal data (Koene 2016). They argued that this would provide a visual symbol for consumers to know that they weren’t signing up to anything they objected to (Koene 2016). The article is opinion based and it still need be considered.

In the same way, Ansgar has been considered the stumbling block of the kitemark concept; come from the reality that online services are dominated by US companies that look at the business on a global scale, with hundreds of millions of customers. So I agree with the author. Although kitemark” idea is an innovative concept, it’s still hard to bring into effect at international level at this moment.

Overviewed all the articles, there are three positions I want further to investigate. They are :Business not pay attention to data protection led to Privacy disclosure; Illegal online games bring benefit  for hackers and Most companies don’t havesafeguards for company’s data protection. These are too close to people’s life, we need design feasible plans to apply in real action. 


Written by Jiahui Li (nancy)


Delaney, B., 2016, ‘Why our public lives need privacy protections’, Saturday paper post, 14 May, viewed 30 July 2016, < >

Law, J., 2014, ‘ Data leaks: You’re your personal information is at risk’, post, 1 October, viewed 29 July 2016, <>

Koene, A., 2016, ‘ Never read terms and conditions? Here’s an idea that might protect your online privacy’, The conversation post, 15 July, viewed 29 July 2016<>

Moore, J., 2016, ‘Opinion: On privacy and cyber-security, plan today or fail tomorrow’, Vancouver Sun post, 7 July, viewed 30 July 2016, <>

ZAWYA, 2016, ‘TRA issues warning against mobile online games that requests geographical location of users’, ZAWYA post, 16 July, viewed 30 July 2016, <>

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