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Google app store changes Tim Henwood
4 July 2014

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Google Play recently made a change to the way it handles permissions when you download a new app. Permissions, in app speak, show you what parts of your Android phone the app will have access to. Whether it’s data - like your phone numbers; or hardware - like being able to play sound through your speakers, or access your GPS location, these permissions are generally necessary to help the app run.

A right to be forgotten for New Zealand? John Edwards
1 July 2014

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The biggest thing in the privacy world just now seems to have exploded into the collective consciousness out of nowhere. For those of you with TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) syndrome, here’s the spoiler. The issue is not as clear cut as you might think. I’d like to hear a range of views about how we should approach this in New Zealand.

Yo Tim Henwood
26 June 2014

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Yo - an app so deceptively simple it is regularly dismissed as stupid or pointless - has been headlining the web’s tech news pages recently. For those that aren’t up to speed, Yo allows you to send a one-word message to friends who you have added on Yo. (Guess what that one word message is!)

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.