Only 18% Of Bucks Feels Safe Online
12:57pm 5th June 2014
Most people in Buckinghamshire don't feel like their personal information is safe when they're online.
Only 18% in the county think they're secure, even though over 90% think they have a right to privacy, according to new research.
But Tom Gaffney, from researchers F-Secure, says people need to use things like social media sites with their eyes open:
"When it comes to things like Facebook and Twitter, you have to accept that if you're going to use this free service that anything that you hand over to it, they can then use it for anything they like.
"So, knowing that, you've just got to be careful and be aware about what kind of data you're putting up there."
From pictures to your date of birth, social media sites can see everything you post on their servers, and target advertising or services at you, based around what you like.
But Tom told us it can be worrying for people that these companies can then sell on that info to third-parties, often without our say-so.
There are also worries about what the government can acess.
Jim Killock, from the Open Rights Group, told us a bit more:
"Here they have powers where there's no judicial oversight and it's all done on the decision of ministers. Ministers decide what kind of information can be accessed, or police officers can just make requests without judges being involved."
Jim says that his group are worried baout freedom of speech for people like human rights activists, if the government are watching and processing loads of information on a daily basis.
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