In today’s Digital Legal news summary | Why Students Shouldn’t use Twitter | Twitter posts £16.5K UK profits | Wife of Secretary of State posts his personal phone number o n Twitter | UK “Complacent” over cyber attacks | Leveson Data Protection Plans could have a “Chilling Effect” on journalism | Samsung expects $232 Billion sales in 2013 | Sony launches waterproof smartphone
The Independent gives guidance on why Students shouldn’t use twitter. However they have ignored the most important reason why Students should not go on Twitter – damage to their job prospects. Unless they can be sure that they will use the account to promote themselves and their skills applicable to their chosen career, the damage that can be done by a poorly thought out twitter account carrying stories of late nights out, unattended lectures and seminars that could easily be classed as “boring”, you could be giving ammunition to a future interviewer to shoot them down in that crucial job interview. I have heard of candidates seeing to their horror full printouts of their Twitter or Facebook account being produced in an interview and being asked to account for a specific post or tweet.Unless you want to take the time and care to maintain your Digital Footprint and avoid this kind of thing happening, keep your social media accounts limited and the privacy settings turned up as high as they will go!
In the meantime Twitter, like a large number of international corporations that operate in the UK, is posting tiny profits that will attract a minimal tax liability. Twitter has also seen another data protection breach after the wife of Michael Gove posted his mobile phone number in a tweet last night.
The BBC runs with comments from an MP that the UK is dangerously unprepared for a cyber attack and complacent to the risks. This comes on the same day that President Obama has proposed 3 appointments to the US State Dept who are keen to introduce more technology along the lines of drone and cyber attack and defence capabilities. meanwhile the Guardian carries the concerns of the UK ICO Christopher Graham who has warned of the effects on journalism that could take place if all of the Leveson recommendations concerning Data Protection were to come into force. To put these remarks into context it must be remembered that the ICO came in for quite a rough ride when he was interviewed at the Leveson Inquiry.
The new Draft EU Data Protection Regulations are covered in a report from MEPs, while Facebook continues to wrestle with the strict German Data Protection laws in Schleswig – Holstein. Already there is no “like” button in this German state, and they are now looking to levy $27,500 in fines due to Facebook prohibiting users from having anonymised pages. This choice has to be provided under German law.
The immense size of the smartphone and technology market is also illustrated with Samsung’s aim to achieve sales of $232 Billion in 2013. The escalation in smartphone and tablet ownership forecast for 2013/4 will lead to similarly large projected sales for most of the sector, but with many manufacturers including Nokia, HTC and Blackberry facing a squeeze in the face of the products from Samsung and Apple.
Sony Xperia Z: The waterproof smartphone that takes the peril out of texting in the bath
Samsung expects to post $232 billion in sales
Leveson data protection plans ‘could have chilling effect on journalism’
MEP’s report on new EU data protection rules gets critical reception
Facebook Takes Firm Stand Against German Data Protection Law
Twitter posts meagre profits of £16,500 in the UK
Security alert after Wife sends Tweet containing Michael Gove’s Mobile phone number
9 reasons why students shouldn’t join Twitter – Student
UK ‘complacent’ over military cyber attack risk, MPs warn
Please let me know in the comments below if you see any other Digital Law news online today