It's the end of techUK’s Data Protection week (21-25 May), and we've been scanning many of the blogs, contributions and commentary published this week. Here's our personal selection of the best, for an exclusive Data Observatory digest.
Tracking online behaviour has become central to the business model of many online services. By collecting and analysing large amounts of data online retailers offer advertisements tailored to individuals. Offline retailers are facing a serious disadvantage as they cannot reap the benefits of this very valuable information. However, they have found a different way of inconspicuously collecting useful data about their customers’ behaviour: Wi-Fi tracking.
Where would someone buy a gun? Or Class A drugs? Or false identification documents? If this were 20 or 30 years ago, the first port of call might have been the local dodgy-looking pub, but today there is a new place to go to shop around for the latest range of illegal goods, and that’s the dark web.