Should scam letters be intercepted?
Conservative MP Caroline Nokes said scam mail should be intercepted before it reaches vulnerable people. Today’s news reveals how Scotland Yard detectives will be seizing scam mail, read more: Met police seizing scam mail aimed at UK victims.
Also in the news last week, how SMEs are taking data security seriously, the worst cities in the UK for card fraud revealed in CPP’s Card Fraud Index and how Facebook allowed third party developers to access users privacy information.
Media monitoring 17th – 23rd January 2011:
Card fraud hotspots revealed
This week we released our annual Card Fraud Index, which shows the worst cities for card fraud. See how your nearest city ranked by checking out our infographic, view it on flickr or on Slideshare.
Scam letters should be intercepted to shield the vulnerable
Conservative MP Caroline Nokes has said mail which can be clearly identified as scam letters such as fake lottery or business letters should be intercepted to shield the vulnerable from fraudsters.
Ms Nokes has said organisations to intercept such mail include The NFA (National Fraud Authority), customs officers and Royal Mail.
The BBC reported, “Her Bill was given an unopposed first reading but stands little chance of becoming law.”
SMEs take data security seriously – One Stop Click
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF) SME’s are making it their top priority to protect sensitive consumer information.
The survey by the NRF revealed that small to medium enterprises regularly updated their security systems especially where bank and credit card details apply.
With the risk of being fined by Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for data loss, the fact that SMEs are taking data protection and data loss seriously shows they are taking steps in the right direction to protect our data.
Developers allowed access to personal information – Facebook!
Sharing too much information can be risky, especially on social networks. The latest shake-up from Facebook is that the personal information you may hide from other users, has been available to third party application developers according to Graham Cluely.
Developers have access to information from anyone who adds the application to their Facebook page. The risk comes as the developers are not screened by Facebook.
Find out more about ‘Rogue Facebook apps’ and view our blog post by Kat Moore on protecting your identity.
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