Youth, blackmail and the things you can't erase online

Cyber-blackmail has been implicated in the suicide of 17-year-old Daniel Perry

Irish man arrested as 'the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet'

Reports suggest a co-ordinated attack by the FBI that took down some of the world's most well-hidden illegal websites

Castro pleaded guilty last week to hundreds of criminal charges to avoid the possibility of the death penalty

Ariel Castro sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison for abduction of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Judge insists on consecutive sentences for hundreds of counts, including kidnapping, rape and assault

The coast at Messanges, Landes, was described as potentially 'extremely dangerous'

Foreign Office names British teenager feared drowned off French coast

Kieran Knight, 16, was on holiday with his family in the Landes region near Bordeaux

The Royston ruling could have wider implications on the use of number-plate tracking in other parts of the country

The Royston ring of steel: Data watchdog warns police that surveillance scheme in rural Hertfordshire town is 'unlawful'

Monitoring of car number plates by CCTV cameras is ‘excessive’,  rules data Information Commissioner's Office

The fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged yesterday that the National Security Agency was 'in bed together' with German intelligence

Edward Snowden latest: NSA whistleblower will stay in Moscow airport, says lawyer

US fugitive still awaiting papers allowing him to enter Russia while his request for asylum is being considered

Public concerns over the retention of personal data by police, hospitals and the security services are thought to have led to an upsurge of privacy actions – which have increased by 22 per cent in the last year

Privacy actions up 22% as public fights storage of personal information on ‘big brother’ databases

A sharp rise in the number of privacy hearings in British courts has been fuelled by requests for “irrelevant” personal information to be removed from police and other state databases, figures show.

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter speaks of her hurt over the family's dispute

Ndileka Mandela speaks to the BBC of the pain the family have undergone since Mr Mandela was taken ill

Peckham teen raped boy, 13, for 'having a poor phone'

A teenager raped a 13-year-old boy he had intended to rob and then told him he deserved it for not having a phone worth stealing, a court heard yesterday.

A UK Border Agency worker poses with a passport during a demonstration of the new facial recognition gates at the North Terminal of Gatwick Airport near London, November 23, 2009. The gates can be used by any British or EEA national who holds a biometric passport and are designed to speed travellers through immigration control. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

UK police authorised to seize mobile data at the border without reasonable suspicion

Data can include phone contacts, text and email metadata, photos and call history

'Hemlis' (Swedish for secret) is currently asking for funding and will uses end-to-end encryption to secure users' messages

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde building a spy-proof messaging app

'Hemlis' (Swedish for secret) is currently asking for funding and will uses end-to-end encryption to secure users' messages

Logo for Facebook's new Graph Search function

Reach for your privacy settings: Facebook graph search goes public

New search function answers queries using the habits and likes of friends and strangers

UK gives Google three months to change privacy policies or face fines

Data watchdog claim that search giant's current policies raise 'serious questions' about compliance with UK law

Tributes pile up for South Africa's hospitalised former president, Nelson Mandela

Mandela coverage: a fine line between racism and ethics?

Mandela’s daughter said there is a racist element to the way her father’s health is being covered - so at the very least people should listen

A woman who mistook a tube of superglue for her coldsore cream was taken to Dunedin Hospital

New Zealand woman glues mouth shut with superglue which she thought was coldsore cream

64-year-old had to use grunts and taps to lead emergency services to her house

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