Being wary of handing over personal details to websites isn’t ‘outrageous’
A Whitehall adviser has been slammed for telling people to make up data. But less anonymity doesn’t equal more security
Poor Andy Smith. As a digital security adviser at the Cabinet Office, you’d think he’d be safe offering up a bit digital security advice at a digital security conference.
But instead, the luckless fellow now stands accused of advocating a practice that enables the abuse of children. Helen Goodman, shadow culture minister, said it was “totally outrageous” that Smith had the gall to advise attendees of the Parliament and the Internet Conference to be wary of the personal details they give out online. If a social networking site forces you to provide information you’re uncomfortable about offering up – including your name and date of birth – give false information, he suggested.