Feeds

EU advisors: Tighter web privacy will stamp out bullies

Sensitive info leaking to tormentors and paedos – report

Seven Steps to Software Security

Improved safeguards and greater resources for law enforcement are needed to tackle the related problems of cyber-bullying and online grooming, according to a report by an EU security agency published on Tuesday.

ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) warned that the mishandling of personal information gathered using data-mining or profiling harms young people. It said private data exposed on the web might be subsequently seized upon and misused by bullies, online predators or crooks. This is obviously detrimental to anyone's well-being and the development of children's social skills.

Many parents lose control of their children's online environment as they lack the knowledge and tools to support their offspring, ENISA notes.

Prof Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of ENISA, commented: "Our children run the risk of becoming victims of online grooming and cyber-bullying; therefore actions are needed to protect teenagers’ cyber activities."

ENISA Expert Group on internet risks has come up with a list of 18 recommendations on how to tackle the twin problems of online bullying and grooming. The key recommendations include the need to strengthen law enforcement agencies in member states. Greater resources and manpower are needed to "properly cover regulatory issues, statistical data collection of misuse cases, and follow up on privacy breaches", the group said. How to pay for increased manpower and resources for police at a time of Europe-wide economic crisis is not tackled by the report, however.

The EU agency would also like to sponsored online campaigns to prevent grooming and cyber-torment on social networks. It would also like to see specialised security settings and user account profiles for teenagers to cover their particular needs, plus better privacy and age-related controls for applications that have access to teenagers.

In addition, ENISA would like to see improved efforts to educate parents about cyber-threats. The full report, including an assessment of risks and recommendations to different target audiences, can be found here. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.