Samaritans pulls suicide watch Radar app over privacy concerns
Sat 8 Nov 2014, 02:40

The charity Samaritans has suspended a new Twitter app which enables users to monitor the accounts of their friends for distressing messages, following a backlash from privacy campaigners. The Radar app, which launched just over a week ago, sends an alert to users when people they follow post messages that suggest depressed or suicidal thoughts. But critics, including the founder of a petition against the app which won more than 1,200 signatures, argued the tool breaches user’s privacy by collecting, processing and sharing sensitive information about their emotional and mental health.

British surveillance agency releases encryption app for kids
Fri 12 Dec 2014, 13:20

British surveillance agency GCHQ has launched an app teaching children to understand “basic encryption techniques”, despite its director having criticised technology firms for making more advanced tools available to their users.

Cryptoy is a free app for Android tablets, and it teaches children about four encryption techniques – shift, substitution, Vigenère and Enigma – as well as the history behind their use.