Posted - 16 Oct 2013 : 15:01:16
Police: Theft and misuse of Facebook photos is legal
Imagine someone stealing your pictures, your name, your information and abuse them in your name - without either you or the police can do something about it because it is not illegal.
This article in Danish explains that the police can do nothing when Several thousand people every year get their pictures and private information used on fake dating profiles online.
"46,900 Danes each year are being robbed of their identity online, and the police use considerable resources to catch the thieves who commit fraud and financial scams online.
But in most cases - where someone steals pictures or private information, for example, a facebook profile - the police can do nothing.
- For the police to do something, it requires that it is illegal. And many of the things we talk about here, as one can call harassment, there is no law against" says the Head of the National Police Department against cybercrime, to DR News
Make your profile private
"What you have available online, can be misused by others", says Johhny Lundberg.
Do not be paranoid, the web is a great place to be and can give us a lot. However, there is always someone out there who can abuse what we do out there.
The Danish Digitization Agency has made 10 recommendations on how to avoid identity theft on the web:
1. Ensure that all programs on your PC is updated.
2. Use both antivirus and firewall.
3. Make sure your wireless network is encrypted.
4. Be reluctant to disclose personal information.
5. Be very reluctant to disclose confidential information.
6. Use password.
7. Never send confidential or personal information in e-mail.
8. Do not disclose confidential and personal information on social sites, discussion boards and chat rooms.
9. Make sure your portable devices are safe.
10. Teach your children good IT security habits online.
A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone