I wish to share with you an incident which ocurred recently involving one of my clients. It reflects a very poor level of customer service by a leading social network and shows very clearly how poorly these companies act in regard to the concerns of their users and non-users.
In this case, eHarmony needs to lift their game in regard to the policing of their network:
I am very proud to advise Intimate Image Abuse legislation was passed through State Parliament on the 19th Feb, 2019. I have been a key advocate for this legislation in Western Australia over the past 5 years and it is exciting to know my voice and the voices of many others have been heard by our Government.
The Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Act 2018, will come into effect on the 15th of April, 2019 and outlines the following:
How can such an App be created and launched with such ease and with little or no safety standards or accountability? In the real world you cannot create ANY physical environment, especially where the public are involved, without the strictest levels of accountability, safety and responsibility. You can't even get past an idea without jumping through a large number of hoops.
Cyber Flashing is where a random person will send an offensive image (usually sexual) to an innocent and usually unknown victim, over the Apple AirDrop network. In my experience, the most common places it is occurring is on public transport or within shopping centres and food halls.
Family Zone has released the worlds first stand-alone Cyber Safety smartphone and I am excited! Parents and even kids have been waiting for such a device for years and I am rapt that FZ have been the first to take up the charge. The 'FZ One' is an Alcatel device using Android OS and is available directly through Family Zone or Woolworths. It is only $199.00 and includes 12 months membership to Family Zone.
If you have a daughter under 15, chances are she is using TiKTok! Since launching in 2017, Tik Tok has grown massively and was the most downloaded App in 2018, gathering over 194million downloads across the iTunes and Google Play networks. TikTok is an App created in China and designed as an international peer to the massively popular Douyin App, which is based solely in China.
Most of us have been guilty of it! A proud parent posting a photo of their childs' first day at primary or high school on social media for relatives and family to see. I believe such an exciting moment should be captured and shared but so often we are forgetting how far our images can go online and exactly how easy it is to identify kids through such images. Social networking is designed to spread information and the networks almost discourage us from taking efforts to minimise that exposure.
There are an infinite number of Apps popping up each year and it is very difficult for parents to keep on top of what their kids are using. More importantly, there are a large number of websites parents can visit to get reveiws or advice on the most popular Apps currently being used. Some of these sites offer good advice, some do not. So figuring out what is safe to use and what is not, is sometimes a difficult prospect. Though I do not wish to add more confusion to this topic, the best approach is to become as informed as possible.
There is no actual App called Snapchat Premium (SP). If you are looking to download SP, you won't find it anywhere, it is simply the name users will refer to when they are promoting their Snapchat account as a nude sharing service. A great many users across the Snapchat network, mainly young women, are creating SP accounts in order to make money through the 'sale and distribution' of their intimate and naked images or sexual acts.
At 4:03pm on Monday the 26th of June 2006, a crime that would shock the nation occurred at the Livingston Shopping Centre in Canning Vale, Western Australia. 8 year old Sofia Rodriguez Urrutia Shu was brutally and callously sexually assaulted and murdered by 22 year old Dante Wyndham Arthurs. Sofia was at the shops with her uncle, brother and sister, when she walked down a short passageway to go to the toilet.
As a former WA Police Officer, sites like OMEGLE were a constant frustration, seeming to hide behind a disclaimer "Do not use if you are under 18." It seems that statement devolves the creators of any responsibility for the protection of their users. Especially if those users are children. Yes, kids should not be on these sites. I agree with that 100%, but does that mean if they are, whatever happens to them is excusable or "their own fault"? Omegle is a simple video chat website where you can interact cam to cam with anyone around the world.