Category Archives: Privacy

Information Security Awareness Week 2-6 October

Information Security Awareness Week 2-6 October 2017

The week will focus on why information matters to all University staff and students, the threats that we all face as users, and how you can take some very simple steps to quickly protect your personal data and research content.

We will also be active on Twitter during the week, with hints, tips and useful guidance. Follow us on Twitter at and with #UoEInfoSec.

Further information will be posted on and Twitter as we announce it.



Why privacy matters

We all talk about privacy but does it really matter?

Watch Glenn Greenwald’s Ted Talk – ‘Why privacy matters’ (Oct 2014)

“Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States’ extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.” [Extract from YouTube]

Information Security Awareness Week

Edinburgh University Information Security Awareness Week:
quoteMonday 26th October to Friday 30th 2015.

The awareness week is intended to promote four themes, and to encourage you all to take the Information Security Essentials training course.

During this week there will be information security advice clinics, opening on various University campuses.

Further information can be found:

Find out about managing your digital footprint at

Create an effective online presence

What can you do to make an effective online presence?socialmedia

  • Consider who your audience/readers are
  • Consider multiple platforms/social media, if
  • Create an about me/profile page
  • Select a suitable/eye catching image/logo/photo
  • Connect/friend/follow others to widen your network
  • Respond to tweets/comments/posts in a timely manner
  • Include images, hashtags, useful information
  • Evaluate your online presence and modify/update where needed
  • Consider your digital footprint – manage your privacy settings, and don’t say/post/share anything you will regret!

footprint“Think of the Internet as a public place. Don’t leave your details lying around” Online Postgraduate student

“Act online as you would in real life” Undergraduate student


Other Resources



There are a number of guidelines from different profeprofessionlism wordleessional bodies – some are listed below.

If you work as a doctor, nurse, surgeon, teacher etc. – please check if there are guidelines on using social media in your profession.

Some common misunderstandings include:

  • what you and others say online – stays online – even in personal spaces!
  • if content is deleted it cannot be recovered (it does live on a server somewhere, or has already been shared/retweeted/posted)
  • even if you think you are not naming an individual e.g. a patient/client, if there is any identifiable information  – this is still a breach of confidentiality

New! Code of conduct – Nursing and Midwifery Council (31 March 2015)