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PC Advisor's most commented stories of the week – 27th January 2012

The issues that got our readers fire up

There's been plenty of tech stories over the past seven days that have got our readers talking. From FileSonic removing its file-sharing services following the closure of Megaupload.com to a juror being jailed for contempt of court because she researched a case on the internet. Here's the five most commented stories of the week on PC Advisor.

Internet users to get new rights under EU data protection proposals

Internet users in the European Union will benefit from greater control over their personal data if new proposals to reform the Data Protection Directive are implemented. The European Commission this week presented sweeping changes to the old regulation, which dates from the pre-Internet Age.
Maccyroo said: "This change to the law to reflect modern web usage trends is WELL overdue. I see so many people asking in forums, how to delete Facebook accounts and similar. I think it has finally sunk in to social media addicts that once you post. it's with you for life and you have little control of removing content not just on your profile but friend's walls too."
Meanwhile, Johnyboy added: "For domestic purposes it is certainly high time that the regulations reflect the current situation, bearing in mind the huge numbers of EU Civil Servants, this should have been tackled years ago."

New iOS Jailbreak Attracts Nearly 1 Million Users

About one million people have jailbroken their iPad 2 and iPhone 4S devices since last Friday thanks to a recently released untethered jailbreak. The jailbreak is designed for iOS devices with Apple's dual-core A5 chip and running iOS 5 or iOS 5.0.1
the-bunker said: "This is the spirit of hacking at it's finest - 10 months wait, thousands of hours by some very clever people, collaboration across competing groups - and free for all to enjoy. The fact that (potentially) one million have jailbroken there A5 iOS device in the space of a weekend just goes to show how valued this really is".

Juror jailed after researching case on internet

Dr Theodora Dallas, a 34-year old juror who researched a defendant on the internet and shared the information with fellow jurors during the trial, has been jailed for six months for contempt of court.
Outraged questioned how does such a sentence serve the common good?
"These people are mainly at an age when I would not trust them with the television remote, never mind passing judgement on others! If she had known of the accused before, without researching them, and passed the information on in general discussion, she would have been found equally guilty, by extension."
However, Davidinnotts disagrees.
"'Good intentions' don't excuse criminal behaviour, in this case, 'perverting the cause of justice'. She tried to prevent the case being judged fairly, and did it deliberately, whatever her motives."

FileSonic removes file-sharing function following Megaupload.com closure

FileSonic has removed the ability to share files with others via the service following the closure of Megaupload.com. "All sharing functionality of FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally," a notice on the file-sharing site read.
Bob Hart said: "This sucks but filesonic really did have a grip of infringing content on it...regardless I personally hated both FileSonic, Megaupload, and most of all Hotfile".
Meanwhile, Dguest added: "Hollywood hated VHS video, then it hated DVDs, now it hates the internet".

Smartphone apps killing satnavs

Mobile phone apps that offer vehicle owners navigation when they're driving are causing the death of the satnav, says MyVoucherCodes.co.uk. Research of 1,991 Brits revealed 64 percent own a satnav but just 41 percent of these used it on a regular basis.
Russ said: "Hopefully this might result in the likes of Garmin reducing the ridiculous prices they charge for map updates. It doesn't cost much more to buy a new satnav!"
Meanwhile Macyroo revealed Google Maps on his Motorola Droid "is far better than any Satnav I have ever used".
"Despite having a dedicated Satnav built into the dashboard of my car, I am still more likely to use my Droid," he said.

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