Visiting London With The London Pass

If you want to make most of your trip to London, you may consider buying the London Pass that will make your sightseeing easier and cheaper.

When you purchase the London Pass, you will receive the 160-page guidebook with maps and lots of important information on all of the biggest tourist attractions in London. It is in a pocket size format, but it will not sit in your pocket… You will be consulting it very often during the day.

The London pass is being sold in these basic variations – 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, and 6-day, each saving you time and money. You save time because as a London pass holder you’re entitled to Fast Track Entry and you can skip the ticket lines.

You will save well over £500 on entrance fees. For example, you will be going for free to over 50 attractions, including such gems as: Windsor Castle (regular price £14), Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Queen’s Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition or St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The best way to use the London pass is to combine it with the London Travelcard. Get the London Pass with the Travelcard and get unlimited transportation within the whole Greater London (Zones 1-6) – both on the underground (the Tube), the bus and the train system. Moving between London’s attractions will be much easier and faster if you use excellent London public transport services. You will also be able to get on the train and go to Windsor Castle. And by buying the 6-day London pass version with transport, you will get the 7th day of travel free – even more savings!

There are some Travelcard restrictions, though. E.g., the transport version of the London Pass is for off-peak only, meaning that the Travelcards you will get if buying the 1-day, 2-day and 3-day passes can be used only after 9:30 AM Monday-Friday on the days of validity and for any journey that starts before 4:30 AM on the following day. There are no restrictions on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Multiday Travelcards are valid for use on consecutive calendar days. The 7-day Travelcard incurs no restrictions. The only airport accessible with the Travelcard is Heathrow, but the card cannot be used on the Heathrow Express.

The London Pass offers not only free entry to the London’s favorite attractions, but also includes other special offers, such as discounts at restaurants and theatres, free special guides and exhibitions, free bowling, ice-skating, sightseeing river cruise, etc.

And this special exclusive free gift will make your trip to London even more memorable – you will get a cute Beefeater Teddy Bear when you show your London Pass at any Crest of London souvenir shops.

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Free Dating

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend £30 (or more!) per month on a dating site when there are equally useful alternatives out there for free.

When the internet started, everything was free. E-commerce was in its infancy and no one that I associated with in 1996 (least of all my Mother) was all that happy handing over their credit card details to a world wide ‘website’ on the ‘information super highway’ (don’t you feel old just reading that term?!). As the noughties approached, the dot com boom sounded and people rushed to their computers, as if shell shocked, to hand over their credit card details to complete strangers. It seems however that many entrepreneurs erroneously invested in online initiatives void of viable business models. In turn, people were not stupid enough to give over their 16 digit numbers quite as readily as was hoped and the dot com bubble burst in 2001.

Since then, investors have gotten more interweb savvy (like Jeremy Clarkson I’m a proponent of this term, but for utterly different reasons than he, and besides, that’s a subject for another article…) and entrepreneurs have gone back to business basics. As a result, the monetisation of websites is a huge industry and e-commerce and internet marketing are growing on what are now, generally speaking, stable economic foundations.

The dating sector is now well established, with sites such as match.com heading the market and raking in massive profits. Keywords for paid search ads in the dating sector are likely to cost up to £2 per click (which is very expensive). Certainly these sites have lots of functionality and a rich roster of users. They are the success stories in a lucrative online industry where the things that make the internet a success as a whole (relative anonymity, real time communication, huge data resources and a ‘browsing’ culture) also speak perfectly to this most social of sectors.

I’ve been a part of the internet revolution in dating for the past 5 or so years. Am I still single? Well the answer is yes, but that’s probably got more to do with my reluctance to commit than any difficulty in meeting eligible partners. There are a plethora of sites out there, but are the pay sites really worth it? In my experience (and I’ve tried most), sites claiming to offer ‘free dating’ sometimes only do so, so as to entice users in to trying their services for a certain time before actually charging for it. Often these sites end up charging the earth (or in some cases, entire solar systems) for their services.

 

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Missing Persons Investigations of a New Age

George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published in 1949. You’d have thought that his vision would no longer be up-to-date 65 years later. The world he described was a world where Big Brother was watching people, constantly seeking information about crime think or any other kind of offence against the glorious super state of Oceania.

Edward Snowden showed us, that what Big Brothers these days are doing is not all that different from what Orwell described. Sure, the technology is quite different from what he had envisioned, but Orwell’s novel is not about science and technology, but about the horrible world where governments might monitor our every move, observe us in our most intimate moments and know about everything we do. Modern day supercomputers, satellites and all sorts of technology make that easily possible for various government agencies.

Yet there is so much information out there that is easily accessible without any spying satellites, supercomputers or without bugging mobile phones. It’s the information millions of users are putting online every day of their own free will, just to get some likes, re-tweets or shares. People tell themselves that they are doing this to stay in touch with each other, but they fail to realize how much of their personal information they are giving away every moment of every day.

With more than half of Australians being active on Facebook, it seems like this would be the most promising social network to start an investigation. The information found on Facebook is truly varied. There are photographs, comments as well as check-ins that give away a person’s current location. Furthermore there is a time stamp on everything, which makes it easy to create a collage of events a person went through at a certain time. No special equipment is needed for all of this with much of it capable of being performed with a simple smart phone.

Of course people tend to forget, that social media doesn’t mean just Facebook and Twitter. Apart from other household names like LinkedIn, Google+ or Pinterest, there are dozens of other smaller, niche websites that cater to all sorts of profiles. Finding information across all of these platforms can turn into a large investigation on its own.

Investigating social media is not only about snooping either. People tend to forget, that Facebook is first and foremost a platform for communication. As many people from the younger generations no longer even have a landline and choose not to publicly reveal their mobile number, Facebook and other social media may be an easy way of tracking them down for communication or to even serve court documents.

Being a private investigator and not knowing anything about social media is something that has become unimaginable in this day and age. While traditional methods such as surveillance are still very effective, they are considerably supplemented with comprehensive desktop investigation based on extensive social media profiling and as the next generation moves more of their life onto the internet the value of this brand of profiling is only going to increase.

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Ecommerce – The Importance of Having a Privacy Policy

A privacy policy, also known as an information management policy, is an agreement between a website operator and a website user that determines how the operator intends to use, collect, store, share, and protect the data that the user shares through interactions with the website. Even a little more than a decade ago, some commercial websites did not have privacy policies, but now, virtually all websites have one. These policies, which should be separate from the website’s terms of use agreement, are a necessity for several different reasons.

The Policy Can Foster Transparency and Trust between Operators and Users

In connection with privacy policies, website users usually want to know two things: what information the website collects and how that information is used. Best business practices dictate that website operators let users know the answers to those two questions and let them know how to control that use.

Some websites inform users that they simply collect information for their own use, and other websites disclose that they provide that information to third parties under certain circumstances. eBay’s privacy policy, for instance, tells users that it does not “disclose your personal information to third parties for their marketing and advertising purposes” without the user’s explicit consent. The policy says eBay may share personal information to third parties when it is necessary to prevent fraud or use the eBay website’s core functions. The extended version of eBay’s reader-friendly policy could be improved by specifically informing users at what points of service the information is collected and how it is shared at each point.

A website should also update users whenever the privacy policy changes. It should let the users know when the new policy will go into effect, and it may allow users to agree to the changes, explicitly through a dialogue box or implicitly through continued use of the website.

The Policy Can Help Shield You from Legal Liability

Although there is no general federal law outlining privacy policy requirements for websites that collect information from adults, several state laws and minor-specific federal laws exist. For instance, the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (OPPA) requires that website privacy policies must contain certain information, including: “personally identifying information collected, the categories of parties with whom this personally identifying information may be shared, and the process for notifying users of material changes to the applicable privacy policy.” The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires operators to maintain a privacy policy if the website is directed to children under the age of 13 or knowingly collects information from children under the age of 13.

Read for more for additional information regarding privacy policies, terms of use agreements, internet business, and eCommerce.

Darin M. Klemchuk is an intellectual property (IP) trial lawyer located in Dallas, Texas with significant experience enforcing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret rights. He is a founding partner of Klemchuk LLP. He was selected to be included in the Internet Lawyer Leadership Summit, a group of lawyers in the US focused on Internet law issues. He also practices commercial litigation and business law, social media law, and ecommerce and IP licensing.

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