Welcome to your locked-down future

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your eye in the needle of digital rights news and analysis. THE WORLD'S BIGGEST DIGITAL RIGHTS GROUP, THE EFF, HAS RESIGNED from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) over its standardisation of a form of digital rights management (DRM) to control the playback of online video: http://bit.ly/2yl1k6S The key problem, according to … Continue reading Welcome to your locked-down future

America is starting to get why data protection is so important

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your shot in the arm of digital rights news and analysis. A slightly longer newsletter than usual today, but there's a lot to discuss. Here goes… THE EQUIFAX DATA LEAK is what can mostly politely be termed as an omnishambles. Hackers made off with the personal information of 143 million Americans, and … Continue reading America is starting to get why data protection is so important

These are the EU countries flouting privacy rights with data retention laws

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your nudge in the ribs of digital rights news and analysis. DATA RETENTION LAWS ARE UNLAWFULLY IN FORCE across 21 European countries, according to a survey by Privacy International: http://bit.ly/2xOT6UC Data retention – where governments force internet service providers (ISPs) to log the activities of their customers so authorities can comb through … Continue reading These are the EU countries flouting privacy rights with data retention laws

Online anonymity is under threat, and not just in China

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your toe on the tripwire of digital rights news and analysis. CHINA IS TRYING (AGAIN) TO MAKE ONLINE ANONYMITY a thing of the past. According to new rules from the country's "cyberspace administration", website operators have to ensure that anyone commenting on their site is using their real name – which they … Continue reading Online anonymity is under threat, and not just in China

Online power’s troubling concentration

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your teapot in the orbit of digital rights news and analysis. IT'S RARE TO SEE THE EXCESSIVELY POWERFUL complaining about their power, but that's what we saw last week when Cloudflare threw the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website to the wolves: http://for.tn/2vlJUV3 What's Cloudflare? The most important internet infrastructure company you've never heard … Continue reading Online power’s troubling concentration

Trump’s government vs online privacy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your finger on the trigger of digital rights news and analysis. DONALD TRUMP'S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT has gone after a US web host, Dreamhost, in an attempt to identify the many visitors to an anti-Trump website that uses the company's servers: http://for.tn/2w6AwJL Dreamhost is fighting the DOJ's efforts to seize its records for … Continue reading Trump’s government vs online privacy

Blocking the internet’s memory? A reason would be nice

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your hands in the air of digital rights news and analysis. THE INTERNET ARCHIVE is kind of the internet's memory – the repository where all the stuff that's been taken down or gone missing is replicated and searchable. Which makes it particularly worrying to see that the Indian government has apparently blocked it: http://bit.ly/2vLDkMn … Continue reading Blocking the internet’s memory? A reason would be nice

EU Court kicks mass surveillance yet again

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your flash in the pan of digital rights news and analysis. RUSSIANS HAVE BEEN MARCHING against the country's ever-expanding censorship of the internet. On Sunday, around a thousand people protested prominent cases of people being prosecuted for their online writings and videos. The day before, the Russian parliament passed a law prohibiting the … Continue reading EU Court kicks mass surveillance yet again

The war on encryption gets very silly indeed

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bop in the bop-shoo-bop-shoo-bop of digital rights news and analysis. THE WAR ON ENCRYPTION has galloped over the threshold of farce in Australia, where prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a surprising downgrade for the jurisdiction of mathematics. Following the UK's lead, the Australian government has announced that it will try forcing online … Continue reading The war on encryption gets very silly indeed