Germany’s anti-digital-rights chief is finally gone

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your knock at the door of digital rights news and analysis. FAREWELL THEN, HEIKO MAAS. Germany's erstwhile justice minister is off to become foreign minister in the new coalition government: http://bit.ly/2p6A3SO While Maas's opposition to far-right extremism is an obvious plus, from a digital rights perspective it's nonetheless good riddance. Maas was … Continue reading Germany’s anti-digital-rights chief is finally gone

Dirty spying tools for dirty clients

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jack in the box of digital rights news and analysis. Enjoy this newsletter? Forward it to a friend or get them to sign up. I'm David Meyer, aka @superglaze on Twitter and @davidmeyerwrites on Facebook. Don't forget to check out the Connected Rights website. Kaixo! THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF SUPPLYING surveillance equipment to the brutal … Continue reading Dirty spying tools for dirty clients

The hacking of net neutrality. Plus: My book, Control Shift, is finally on sale

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your ghost in the machine of digital rights news and analysis. First things first… I'VE WRITTEN A BOOK! It's called Control Shift: How Technology Affects Your and Your Rights, and you can buy it now on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Adw7WF (That's the link to the US store – it's in the others too, in … Continue reading The hacking of net neutrality. Plus: My book, Control Shift, is finally on sale

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

Google’s mega-fine is good for you

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your swizzle stick in the cocktail of digital rights news and analysis. GOOGLE'S €2.42 BILLION ANTITRUST FINE is not great for the company, obviously. It's a sizeable chunk of cash, even if Google parent Alphabet made a profit of €17.14 billion last year. What's worse for Alphabet, the firm faces further fines of … Continue reading Google’s mega-fine is good for you

Here’s what the EU’s incoming digital chief thinks about digital rights

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jiggle in the hips of digital rights news and analysis. MEET THE NEW (ALMOST) BOSS: The EU is about to get a new head of digital policy, as the old one, Germany's Günther Oettinger, has shuffled off to deal with the bloc's budget. The new "digital economy and society" commissioner-designate, a notably … Continue reading Here’s what the EU’s incoming digital chief thinks about digital rights

What are the ethics of having cameras for eyes?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your twinkle in the eye of digital rights news and analysis. THE ISSUE OF VIDEO-CAMERA ETHICS has been on my mind over the last couple days, thanks to two separate stories. The first relates to the German hypermarket chain Real getting the go-ahead from the Bavarian privacy regulator for its use of facial … Continue reading What are the ethics of having cameras for eyes?