Add the Google+ data snafu to Google’s litany of privacy fails

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jazz in the hands 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 and download a copy of my book, Control Shift: How Technology Affects You and Your Rights. Murakaza neza! OH GOOGLE. … Continue reading Add the Google+ data snafu to Google’s litany of privacy fails

Time for Google to come clean about China

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your chip off the old block 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 and download a copy of my book, Control Shift: How Technology Affects You … Continue reading Time for Google to come clean about China

“Democracy needs resistance” – the ePrivacy reform is in trouble

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your ham in the slow cooker of digital rights news and analysis. A NEW EU LAW COVERING THE PRIVACY OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS appears to have stalled in the legislative process. The Council of the EU, currently led by the Austrians under a rotating presidency, is supposed to figure out a common position … Continue reading “Democracy needs resistance” – the ePrivacy reform is in trouble

Tech’s perversion of the democratic process

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your gambol through the wheat fields of digital rights news and analysis. FACEBOOK WILL INCUR THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE FINE in the UK over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announced today. That fine is only £500,000, because the incident happened in the pre-GDPR days, but it's still not a … Continue reading Tech’s perversion of the democratic process

Dark patterns and the “meaning” of privacy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your flick of the wrist of digital rights news and analysis. BIG TECH COMPANIES ARE MEETING TODAY TO DISCUSS PRIVACY in the wake of the GDPR and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to Axios. The publication quotes Dean Garfield, head of the Information Technology Industry Council, as saying "they've always viewed privacy … Continue reading Dark patterns and the “meaning” of privacy

Good Apple

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your journey through the looking-glass of digital rights news and analysis. APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEXT VERSION OF SAFARI will tell users when third parties are trying to track them through things like "like" and "share" buttons, and give them a simple way to block the tracking. And which tracker did … Continue reading Good Apple

The Zuckerberg farce

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your breach in the hull of digital rights news and analysis. MARK ZUCKERBERG'S APPEARANCE BEFORE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEADERS yesterday was an absolute farce. With the world's attention trained on them, the MEPs spent an hour grandstanding, landing all the predicted blows but at excessive length – the meeting was only supposed to … Continue reading The Zuckerberg farce

Facebook is the gift that keeps on giving

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your I in the team 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. Tonga soa! I apologise in advance for the Facebook-heaviness of this issue. MARK ZUCKERBERG … Continue reading Facebook is the gift that keeps on giving

What we can learn from Facebook’s stack of lawsuits

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your penny in the tip jar of digital rights news and analysis. FACEBOOK IS GETTING SUED A LOT right now. There's a bunch of suits over its data protection failings, associated with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Then there's a putative class action over its scraping of call and SMS logs from Android … Continue reading What we can learn from Facebook’s stack of lawsuits

The Facebook scandal and the decentralisation conundrum

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your hat in the ring of digital rights news and analysis. THANKS TO CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK, the purpose of data protection seems to have finally broken through into the public consciousness this past week. Here are several factors that have made this particular scandal exceptional and potentially game-changing. 1. This is … Continue reading The Facebook scandal and the decentralisation conundrum