Facebook’s response to ‘ripping apart society’ claims is less than convincing

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your tickle under the chin of digital rights news and analysis. SPECIAL NOTE: This will be the last Connected Rights newsletter this year, because I'm going on vacation. Normal service will resume on January 17th. In the meantime, why not buy my book, Control Shift? It's full of Christmas cheer (I'm lying). FACEBOOK'S … Continue reading Facebook’s response to ‘ripping apart society’ claims is less than convincing

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

An Uber-bad way to handle a data breach

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your twist in the tale of digital rights news and analysis. UBER HAS DEMONSTRATED PRECISELY WHAT NOT TO DO when a major data breach happens. Yesterday, the company confessed that around a year ago it paid off hackers who had stolen the personal information of 57 million Uber users and drivers around … Continue reading An Uber-bad way to handle a data breach

Not handing over your passwords is a terrorist offence, citizen

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your cat in the cradle of digital rights news and analysis. NOT HANDING OVER YOUR PASSWORDS IS A TERRORIST OFFENCE in the UK. I've briefly mentioned the case of Mohammad Rabbani before (http://bit.ly/2whZWQZ), but now he's been officially found guilty: http://bit.ly/2yEsztz Rabbani is the international director of human rights group Cage, an NGO that … Continue reading Not handing over your passwords is a terrorist offence, citizen

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

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

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