On copyright, some media turkeys are lobbying for Christmas

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your rustling in the leaves of digital rights news and analysis. LEADING EUROPEAN JOURNALISTS ARE TRYING TO LOBBY for the introduction of ancillary copyright across the EU, in the form of Article 11 of the new Copyright Directive. Google and Facebook are apparently "fleecing…the media of their rightful revenue". Look, this is … Continue reading On copyright, some media turkeys are lobbying for Christmas

When spies get to decide surveillance is OK

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bun in the oven of digital rights news and analysis. A DECADE'S WORTH OF BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARIES WRONGLY authorised the intelligence agencies to collect as much telecommunications as they liked, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has found after a lot of bugging (pardon the pun) by Privacy International. Essentially, the foreign secretaries … Continue reading When spies get to decide surveillance is OK

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

Apple makes another worrying China decision

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your pinch on the cheek of digital rights news and analysis. APPLE HAS ALARMED PRIVACY ACTIVISTS by agreeing not only to store its Chinese customers' iCloud data on Chinese servers, but to store the encryption keys for that information in the country too: http://on.wsj.com/2ESetY6 The company claims that the keys will be … Continue reading Apple makes another worrying China decision

The US is dooming the future of the transatlantic data economy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bump on the fist of digital rights news and analysis. THE NSA'S WARRANTLESS INTERNET SURVEILLANCE POWERS look set to continue with minimal changes, after privacy activists failed to derail a bill extending the program: http://reut.rs/2EMbmAz While the authorisation of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – which allows US … Continue reading The US is dooming the future of the transatlantic data economy

“The government does not have the right to rummage”

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your frog in the throat of digital rights news and analysis. DREAMHOST IS CLAIMING VICTORY IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP'S justice department (see http://bit.ly/2wxGtQn). The hosting provider for DisruptJ20.org has received its final court order for information about the site, and it allows DreamHost to redact all identifying information and protect … Continue reading “The government does not have the right to rummage”

NSA surveillance threatens Facebook’s European operations yet again

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your cog in the wheel of digital rights news and analysis. THE EU'S HIGHEST COURT IS GOING TO HAVE TO DECIDE whether the legal mechanism used by Facebook (and others) to send personal data to the U.S. is kosher or not: http://for.tn/2g8d0T2 This is essentially the same case that brought down the … Continue reading NSA surveillance threatens Facebook’s European operations yet again

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