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

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