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

Europe’s new privacy law is moving forward and lobbyists aren’t happy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your foot in the door of digital rights news and analysis. THE EU's ePRIVACY REGULATION HAS CLEARED A MAJOR HURDLE after the European Parliament green-lit the start of negotiations with the EU member states over its terms. In other words, the parliament is OK with the amendments that its civil liberties committee … Continue reading Europe’s new privacy law is moving forward and lobbyists aren’t happy

Does the controversial Privacy Shield really “work well”?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your finger on the pulse of digital rights news and analysis. PRIVACY SHIELD IS WORKING DESPITE SOME PROBLEMS, according to the European Commission. The executive issued its first annual report on the EU-US data-sharing deal on Wednesday, saying it ensures an "adequate level of protection" for Europeans whose personal data is being … Continue reading Does the controversial Privacy Shield really “work well”?

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

When copyright reform gets really scary

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bug in the light fitting of digital rights news and analysis. DANGER! THE EU'S UNDER-DEVELOPMENT COPYRIGHT REFORM may turn out very grim indeed. The European Parliament's industry and culture committees voted on Tuesday to make online platforms liable for the copyright violations of their users, and, in the case of the industry committee, … Continue reading When copyright reform gets really scary

So many ways to tackle Facebook over privacy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your paddle up the creek of digital rights news and analysis. THE WORLD OF FACEBOOK AND PRIVACY provides rich pickings this week. First up, we have the German federal cartel office signalling that it thinks the company has been breaking antitrust law with its privacy practices. The authority's investigation is almost complete, and … Continue reading So many ways to tackle Facebook over 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

The battle for the future of the internet is on

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your weekly buzzer in the handshake of digital rights news and analysis. THE BATTLE'S ON for the future of the internet in the US. On July 12, tech firms (such as Amazon and Reddit) and activist groups (from Greenpeace to Access Now) will participate in an "internet-wide day of action to save net … Continue reading The battle for the future of the internet is on

Privacy vs the news

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your weekly stroll down the poorly-lit lanes of digital rights. THE MEDIA NEEDS TO TRACK YOU TO SURVIVE, according to an open letter sent to EU lawmakers by a host of news publishers, including Der Spiegel, Le Monde, the Financial Times and the Guardian: http://bit.ly/2qA3P0W. So what's all this about then? The issue here is the EU's new … Continue reading Privacy vs the news