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

State hijacking of social media is getting worse

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your fist in the air of digital rights news and analysis. SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BEEN HIJACKED TO INFLUENCE elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, according to Freedom House's latest Freedom on the Net report: http://bit.ly/2yZcOku "The Chinese and Russian regimes pioneered the use of surreptitious methods to distort online … Continue reading State hijacking of social media is getting worse

Finally, a country’s citizens get to have their say on mass surveillance

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your shot in the dark of digital rights news and analysis. THE DUTCH PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET A MASS SURVEILLANCE REFERENDUM, probably next March. The country has a law that says if people can gather 300,000 valid signatures calling for a poll on an issue, they get their referendum. And that's … Continue reading Finally, a country’s citizens get to have their say on mass surveillance

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

Microsoft just scored a privacy victory for its email users

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your fly in the ointment of digital rights news and analysis. MICROSOFT HAS BEEN FIGHTING THE US AUTHORITIES since last year over the issue of gag orders, and it seems to have won: http://for.tn/2yNjBwq The company was irked that the authorities routinely told it to keep its mouth shut when they wanted … Continue reading Microsoft just scored a privacy victory for its email users

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

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

Blocking the internet’s memory? A reason would be nice

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your hands in the air of digital rights news and analysis. THE INTERNET ARCHIVE is kind of the internet's memory – the repository where all the stuff that's been taken down or gone missing is replicated and searchable. Which makes it particularly worrying to see that the Indian government has apparently blocked it: http://bit.ly/2vLDkMn … Continue reading Blocking the internet’s memory? A reason would be nice

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

What are the ethics of having cameras for eyes?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your twinkle in the eye of digital rights news and analysis. THE ISSUE OF VIDEO-CAMERA ETHICS has been on my mind over the last couple days, thanks to two separate stories. The first relates to the German hypermarket chain Real getting the go-ahead from the Bavarian privacy regulator for its use of facial … Continue reading What are the ethics of having cameras for eyes?