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

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

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

America is starting to get why data protection is so important

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your shot in the arm of digital rights news and analysis. A slightly longer newsletter than usual today, but there's a lot to discuss. Here goes… THE EQUIFAX DATA LEAK is what can mostly politely be termed as an omnishambles. Hackers made off with the personal information of 143 million Americans, and … Continue reading America is starting to get why data protection is so important

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