Facebook and the history Zuck denied

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jam in the jar of digital rights news and analysis. REMEMBER WHEN MARK ZUCKERBERG TOLD CONGRESS that "all of your information is included in 'download your information'", while trying to dodge questions over whether Facebook also collects browsing and other data from third parties, that aren't included in such downloads? Funny … Continue reading Facebook and the history Zuck denied

Who knew it was Content Moderation Transparency Week?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your chip on the shoulder of digital rights news and analysis. IT SEEMS TO BE CONTENT MODERATION TRANSPARENCY WEEK, judging by the output of both Facebook and YouTube in the last couple days. For those who worry about how the big platforms regulate our online activity, there's a fair bit to digest … Continue reading Who knew it was Content Moderation Transparency Week?

Let’s talk about encryption. Again.

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your fire in the hold of digital rights news and analysis. RUSSIA IS PROVIDING A HORRIFYING/HILARIOUS CASE STUDY into the effects of trying to censor a popular service that doesn't want to be censored. After a court ordered the blocking of encrypted messaging app Telegram (for not being willing/able to share encryption … Continue reading Let’s talk about encryption. Again.

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

Forcing big tech to play fair

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your skip in the step of digital rights news and analysis. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION HAS ANNOUNCED A "NEW DEAL FOR CONSUMERS" regarding big tech platforms – or at least announced that one is coming. This follows the Commission's ongoing hassles with Google, Facebook and Twitter over the terms they try to impose … Continue reading Forcing big tech to play fair

That ‘nationalised 5G’ proposal was pretty terrifying

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your tin can on the string of digital rights news and analysis. THE US NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL'S "NATIONALISED 5G" PROPOSAL got a brutal kicking from just about everyone when it was leaked to the media. The trial balloon – if that's what it was – did after all talk about having the … Continue reading That ‘nationalised 5G’ proposal was pretty terrifying

Facebook’s response to ‘ripping apart society’ claims is less than convincing

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your tickle under the chin of digital rights news and analysis. SPECIAL NOTE: This will be the last Connected Rights newsletter this year, because I'm going on vacation. Normal service will resume on January 17th. In the meantime, why not buy my book, Control Shift? It's full of Christmas cheer (I'm lying). FACEBOOK'S … Continue reading Facebook’s response to ‘ripping apart society’ claims is less than convincing

How do you know if your rights are violated by mass surveillance?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your wind in the sails of digital rights news and analysis. PRIVACY SHIELD IS NOT IN THE CLEAR YET. Europe's privacy regulators said on Tuesday that they want to see the US stick to the terms of the transatlantic data-transfer deal by 25 May next year, otherwise they will take the matter … Continue reading How do you know if your rights are violated by mass surveillance?

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

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