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

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

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

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

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?