WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jewel in the cuckoo's nest of digital rights news and analysis. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IS PREPARING TO ABANDON the whole self-regulatory thing around takedowns of terrorist content. Per security commissioner Julian King, there hasn't been "enough progress" from the platforms, and "we cannot afford to relax or become complacent in the … Continue reading Are online platforms tools or privatised law enforcement?
WELCOME to Connected Rights, your slice in the toaster of digital rights news and analysis. MICROSOFT HAS DONE SOMETHING VERY UNUSUAL FOR a big tech firm. It has warned that a recent, popular technological development – facial recognition – is dangerous and needs regulating. In a blog post, Microsoft legal chief Brad Smith said facial recognition "can … Continue reading Even Big Tech is worried about facial recognition
WELCOME to Connected Rights, your journey through the looking-glass of digital rights news and analysis. APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEXT VERSION OF SAFARI will tell users when third parties are trying to track them through things like "like" and "share" buttons, and give them a simple way to block the tracking. And which tracker did … Continue reading Good Apple
WELCOME to Connected Rights, your ruby slippers on the yellow-brick road of digital rights news and analysis. THE INTRODUCTION OF THE GDPR HAS BEEN nothing if not dramatic, so what the heck, let's focus on that today. (Don't worry, there's a bit of non-GDPR-related stuff towards the end.) The complaints: One of the GDPR's fun bits … Continue reading GDPR special: How was the end of the world for you?
WELCOME to Connected Rights, your twist in the sobriety of digital rights news and analysis. MICROSOFT AGREES WITH THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT that their epic battle over user privacy, as it relates to emails stored on overseas servers, should be scrapped. The argument is now moot, after president Trump signed a new law (supported by Microsoft) … Continue reading Microsoft’s big email privacy fight is over
WELCOME to Connected Rights, your pinch on the cheek of digital rights news and analysis. APPLE HAS ALARMED PRIVACY ACTIVISTS by agreeing not only to store its Chinese customers' iCloud data on Chinese servers, but to store the encryption keys for that information in the country too: http://on.wsj.com/2ESetY6 The company claims that the keys will be … Continue reading Apple makes another worrying China decision
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
WELCOME to Connected Rights, your hand on the handle of digital rights news and analysis. EUROPE'S PRIVACY REGIME IS ONCE AGAIN FORCING BIG TECH to clean up its act globally. A few years ago it was Google (http://bit.ly/1LPZyMB) and now it's Facebook, which says it will roll out a new privacy centre to give users around … Continue reading Get ready for Facebook’s new privacy tools
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
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