Are online platforms tools or privatised law enforcement?

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?

Even Big Tech is worried about facial recognition

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

Good Apple

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

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

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