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

Tech’s perversion of the democratic process

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your gambol through the wheat fields of digital rights news and analysis. FACEBOOK WILL INCUR THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE FINE in the UK over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announced today. That fine is only £500,000, because the incident happened in the pre-GDPR days, but it's still not a … Continue reading Tech’s perversion of the democratic process

The US is dooming the future of the transatlantic data economy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bump on the fist of digital rights news and analysis. THE NSA'S WARRANTLESS INTERNET SURVEILLANCE POWERS look set to continue with minimal changes, after privacy activists failed to derail a bill extending the program: http://reut.rs/2EMbmAz While the authorisation of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – which allows US … Continue reading The US is dooming the future of the transatlantic data economy

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?

Does the controversial Privacy Shield really “work well”?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your finger on the pulse of digital rights news and analysis. PRIVACY SHIELD IS WORKING DESPITE SOME PROBLEMS, according to the European Commission. The executive issued its first annual report on the EU-US data-sharing deal on Wednesday, saying it ensures an "adequate level of protection" for Europeans whose personal data is being … Continue reading Does the controversial Privacy Shield really “work well”?

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

When copyright reform gets really scary

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bug in the light fitting of digital rights news and analysis. DANGER! THE EU'S UNDER-DEVELOPMENT COPYRIGHT REFORM may turn out very grim indeed. The European Parliament's industry and culture committees voted on Tuesday to make online platforms liable for the copyright violations of their users, and, in the case of the industry committee, … Continue reading When copyright reform gets really scary