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Just Don’t Call It Privacy - The New York Times
“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”
facebook  google  amazon  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  tracking  profiling  us  usgov  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
GDPR cuts tracking cookies in Europe | ZDNet
“This does not prove that GDPR caused the decline, but it may have prompted websites to look at the cookies they were using, and for which they now had to obtain consent…

However, American technology companies generally evaded the cull. Most sites retained cookies from Google (96 percent), Facebook (70 percent), and Amazon (57 percent).”
gdpr  trackers  tracking  cookies  europe  us  privacy  consent  indie  radar 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Good for Facebook, maybe, but not for the rest of us - The Boston Globe
Equal access to jobs is not the only reason that lawmakers should reconsider Section 230. Extending blanket protection to enterprises that act like Gilded Age plutocrats cannot help but stifle the innovators and startups of the future. All in all, that would be bad for people’s well-being, and for society.
facebook  us  jobs  discrimination  indie  radar 
february 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Won’t Be Sent To The Gulag Over Russian Ads | Fast Company
“The problem with political ads on Facebook has nothing to do with the law. It has to do with how Facebook works . . . The Russians used Facebook because Facebook works really well. It is the best system anyone has invented to advertise anything to anyone, and it is by far the best system ever invented to distribute political propaganda and hate speech.”
politics  facebook  propaganda  ads  advertising  regulation  US 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
The Department of Homeland Security is opening an office in Silicon Valley | Fusion
Summary: The Department of Homeland Security is opening an office in Silicon Valley, largely in an attempt to recruit from Silicon Valley companies. If only we knew the implications of this move on the NSA programs such as PRISM…
us  security  government  surveillance  1may15  indie  indieroundup 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
How Google found itself ‘on the wrong side of history’ - FT.com
Summary: Google hasn’t done enough to make friends in the EU, and so is more likely to suffer at the hands of the EU antitrust investigations than it did in the US (short-lived) investigations.
eu  US  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  google  antitrust  lobbying 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Sony Emails Show Industry Execs Pushing for Trade Deal - The Intercept
“Finally, in regard to trade,” Fabrizio wrote, “the MPAA/MPA with the strong support of your studios, continue to advocate to governments around the world about the pressing need for strong pro-IP trade policies such as TPP and the proposed EU/US trade agreement (TTIP).”

Sony, and other studios, are pro TPP and TTIP because they help reinforce their grip on intellectual property, and give them rights to sue whoever they want in the name of protecting their content.
TTIP  TPP  tradeagreement  copyright  drm  piracy  eu  US  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Here's what the biggest tech companies are spending to influence lawmakers in D.C.
Summary: The amounts big corps are lobbying in the U.S., and its relevance to Google antitrust
US  google  indie  antitrust  apple  lobbying  24apr15  netflix  indieroundup  facebook  amazon 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
NSA and FBI fight to retain spy powers as surveillance law nears expiration | US news | The Guardian
With about 45 days remaining before a major post-9/11 surveillance authorization expires, representatives of the National Security Agency and the FBI are taking to Capitol Hill to convince legislators to preserve their sweeping spy powers.

That effort effectively re-inaugurates a surveillance debate in Congress that has spent much of 2015 behind closed doors. Within days, congressional sources tell the Guardian, the premiere NSA reform bill of the last Congress, known as the USA Freedom Act, is set for reintroduction – and this time, some former supporters fear the latest version of the bill will squander an opportunity for even broader surveillance reform.
nsa  fbi  law  patriotact  privacy  freedom  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  US 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Don’t Keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Secret - NYTimes.com
As it considers fast track here, Congress must address the secrecy, and the views of the privileged advisers, that shaped the agreement. Otherwise, “fast” will be little more than a euphemism for “avoid the public, and benefit the fortunate few.”
tpp  TTIP  indie  indieroundup  transparency  us  government  tradeagreement  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Is democracy threatened if companies can sue countries?
“Those protesting against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed new trade treaty between the European Union and the United States, are part of a growing international opposition to pacts that allow multinational companies to sue governments whose policies damage their interests.” By Michael Robinson on BBC News
TTIP  tradeagreement  eu  us  sue  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
President Barack Obama Speaks with Kara Swisher (Full Transcript) | Re/code
“We’re going to go from cyber security, your relationship with Silicon Valley, privacy, STEM education.”
obama  security  us  siliconvalley  privacy  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Forum: Warrant Canaries and Disclosure by Design: The Real Threat to National Security Letter Gag Orders
“This Essay summarizes the legal challenges to NSL gags currently underway in the courts and recommends that future debate regarding these issues shift focus to extrajudicial measures that communications service providers are adopting unilaterally to cabin the scope of the government’s NSL gag authority. The Essay argues that these extrajudicial measures reframe the legal issues that NSLs raise and could make ongoing legal challenges to NSL gags obsolete before courts have a chance to decide them.” By Rebecca Wexler on The Yale Law Journal
gagorders  privacy  security  us  canary  canarywatch  disclosurebydesign  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The United States Is Angry That China Wants Crypto Backdoors, Too
“The Chinese government is about to pass a new counter terrorism law that would require tech companies operating in the country to turn over encryption keys and include specially crafted code in their software and hardware so that chinese authorities can defeat security measures at will.” By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai on Motherboard
backdoors  encryption  china  us  government  surveillance  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Google warns of US government 'hacking any facility' in the world
"Google says increasing the FBI’s powers set out in search warrants would raise ‘monumental’ legal concerns that should be decided by Congress." By Ed Pilkington on The Guardian. (The irony of Google raising these issues isn't lost on us.)
security  servers  privacy  indie  indieroundup  20feb2015  legal  US 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
White House Names DJ Patil as the First US Chief Data Scientist
The Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy has worked for many big Silicon Valley corporations specialising in corporate surveillance including LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Skype, and venture capital firm Greylock Partners. Article on DJ Patil's appointment by Jessi Hempel on Wired
corporatesurveillance  surveillance  government  US  indie  indieroundup  20feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Major Video Game Companies Agree to Share Customer Data with the US Government
With or without controversial new legislation such as the ​Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, President Obama is doing his best to make sure companies share the information they know about you with the federal government. By Jason Koebler on Motherboard
videogames  data  privacy  surveillance  government  corporatesurveillance  US  indie  indieroundup  20feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
The FBI Admits It Uses Fake Cell Phone Towers to Track You
“The devices wrap up innocent people, which looks like a dragnet search that's not legal under the Fourth Amendment," Nate Wessler, a staff attorney for the ACLU, recently told me. "Even if they're tracking a specific suspect, they're getting info about every bystander. That's a concern." By Jason Koebler on Motherboard
celltowers  tracking  surveillance  government  dragnet  US  indie  indieroundup  20feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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