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How to fix the Copyright Directive lobbying disaster – Connected Rights
TODAY’S EU COPYRIGHT VOTE WENT ABOUT AS BADLY as could be feared: MEPs approved articles 11 and 13, meaning that unless member states push back (and good luck with that), it will likely become illegal to link to an article using the headline for that article, and all but the smallest websites will need to install upload filters to weed out copyright-protected content.
eu  copyright  article11  article13  upload  filter  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Google's data leak reveals flaws in making it judge and jury over our rights | Technology | The Guardian
that Google is the web’s main arbiter of information, and has immense control over how we are represented and identified digitally.
google  righttobeforgotten  eu  search  privacy  data  tracking  roundup  powles  17jul15 
july 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook warns regulators: We’ll, uh, delay features if you keep bugging us! | PandoDaily
Facebook has warned regulators that investigations into their platform will delay features for European users. If the delay of these features is down to more thorough adherence to regulation, and fewer compromises on the privacy of Facebook users, then maybe this isn’t such a bad thing?
facebook  regulation  antitrust  eu  europe  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Europe needs a digital regulator | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: We’ve looked a lot at the Google antitrust battle lately, and the goings-on with regulation in Europe. Frank Pasquale looks to the future, and why Europe needs a digital regulator. Corporations with investors will grow huge and monopolistic in their nature, and so we need long-term thinking from well-informed individuals to help keep ahead of the enormous Silicon Valley legal teams.

“This is far-sighted, important planning. The new economy demands a new regulatory body, with the ability to continually monitor the law-like power now assumed by major digital platforms to themselves.”
google  facebook  regulation  eu  europe  data  corruption  monopoly  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
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
Europe is targeting Google under antitrust laws but missing the bigger picture | Technology | The Guardian
Google it today and you’ll see that the European Commission has turned up the heat in its long-running probe into anti-competitive behaviour by the web’s most popular search engine. EC competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, issued formal objections alleging that Google abuses its dominant position in the market of “general internet search”. In particular, the EC claims that Google artificially boosts its own products in returning Google comparison shopping results in its service “Google Shopping”, even if those products aren’t the best or cheapest – the “most relevant”, as the Commission puts it – for consumers.
indie  indieroundup  17apr15  eu  commission  antitrust  anticompetition  google  monopoly  search 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Statement by Commissioner Vestager on antitrust decisions concerning Google
The Commission has today sent a Statement of Objections to Google. It outlines our preliminary view that Google’s favourable treatment of its comparison shopping service, currently called "Google Shopping", is an abuse of Google’s dominant position in general internet search. Google now has 10 weeks to respond. I will carefully consider its response before deciding how to proceed.
In parallel, on the basis of an initial investigation, the Commission has also today launched a formal in-depth investigation of Google’s conduct as regards the mobile operating system Android, apps and services.
My goal is to ensure that consumers and innovative companies can benefit from a competitive environment in Europe. Where concerns are expressed about Google’s conduct that can be addressed by EU competition law, I will approach the issues in a fair and objective way, on the basis of the evidence and in accordance with our rules.
google  antitrust  anticompetition  monopoly  indie  indieroundup  17apr15  eu  commission 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
UK Mass Surveillance Is Facing a Ruling From Europe's Human Rights Court | VICE News
A joint appeal was filed by groups including Privacy International, Amnesty, and Liberty in response to a ruling in December by the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which found that mass surveillance of internet traffic going in and out of the country, and an intelligence sharing regime between the US and UK, was lawful.

Although the UK has ruled that such mass surveillance is lawful, campaigners believe it may breach Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which enshrine the rights to privacy and freedom of expression respectively. Privacy International and the other groups are seeking a ruling from ECHR that industrial scale mass surveillance violates human rights law.
masssurveillance  eu  surveillance  government  humanrights  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
After victory for net neutrality in the US, the battle moves to Europe | Ars Technica
Following what is widely regarded as a victory for strong net neutrality in the US, the battle to maintain a level playing-field online has now moved to the European Union, with the relaunch today of the campaign site "Save the Internet: Defend Net Neutrality in Europe." Its aim is to head off an attempt by a majority of the 28 EU Member States in the Council of the European Union to derail earlier proposals to enshrine net neutrality in European law, as Ars reported last month.
netneutrality  eu  indie  indieroundup  zerorated  17apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Study: Facebook Tracks Users in ‘Violation’ of EU Law
“A study commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission (BPC) has found that Facebook is tracking all users of its social networking site, even if they’ve opted out of tracking.’
facebook  cookies  tracking  corporatesurveillance  eu  law  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
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
Parliament copyright working group too close to business say activists
“With the Digital Agenda being a key part of the Juncker commission's drive for jobs and growth and Commissioner Oettinger promising copyright reform and an end of geo-blocking, a group of business and foundations have written to Jean-Marie Cavada MEP (ALDE, FR), the chair of the European Parliament's Copyright Working Group demanding that he open up consultations to a wider range of stakeholders.” on New Europe Online
geoblocking  eu  regulation  copyright  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU
“The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.” By Samuel Gibbs on The Guardian
eu  facebook  safeharbour  privacy  government  surveillance  security  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Bring Antitrust Action Against Google and Other Big Data Platforms
“There is a strong argument that federal regulators should be looking at how to structure data platform sectors to both promote more competition and encourage more consumer power within those sectors. Given the near-monopoly of certain platforms in search advertising and social networking, European regulators are already looking closely at the connection between industry concentration and the loss of consumer privacy.” Data Justice Policy Campaign
bigdata  antitrust  google  monopoly  eu  regulation  policy  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Beware the TTIP charm offensive
“When 92% of those involved in consultations have been corporate lobbyists, citizens are right to suspect that TTIP will benefit corporations at the expense of democracy. MEPs must sign an agreement banning us from sharing any of the contents of “secret” papers with those we represent. There are many reasons to oppose this deal, but be aware of the pro-TTIP hype while we continue to keep up the pressure to have it dropped.” Letter in The Guardian signed by a group of Green Party MEPs
TTIP  eu  europe  policy  greenparty  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
A European Digital Single Market Is Only Possible if Internet Users Are Heard | Electronic Frontier Foundation
One of the problems behind the lack of vision displayed by these European Parliamentarians is that they have not been exposed to a balanced cross-section of views of all stakeholders. In particular, a new cross-cutting Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform, which contains representatives from all of the groups who have commented on Reda's report, is being briefed only by a narrow retinue of lobbyists and analysts who hold views favorable to rightsholders.
eu  europe  market  economy  intellectualproperty  copyright  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
UK spies keep data on race, political views and more
“The report’s big surprise, though, was the first official disclosure of the existence of the agencies’ bulk personal datasets, described by the committee as “large databases containing personal information about a wide range of people”, and used to identify people, establish links, and analyse behaviour and connections. The more sensitive information in these datasets covers things like racial or ethnic origin, religion, political views, medical conditions, sexual orientation and so on.” By David Meyer on TechEU
eu  technology  policy  government  surveillance  gchq  nsa  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Germany double-dealing over data legislation, say negotiators
“Germany is double-dealing on European data regulations, according to negotiators on a new EU regulation, by demanding high privacy standards in public while promising lobbyists to lower proposed standards in closed-door Brussels talks.” By Derek Scally on The Irish Times
eu  policy  regulation  privacy  security  surveillance  government  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
European Governments Seeking To Water Down EU's Proposed Data Protection Legislation
“A major reform of the EU data protection rules has been grinding through the system for over three years now, subject to some of the fiercest lobbying yet seen in Europe. The original European Commission proposal was amended and accepted by the European Parliament in 2014, but leaked documents obtained by the European digital rights group EDRi show that the Council of the EU, which is made up of the member state governments, is trying to sabotage the new rules” By Glyn Moody on TechDirt
eu  europeanparliament  eucouncil  netneutrality  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  openinternet  regulation 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
EU Council proposals on protecting the open internet – Episode 1, the phantom neutrality
“After the European Parliament voted to protect net neutrality in April of last year, the EU Council of Ministers has just adopted its text on net neutrality. It claims to aim to defend the open internet, but would, in fact, permit every imaginable breach of net neutrality.” By Joe McNamee on EDRi
netneutrality  eu  europeanparliament  regulation  openinternet  eucouncil  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
EU's zombie data-grab plan climbs out of coffin
“The European Parliament is divided over new efforts to revive a plan to slurp citizens' travel info.

The Passenger Name Records (PNR) system was thought dead after the parliament rejected it in 2013, but following the Charlie Hebdo attack national governments have again insisted that the only way to prevent such tragedies is to get even more access to personal data.”
eu  europe  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  data  surveillance  security  collection 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Britain is leading the charge against basic human rights, Amnesty claims
“Increased surveillance in Britain, along with the reduction of access to justice, have contributed to one of the worst assaults on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to a damning assessment by Amnesty International.”
indie  indieroundup  notincluded  humanrights  surveillance  law  uk  eu  europe 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook’s privacy policy breaches European law, report finds
“A report commissioned by the Belgian privacy commission has found that Facebook is acting in violation of European law, despite updating its privacy policy.” By Samuel Gibbs on The Guardian
indie  indieroundup  27feb2015  facebook  privacy  privacypolicy  corporatesurveillance  europe  eu 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Europe, we need to talk about institutional corruption.
“The “multi-stakeholder model” is nothing more than a fancy name for the institutionalisation of corporate influence on public policy.” A follow-up to the Al Jazeera Inside Story by Aral on his blog.
institutionalcorruption  eu  europe  multistakeholder  corporatesurveillance  policy  indie  indieroundup  27feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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