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Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? | TechCrunch
“ The EU’s updated privacy framework, [GDPR](https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/20/wtf-is-gdpr/), requires consent to be specific, informed and freely given. That standard supports challenges to Facebook’s (still fixed) entry ‘price’ to its social services. To play you still have to agree to hand over your personal data so it can sell your attention to advertisers. But legal experts [contend](ªªhttps://techcrunch.com/2018/04/18/data-experts-on-facebooks-gdpr-changes-expect-lawsuits/) that’sºº neither privacy by design nor default.”

“So there are now two lines of legal attack — antitrust and privacy law — threatening Facebook (and indeed other adtech companies’) surveillance-based business model across Europe.”

“…the German FCO decision against Facebook hints at an alternative way forward for regulating the dominance of digital monopolies: Structural remedies that focus on controlling access to data which can be relatively swiftly configured and applied.”
antitrust  surveillancecapitalism  europe  eu  regulation  fco  germany  facebook  indie  radar 
february 2019 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
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
TTIP: Europe's food, farms and animals at risk from EuroParl backroom deal - The Ecologist
As Europeans we have refused to sacrifice higher standards for the sake of a competitive 'race to the bottom' on animal welfare and food quality for the sake of price.

Another serious threat from TTIP comes in the form of the process known as 'cross bargaining'. This is where it is accepted that rule changes that have detrimental impacts for certain sectors will be compensated for by ensuring other sectors are protected or boosted.
TTIP  tpp  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  MEP  europe  agriculture  food  standards 
april 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
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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