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Ireland to become privacy regulator for 300m Twitter users
“The move means that any non-US Twitter user who wants to make a privacy or data protection complaint must first complain to authorities in Ireland, which has recently come under European scrutiny for a perceived lax regime.”

Summary: Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is already the EU privacy regulator for Facebook and Google. Now it’s also going to be regulator for Twitter, with new EU-based Twitter users having to agree to terms under Irish privacy and data protection law, which is notoriously lax. It means any user who wants to make a complaint about their privacy or data protection has to complain to authorities in Ireland first. However, the European Union does have plans to create a cross-continental super-quango, the European Data Protection Board. The Data Protection board would help users who are unhappy with rulings given by Irish, or other European, boards.
regulation  law  privacy  data  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  ireland  facebook  twitter  google 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy | Fusion
“If Uber had indeed misclassified its drivers, the company’s entire business model was built on a legal mistake.”

Summary: the way that Uber and other on-demand companies treat the people who provide their services is akin to the standard trappings of employment, but it doesn’t give these people the benefits of employment. Calling themselves a “software business” shouldn’t make them exempt from treating people properly
law  uber  lawsuit  sue  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  industry  employment 
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
We need a voice: Oppose ‘fast track’ for the TPP | TheHill
The TPP would be the largest trade pact in our history. It includes 12 nations; nearly 40 percent of the global economy. Despite its huge economic consequences, many of its details are secrets. The details that have been revealed go against many of the moral values we have been fighting for from international human rights to gay and lesbian rights to public health to environmental justice. 
fasttracking  TTIP  TPP  indie  roundup  notincluded  corporate  law 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Privacy International calls on Europe’s top human rights court to rule on British mass surveillance | Privacy International
Privacy International and several other human rights organisations are taking the UK Government to the European Court of Human Rights over its mass surveillance practices, after a judgement last year found that collecting all internet traffic flowing in and out of the UK and bulk intelligence sharing with the United States was legal.
government  surveillance  legal  lawsuit  law  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
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
The Guardian view on surveillance: parliament’s slumbering scrutineer | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
“Better late than never might have been a suitable verdict on Thursday’s ISC report if it had faced the facts and stopped there; but it also proposed some fixes. Yes, as the parliamentarians say, it would be nice to have transparent, codified rules to govern snooping. But what they seem to have in mind is a transparent and codified licence for the agencies to keep on keeping on.” Editorial on The Guardian
government  gchq  policy  law  spying  tracking  surveillance  goverment  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 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
When the (Section 508) refresh comes
The Section 508 Refresh contains a provision that places responsibility on assistive technology vendors to make use of accessibility information made available via platform accessibility APIs. I suggest this is a very good thing.
a11y  accessibility  section508  standards  law  legal 
january 2015 by laurakalbag
Section 508 Draft Updated Standards and Guidelines (2011)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines
a11y  section508  law  legal  standards  guidelines 
january 2015 by laurakalbag
ADA defense lawyer: new ADA standards for website accessibility
At this time, announcement for the proposed guidelines for website access for public accommodations has been extended until June 2015.
a11y  law  lawsuit  legal  standards  section508  accessibility 
january 2015 by laurakalbag
Bmibaby sued by RNIB over website's lack of accessibility
Airline bmibaby is being sued by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) for allegedly "failing to ensure web access for blind and partially sighted customers".
a11y  accessibility  law  lawsuit  legal  bmibaby  RNIB 
january 2015 by laurakalbag
Target lawsuit tests limits of US web accessibility law
A claim by disabled internet users that Target's website discriminates can proceed, a judge ruled last week. But she stopped short of suggesting that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) puts duties on all websites
a11y  Target  law  legal  ADA  accessibility  lawsuit 
january 2015 by laurakalbag
Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind
National Federation of the Blind Asks Department of Justice to Investigate Schools Across the Country as they adopt Google apps, which presents serious accessibility issues
a11y  accessibility  nfb  law  lawsuit  google 
january 2015 by laurakalbag

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