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Let’s take back control of our data – it’s too precious to leave to the tech giants | Ravi Naik | Opinion | The Guardian
Almost everything we do – keeping in touch, online shopping, watching television – leaves a data trail. The resulting data-sets feed the opaque algorithms that shape the cyber world we see and interact with. Yet that data concerns our personal information – the most basic tenets of who we are.
gdpr  data  regulation  policy  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
november 2017 by laurakalbag
EFF to UN: You Need a Privacy Watchdog
“The right to privacy is one of the few civil and political rights without specialist attention from a United Nations mandate holder. Privacy is an independent right, enshrined in a variety of international human rights treaties. There is a pressing need to better articulate the content of this right as part of international human rights law and produce guides on its interpretation, particularly as modern technologies are enabling communications surveillance—and consequent interference with this right—on an unprecedented and damaging scale.” By Katitza Rodriguez on Electronic Frontier Foundation
eff  un  regulation  surveillance  corporatesurveillance  policy  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
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
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
Google's terms and conditions are less readable than Beowulf
“Texts with a SMOG value in this range require a reading age of between 15-18 if they are to be understood, so anyone hoping to wade through Google’s terms of service and make it out the other side would need to go in equipped with a pretty decent education”
google  termsandconditions  policy  readability  accessibility  literacy  indie 
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
Regulation, innovation and privacy
“The irony is, of course, that while commerce rails against government intervention in one form (privacy-protecting regulation) on the grounds that it inhibits economic activity, some commercial interests have also actively colluded with government intervention in another form (massive surveillance), only to find that that threatens the use of online services in all kinds of damaging ways.” By Robin Wilton.
policy  regulation  government  surveillance  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  27feb2015 
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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