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How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world - POLITICO
Ireland’s failure to safeguard huge stores of personal information looms larger now that the country is the primary regulator responsible for protecting the health information, email addresses, financial records, relationship status, search histories and friend lists for hundreds of millions of Americans, Europeans and other users around the globe.
irish  ireland  facebook  regulation  gdpr  indie  radar 
7 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? | TechCrunch
“ The EU’s updated privacy framework, [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](ªª 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
How Did the Internet Lose Its Noble Purpose and Turn Bad?
“Instead of addressing the very real impact that the high-tech economy was having on middle-class jobs, communities of color, and unions, progressive leaders chose instead to organize big-dollar parties with tech firm money for thought leaders to project solidarity on the right causes, without making actual commitments on the real issues.”
progressive  intersectionality  internet  regulation  monpolies  netneutrality  surveillance  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
“Black Mirror” Reveals Our Fear of Robots and Algorithms We Can’t Control
“It’d be nice to imagine a future in which robots like the SpotMini are used to help us around the house, rather than hunt down and kill our fellow humans as they flee in terror. If the nightmare future depicted in shows like “Black Mirror” can be avoided, it will only come by asserting public oversight of the Silicon Valley companies whose policies are dictating the future shape of our societies — as well as our personal lives.”
indie  radar  blackmirror  technology  regulation  robots  robodog  bostondynamics 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
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
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
Facebook is still violating user privacy, Dutch and French regulators say - The Verge
Social network fined $166,400 in France for failing to inform users of how their data is used
facebook  fine  regulation  france  netherlands  privacy  inform  data  corporatesurveillance  indie  radar 
may 2017 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
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
Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists
“Back in 2012, staff at the US watchdog accused Google of unfairly burying rivals in its search results, among other shenanigans, but the probe was ultimately killed off by the FTC's commissioners. Google tweaked the way it treated competitors, and denied it broke US antitrust laws.” By Kieren McCarthy on The Register
google  regulation  lobbying  antitrust  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 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
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
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
WordPress in court victory over blogger censored by 'Straight Pride UK'
“After a two-year legal battle, journalist Oliver Hotham and Automattic, owners of blogging service, have emerged victorious against an attempt to use an American copyright law to shut down criticism of a short-lived pressure group call ‘Straight Pride UK’.” By Alex Hern on The Guardian
censorship  takedown  regulation  dmcatakedown  wordpress  automattic  blogging  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Rules governing Internet of Things sparse
“The breakneck pace of this technology has far outpaced the legal system's ability to keep up with it, many experts contend. Because of legal loopholes, consumers often lack any right to control how long their data is kept, who it is shared with and what is collected about them, including such personal information as their finances, mental health, political leanings and sexual orientation.” By San Jose Mercury News on TribLIVE
internetofthings  legal  regulation  surveillance  tracking  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
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
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

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