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Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?
But even as Facebook executives were insisting publicly that video consumption was skyrocketing, it was becoming clear that some of the metrics the company had used to calculate time spent on videos were wrong. The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2016, three months after the Fortune panel, that Facebook had “vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years” by as much as “60 to 80 percent.” The company apologized in a blog post: “As soon as we discovered the discrepancy, we fixed it.” A lawsuit filed by a group of small advertisers in California, however, argues that Facebook had known about the discrepancy for at least a year — and behaved fraudulently by failing to disclose it. If that is true, it may have had enormous consequences — not just for advertisers deciding to shift resources from television to Facebook, but also for news organizations, which were grappling with how to allocate editorial staff and what kinds of content creation to prioritize.
facebook  journalism  video  stats  law  articles 
27 days ago by mikael
The Dangers of DNA Testing
In a new study, 74 out of 108 crime laboratories implicated an innocent person in a hypothetical bank robbery.
dna  crime  privacy  law  articles  usa 
7 weeks ago by mikael
Peter Dutton to push through new security legislation as fears of "severely damaging" spyware murmur
Agencies could oblige a device manufacturer to preload (and then conceal) tracking or screen capture software (spyware) on commercial handsets which could be activated remotely.
surveillance  mobile  articles  law 
7 weeks ago by mikael
"Upphovsrätten har blivit en bromskloss i informationssamhället - sänk gränsen till fem år"
Inget område är så befäst av samhällskontraproduktiva särintressen som rätten till ett verk. Skyddet uppkom under 1800-talet för att säkra ekonomisk avkastning från ett alster. Då behövdes långa skyddstider för att säkerställa att skaparen fick skälig avkastning på sitt arbete. På den tiden tog det en månad att åka till Amerika och ett brev till Japan släpptes inte ens in i Japan. På 1800-talet tog det år att distribuera böcker, och de levde längre som produkter. Författare kunde inte tjäna pengar på TV-shower, synas på reklampelare eller moderera konferenser. De levde av böckerna enbart. Så är det inte i dag.
copyright  articles  swedish  sweden  law 
8 weeks ago by mikael
Can Beethoven send takedown requests? A first-hand account of one German professor’s experience with overly broad upload filters
Much of the resistance to the current EU copyright reform has centered around proposed requirements for platforms to employ mandatory upload filters, or filters which would scan all user contributions before they are uploaded to any website. To illustrate how these filters can harm lawful free expression online, we present the story of a German music professor who encountered first hand how filters can miss the nuance built in to copyright law.
copyright  music  law  wikimedia  blog-posts  history 
10 weeks ago by mikael
The future is here today: you can't play Bach on Youtube because Sony says they own his compositions
James Rhodes, a pianist, performed a Bach composition for his Youtube channel, but it didn't stay up -- Youtube's Content ID system pulled it down and accused him of copyright infringement because Sony Music Global had claimed that they owned 47 seconds' worth of his personal performance of a song whose composer has been dead for 300 years. This is a glimpse of the near future. In one week, the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to force all online services to implement Content ID-style censorship, but not just for videos -- for audio, text, stills, code, everything.
copyright  law  eu  articles  music  history  labels 
10 weeks ago by mikael
Cyklar och bilar på samma bana
Regeringen ger klartecken för cyklister och förare av moped klass II att köra på körbana även om det finns en cykelbana. Detta gäller om den högsta tillåtna hastigheten på körbanan är högst 50 kilometer i timmen. Det är fortsatt möjligt att cykla i körbanan om det är högre hastighet under förutsättning att det är lämpligare med hänsyn till färdmålets läge. – Nu underlättar vi för cyklister. Det ska vara enkelt att ta sig fram på cykel, säger infrastrukturminister Tomas Eneroth. Beslutet som fattades av regeringen idag gäller cykel oavsett antal hjul eller cykelns bredd. Möjligheten gäller endast för cyklister från 15 år och endast under förutsättning att särskild försiktighet iakttas. Beslutet innebär en förordning om ändring i trafikförordningen. Förordningen träder i kraft den 1 augusti 2018.
cycling  cities  swedish  sweden  law 
june 2018 by mikael
Internet som vi känner det verkar upplösas
Nu är det klart, EU-utskottet röstade igenom ett internetfilter. Det blev ett totalt nederlag för alla som kämpat för ett öppet internet. Utskottets ja-sägare vann med stor majoritet och röstade dessutom att förslaget inte ens ska passera plenum i Europaparlamentet.
eu  law  articles  swedish  politics  internet 
june 2018 by mikael krick's comment on Politicians in favor of upload filtering get channel deleted by upload filtering
I'm not sure if it would we a screw up. I mean, I actually liked early 2000-s, when Internet was kind of place of reigning anarchy as if there was no government and evil corporations, but let's just face it: it's long gone. Maybe there will be something else to offer the same kind of experience in the future, but it will never be the Web again, it's dead, taken by the enemy. Parents are home again. So, speaking about the least evil, you know, I would be actually glad, if Facebook (as it is now) would never enter the EU — and maybe somewhere across the ocean whole nations would be enslaved by it, I wouldn't care, because I don't have to use it, since my friends, local businesses and events don't force me to.

In fact, it seems that it's finally the case when people around might have to be "protected", since they cannot make the right choice themselves, and push me to it, as a consequence. So, being quite a libertarian myself, given the imperfect situation I find myself in, I'm not sure I mind some government interference.

I actually hate all these pop-up banners warning me about the cookie usage, and I'm not sure if GDPR (being vague and undefinitive it is) will turn out to be a good thing, and I sure hate this copyright filters thing. But I kind of like EU trying to force Internet-businesses to behave.
forum-posts  hackernews  netcritique  facebook  socialmedia  law  eu  history  internet  homepages 
june 2018 by mikael
Save Your Internet – Delete article 13
The European Commission and the Council want to destroy the Internet as we know it and allow big companies to control what we see and do online. Should Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposal be adopted, it will impose widespread censorship of all the content you share online. The European Parliament is the only one that can step in and Save your Internet.
eu  copyright  politics  law 
june 2018 by mikael Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Speaks With European Parliament - May 22, 2018 | CNBC
Facebook CEO meets with European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, as pressure on the company's protection of data continues.
videos  facebook  interviews  socialmedia  netcritique  law  eu 
may 2018 by mikael
Data protection panic
Every day new emails arrive asking me to confirm I want to stay on various mailing lists and announcing new privacy policies. Most seem to have grasped the idea that positive consent is required, but some arrive saying you need to nothing to stay stay on their list. I am not a lawyer, but I know that's backwards. The new regime is opt-in, not opt-out. You cannot extract consent from silence.
blog-posts  law  eu  privacy 
may 2018 by mikael
China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains
The new restrictions, which start in May, can last for up to a year.
asia  china  law  surveillance  articles 
april 2018 by mikael
Fotografer kommer påverkas av den nya lagen GDPR
SFF:s jurist Thomas Riesler skriver här hur den nya dataskyddsförordningen kommer att påverka fotografer.
photography  articles  law  work  eu  swedish 
april 2018 by mikael
Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case
A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google.
eu  law  google  articles 
april 2018 by mikael
Facebook Can’t Be Fixed, It Needs To Be Broken Up
Facebook is a corporate monopoly whose very business model is surveillance and user manipulation. It is a threat to our democracy and nothing short of breaking it up can protect our data and ensure that Facebook serves its users, instead of the other way around. Members of Congress and antitrust law enforcers need to investigate and address Facebook’s monopoly power.
articles  economics  business  socialmedia  facebook  law  usa 
april 2018 by mikael
A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe
The surveillance imposed on us today is worse than in the Soviet Union. We need laws to stop this data being collected in the first place.
surveillance  privacy  netcritique  law 
april 2018 by mikael
Exclusive: Facebook CEO stops short of extending European privacy globally
Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that he agreed “in spirit” with a strict new European Union law on data privacy but stopped short of committing to it as the standard for the social network across the world.
facebook  law  eu  articles  privacy  databrokers 
april 2018 by mikael
Facebook, Google oppose data privacy measure in California
The California Consumer Privacy Act would require big companies to disclose the type of information they gather, explain how it is shared or sold and give people the right to prevent businesses from spreading their personal data. The initiative has months to qualify for the November ballot and will likely become one of the most expensive fights this year. Google, Facebook, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast have contributed $200,000 each to a campaign finance committee opposing the initiative since mid-February. The proponents, a trio of Bay Area business professionals, expect the Internet behemoths will eventually pour in over $100 million to try to stop the measure from passing.
privacy  law  usa  google  netcritique  facebook  articles  business 
march 2018 by mikael
How GDPR Will Change The Way You Develop
While GDPR requires you to define data retention and deletion schedules for all the personal data you hold, it does not require you to delete everything as a rule. You may, for example, wish to keep all purchasing records for ten years for tax and auditing purposes. That is perfectly acceptable, as long as you document that fact and its rationale. A user’s request for account deletion would not require you to delete their purchasing records from your tax and accounting records; the right to be forgotten is not the right to fly under the radar.

Data should be deleted, either automatically or through user actions, when it is no longer needed. Take care to think of how deleted data may still be present in archives and backups. You will also need to work witWhile GDPR requires you to define data retention and deletion schedules for all the personal data you hold, it does not require you to delete everything as a rule. You may, for example, wish to keep all purchasing records for ten years for tax and auditing purposes. That is perfectly acceptable, as long as you document that fact and its rationale. A user’s request for account deletion would not require you to delete their purchasing records from your tax and accounting records; the right to be forgotten is not the right to fly under the radar. Data should be deleted, either automatically or through user actions, when it is no longer needed. Take care to think of how deleted data may still be present in archives and backups. You will also need to work with third parties whom you pass data to or receive it from, such as a SAAS or a cloud service, to ensure that a request for data deletion on your end also removes the data on their end, and to verify that this has been done.h third parties whom you pass data to or receive it from, such as a SAAS or a cloud service, to ensure that a request for data deletion on your end also removes the data on their end, and to verify that this has been done.
webdev  privacy  security  law  eu  blog-posts 
march 2018 by mikael Deleting Facebook - Will GDPR (Europe) make deletion a more "sure thing"?
GDPR has already been adopted, we’re currently in a “grace period” whereby companies have time to make amends to their processes in order to become compliant. This period ends in May next year I believe, after which point all companies operating in the EU (and UK) will have to comply fully. If you delete your account now the end result will be the same once the grace period is over. It will be illegal for them to retain your information as you have explicitly asked to have your account removed and they therefore have no grounds to keep it. Be sure to use the “request deletion” option which is hidden. Account deactivation implies that you are only leaving temporarily and will therefore allow them to justify keeping your data. IANAL.
reddit  forum-posts  eu  privacy  law  facebook 
january 2018 by mikael
Germany threatens curbs on Facebook’s data use
Antitrust investigation puts social network’s business model under scrutiny. [ ]
privacy  germany  netcritique  facebook  law 
january 2018 by mikael
Könet i knoppen
Kajsa Ekis Ekman om lagen som låter människor välja om de är man eller kvinna.
gender  feminism  swedish  law  articles 
january 2018 by mikael
Let's make this the year we reclaim control of our data
Differential privacy, homomorphic encryption, and GDPR could help consumers wrestle back control of their personal information.
decentralization  netcritique  articles  law  eu 
january 2018 by mikael
Swedish Police Set to Take Over Pirate Bay Domains
Despite the ruling, the site remains fully accessible, but it appears a line has been drawn in the sand in Sweden when it comes to domains that are used to break the law. They will be easier to seize in future, thanks to this lengthy legal process.
blog-posts  bittorrent  dns  domains  piratebay  law 
december 2017 by mikael
France orders WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with Facebook without consent
Messaging app has one month to comply or it will face sanctions for sharing user phone numbers and usage data for ‘business intelligence’ purposes
france  articles  law  netcritique  facebook  instant-messaging 
december 2017 by mikael
Five years in jail for spreading 'fake news' under FF proposal
The use of internet 'bots' to influence political debate will be punished with fines of up to €10,000 or five years' imprisonment under new laws tabled by Fianna Fáil.
politics  netcritique  internet  articles  law 
december 2017 by mikael Breaking the Cycle (full)
The deputy warden from the world's most humane maximum security prison, Halden Prison in Norway, goes on a mission to change one of the most notorious prisons in the world – Attica Correctional Facility in New York State. How will the Nordic ideas about dialogue and humanity be received by staff and inmates in Attica?
videos  documentaries  norway  usa  law 
november 2017 by mikael
Germany bans children's smartwatches
A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. [ ]
germany  children  iot  watch  law  netcritique  surveillance 
november 2017 by mikael
Can Germany Fix Facebook?
A new law seeks to protect “human dignity” on the internet. [ ]
facebook  germany  law  netcritique  articles 
november 2017 by mikael
Professor till misstänkta fildelare: Betala inte!
Njord Lawfirms ståndpunkt är att man kan hållas ansvarig för upphovsrättkränkningar — även om du har lämnat ut routerns lösenord till någon annan eller har ett öppet nätverk.

Men även på den punkten har advokatfirman fel, säger professor Sanna Wolk.

– Den som har ett öppet nätverk kan inte hållas ansvarig för kränkningar av upphovsrätt – som nedladdning av film – om man ger andra tillgång till sin interuppkoppling. Det har slagits fast i en EU-dom förra året.

Hon fortsätter:
– Däremot kan en nationell domstol tvinga någon som har ett öppet nätverk att skydda det med lösenord. Men det ska enbart ses om ett extra säkerhetsskydd, och innebär inte att personen hålls ansvarig.
law  sweden  swedish  filesharing  piracy  isp  articles  wifi 
october 2017 by mikael
The End of the Road
At risk is the personally identifiable information of many, many thousands of internet users who chose to visit or otherwise interact with, a website created and maintained by one of our customers. While we regularly work with law enforcement and hand over certain types of data as part of various ongoing investigations, this particular request for customer data was overly broad, and we objected to it on those terms. The court chose, in this case, to act as an intermediary between DreamHost and the Department of Justice to ensure that user rights remained protected and that First and Fourth Amendment protections were respected. We had been awaiting Chief Judge Morin’s final order, which would spell out the exact nature of the data that DreamHost would be required to hand over while mulling over a decision to appeal the court’s general order.
law  usa  hosting  dreamhost  blog-posts 
october 2017 by mikael
I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets
The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked – or sold?
surveillance  privacy  business  eu  law  articles 
october 2017 by mikael
Germany’s social media hate speech law is now in effect
A new law has come into force in Germany aimed at regulating social media platforms to ensure they remove hate speech within set periods of receiving complaints — within 24 hours in straightforward cases or within seven days where evaluation of content is more difficult. The name of the law translates to ‘Enforcement on Social Networks’. It’s also referred to as NetzDG, an abbreviation of its full German name. Fines of up to €50 million can be applied under the law if social media platforms fail to comply, though as Spiegal Online reports there is a transition period for companies to gear up for compliance — which will end on January 1, 2018. However the Ministry in charge has started inspections this month. Social platform giants such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were couched as the initial targets for the law, but Spiegal Online suggests the government is looking to apply the law more widely — including to content on networks such as Reddit, Tumblr, Flickr, Vimeo, VK and Gab.
socialmedia  netcritique  law  germany  blog-posts 
october 2017 by mikael
U.S. to Collect Social Media Data on All Immigrants Entering Country
The Department of Homeland Security will soon begin collecting social media data from all immigrants entering the United States, part of what agency officials call an effort to more effectively screen those coming to the country but privacy advocates see as an unnecessary intrusion that would do little to protect national security.
transportation  travel  law  netcritique  socialmedia  articles  security  usa 
september 2017 by mikael
People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info
Federal officials are planning to collect social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens, a move that has alarmed lawyers and privacy groups worried about how the information will be used. The Department of Homeland Security published the new rule in the Federal Register last week, saying it wants to include "social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results" as part of people's immigration file. The new requirement takes effect Oct. 18.
usa  politics  law  surveillance  netcritique  articles 
september 2017 by mikael
Spain Fines Facebook Over Tracking Users Without Consent
Spain’s Data Protection Authority—the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD)—issued a 1.2 million euro fine against Facebook after it found three instances when the company collected data without informing users, as required by European Union privacy laws.
articles  privacy  surveillance  facebook  law  netcritique 
september 2017 by mikael
How the GDPR will disrupt Google and Facebook
Google and Facebook will be disrupted by the new European data protection rules that are due to apply in May 2018. This note explains how.
law  eu  privacy  surveillance  business  facebook  google  articles  netcritique 
august 2017 by mikael
Patent- och marknadsdomstolen fäller Wikimedia
Den enda rimliga slutsatsen är att omedelbart sluta finansiera ”offentlig” konst då den inte är offentlig. På samma sätt som asfaltsläggare inte har rätt att kräva några ören varje gång en taxi kör på en offentlig väg så ska offentligt finansierad konst vara just offentlig.

> Lite svajig jämförelse tycker jag eftersom det här handlar om digital dokumentation och spridning av konstverk.

En liknelse blir aldrig, per definition, exakt. Men faktum kvarstår: en konstnär har anlitats och fått ersättning för att skapa ett verk som ställts ut på allmän plats. Vad finns det för moralisk grund att denne person ska får mer ersättning för sitt arbete på nya sätt om och om igen? Om någon som helst annan yrkeskår genomför ett arbete så förväntar sig denne inte att på något sätt få mer och mer ersättning för det som gjorts. Exemplet med vägen tydliggör bara det egendomliga resonemanget att konstnären har en särställning mot asfaltsläggare.

> Som sagt tidigare handlar det inte bara om intäkter utan även om kontrollen över hur verken exponeras.

Vilket även det är orimligt när det gäller offentlig konst: hen har fått betalt för att alla ska kunna ta del av konstverket. Offentlig konst ska antingen vara offentlig eller inte finansierar av offentliga medel.

> När det gäller offentlig konst så har konstnärerna ofta skapat platsspecifika konstverk (som de nya på T-centralen) eller kommit överens med upphandlaren om hur och var verket ska visas. Verken är alltså tänkta att upplevas av de som befinner sig på platsen, inte via datorskärmen och en knaggligt fotograferad hemsida.

Då får man sluta att finansiera offentlig konst om konstnären inte accepterar att konsten ska vara offentlig och tillgänglig. Om upphovrättslobbyorganisationerna har lyckats driva lagstiftningen och uttolkningen av den till detta absurda tillstånd så får man helt enkelt se till att sluta göda dem med skattepengar. Argumentet om konstnärens vision är lika underligt som att asfaltsläggare inte hade föreställt sig att man skulle kunna köra Segway på en gammal väg och ska därför ha rätt att neka Segway på vägen.
forum-posts  photography  wikipedia  law  swedish  sweden  copyright 
august 2017 by mikael
Sju medie- och it-debattörer: ”Transaktionsdimman på nätet hotar digitaliseringen”
På nätet är vi inte längre bara medborgare eller kunder. Vi är också varor. De data vi lämnar ut om oss själva är vad andra tjänar pengar på. Men vi vet inte vad de är värda och vad vi skulle kunna begära i betalning. Transaktionsdimman på internet bör skingras och ersättas av transaktionstransparens, skriver sju medie- och it-debattörer.
articles  law  eu  privacy  databrokers  business  netcritique 
august 2017 by mikael
Ad blocking is under attack
Yesterday a strange commit landed in the EasyList repo. The "" domain was removed with a comment "Removed due to DMCA takedown request". An ad server was unblocked by all ad blockers due to a DMCA request. Let that sink in for a moment... A small research was conducted by the community in the comments section of that commit. It appears that the story began 23 days ago with a comment by a freshly registered Github account to the commit that added "" to EasyList. @dmcahelper threatened with "the file or repository disruption," but his threats were not taken seriously that time.
copyright  ads  blog-posts  law 
august 2017 by mikael
Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies
Social media companies operating in Germany face fines of as much as $57 million if they do not delete illegal, racist or slanderous comments and posts within 24 hours under a law passed on Friday. […] The law will take effect in October, less than a month after nationwide elections, and will apply to social media sites with more than two million users in Germany.
articles  facebook  socialmedia  law  germany 
july 2017 by mikael singpolyma comments on I would like to use a "non-attribution" + "non-commercial" license. This seems to be "retired" can I still use it and call it a CC license with graphics etc.?
NC (no SA) means the derivatives must be non-commercial only. BUT they don't need to be CC licensed. (That is, you could have a non-commercial derivative work that was all rights reserved.)

NC-SA means that derivatives must be non-commercial and also they must be under the same (or compatible) CC license.
reddit  forum-posts  creativecommons  law 
june 2017 by mikael ShareAlike interpretation — ShareAlike music being used as the soundtrack to a video
ShareAlike music being used as the soundtrack to a video. This is one explicit requirement of the SA licenses, which provide that all synching of SA-licensed music with other content creates an adaptation. In these instances, the resulting video must be under a ShareAlike or compatible license.
creativecommons  music  video  wiki  tutorials  law 
june 2017 by mikael
Facebook says Germany's fake news rules don't comply with EU-law
Facebook has criticised a new German law that would force social media companies to pay up to €50 million (£43 million) if they fail to remove hate speech and false news, saying it will encourage paranoid tech companies to delete legal content in order to avoid the hefty fines. […] Stephen Deadman, Facebook's global deputy chief privacy officer, said at a conference in Berlin in March that the social media giant's scale makes it hard to monitor and filter everything that gets published and that it had hundreds of staff working on the issue. "When it comes to managing content, we have almost 1.9 billion people on the platform," Deadman said at the G20 Consumer Summit. "It's a pretty unique situation to be in. Managing content is one of our biggest priorities. I don't want to give any impression that it's something that doesn’t matter to us: it's absolutely a top priority."
facebook  articles  law  germany  netcritique 
may 2017 by mikael Threshold of originality
The threshold of originality is a concept in copyright law that is used to assess whether a particular work can be copyrighted. It is used to distinguish works that are sufficiently original to warrant copyright protection from those that are not. In this context, "originality" refers to "coming from someone as the originator/author" (insofar as it somehow reflects the author's personality), rather than "never having occurred or existed before" (which would amount to the protection of something new, as in patent protection).
law  copyright  usa  wiki 
may 2017 by mikael
The inevitable rise of the robocops
"The robot is going to be an interactive service for the people," says Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, general director of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police and the man responsible for the police robot project. Citizens can ask the robot questions, pay fines and access a variety of police information via purpose-built software. Its facial recognition technology is only 80% accurate, says Alrzooqi, but the robot's camera eyes will send live feeds to a command control center for analysis. […] The next stage, already in research and development says Alrazooqi, is to create a "fully-functional robot that can work as (a) normal police officer." He declined to name the companies involved on record.
surveillance  police  robot  articles  law 
may 2017 by mikael
“MP3 is dead” missed the real, much better story
MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it’s good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it’s finally free.
mp3  audio  law  fileformats  blog-posts 
may 2017 by mikael
Tio frågor om lag och rätt
Vid användning av bilder som tagits innan år 1969 och som inte har vetenskapligt eller konstnärligt värde krävs inget tillstånd från fotografen längre, eftersom skyddstiden har löpt ut. Gällande skyddstid för fotografiska verk är 70 år efter fotografens död och för fotografiska bilder 50 år från det år bilden togs.
photography  law  swedish  sweden 
may 2017 by mikael
Bangkok plans to ban all street food by year′s end
The Thai capital's world famous street food scene may soon be a thing of the past. Authorities say they want to impose order and cleanliness, but for many street food is a part of the culture.
thailand  food  articles  cities  urbanplanning  law  culture 
april 2017 by mikael
EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June
“We have to move from a system where we regulate based on the technology to a logic that is based on the use the technology serves,” de Maizière said. A legal change would be most effective on the EU level, he added, insisting that he does not want to create so-called encryption backdoors or built-in access for police that weakens security technology.

Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s anti-terrorism coordinator, said “it’s much too early to say that backdoor would be a solution” for accessing encrypted data of messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram.

“We all agree that we have to balance two concerns,” he told EURACTIV in a recent interview. “One is allowing the security services, police, and law enforcement agencies to get access to the content, which is important for security reasons. And at the same time, we need a very strong internet – we don’t want to create vulnerabilities.

“And the question is, can you open a backdoor for Europol only, or would that at the same time create a vulnerability and open a backdoor for the Russian mafia or third party state spies? This is part of the discussion but we are not there yet. There is internal work—it’s a tricky issue.”
articles  eu  law  surveillance  software  hack  encryption  security 
march 2017 by mikael
/dev/lawyer Open Source License Business Perception Report
How does business perceive specific form software public licenses in Q1 2017? From this lawyer’s point of view...
law  open-source  copyright 
march 2017 by mikael Grundlagarna
I Sverige har du rätt att tycka och säga nästan vad du vill. Du har rätt att uttrycka dig i radio, i tv och på webben. I yttrandefrihetsgrundlagen står det om dessa rättigheter. Där står också vad du inte får göra, till exempel förtala eller kränka en annan person.
law  swedish  sweden 
march 2017 by mikael
We all have the ‘right to disconnect’ – but only some of us can afford it
Can one really afford to “disconnect” from insurance companies, banks, and immigration authorities? In principle, yes – if one can afford the associated (and rapidly increasing) social and financial costs of disconnection and anonymity. Those seeking to disconnect will ultimately have to pay for the privilege – in higher loan rates, more expensive insurance packages, more time wasted on trying to assure the immigration officer of one’s peaceful intentions. […] This addiction, though, has rather tangible origins: many of the platforms that steal our attention are designed precisely to hijack it and have us divulge, one click at a time, as much of our data as possible. The reason why social media platforms feel so addictive is because they are carefully optimised – and tested on millions of users like us – to engineer long-lasting addiction.

[…] On closer examination, though, it’s not evident that this right has much teeth even as a weapon against abuse by employers, as its applicability to the so-called gig economy seems uncertain. It’s true that, in theory, the joy of working as an independent contractor, be it as a driver for Uber or as a courier for Deliveroo, is the freedom and autonomy that such platforms afford: hours are flexible and can be adjusted depending on preferences and schedule. But the reality, of course, is quite different. First, to earn a decent living from such platforms one must be prepared to work long shifts – and be available at all times. Second, refusing to accept rides or delivery requests at inconvenient hours might harm one’s rating on the platform and provide grounds for suspension. Hence the paradox: the gig workers need no right to disconnect as no one is forcing them to work – and yet the dynamics of the platform are such that meaningful disconnection is made almost structurally impossible. As a result, in the realm of the highly flexible – and often precarious – gig economy, the right to disconnect makes very little sense; its ostensible flexibility conceals the fact that one can only succeed in it by making oneself always ready and willing to put in yet another gig. Thus we end up in the odd situation where well-protected regular jobs acquire extra benefits like “the right to disconnect”, while the unprotected, precarious jobs in the gig economy keep expanding – mostly by violating this very right as often as possible.
socialmedia  law  articles  work  netcritique 
february 2017 by mikael ”Ett fritt internet offras – för ingenting”
Vi riskerar nu att få inskränkningar i det öppna internet som vi i Sverige har värnat. En dom tidigare i veckan leder till allvarliga konsekvenser. Det blir fritt fram att kräva att vi operatörer ska blockera olika sidor och innehåll, skriver Patrik Hofbauer och Anna Byström, Telenor och Bredbandsbolaget.
internet  swedish  sweden  law  isp  articles  netcritique 
february 2017 by mikael
A lawyer rewrote Instagram's terms of service for kids. Now you can understand all of the private data you and your teen are giving up to social media
– Officially you own any original pictures and videos you post, but we are allowed to use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world. Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that.
– […] we may keep, use and share your personal information with companies connected with Instagram. This information includes your name, email address, school, where you live, pictures, phone number, your likes and dislikes, where you go, who your friends are, how often you use Instagram, and any other personal information we find such as your birthday or who you are chatting with, including in private messages (DMs).
– We might send you adverts connected to your interests which we are monitoring. You cannot stop us doing this and it will not always be obvious that it is an advert.
– We can change or end Instagram, or stop you accessing Instagram at any time, for any reason and without letting you know in advance. We can also delete posts and other content randomly, without telling you, for any reason. If we do this, we will not be responsible for paying out any money and you won’t have any right to complain.
– We can force you to give up your username for any reason.
– We can, but do not have to, remove, edit, block and/or monitor anything posted or any accounts that we think breaks any of these rules. We are not responsible if somebody breaks the law or breaks these rules; but if you break them, you are responsible.
socialmedia  instagram  children  law  articles 
january 2017 by mikael Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Saudi Arabia)
The General Presidency of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vices (abbreviated CPVPV; Arabic: هيئة الأمر بالمعروف و النهي عن المنكر ‎‎), also informally referred to as Hai’a, is the Saudi Arabian government agency employing “religious police” or Mutaween (مطوعين), to enforce Sharia Law within that Islamic nation.
law  police  islam  wiki 
january 2017 by mikael Facebook’s Face Recognition Tech Goes on Trial
Nimesh Patel, aggrieved user of Facebook and Illinois resident, isn’t naive: He well understands that the social networking company collects information about him. But Facebook went too far for his liking when it collected certain intimate details about his physiognomy, such as how many millimeters of skin lie between his eyebrows, how far the corners of his mouth extend across his cheeks, and dozens of other aspects of his facial geometry that enable the company’s face recognition software to identify him. Patel is a named plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against Facebook alleging that the company’s use of face recognition technology violates an Illinois law passed in 2008. The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) sets limits on how companies can store and use people’s biometric identifiers, which the law defines as fingerprints, voiceprints, retina or iris scans, and scans of hand or face geometry. The case is scheduled for trial this October, and similar Illinois-based lawsuits are proceeding against Google and Snapchat. In the upcoming year, the courts will host a debate over who can keep our faces on file.
facebook  privacy  law  usa 
december 2016 by mikael
Sverige kan inte tvinga telebolagen att generellt lagra datauppgifter
Svenska myndigheter kan inte fortsätta tvinga operatörerna att masslagra kundernas trafikuppgifter från telefoner och internet, enligt EU-domstolen. – Det är ett ännu tydligare utslag än vi trott och hoppats på, säger Stefan Backman, chefsjurist på Tele2. Inrikesminister Anders Ygeman (S) är dock oroad.
law  swedish  articles  eu  netcritique 
december 2016 by mikael
The Coolest Thing on the Internet Is Moving to Canada
We talked to the head of this major online library to find out why.
articles  internet  law  politics 
december 2016 by mikael
German judges explain why Adblock Plus is legal
Spiegel argued there's no right to de-link its "unified offer" of news and ads.
ads  law  articles  germany 
december 2016 by mikael Operatörer ska behandla internettrafik likvärdigt enligt beslutsförslag från PTS
Telia ska behandla all internettrafik likvärdigt när slutanvändarens datatak uppnåtts, för att inte bryta mot EU-regler om ett öppet internet. PTS avser att förelägga Telia att rätta sig.
netneutrality  swedish  law  articles  netcritique 
december 2016 by mikael
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