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Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of July 17th, 2020
France passes legislation to block adult websites that don’t comply with new age verification frameworkA recently passed bill in the French Parliament will create an age verification framework for those seeking to access adult content on the internet. While the specifics of how users would prove their age to websites hasn’t been specified, there have been talks of using credit card numbers or even government identifiers to verify age, which would also create a database of who watches porn online. The government will also be able to order internet service providers to block sites that don’t comply.
Read more: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/france-passes-legislation-to-block-adult-websites-that-dont-comply-with-new-age-verification-framework/
New German law would force ISPs to allow secret service to install trojans on user devicesA new law in Germany would allow the government’s intelligence agencies and law enforcement to work with internet service providers to install trojans on user devices. Germany has already had success in the past working with phone companies to use trojans on peoples’ smartphones, and now they want to be able to infect all internet connected devices. Since the law is expected to pass without any privacy preserving amendments, many organizations are already preparing to file suit against Germany’s state sponsored trojan plan for being unconstitutional.
Read more: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/new-german-law-would-force-isps-to-allow-secret-service-to-install-trojans-on-user-devices/
Brazil plans to bring in a “fake news” law, with serious implications for everyone’s privacy, no matter where they liveA new fake news law is expected to pass in Brazil and despite last minute amendments, the privacy implications are still huge. The law seeks to tie real identities to online identities and create accountability for those sharing fake news via chain forwarding. The new law requires large social media platforms and private messaging apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp to grant Brazil access to the main user database when asked. The new fake news law will likely be challenged under Brazil’s new privacy laws.
Read more: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/brazil-plans-to-bring-in-a-fake-news-law-with-serious-implications-for-everyones-privacy-no-matter-where-they-live/