Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

In the course of the initiative "Fighting child sexual abuse: detection, removal, and reporting of illegal content", the European Union plans to abolish the digital privacy of correspondence.

EU-Plan gegen Kinderpornos: IT-Firmen kritisieren "Massenüberwachung"​

EU-Plan gegen Kinderpornos: IT-Firmen kritisieren "Massenüberwachung"​

Die EU leite mit ihrem Vorhaben "die Abschaffung des digitalen Briefgeheimnisses durch die Hintertür" ein, heißt es in einem offenen Brief der Unternehmen Boxcryptor, Cryptomator, , , Mailfence, Praxonomy, Tresorit und Tutanota: Dieser "Ruf nach Massenüberwachung ist zu einfach und zu kurz gedacht".

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

Digital advertisers in France also complained about Apple’s move to the country’s antitrust regulator, which said last month it will allow the feature because it is in line with privacy rules (though the watchdog will continue to investigate whether Apple favours its own services and products).Now, in a Canadian exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook talks about the company’s approach to privacy and how that helps set it apart from other big tech players.

Modern traffic flows of third digital world

Modern traffic flows of third digital world

Since August 2020, the project has regularly posted videos of street protests.Probably, it was these videos or, to be more precise, the brutality of the Belarusian law enforcement officers recorded in them that caused the removal of the channel.

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

“Out of Control: Failing EU Laws for Digital Surveillance Export”, noted that “The current European Union export regulation framework fails to protect human rights.” The document provides a good introduction to the region’s digital surveillance exports, and how these tools are already being abused, notably by the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Today, we are at a jurisprudential inflection point as courts grapple with when and how the Fourth Amendment should apply to the data generated by technologies like cell phones, smart cars, and wearable devices.In Carpenter, the Court considered how the Fourth Amendment applies to location data generated when cell phones connect to nearby cell towers.

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports "Individual Covid-19 vaccination records are private health information and should not be shared by a mandate," DeSantis' executive order reads.

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, an administration official said last Sunday .The official said the White House is working with government agencies, tech companies and non-profit organizations to plan and coordinate the effort, which is likely weeks away from being finalized.

Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

The next major flash point over coronavirus response has already provoked cries of tyranny and discrimination in Britain, protests in Denmark, digital disinformation in the United States and geopolitical skirmishing within the European Union.The subject of debate: vaccine passports — government-issued cards or smartphone badges stating that the bearer has been inoculated against the coronavirus.

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

It’s more a story about human nature, about how capitalism has mutated to exploit digital technology, about the liberal democratic state and the social contract, and about governments that have been asleep at the wheel for several decades.

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info

On Wednesday, Wojciech Wiewiorówski, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), opined that Europe's Digital Services Act proposal should go further in its effort to promote online transparency and safety by eliminating targeted advertising.

Tools of digital surveillance and repression

Tools of digital surveillance and repression

Justice For Myanmar has obtained Ministry of Home Affairs budget files from 2018-21 and Ministry of Transport and Communications budget files from 2019-21, which include budgeted items for the Myanmar Police Force, Bureau of Special of Investigation under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of IT and Cyber Security under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi is a digital financial structure, where instead of a central regulator, is a smart contract on the blockchain.DeFi implements various financial instruments, among of them the most popular are: Lending, Payment Services, Stablecoins, Decentralized Exchanges (DEX), Insurance, Prediction Markets.

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Moreover, the experts say that at present, “vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.” However, they also recognize that as more data emerges, so the pressure on governments to issue vaccine passports will increase.

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

The first, they said, makes it clear that a decision to designate a platform under the code must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreement with news media businesses.

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram.

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

Now that the government officially doesn’t need a warrant to do a digital search on your phone or other devices whenever you cross the United States border, remember to be extra vigilant when crossing the border.

Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption

Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption

Governments and law enforcement agencies are trying to ban or weaken a critical tool for keeping our children safe online.Despite this, some governments, law enforcement agencies, and even some child protection agencies are trying take away the strongest digital tool we have as parents to keep children safe online.

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

The NHS, in particular, gave Palantir all kinds of data about patients, employees and members of the public — from contact information to details of gender, race, work, physical and mental health conditions, political and religious affiliation, and past criminal offences10.Prominent among the many privacy challenges citizens face in the wake of the pandemic are data deals that might consolidate widespread surveillance as a requirement to access primary services and opportunities.

Microsoft Patent: Chatbots Made From The Online Habits Of Dead People

Microsoft Patent: Chatbots Made From The Online Habits Of Dead People

“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot,” Microsoft also describes – implying that living users could train a digital replacement in the event of their death.

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

IDC 2020 predictions show that enterprises will prepare for the digitized economy by accelerating investments in key technologies and new operating models to become hyper speed, hyperscaled, and hyperconnected organizations.

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot,” the patent adds, raising the possibility of people training up a digital version of themselves before they die.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

The National Health Service has been working with Inrupt on a pilot project for the care of dementia patients that moves from development into the field this month.

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.

Privacy, schmivacy: 2 in 3 Americans don’t care if their smart devices are recording them

Privacy, schmivacy: 2 in 3 Americans don’t care if their smart devices are recording them

Privacy issues are a constant concern when it comes to digital technology, but a new survey finds many Americans are simply accepting they may not be alone in their own home.

Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

The same way that a smart phone’s location data and gyroscope data can be used to infer certain things about the phone holder’s location and actions, many people aren’t aware that similar information is stored in a black box within your car.

2,000 Parents Demand Major Academic Publisher Drop Proctorio Surveillance Tech

2,000 Parents Demand Major Academic Publisher Drop Proctorio Surveillance Tech

On Friday, digital rights group Fight for the Future unveiled an open letter signed by 2,000 parents calling on McGraw-Hill Publishing to end its relationship with Proctorio, one of many proctoring apps that offers services that digital rights groups have called "indistinguishable from spyware.”.

Privacy Commissioner Launches Investigation of RCMP Internet Unit

Privacy Commissioner Launches Investigation of RCMP Internet Unit

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched an investigation into the RCMP’s Tactical Internet Operational Support unit and Project Wide Awake, the unit’s advanced web monitoring program using digital tools it kept secret.

Microsoft Teams sa troppe cose sugli studenti: la denuncia di un attivista dei diritti digitali

Microsoft Teams sa troppe cose sugli studenti: la denuncia di un attivista dei diritti digitali

L’accostamento di Insights a Teams per l’istruzione ha dato nuovi poteri di controllo agli insegnanti, perché sono di più gli strumenti a loro disposizione per monitorare attività, partecipazioni, compiti assegnati ed eseguiti degli studenti.

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which will host the new dedicated Digital Markets Unit (DMU), has advised the government that the new regulator must have the power to impose huge fines as a final “backstop” or it will be unable to ensure tech companies abide by the new rules, which are designed to create a fairer market for smaller rivals, newspaper and magazine publishers, and consumers.

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