Today's Essential Read authored by our very own Jim Killock & Heather Burns.
"Racists must be prosecuted, not moderated"
STOP THE GLOBAL PRIVACY RACE TO THE BOTTOM
Stop this Government from turning the UK into a global data laundering hub and trampling all over our privacy rights.
Stand up for Privacy:
Proposals commissioned by the UK Government to gut privacy and #GDPR are dangerous and harmful.
These are a taste of what to expect to be official policy in the next few months.
I vastly agree with this from @Edent about names and special characters.
We can throw Welsh names into the misspellings required – Siôn, Siân, Glyndŵr, to name a few.
What are “unusual characters”
The world is a complex place. It is tempting to enforce simplicity upon it to make things easier for computers. Gender is a boolean, no one is older than 99, all text flows left to right, and names are always in English. That makes it nice and easy for us to write computer systems - and who cares if it is dehumanising?
Recently, I tried to register with phon
And hello, blocking of services and apps.
It is impossible to see some of these services being able to comply.
And where will #mastodon fit in? Will the network subject itself to content scanning and removal, or just get blocked online and removed from App stores as “unsafe”?
Goodbye, e2e encryption for private messaging.
Hello, state direction of Facebook, and Twitter over what stays up, what gets deleted, and how they find it.
The #OnlineSafetyBill means:
(1) The Home Secretary decides what content FB and Twitter must remove, and how;
(2) Companies must be able to read your private messages
(3) Services that don’t comply get banned from App Stores, blocked on ISPs
Finally a legit alternative to IRC: https://matrix.org/
Really excited about what it can do to break away from Slack and other non-open protocols.
Yesterday my parents got a call from their doctor if they want to get vaccinated next week. So #Germany finally starts broader vaccination. This is good news.
The EU Digital Services Act is a chance to build a better future for the internet. Check out our take on what we think about the Commission's proposal: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12417-Digital-Services-Act-deepening-the-internal-market-and-clarifying-responsibilities-for-digital-services/F2163952?fbclid=IwAR22CcKz82D2zcKSVQDWHisVCkTrfocc1eEGDWKraZ-CAWXB_h81lJ6Euzg https://t.co/xFrOwSoWeW
UK may force Facebook services to allow backdoor police access
The Home Office and Priti Patel want to be able to read everyone’s SMS messages, and in effect, ban secure messaging on Facebook.
ENDGAME FOR END-TO-END ENCRYPTION
The Home Office is actively exploring legal and technical mechanisms to compel Facebook to circumvent end-to-end encrypted messaging. Read our take on it.
📣 National Fraud Initiative 📣
Privacy advocates & migrants' rights orgs win deadline extension for National Fraud Initiative consultation. This will allow us to investigate the impact of the proposed measures on the data protection rights of migrants.
ORG complaint to ICO:
UK Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data'
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