Saturday, 13 June 2015

A roundup

This week, Evil Wednesday is Evil Saturday.  Or is that the other way round?  Either way, here’s a roundup of some stuff that happened.

France seeks to extend Google right to be forgotten.  At the moment, the right to be forgotten, which is an EU directive, only covers searches made via Google’s European sites.  France wants to extend this to Google’s global operations.and has given Google 15 days to comply before considering sanctions.

Net neutrality win in the US….. for now.

A sensible way forward on mass surveillance? I’ll write more about this later.

Ebay and Paypal have decided they canrobocall you whenever they like.

In a rare moment of self-awareness, Reddit has shut down some of its forums for harassing individuals and recruiting people for harassing individuals. The BBC predictably pussy-foots around the problem by scare-quoting the word “harassing” in their headline.

Nominet built a tool for exposing cybercrime on .uk domains. I bet that’s not all it can expose.

Theresa May lays the groundwork for the Snooper’s Charter.

Stronger laws are needed on revenge porn. Yep, and we need to stop the slut-shaming too.

More fake mobile towers found in London, Met takes idiotic stance.

Facebook gets in on troubling beacon scheme.  Hmm.

Cory Doctorow: Anti-surveillance steamroller still rolling through congress. “The USA Freedom Act set the first legal limits on spying in a generation, and wereimmediately followed by 3 more surveillance-blocking amendments from the House, and now, a week later, there's 2 more bipartisan curbs on surveillance.”

14 fun facts about 1984.  Fun fact #15: It’s pretty clear that most people who compare something to 1984 haven’t read it.  Come on, people.  It’s not like Christians and the Bible, you can actually read it and you won’t be disappointed when you do.

How to tell if a mirror is one-way glass

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.That’s all for now.  Normal service will resume sooner or later. It’s probably later, isn’t it?

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