Mohammed bin Salman with phones
Überwachung

EU states unanimously vote against stricter export controls for surveillance equipment

The EU wants to more closely control the trade of the European surveillance industry with autocratic regimes. After two years of tough negotiations, the member states have found a „compromise“: they are against anything that could limit the trade of spyware. Germany agreed as well.

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Technologie

Facebook’s Algorithm Shapes Our Lives. This Hacker Wants to Find Out How.

Claudio Agosti wants to know what Facebook does with him. The programmer has developed a browser extension that collects data donations from users. He wants to decipher why we only get to see very specific political news – and what Facebook is hiding from us in their News Feed.

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Datenschutz

Kenya: Data from 11.5 million customers of a provider end up on black market

M-Pesa is a Kenyan system for cashless payment. This business model of the Kenyan communications provider Safaricom is built on the transfer of data. Now, employees of the provider have also leaked the personal information of 11.5 million users. The case ends up in court.

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Assange and Domscheit-Berg
Öffentlichkeit

WikiLeaks: The US is indeed investigating Assange for publishing secret information, DOJ letter suggests

The United States is officially charging Julian Assange for hacking, a crime seemingly perfect for extradition. However, the US Attorney’s Office is also investigating him for „obtaining and disseminating secret information“, punishable by death. That is what the Department of Justice wrote in a letter we now publish.

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Nowhere to hide: To identify and target you on Facebook and Instagram, advertisers constantly share your data with Facebook.
Datenschutz

Facebook Custom Audience illegal without explicit user consent, Bavarian Data Protection Authority rules

Online shops and marketers routinely share customer data with Facebook to reach them with targeted advertising. Turns out: in many cases this is illegal. A ground-breaking decision by a German Data Protection Authority recently ruled that matching customers’ email addresses with their Facebook accounts requires their explicit consent.

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Martin Selmayr, Jean Claude Juncker
Datenschutz

EU says „no contingency plans“ for data flows in case of no-deal Brexit

Commission officials led by Martin Selmayr talked Brexit with German lobbyists. Behind closed doors, the Commission says they will not take emergency measures to protect UK businesses from data protection trouble following a no-deal exit. Rights campaigners see a no-deal Brexit as an opening to fight surveillance.

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Überwachung

Surveillance exports: How EU Member States are compromising new human rights standards

Since 2016, the European Union has been working on proposals to implement stricter controls on the export of surveillance technology outside the EU. However, internal documents now prove that certain Member States – especially Sweden, Finland, and the United Kingdom – are succumbing to pressure from business interests. As a result, human rights safeguards are being diluted.

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Netzpolitik Podcast

NPP149: Civilian Drones – Who should be allowed to fly where?

We talked to anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Adam Fish about the new possibilities small civilian drones offer for documentary, environmental and activist projects. The drones give us an unique view of the world but at the same time they can lead to an unprecedented form of surveillance.

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Technologie

„Who owns the infrastructure becomes important“: Digital payments, scoring and blockchains in the Global South

In our interview, media scholar and political economist Rachel O‘Dwyer explains how companies and governments promise to connect those without a bank account to the global economy. She warns about the convergence of social media and payment infrastructures, where ever more data points are connected and used to decide on the life of individuals. Cash still has a role to play, she argues.

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Generell

This week @netzpolitik.org, #47: Surveillance and Savants

Welcome to our highlights of net political news from Germany, week 47. Who wins the contracts? The computer scientist Martin Tschirsich has examined ten products from various manufacturers of communal information systems. The software is used for the administration, manages citizens data and other information the city or municipality processes. They often play a part […]

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Generell

This week @netzpolitik.org, #46: consumer friendly network blocks

Welcome to our highlights of net political news from Germany, week 46. EU to strengthen consumer protections while introducing contested blocking measures. The European parliament has passed a bill to protect European consumers with last-minute additions of contested net block censorship measures. Meanwhile, privacy activist Maximilian Schrems‘ class action suit against Facebook, to shore up […]

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