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Terrible Technology Legislation: Part I - Everyone is guilty

Corporate and government interests dismiss human rights

You are innocent until proven guilty, or until you decide to go online. The internet used to be a haven of free expression. Now it’s a place where every individual is suspected of being a terrorist or a pirate. Governments are caught up in an arms race of mass surveillance and hardly anyone appears to stop and think about the direction we’re heading in. It’s time to take a critical look at the legislation that undermines the core principles of a free society.

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GDPR: impact of the new European privacy law

Exploring the influence of user rights as defined in the GDPR

Europe’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will become effective on 25 May 2018. It’s a date a lot of organisations are dreading, as they need to get their IT systems in order. A less talked about subject is the impact of the law on users, who get additional rights. This article explores what it means for users and discusses the effects on your life.

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Dead at conception: the European Cookie Law

A retrospective of an unenforceable piece of legislation

The European Cookie Law was intended to protect internet users from unbridled tracking. It aimed to make internet users more privacy-aware and to make tracking mechanisms explicit. When the law was set in place, the internet braced itself for a European Union ready to flex its muscles. But nothing happened. How come?

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