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Unjust Technology Legislation II - The public reaction

Public outrage against dismantling right to privacy

In the second part of this series, we take a look at technology legislation after 9/11 and the American response. All but one of the laws discussed were drafted before the full scope of US surveillance became known. Even so, the public began to speak up. Starting in the European Union, public action soon spread to the rest of the world. Before we knew it, there were massive worldwide protests.

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Unjust Technology Legislation II - The public reaction

Unjust Technology Legislation I - Everyone is presumed 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 technology legislation that undermines the core principles of a free society.

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Unjust Technology Legislation I - Everyone is presumed guilty

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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Impact of the new European privacy law

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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Dead at conception: the European Cookie Law
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