From 2014 to 2019, Twitter asked more than 140 million users for their phone numbers and email addresses to 'protect' and 'secure' their accounts, and then exploited the data for profit, violating a 2011 FTC order.

$150m fine + ban from profiting from deceptively collected data:


#BREAKING: charges with deceptively using account security data to sell targeted ads: /1


In France? You can join the collective lawsuit by @LaQuadrature against the Technopolice! Fight surveillance cameras, AI detection of “unwanted” behaviour, police databases with face images.

#Bitcoin is a Ponzi because it's not economically productive (as in being a system generating products or services) and because a person's gains are just the buy-in money of another person coming in later. This is not a complex argument.

@ilumium This is a prime example for how digital gatekeepers can abuse their power and why the #DigitalMarketsAct #DMA needs to be rigorously enforced to enable alternative app distribution channels.

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So sad to see one of the best email apps for Android #FairEmail is discontinued, just b/c shitshow corp #Google mis-detected it as #spyware.

Apparently its complaints process is so screwed that the FairEmail dev rather threw his app in the bin.

A new study finds 3,000 websites on which third-party tracking companies scoop up what you type into forms in real time — even if you never hit submit. This happens on about 1,800 websites for E.U. users too, likely in violation of the GDPR.


Whatever the terms 'artificial intelligence', 'AI' and 'machine learning' mean or meant, they are now primarily used to obfuscate or glamorize things, so will stop using them in their work on how digital technologies affect society.


🇬🇧Me and 44 MEPs call on the British gov to stop the extradition of Julian Assange, the US gov to close the charges against him & to release him now! Too long have these proceedings threatened pluralism, freedom of the press, expression and information!

Die EU-Kommission hat mit der jegliches Maß verloren. In einem gemeinsamen Eil-Appell an die Bundesregierung fordern wir sie jetzt dazu auf die Pläne zur Totalüberwachung jeglicher Kommunikation zu stoppen!
Dafür brauchen wir eure Mithilfe:

EU folks, the latest @EU_Commission proposal for scanning private communications and undermining end-to-end encryption is an extreme threat to privacy.

It threatens the right to meaningful encryption and would force your communications to be subject to scanning and classification by AI outside of your control. Truly dystopian shit.

This won't become law without the EU parliament's assent, so please follow this closely and speak up. See EDRI's analysis here:

US consultancy overseeing spyware company #NSOGroup tells EU lawmakers it is being stonewalled by management. “NSO is an out-of-control actor.” #Staatstrojaner #Pegasus

The Thunderbird team is growing! We're looking for a few experienced engineers -- who love open source and open standards -- to help us take Thunderbird to even greater heights!


All of our current openings are remote, full-time positions. See all the details and learn how to apply here:

I am hearing of multiple orgs that ceased offering email services (SMTP and IMAP on an organizational domain) and instead force people to use the Microsoft-hosted email-like messaging service known as Outlook.

In each case, they say they are doing so in the name of #GDPR compliance.

How can they claim this? Are they saying they will go into employees' inboxes and email archives to delete messages in case they get a request from correspondents asserting their rights as data subjects?

Installer #PeerTube sur votre serveur, c’est comme créer votre propre alternative libre à « YouTube », dont vous choisissez le nom ▶️ ! Documentation et support officiel vous guideront dans l’aventure.
👉 #LibéronsLesServeurs

We will never really be safe until all our hardware is Open Hardware and all our software is Open Source.

It's a hard goal to achieve. I try to focus on the parts that matter most. But there are so many ways a closed dependency can hurt us.

🌿 About those kill-switched Ukrainian 🇺🇦 tractors 🚜 | by Cory #@Doctorow | May, | Medium
"… Deere 🦌 aggregates all the soil data from all the farms, all around the world, and sells it to private equity firms making bets in the futures market. … The real money 💸 is using farmers’ aggregated data to inform the bets that financiers make against the farmers. …"

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