Excellent study that does not just examine how Google may have been sharing extensive personal data via RTB with Rutarget, an adtech/data firm owned by state-owned Sberbank, but more broadly, how Google shares data with hundreds of firms across the planet:

🚨🇬🇧 Leak on #ChatControl
proposal: In an internal statement, the German government speaks out against the proposed "general surveillance measures and measures to scan private communications".

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🚀 CryptPad 5.0 is now available on GitHub


💅 We have refreshed the user interface with: 🧘‍♂️ simplified design, 🎈 rounded corners, 🎨🌜 improved dark mode colors

Grant proposal accepted, yess! 😀

@Arbeiterkammer@twitter.com will fund a 1.5y project that brings my German-language research on how employers use data on workers to a European level, from September, together with @JeremiasPrassl@twitter.com, @algorithmwatch@twitter.com, @GewerkschaftGPA@twitter.com, @UNI_Europa@twitter.com and others.

"1.4 million long- and short-term residents of Illinois started receiving checks for up to $397 ... According to plaintiffs, [Facebook] illegally used facial recognition data — gathered without consent — to prompt users to tag their friends in photos"

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:

RT @FTC@twitter.com

#BREAKING: @FTC@twitter.com charges @Twitter@twitter.com with deceptively using account security data to sell targeted ads: bit.ly/3PIM5MJ /1

🐦🔗: twitter.com/FTC/status/1529572

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. laquadrature.net/en/2022/05/24

#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.


(Via twitter.com/random_walker/stat)

Whatever the terms 'artificial intelligence', 'AI' and 'machine learning' mean or meant, they are now primarily used to obfuscate or glamorize things, so @GeorgetownCPT@twitter.com 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.” ft.com/content/3323ae3a-6ace-4 #Staatstrojaner #Pegasus

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