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How GDPR Will Change The Way You Develop
In this article, we’ll explore what you, as a developer, need to know about the new data protection regime. At the end, you’ll understand how the challenges posed by the privacy overhaul will ultimately help to make you a better developer.
2018  europe  analysis  web-design  software-design  security 
may 2018 by bignose
The GDPR might actually create an "attention economy"
This dynamic -- in which companies that no one had ever heard of cleverly inserted themselves into the value chain between advertisers, publishers and readers, and siphoned off the lion's share of the money in the business -- did not produce a "market" for your personal information and attention. In a market, you make conscious choices to make purchases after negotiating (or at least seeing) the price.

Here's where Godin comes in: he argues that GDPR (to which I'd add adblocking and #DeleteFacebook) will create an actual market, where getting permission to send messages to a user requires that marketers make a compelling proposition, rather than simply compelling compliance.
2018  opinion  privacy  surveillance  capitalism  europe 
may 2018 by bignose
Financially troubled cities in Spain consider taxing church properties
Similar efforts that target church coffers or powers are underway in neighboring countries. In Italy, Prime Minister Mario Monti has called for a tax on church properties or on those portions of properties that have a commercial purpose. In Ireland, the minister of education is fighting to end church control of many of the country’s primary schools, and the government has slashed in half the grants it gives poor families for first Communions. More than half the city councils in Britain have eliminated state subsidies for transportation to faith-based schools, leading to a precipitous drop in enrollment.
2012  news  europe  religion  government  secularism  freethought 
september 2012 by bignose
From now on, Britain’s “cookie law” prohibits tracking without consent
What the media have called Britain's "cookie law" became enforceable this weekend and will require UK-based website operators to give visitors notification if the website will use any method of tracking—not just cookies but other types of analytics as well—on the user's computer.
2012  news  europe  legislation  government  privacy  byteintoit 
may 2012 by bignose
Sweden drops Assange rape charge
On Saturday 2012-05-26, as international media outlets were beginning to pick up the story, Eva Finne, Sweden's chief prosecutor, announced that Julian Assange was no longer wanted.
2012  news  europe  people  byteintoit 
may 2012 by bignose
EU Court of Justice: No Copyright on Computer Functionality or Computer Languages
The EU Court of justice has just ruled in SAS v. WPL, that you can't copyright a computer language or computer functionality.

How refreshing. That's how it's supposed to be in the US, too, although Oracle is trying to spread copyright further than it has traditionally gone, to cover the structure, sequence and organization of APIs.
2012  news  europe  copyfight  legal  byteintoit 
may 2012 by bignose
Swiss government: file-sharing no big deal, some downloading still OK
Yet the report argues that the spread of file-sharing is no great cause for concern. It argues that consumers spend a roughly constant share of their disposable income on entertainment expenses. Money saved on buying CDs and DVDs are instead spent on "concerts, movies, and merchandising."

The report argues that piracy is only a significant concern for "large foreign production companies," and that these large companies need to adapt to new consumer behavior rather than seeking further legislative changes. And, the report says, "fears that these changes have a negative impact on the Swiss cultural creativity are unfounded."
2011  news  government  europe  free-culture  byteintoit 
december 2011 by bignose
European Court of Justice rules against indiscriminate intermediary filtering
From the ruling, it was clear from the start that the ECJ was not amenable to rule in favour of indiscriminate monitoring as it would go against Art. 15 of the Electronic Commerce Directive 2000/31, which states unequivocally that Member States shall not require intermediaries “to monitor the information which they transmit or store, nor a general obligation actively to seek facts or circumstances indicating unlawful activity”. Any filtering system would be in violation of this rule
2011  news  europe  legal  network-neutrality  byteintoit 
november 2011 by bignose
EU Court of Justice: Censorship in Name of Copyright Violates Fundamental Rights
The European Court of Justice ruled that forcing Internet service providers to monitor and censor their users' communications violated EU law, and in particular the right to freedom of communication. At a time of all-out offensive in the war against culture sharing online, this decision suggests that censorship measures requested by the entertainment industry are disproportionate means to enforce an outdated copyright regime.
2011  news  europe  legal  network-neutrality  byteintoit 
november 2011 by bignose
EUROPA - Press Releases - Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Who feeds the artist ? Forum d'Avignon 19 November 2011, Avignon, France
But let's ask ourselves, is the current copyright system the right and only tool to achieve our objectives? Not really, I'm afraid. We need to keep on fighting against piracy, but legal enforceability is becoming increasingly difficult; the millions of dollars invested trying to enforce copyright have not stemmed piracy. Meanwhile citizens increasingly hear the word copyright and hate what is behind it. Sadly, many see the current system as a tool to punish and withhold, not a tool to recognise and reward.

Speaking of economic reward: if that is the aim of our current copyright system, we're failing here too.
2011  opinion  europe  intellectual-theft  copywrong 
november 2011 by bignose

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