Step forward in adopting anonymous SIM cards in Europe

Germany's rising Pirate Party made a step towards anonymous SIM card activation after it filed an appeal in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, stating that anonymous communication is protected under the European Convention on Human Rights' right to private life.

One should note that this court is not a European Union institution, it is part of the Council of Europe which consists of 47 countries, thus, the legal decision of this court will not be binding to Germany, however, knowing the political climate there, one should expect that there will be repercussions on its government if it doesn't follow the courts findings.

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comment? published: 108 months ago. tags: anonymity, cell-phone, germany, pirate-party, privacy

Terms of Service; Didn't read

A great service for everyone who has an account in any online service, and, if you're reading this, you probably have. No one reads the terms of service, but probably everyone is concerned about some issues covered in them. The info page contains information on issues such as:
  • Confirmation of data requests
  • Ability to leave the service
  • Export of data
  • Notice of changes
  • Ownership of data
and many others.
comment? published: 108 months ago. tags: privacy, social-network, tos

Germany starts a fight against Facebook facial recognition feature

German officials accused Facebook for using user data and pictures for facial recognition without consent. Even though the user can opt-out, the European data protection law requires this kind of services to ask for explicit user permissions, that is, Facebook's defaults should be set to 'do not use my data'. Germany's demands are that Facebook destroy's all data of collected from German citizens.

Arstechnica: Germany: Facebook must destroy facial recognition database
comment? published: 108 months ago. tags: facebook, germany, privacy

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