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Google Threatens to Kill Open Source YouTube Front-End Invidious for Letting You Watch Videos without Tracking or Ads
Google has sent a letter to Invidious, the open source and privacy-respecting alternative front-end for YouTube, threatening the platform legal consequences if they did not stop showing YouTube videos without also displaying Google's ads. But Invidious does not plan on bending the knee to Google.
Disregard for privacy goes hand in hand with tech weaponization.
When technology is designed to expose and discredit users, the consequences can be brutal. That’s why privacy is paramount and Big Tech must live up to its responsibility.
Huge win for privacy: Record fine against Facebook thanks to Max Schrems.
The EU has imposed a record fine of 1.2 billion euros on Facebook's parent company Meta for forwarding user data to the US. Meta has also been ordered to stop the data transfer. While this a huge win for privacy, Meta wants to take legal action against the fine.
2023-05-24 / First published: 2022-12-09
India first democracy to ban encrypted messaging apps on massive scale.
In India, apps including Briar, Element and Threema, got blocked beginning of May based on the arguments that these apps would be used by "terrorists" and that these apps would not have a "representative" for government contact based in India. However, it more looks like a strategic decision to stop Indian people from using secure and anonymous messaging apps. This makes India the first democracy to follow in the footsteps of authoritarian governments like Iran and Russia.
Big Tech lobby efforts failed to defang the Digital Markets Act!
After 15 months of intense negotiations, the Digital Markets Act (DMA) becomes the first significant law to regulate digital gatekeepers. The DMA will limit the power of Big Tech and open the digital world to new and upcoming apps and services.
ChatGPT - Privacy nightmare or helpful tool?
Everyone is talking about what the new AI can do, and lately everyone is starting to look at the ChatGPT privacy implications. The ban on ChatGPT in Italy and the looming privacy issues surrounding the AI chatbot in Germany have sparked a Europe-wide debate between those who are enthusiastic about the tool and those who warn against its development and what ChatGPT means for people's privacy.