The opposition to upload filters reaches the street CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 Philipp Nordmeyer Our weekly review is also sent as a weekly newsletter. Here you can register.
The criticism of the planned EU copyright reform and the upload filters in article 13 reaches the street: Last Saturday around 5.000 people demonstrated against the planned copyright reform in Berlin. Opponents: inside the upload filter moved from the Axel Springer skyscraper over the Ministry of Justice to the representation of the European Union in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
Netzpolitik.org editor-in-chief Markus Beckedahl also contributed with a speech. Compulsory upload filters, which not only restrict freedom on the Internet, but also lay the foundation for a censorship infrastructure, are at the center of criticism of copyright reform.
At the same time, the European Parliament is negotiating another legislative proposal, which should also filter, review and, if necessary, automatically delete content. In this case, it is about the fight against terrorist propaganda in the network. A first parliamentary committee now rejects this form of content control.
Procedural tricks and spontaneous demos
Earlier this week, it looked as if the European Conservatives wanted to bring forward the vote on copyright reform in the European Parliament. This procedural trick was intended to nullify the plans of the ever-growing protest movement, with Europe-wide demonstrations on the 23. March to influence the later vote in plenary.
Opponents: inside the upload filter organized spontaneous demonstrations in several cities in which several thousand people participated. But the plans of the Conservatives not only failed due to pressure from the public, because the obligatory translations of the law into all EU languages would not have been ready at an earlier date.
Meanwhile, the protests continue, for example in the beer tent at the Political Ash Wednesday of the CDU, and are getting bigger: Here we give an overview of planned demonstrations against articles 13 in Germany and Europe.
Criticism of Facebook does not stop
Facebook continues to make negative headlines: In a company-owned spy department Facebook collects data from former employees: inside, which could pose a threat to the company. To do so, the Group analyzes its own data to identify critical voices against the Group. Not only ex-employees: inside should be affected, even journalist: inside could be on such blacklists. Particularly problematic here is not only that Facebook plays private police, but also that affected persons do not know that they are being watched. German data protectors were alarmed and now demand answers to these practices in Germany.
It also became known that Facebook misuses the mobile phone numbers of its users: inside - at least in the US, possibly also in Germany. For better protection of personal data, many Internet services can store their own mobile phone number in addition to the user name and password. But Facebook uses these for advertising purposes, which could violate the General Data Protection Regulation: this calls for a clear purpose, which is intentionally disregarded in this case by Facebook. We asked Facebook and the Data Protection Officer of Hamburg, Johannes Caspar.
Mass surveillance back in court
After the flare-up of mass surveillance by US intelligence agency NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ - remember Edward Snowden? - Several complaints to the European Court of Human Rights fluttered against the British Government. Now the mass surveillance is back in court: Two judgments that had already limited a non-targeted surveillance by European foreign intelligence services, could now be readjusted. Our author Constanze Kurz, who is one of the complainants in the "Privacy not PRISM" procedure, is looking forward to the hearing in July.
Minister of Justice against Whistleblower
At the same time, the European Union wants to adopt a directive to better protect whistleblowers inside Europe. But there is still a dispute between the European Parliament and the Member States, including Germany, whether maladministration may go directly to the public or not.
Ironically Federal Minister of Justice Katharina Barley (SPD) stands for their position in the criticism and blocks among other member states the negotiations. This emerges from the current state of negotiations. Against the position of her party, she advocates for a weak protection: Whistleblower: inside should always first turn to an internal position in their own organization, before they may inform the media and public authorities - which, however, many whistle-blowers: inside deterrent.
Brandenburg stores license plates in stock
In Brandenburg, the police stores license plates of all cars on certain highways. This has been publicly confirmed by the police in Berlin. However, it is still a matter of debate whether registration of registration is legal, because only recently similar systems in other federal states have been declared illegal by courts.
Readout of mobile phones planned on border
The technical possibilities of the Federal Police on the Bavarian border are to be extended. In the research project "SmartIdentification", the Federal Police is researching the rapid evaluation of mobile phones of refugees. When processing asylum applications, it is already allowed to examine the mobile phones of refugees. Now this practice is to be extended with a mobile version also on border controls on the spot. The evaluation of telephones should not only allow a quick identification of people at the border, but also help in detecting trafficking networks.
Journalism and e-commerce policy in crisis
The media researcher Christopher Buschow commented in a guest contribution the crisis of commercial journalism and illuminated the difficult conditions journalistic start-ups.
Kirsten Fiedler from European Digital Rights (EDRi) reports on the constant erosion and possible revision of the e-commerce directive, which not only includes liability issues in dealing with supposedly illegal content on the Internet, but also ensures freedom of expression.
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