🚨 Join the campaign to Stop Data Discrimination 🚨

The Government is planning to gut basic privacy laws that prevent discrimination. From workers & children to NHS patients & migrants, GDPR protects us all.

👉 Watch this video and take action now: action.openrightsgroup.org/sto

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“Privacy is power - innovation shouldn’t come at the expense of privacy!”

Our Immigration Policy Manager @sahdyadarr spoke at earlier today ⬇️



"Anonymous accounts are rarely anonymous; the police have the powers to identify people acting illegally online. Are MPs really proposing that only people who register with a passport or driving licence should be able to use Facebook or Twitter?”


"Banning the ability for people to be anonymous online will put at risk many LGBTQ people, the victims of domestic violence, and the ability of campaigners to speak openly about difficult subjects." - Our Executive Director @jimkillock 👇


RT from Alec Muffett (@AlecMuffett)

This article convincingly accuses @OliverDowden of effectively handing a "bung" of money to the @Telegraph in the form of advert-tracking, by giving the latter an "exclusive" re: Government policy.

That's something @GoodLawProject should take notice of: webdevlaw.uk/2021/10/19/behold

🚨Twitter Passports are dangerous and impractical 🚨
Banning anonymity online will not solve the issue of abuse and will actually make people
less safe. THREAD (1/9)🧵

First, a massive amount of online abuse comes not from anonymous accounts but from those who are happy to spout hate in their own name. 99% of Twitter accounts suspended for racism during Euro 2020 were NOT anonymous. (2/9)

Second, most “anonymous” content is not actually anonymous. In nearly all cases, the individual can be identified via other details held by a platform if it becomes necessary. (3/9)

For many people - from the LGBTQ+ community to human rights activists to whistle blowers to people who just work for companies with stringent social media policies - anonymity is crucial to their safety and ability to exist online. (4/9)

Not only would a ban on anonymity not solve the problem, it is practically unworkable. Calls for identity verification tend to concern the opening of new accounts online. Zero thought has been given to the question of verifying existing accounts. (5/9)

Demands for identity verification often propose using formal documentation eg a passport or driving license. At least 3.5 million people in the UK own no form of photo ID - often people on low incomes - are we banning them from the internet? (6/9)

Mandating identity verification would force all online platforms to become the owners of vast databases of personally identifiable internet usage. There is a huge risk that this information could be hacked or compromised in the future, putting people at risk. (7/9)

There are already systems in place to deal with the vast majority of criminal misuses of unattributed speech or online anonymity. The question is why they are not being used to their full extent. (8/9)

Online anonymity played no role in the senseless killing of Sir David Amess and the government must not be allowed to use this issue as a way to distract from the larger societal problems arising from this tragedy. (9/9)

RT from Mariano delli Santi (@ds_m4riano)

It’s Star Trek, but the UK Government successfully scrapped the right to human review of automated decisions from data protection laws

RT from Jim Killock (@jimkillock)

» @apple’s child abuse scanning “is a dangerous technology. Even if deployed initially to scan for child sex-abuse material, content that is clearly illegal, there would be enormous pressure to expand its scope.”

RT from Alec Muffett (@AlecMuffett)

1/ THE MOST IMPORTANT information security discussion of the day will be about the publication of , a paper by the biggest names in encryption, regarding and the likes of the @Apple -detection proposal:

RT from Mariano delli Santi (@ds_m4riano)

Friendly reminder that the UK Government want to gut data protection laws to “promote growth and innovation”. This is the kind of “innovation” they’re after bbc.com/news/technology-589112


We're delighted that many of you will be joining us next week for . This year's overarching theme of ‘The Future of the Internet’ will include Trust, Data, Inclusion and Environment. There's still time to register your place if you haven't already: bit.ly/3dJDNTV

RT from OpenUK (@openuk_uk)

State of Open: The UK in 2021 Report, Phase 3: The Values of Open, has landed!


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