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EU destroys online privacy to protect the children

3 min read

Well, the EU has just destroyed Internet Privacy. This is going to have a major chilling effect. It is being touted as a win for combatting child porn and trafficking, but that's just the excuse.

https://european-pirateparty.eu/parliament-approves-chatcontrol/

In today’s vote, 537 Members of the European Parliament approved Chatcontrol, with 133 voting against and 20 abstentions.[1] According to police data, in the vast majority of cases, innocent citizens come under suspicion of having committed an offence due to unreliable processes. In a recent representative poll, 72% of EU citizens opposed general monitoring of their messages.[2] While providers will initially have a choice to search or not to search communications, follow-up legislation, expected in autumn, is to oblige all communications service providers to indiscriminate screening.

If you're not already using Swiss services like Threema and ProtonMail, then you're about to get a major wake up call. This is just the first step in a very large push to remove any possible chance for people to be able to communicate privately.

I'm also sure this is the first step in a global push against encryption. To put it in perspective, if the Autumn changes become mandatory, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Zoho, Facebook, and all the other providers of email and messaging services, will be required to "snoop" on their customers communications. 

https://www.patrick-breyer.de/en/posts/message-screening/?lang=en

How does this affect you?

  • All of your chat conversations and emails will be automatically searched for suspicious content. Nothing remains confidential or secret. There is no requirement of a court order or an initial suspicion for searching your messages. It occurs always and automatically.
  • If an algorithms classifies the content of a message as suspicious, your private or intimate photos may be viewed by staff and contractors of international corporations and police authorities. Also your private nude photos may be looked at by people not known to you, in whose hands your photos are not safe.
  • Flirts and sexting may be read by staff and contractors of international corporations and police authorities, because text recognition filters looking for “child grooming” frequently falsely flag intimate chats.
  • You can falsely be reported and investigated for allegedly disseminating child sexual exploitation material. Messaging and chat control algorithms are known to flag completely legal vacation photos of children on a beach, for example. According to Swiss federal police authorities, 86% of all machine-generated reports turn out to be without merit. 40% of all criminal investigation procedures initiated in Germany for “child pornography” target minors.
  • On your next trip overseas, you can expect big problems. Machine-generated reports on your communications may have been passed on to other countries, such as the USA, where there is no data privacy – with incalculable results.
  • Intelligence services and hackers may be able to spy on your private chats and emails. The door will be open for anyone with the technical means to read your messages if secure encryption is removed in order to be able to screen messages.
  • This is only the beginning. Once the technology for messaging and chat control has been established, it becomes very easy to use them for other purposes. And who guarantees that these incrimination machines will not be used in the future on our smart phones and laptops?

 

arandomsteve

NYTimes says you're Far Right if you support the US Flag

2 min read

In what I can only describe as an "own goal" the NY Times has decided that if Americans support their nation by flying their national flag, they're basically far right Trump supporters.

Supporters of former President Donald J. Trump have embraced the flag so fervently — at his rallies, across conservative media and even during the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol — that many liberals like Mr. Treiber worry that the left has all but ceded the national emblem to the right.

What was once a unifying symbol — there is a star on it for each state, after all — is now alienating to some, its stripes now fault lines between people who kneel while “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays and those for whom not pledging allegiance is an affront.

And it has made the celebration of the Fourth of July, of patriotic bunting and cakes with blueberries and strawberries arranged into Old Glory, into another cleft in a country that seems no longer quite so indivisible, under a flag threatening to fray.

There is no case to be made that the flag of any nation is a political icon of any candidate or party. It represents the WHOLE nation. Regardless of their political leanings or the party they represent or vote for. 

That the New York Times is trying to sew this level of division on the very day the American's are celebrating the birth of their nation speaks volumes to the state of the news paper in our times. To make a Happy Days reference, they've Jumped The Shark at this point. Trump's gone, so they are getting increasingly desperate to get more readers.

Most American's love their nation. Their excuse that Trump supporters hijacked the flag is tenuous at best. Trump supporters firmly believe(d) that Trump was what the nation needed, and they believed he was doing the best possible for the nation. It was not uncommon to see him hugging flags. Not because he was trying to take that icon for his own, but because it was an allegory for hugging the nation he and his supporters love.

The New York Times should be ashamed of this OpEd. Absolutely pathetic to publish something like this on Independence Day.

arandomsteve

Bye bye Mozilla. This is the end.

1 min read

Enough is enough. I'm done with the BS.

steve@malystryx:~$ sudo pacman -R firefox
[sudo] password for steve:
checking dependencies...

Packages (1) firefox-84.0.2-0.1
Total Removed Size:  221.52 MiB

:: Do you want to remove these packages? [Y/n] y
:: Processing package changes...
(1/1) removing firefox  [########################################] 100%

:: Running post-transaction hooks...
(1/3) Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...
(2/3) Updating icon theme caches...
(3/3) Updating the desktop file MIME type cache...

steve@malystryx:~$

Mozilla has completely lost any trust I had in the company. I refuse to participate or engage with any company that promotes the disenfranchisement of any group of people simply because the group doesn't think or have political leanings the same as Mozilla's.

You're outta here. You have joined Facebook, Google, and a few others on my shitlist.

arandomsteve

Big Tech censorship is now blatant and obviously partisan. If you do not think like them, or the way they want you to, you're a threat to them. Now they're removing any and all people that haven't consumed their Kool-Aid.