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Everyday we rely on privacy policies. But let’s face it: No one reads them, and they don’t protect your privacy at all. More transparency and more user control is the real solution.

Article by TechDirt

As you may have heard, yesterday there was a bit of a kerfuffle over the fact that Spotify changed its privacy policy in a way that people are calling creepy and eerie. And there's a ton of chatter on Twitter from people insisting that they'll never use Spotify again because of this. The specific changes that have people up in arms sure do sound creepy at first glance.

The battle for ‪#‎NetNeutrality‬ rages on in India. But should Big Telecom giants be allowed to make competing apps and services more expensive than the ones they hand pick? Some major tech giants think so. Learn more here and speak out at

Article by Nikhil Pahwa for Medianama 

How do the new U.S. Net Neutrality rules apply to mobile devices? Find out here:

Article by Jessica Smith for Business Insider

Americans are increasingly ditching their desktops and reaching for their mobile devices to access the internet instead. This shift has ushered in the widespread growth and transition of online activities like video watching, banking, and online purchasing from desktop to mobile environments.

ICYMI: More proof that AT&T is in bed with the NSA.


The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

Motion Picture loves fair use, but hates it on the TPP. Double standards? Speak out now against this secretive, internet-censoring deal at

Article by Maria Sutton for EFF 

And there you have it. Comcast – one of the most hated telecom companies in the world – just admitted that data caps are bogus. 

Article by TechDirt

For years the broadband industry tried to claim that they were imposing usage caps because of network congestion. In reality they've long lusted after usage caps for two simple reasons: they allow ISPs to charge more money for the same product, and they help cushion traditional TV revenues from the ongoing assault from Internet video. Instead of admitting that, big ISPs have tried to argue that caps are about "fairness," or that they're essential lest the Internet collapse from uncontrolled congestion (remember the debunked Exaflood?). 

You can file this under 'absurd' or 'absolutely 100% not true' – your choice.

Article by Rusell Brandom for The Verge

In a remarkable feat, internet providers have apparently succeeded in making the net neutrality fight about terrorism. In a newly-published letter delivered to the Federal Communications Commission in May, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) raised concerns that the new net neutrality rules might be used to shield terrorists. In particular, Feinstein was concerned that Dzhokar Tsarnaev had studied bomb-making materials on the internet — specifically, online copies of AQAP's Inspire magazine — and that many broadband providers had complained to her that net neutrality rules would prevent them from honoring any orders to block that content.

The #TPP is going to hurt Japanese creators and hand power over to Big Media companies around the world. Does that sound like a fair deal to you? Speak out against the TPP's Internet censorship plan at

The following is a guest post from Martin Frid, Policy Expert at the Consumers Union of Japan.

Japan's entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will see a wide range of changes sweeping the economy and the community, in areas as diverse as food safety/food security, country of origin labeling rules, and copyright. As a staff member of Consumers Union of Japan, I am concerned about all of these issues—but I'm writing here about the copyright changes, which unlike in many other TPP countries have sparked national attention.

Last week Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its Privacy Badger 1.0 -- a browser add-on that algorithmically detects and blocks online trackers. Your OpenMedia team is now extra secured :)

Article by Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today released Privacy Badger 1.0, a browser extension that blocks some of the sneakiest trackers that try to spy on your Web browsing habits.

More than a quarter of a million users have already installed the alpha and beta releases of Privacy Badger. The new Privacy Badger 1.0 includes blocking of certain kinds of super-cookies and browser fingerprinting—the latest ways that some parts of the online tracking industry try to follow Internet users from site to site.

With government spying on Facebook on the rise, it’s a good time to tighten up those privacy settings.

Article by Gordon Gottesegen for Wired

DESPITE SITTING ON vast gold mines of users’ personal data, Facebook tries to be transparent in how much of your information it shares. However, Facebook is still in the business of data collection, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon.