Today is Data Protection Day

As the United Kingdom prepares to exit from the European Union, our privacy standards are at a crossroads.

The signs from Government are unclear: as the future trade agreement is likely to be loose, it would be open to Government to dilute data protection, to make it harder to enforce, or to lower fines.

It is more important than ever for the United Kingdom to commit to respecting the right to privacy.

openrightsgroup.org/about/repo

#dataprotection #dataprotectionday

EFF has confirmed that the Ring doorbell app on Android covertly shares personally identifiable information on its users with third-party companies, including Facebook. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/01/ring

@cameron, this might be something you find interesting.

Open Book: An open source ebook reader
itsfoss.com/open-book

Run your own federated social node within your Nextcloud hosting and connect to the Fediverse via the open ActivityPub protocol

Fediverse related 

Every day:

vice.com/en_us/article/qjdkq7/

"The data obtained by Motherboard and PCMag includes Google searches, lookups of locations and GPS coordinates on Google Maps, people visiting companies' LinkedIn pages, particular YouTube videos, and people visiting porn websites. It is possible to determine from the collected data what date and time the anonymized user visited YouPorn and PornHub, and in some cases what search term they entered into the porn site and which specific video they watched."

Do you you say 'libre software' or 'free and open source software' and why do you prefer it over the other?

Qt offering changes 2020.

The bad news. LTS installer to become commercial-only and installation of Qt binaries will require a Qt Account.
qt.io/blog/qt-offering-changes

A lot of people however are going to get annoyed because of JavaScript.

Why?
- Because it breaks scrolling and site navigation.
- Because it rarely makes the site faster
- and often makes the site slower in practical use.
- And often it breaks in a number of browsers, for no good reason.

It's not just big tech that has a responsibility to stop tracking people online. Any website owner can protect their users' privacy by dropping invasive code like Google Analytics, as @LauraKalbag has. laurakalbag.com/i-dont-track-y

Original tweet : twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/

Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells 'Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.' Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey

#mstdn

vice.com/amp/en_us/article/qjd

I missed the news that KDE migrated to GitLab. There it is: invent.kde.org/explore/

best distro to try out (to use with openbox; also nvidia) for an old ubuntu user that wants faster (and mostly stable) software updates:

So many people follow me here, but I've never really written a proper #introduction. Time to change that!

Hey there, I'm Chris, but most friends call me 'muesli'. I'm a geek, a software developer, a maker, an opensource advocate and a tech enthusiast. I love programming and tinkering with things. I started almost three decades ago with Basic, and have learned & used Pascal, Assembly, C, C++, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Python, Rust, Go, and Lua (pretty much in that order) over all these years.

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