It's not only China and the UK that want to identify internet users, Austria also wants to demand that forum contributors submit their ID before being able to post.
Austria's government has introduced a bill that would require larger social media websites and forums to obtain the identity of its users prior to them being able to post comments. Users will have to provide their name and address to websites but
nicknames are still allowed and the identity data will not be made public.
Punishments for non complying websites will be up to 500,000 euros and double that for repeat offences.
It would only affect sites with more than 100,000 registered users, bring in revenues above 500,000 euros per year or receive press subsidies larger than 50,000 euros.
There would also be exemptions for retail sites as well as those that don't earn money from either ads or the content itself.
If passed and cleared by the EU, the law would take effect in 2020. The immediate issues noted are that some of the websites most offending the sensitivities of the government are often smaller than the trigger condition. The law may also step on
the toes of the EU in rules governing which EU states has regulatory control over websites.
As we have been explaining across media, we believe that by using default settings and vague privacy policies which allow Amazon employees to listen in on the recordings of users' interactions with their devices, Amazon risks deliberately
deceiving its customers.
Amazon has so far been dismissive, arguing that people had the options to opt out from the sharing of their recordings -- although it is unclear how their customers could have done so if they were not aware this was going on in the first place.
each listening up to a thousand recordings per day. And sharing file recordings with one another they find to be "amusing".
As a result, today we wrote to Jeff Bezos to let him know we think Amazon needs to step up and do a lot better to protect the privacy of their customers.
If you use an Amazon Echo device and are concerned about this, read our instructions on how to opt out
Dear Mr. Bezos,
We are writing to call for your urgent action regarding last week's report  in Bloomberg, which revealed that Amazon has been employing thousands of workers to listen in on the recordings of Amazon Echo users.
Privacy International (PI) is a registered charity based in London that works at the intersection of modern technologies and rights. Privacy International challenges overreaching state and corporate surveillance, so that people everywhere can
have greater security and freedom through greater personal privacy.
The Bloomberg investigation asserts that Amazon employs thousands of staff around the world to listen to voice recordings captured by the Amazon Alexa. Among other examples, the report states that your employees use internal chat rooms to share
files when they "come across an amusing recording", and that they share "distressing" recordings -- including one of a sexual assault.
that recordings of their interactions with the Amazon Echo could, by default, be listened to by your employees.
Millions of customers enjoy your product and they deserve better from you. As such, we ask whether you will:
Notify all users whose recordings have been accessed, and describe to them which recordings;
Notify all users whenever their recordings are accessed in the future, and describe to them which recordings;
Modify the settings of the Amazon Echo so that "Help Develop New Features" and "Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions" are turned off by default;
In your response to the Bloomberg investigation, you state you take the privacy of your customer seriously. It is now time for you to step up and walk the walk. We look forward to engaging with you further on this.
Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities
The European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook's updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users' data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their
The new terms detail what services, Facebook sells to third parties that are based on the use of their user's data, how consumers can close their accounts and under what reasons accounts can be disabled. These developments come after exchanges,
which aimed at obtaining full disclosure of Facebook's business model in a comprehensive and plain language to users.
Vera Jourova , Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality welcomed the agreement:
legalistic jargon on how it is making billions on people's data. Now, users will clearly understand that their data is used by the social network to sell targeted ads. By joining forces, the consumer authorities and the European Commission,
stand up for the rights of EU consumers.
In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and as a follow-up to the investigation on social media platforms in 2018 , the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities requested Facebook to clearly inform consumers
how the social network gets financed and what revenues are derived from the use of consumer data. They also requested the platform to bring the rest of its terms of service in line with EU Consumer Law.
As a result, Facebook will introduce new text in its Terms and Services explaining that it does not charge users for its services in return for users' agreement to share their data and to be exposed to commercial advertisements. Facebook's terms
will now clearly explain that their business model relies on selling targeted advertising services to traders by using the data from the profiles of its users.
In addition, following the enforcement action, Facebook has also amended:
its policy on limitation of liability and now acknowledges its responsibility in case of negligence, for instance in case data has been mishandled by third parties;
its power to unilaterally change terms and conditions by limiting it to cases where the changes are reasonable also taking into account the interest of the consumer;
the rules concerning the temporary retention of content which has been deleted by consumers. Such content can only be retained in specific cases 203 for instance to comply with an enforcement request by an authority 203 and for a maximum of 90
days in case of technical reasons;
the language clarifying the right to appeal of users when the their content has been removed.
Facebook will complete the implementation of all commitments at the latest by the end of June 2019.