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Submission + - EU Prepares Easing Of Netflix Geoblocking

An anonymous reader writes: The European Parliament is now finalising legislation which will allow EU residents to access their paid subscriptions for online media – such as video streaming, games and music – whilst visiting other EU countries. Under the new rules, companies will not be able to arbitrarily block subscribers from accessing the content catalogue of their home countries whilst visiting other parts of the European Union, with country of origin to be established by various possible methods besides IP address, including payment details, public tax information and ‘checks on electronic identification’. The issue was brought to a head last year when Netflix began blocking the known IPs of VPN providers, often used by subscribers to access the catalogues of their home countries while travelling.

Submission + - Cookies leave a bad taste? Ok let's try canvas fingerprinting (propublica.org)

angularbanjo writes: ProPublica and Mashable lead with a disturbing if expected development in ad and profile tracking. Now that the public is learning about how cookies are used to develop data about users as they move across sites within a participating network, those keen to avoid you from stopping them doing this have started to look at innovations to get around cookie blocking. Meet 'canvas fingerprinting', being developed and trialled across 5% of the top website by privacy friends such as AddThis.

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