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Submission + - Facebook drops proposed new T&C due to censorship fears (

superglaze writes: "Facebook's extraordinarily quiet consultation over proposed changes to its terms elicited enough of a response (mostly from German speakers) to make the company drop a clause that some users feared could be used to justify censorship.

The clause had read: "Some or all of Facebook's services and features may not be available to users in certain geographic areas. We reserve the right to exclude or limit the provision of any service or feature in our sole discretion." Facebook said the wording had been open to misinterpretation.

On a related note, tracking these changes is getting stupidly difficult. Not only does Facebook only provide notifications of changes on its obscure site governance page, but actually seeing what has been changed involves cross-checking different tracking documents. Bad Facebook."


Submission + - EU moves to end surveillance tech sales to repress (

superglaze writes: "The European Union is asking companies that sell surveillance and law enforcement tech to repressive regimes to stop doing so. The EU is not taking concrete action yet, but has warned that sanctions may be applicable. All this comes little more than a week after Wikileaks published the Spy Files, a name-and-shame list of the companies offering tools for mass surveillance and interception to despotic regimes, but also to Western governments."

Submission + - Microsoft stops tracking specific Windows Phones (

superglaze writes: "We knew Microsoft was tracking Windows Phones in much the same way as Apple does with iPhones, but we didn't know the full extent. Now, Windows Phone chief Andy Lees has written to Congress promising that Microsoft has stopped tracking specific handsets, and will in the next Windows Phone 7 update stop those devices sending unique identifiers to Microsoft's location services. His answer to a question about the length of time location data was stored on Windows Phones was, however, pretty fuzzy — almost giving the impression that Microsoft wasn't too sure itself about this detail."

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