The Local: Austria privacy group files complaint against Google

The Local: Austria privacy group files complaint against Google. “An Austrian online privacy campaign group said Wednesday it has a filed a complaint against Google over what it says is a tracking code ‘illegally’ installed on Android phones. The complaint from NOYB relates to Google’s Android Advertising Identifier (AAID) and has been lodged with the CNIL, France’s data protection authority.”

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival. “On February 1, this set-up will be replaced by Best Austrian Animation’s brand-new online database — the culmination of years of archiving. The database will serve as a permanent research platform about contemporary animation from Austria. Ultimately, every film ever shown at the festival since 2013 will have an entry containing information, visuals, and in some cases the entire film.”

COVID-19 in Austria mapped: New tool projects trajectory of virus in Austria (Imperial College London)

Imperial College London: COVID-19 in Austria mapped: New tool projects trajectory of virus in Austria. “A new COVID-19 analysis tool that estimates which districts in Austria could become coronavirus hotspots has been launched by Imperial. The website tool, uses reported cases and deaths to estimate the probability any of the 94 political districts of Austria will become COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ in the next three weeks.”

ORF Online: Wien Museum shows 47,000 objects online

ORF Online, and translated from German: Wien Museum shows 47,000 objects online. “There are currently objects from Otto Wagner’s drawing estate, more than 400 works by Gustav Klimt, photographs by Trude Fleischmann and Robert Haas, large unpublished photo holdings on political Vienna in the 1970s and often sought-after images from the topographical photo collection and the Topics coffee house, Prater, Revolution 1848 and rulers. In addition to known holdings, the search often also yields numerous surprising hits, the museum announced.”

Coronavirus: Austria locks down as new wave grips Europe (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Austria locks down as new wave grips Europe. “Austria is moving from a night curfew and partial shutdown to a second national lockdown that will be in place for at least two and a half weeks. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has urged Austrians not to meet anyone from outside their household in an attempt to curb a rapid rise in Covid cases. He said schools would close and students would learn from home when new measures come into force on Tuesday.”

ARTnet News: Following Coronavirus Closures, Museums in Germany, Austria Plan Reopenings

ARTnet News: Following Coronavirus Closures, Museums in Germany, Austria Plan Reopenings. “Per a report in the Art Newspaper, small museums in the German state of Brandenburg were the first to reopen their doors to the public today, albeit with strict security precautions, including the widespread use of disinfectant and the use of credit cards in place of cash. Thuringia has announced a reopening date of April 28 for its cultural institutions, though the German Association of Museums stated institutions in the country’s larger metropolitan centers may not reopen until May.”

Ubergizmo: Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously

Ubergizmo: Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously. “The government has drafted a law that would essentially make it illegal to leave comments on websites anonymously. This essentially would require users to register their real names and addresses when making online comments, which presumably would hold internet users more accountable to the things that they say online.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules. “The Higher Regional Court of Vienna, Austria, has ruled that YouTube can’t be held liable for infringing videos uploaded by users. The Court overturned a previous verdict which held that YouTube takes an “active role,” which disqualifies it from safe harbor protection. Rightsholder Puls 4 is disappointed with the outcome and will take the case to the Supreme Court.”

TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech

TechCrunch: ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech. “Austria’s Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook’s responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe’s top court for an opinion…. The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. The original lawsuit against Facebook was filed by the former leader of the Austrian Green Party, Eva Glawischnig, in 2016, after she had sought to have what she claimed were defamatory postings removed from the site (and Facebook had refused to take them down).”

Phys.org: Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

Phys.org: Google Street View finally captures missing Austria. “In 2010, Google had begun to roll out its service in Austria and neighbouring Germany but was ordered to halt operations over alleged privacy breaches. The company admitted that vehicles had accidentally recorded personal data from wireless networks. Although Austria lifted its temporary ban a year later, Street View decided not return to the alpine nation—until now.”