TechCrunch: Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe

TechCrunch: Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe. “Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time a German court has today upheld a consumer group’s right to challenge the tech giant over data and privacy issues in the national courts.”

The Local, Germany: New website shows how German industry used Auschwitz prisoners as slaves

The Local, Germany: New website shows how German industry used Auschwitz prisoners as slaves. “The site pulls together more than a decade of research on some 45 sub-camps or ‘kommandos’ located on the periphery of the most notorious site of the Nazi Holocaust. Based on first-hand accounts and research in the archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and others, the site contains more than 3,500 photos, documents and maps. It tells the story of each sub-camp, including lists of the survivors and SS guards and information about their personal stories. The site also lists the industrial organisations implicated in exploiting prisoners at the camps.”

Lexology: New German draft law to fight online hate speech obliges social media providers to notify police of suspicious online posts

Lexology: New German draft law to fight online hate speech obliges social media providers to notify police of suspicious online posts. “On 19 December 2019, the German Ministry of Justice published on its website a draft law to combat right-wing extremism and hate crime (the Draft). The Draft aims to put German criminal law enforcement authorities in a position to more intensively and effectively prosecute hate crimes that are committed online.”

Deutsche Welle: Germany’s top court upholds murderer’s right to be forgotten

Deutsche Welle: Germany’s top court upholds murderer’s right to be forgotten. “Germany’s Constitutional Court has upheld the right of a man convicted of murder in 1982 to have his name removed from the internet. The man’s full name appeared in the online archive of a major news magazine.”

CNET: Shooting near German synagogue was livestreamed on Twitch

CNET: Shooting near German synagogue was livestreamed on Twitch. “A shooting Wednesday that killed two people outside a German synagogue during one of the most important Jewish holidays was livestreamed for 35 minutes on Twitch. The video has since been removed from the streaming platform, but it was uploaded to other video sites.”

Deccan Herald: Social media sites fined in Germany for hate speech

Deccan Herald: Social media sites fined in Germany for hate speech. “Social media giants are obliged to remove hate content within 24 hours or one week in Germany failing which they face a fine of up to 50 million euros, according to Andreas Kindl, director of strategic communication of the Federal Foreign Office.”