Future Not Made — potential products that won’t exist if the EU passes a database copyright law. In the words of Cory Doctorow: The feature all these devices share is that they rely on databases of user-supplied assets — annotations, recorded sensations, shapefiles — of the sort that the EU is about to make legally impossible. (via BoingBoing)
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California Eyes Data Privacy Measures — Mactaggart says the proposed law would not prevent Facebook, Google or a local newspaper from collecting users’ data and using it to target ads to them. But users will have a right to stop companies from sharing or selling their data. And businesses would be required to disclose the categories of information they have on users — including home addresses, employment information and characteristics such as race and gender.