This Week In Web - 5.30.14

  •   Miki Pacifico

By Miki Pacifico

This week – Skype translation, revenge porn, and the world’s lamest hack.

Skype Translation

Skype announced the release of a new feature in which real-time (or nearly real-time) translation can be made during a Skype call. This was announced at Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, very close to my hometown, so I feel uniquely qualified to ask one question:

Why haven’t we always had this?

We can now use thumbprint technology to log into our cell phones and we can dictate our every move to a personified operating system, but we are just now getting to this whole translation thing? On the other hand, wouldn’t it just be better to learn a new language? Are we just adding this to the pile of technological “advancements” that make it easier for us to be completely lazy morons? It is a conundrum, to be sure, especially for those users who work in international business. Do I go with easy or do I go with smart?

Revenge Porn

A German court ruled that a man should have deleted the NSWF images of his ex-girlfriend when she asked him to. This ruling is not unlike many other German laws that fiercely protect the privacy of German citizens after the calamity of World War II.

This is the first law to provide protection for the citizen before the images or video were provided to the public. It provides that the privacy of the individual is more important than the ownership rights of the ex. If the pictured individual expressed wishes for the photo/video to be deleted or if the image owner knows that the individual would most likely want the images destroyed, they are now required by law to do so. Under penalty of what, I do not know. Seems like it should fall under harassment to me.

Similar laws have recently been passed in the US across more than a dozen states, the first and most stringent of which came in California and Arizona. However, the laws in the states apply to punishment after publication, providing no protections to the pictured person whether or not they request the images or video destroyed.

Violation of these laws results in a minimum of 18 months in prison in Arizona, and can go up to as long as 2.5 years if the face of the pictured individual is legible and recognizable. In Arizona this is a misdemeanor offense during the first incident and a felony after the second, looking to dramatically cut back the incidents of revenge porn.

Spotify Hack

Spotify Hack

I have no idea how this became a news spot. Spotify announced that they have experienced a case of hacking during which one Spotify user’s account was affected. You read that correctly – ONE USER. During that hack no personally identifying information, usernames or passwords, or payment information was compromised.

Spotify, just because everyone else is getting hacked doesn’t mean you need to jump on that bandwagon. Trust me, it isn’t that cool. Zero Spotify users are required to change their passwords at this time.


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