3 Count: Shared Passwords

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1: EFF Sues Proctorio on Behalf of Student It Falsely Accused of Copyright Infringement to Get Critical Tweets Taken Down

First off today, a press release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation announces that the organization has filed a lawsuit against Proctorio Inc. on behalf of college student Erik Johnson in response to a takedown notice filed by Proctorio against tweets by Johnson that were critical of the company.

Proctorio is a company that uses technology to curb cheating during remote exams. However, the company has come under repeated fire for privacy issues, something that Johnson was tweeting about. Proctorio responded by filiing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice against the tweets saying that the code snippets the tweets linked to were infringing.

According to the EFF, this is abuse of the DMCA takedown process is suing Proctorio on Johnson’s behalf alleging as such.

2: Netflix Offers Update on Its Password Sharing Crackdown Initiative

Next up today, Henry Varona at CBR reports that, in an investor call this week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that the company is seeking non-aggressive ways of limiting password sharing, saying that any approach must feel “natural” to users as well as them.

The announcement comes as a survey finds that 26% of people have shared their password with others outside of the house. Though technically a violation of Netflix’s terms of service, the company has done very little to try and stop it.

However, those efforts are stepping up as Netflix has begun testing a new verification system that requires users verify it is them via either email or text. Currently, the system can be bypassed with a “Verify Later” option. The company is also looking at restricting the number of people that can access an account.

3: Anti-Piracy Groups Pressure EU To Prevent Pirate Sites Operating Anonymously

Finally today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that, in the EU, rightsholders and anti-piracy groups are stepping up their efforts to pressure the European Commission to implement “Know Your Business Customer” (KYBC) legislation as part of a potential upcoming Digital Services Act.

The movement is backed by representatives from a variety of industries including entertainment, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, cosmetics and more. The aim is to require internet service providers, such as domain registrars and hosting companies, to verify and store information about who their customers are to prevent pirate sites from operating anonymously.

The industries have recently launched a dedicated KYBC lobbying portal to consolidate and coordinate efforts in this area. They are hoping that KYBC legislation will be included as part of a planned Digital Services Act that is being worked on at this time.

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