ProtonMail under fire after giving authorities an activist’s IP address

Yen notes that the company’s encryption prevents it from seeing the contents of a ProtonMail account, and it also doesn’t know the identity of its users. So in this case, it wasn’t aware it was revealing information about climate activists.

ProtonMail caught some flak there (and had to change some promotional wording to potential legal fallout) but, as expected people were a bit too quick to condemn the company for passing on customer data after being legally compelled to, the thought being that said customer is an activist that’s being targeted by a government. But that’s encryption for you. How can a company tell what you are when it can’t even tell who you are?

I fill there’s some hole to be filled here, though, as things go, this will be another day of people pushing tech companies to ignore the law than government to amend it. Such is life. I guess.

‘It’s OK’ – the meh-ening of indie console game sales

I guess what I’d take away is: everyone making premium (paid, one-off) games should pay more attention to PC game success trends. Steam seems to be the most vibrant global platform for that type of game right now. The era of ‘well, we messed up on PC, but our console versions saved us’ is disappearing for medium or high-budget games, especially since the Switch catalog got so big.

I was saying the other day that console is the actual king. But one aspect that all console maker routinely fail at, just at differing degrees, is discoverability. It is kind of ironic that one way to be more aware of more non-AAA games on console is… paying for Xbox Game Pass and perk your ears whenever Microsoft pushes out news for additions to the service.

47: Known unknowns

Journalism should, at its core, be about forging a connection between the writer and the reader. The algorithms, by inserting themselves in between and dictating what should be written and how, make that much harder.

My professional experience as game journo might be Greece-centred but the core issues are the same everywhere. Even after a career at Edge which I couldn’t ever begin to even dream of.

WSJ News Exclusive | U.S. and EU Advance Talks to Preserve Data Transfers

Among the main areas of discussion are creating ways to give Europeans effective means to challenge American government surveillance, the people said.

It’d better be.

Any progress would be a relief to thousands of multinational companies, in particular big tech companies. An EU court ruling last summer restricted how companies can send personal information about Europeans to the U.S., in part because the court found that Europeans have no effective legal redress in the U.S.

Oh, Jeez, I wonder why would that ever be a problem?