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UK Guardian – NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

Jason Ball – The NSA memo suggests that such surveillance was not isolated as the agency routinely monitors world leaders. [snipped] “The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower EdwardContinue Reading

23 US NGOs Support EU Data Protection Regulation

EPIC: “In a letter to members of the European Parliament, a coalition of 23 leading U.S. consumer, privacy, and civil liberties groups expressed support for the new EU Data Protection Regulation. The coalition said although it “remain[s] optimistic that we will eventually update privacy laws in the United States,” until then, “the European Union offersContinue Reading

UK Report Challenges copyright Claims Against Online File Sharing

Copyright & Creation – A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing, Bart Cammaerts; Robin Mansell; Bingchun Meng. The London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Media and Communications. “The implementation of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) 2010 is not expected before 2015, a lengthy delay. The September 2013 report of the House ofContinue Reading

Legal challenge to UK Internet surveillance

“Since the first disclosure of documents regarding the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s collection of US phone records from 5 June 2013 the British public has witnessed a series of alarming disclosures regarding the extent of the surveillance programmes operated by US and UK intelligence services. The source for the vast majority of these reportsContinue Reading

Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens – Sixth Hearing

LIBE Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. 07-10-2013: LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens – Sixth Hearing – Programme “Session I focuses on the impact of mass surveillance programmes on the rights of EU citizens to data protection, either these programmes are implemented by third countries or by EU Member States.Continue Reading

UK: Data Sharing Between Public Bodies

Data Sharing Between Public Bodies, Law Commission Consultation Paper No 214 “Data sharing is a common part of modern governance and the delivery of public services. Public bodies collect large amounts of data from individuals and other organisations in the exercise of their various functions and share these data with other public bodies. There areContinue Reading

UK – Protecting Vulnerable Data Subjects

Protecting Vulnerable Data Subjects: Findings from a Survey of EU Data Protection Officials on the Use of Cloud Services in Organisations – September 23, 2013 “The use of commercial cloud services by public organisations in Europe is growing. While the benefits of cloud computing are indisputable, the public sector contains certain particularly sensitive or vulnerableContinue Reading

Cory Doctorow: privacy, oversharing and government surveillance

Cory Doctorow: “The European Parliament is currently involved in a wrangle over the new General Data Protection Regulation. At stake are the future rules for online privacy, data mining, big data, governmental spying (by proxy), to name a few. Hundreds of amendments and proposals are on the table, including some that speak of relaxing theContinue Reading

EC – consequences of living in an age of total information

Statement by EC Vice President Neelie Kroes “on the consequences of living in an age of total information”: “If businesses or governments think they might be spied on, they will have less reason to trust the cloud, and it will be cloud providers who ultimately miss out. Why would you pay someone else to holdContinue Reading

European Parliament has adopted new EU legislation to fight cyber-crime

“The Directive on attacks against information systems builds on rules that have been in force since 2005 (Council Framework Decision 2005/222/JHA). While retaining a number of current provisions, it introduces new offences, such as the use of tools to commit large-scale attacks, new aggravating circumstances and higher criminal sanctions that are necessary to fight moreContinue Reading

UK ICO update on Google Privacy Policy

A UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) spokesperson said on July 4, 2013: “We have today written to Google to confirm our findings relating to the update of the company’s privacy policy. In our letter we confirm that its updated privacy policy raises serious questions about its compliance with the UK Data Protection Act. “In particular,Continue Reading

Spiegel Online – “NSA Snoops on 500 Million German Data Connections”

By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark: “America’s National Security Agency (NSA) is apparently spying on Germany more than previously believed. Secret documents from the US intelligence service, which have been viewed by SPIEGEL journalists, reveal that the NSA systematically monitors and stores a large share of the country’s telephone and Internet connection data.Continue Reading