Surveillance & Privacy

17 September 2016

Edward Snowden Says Disclosures Bolstered Individual Privacy New York Times

Edward J. Snowden, the former American intelligence contractor who leaked documents about surveillance programs, said on Friday that his disclosures had improved privacy for individuals in the United States, and he declared that "being patriotic doesn't mean simply agreeing with your government."

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10 September 2016

Facebook privacy issues may not be competition matters: EU antitrust chief Reuters

Facebook's problems with European privacy regulators do not mean that the social network has breached the bloc's competition rules, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday.

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03 September 2016

Microsoft’s Challenge to Government Secrecy Wins Dozens of Supporters New York Times

Dozens of allies threw their weight behind Microsoft on Friday in a case that challenges law enforcement's use of secrecy orders to cloak its pursuit of digital communications in investigations.

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31 August 2016

British ISPs that restrict porn or block ads could be breaking EU guidelines The Guardian

Internet service providers that restrict online access to pornography or block ads could be breaking EU guidelines on net neutrality even if customers opt in.

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16 August 2016

EU to crack down on online services such as WhatsApp over privacy The Guardian

WhatsApp, Skype and other online messaging services face an EU crackdown aimed at safeguarding users' privacy, in a move that highlights the gulf between Europe and the US in regulating the internet.

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Peter Thiel: The Online Privacy Debate Won't End With Gawker New York Times

Last month, I spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because I believe our country is on the wrong track, and we need to solve real problems instead of fighting fake culture wars. I'm glad that an arena full of Republicans stood up to applaud when I said I was proud to be gay, because gay pride shouldn't be a partisan issue. All people deserve respect, and nobody's sexuality should be made a public fixation.

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11 August 2016

Twitter is not liable for ISIS activity on its service, US judge rules [IDG] Computerworld

Twitter is not liable for providing material support to the Islamic State group, also referred to as the ISIS, by allowing its members to sign up and use accounts on its site, a federal judge in California ruled Wednesday.

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07 August 2016

Your Internet privacy shouldn’t be a ‘luxury item,’ this regulator says Washington Post

Should your online privacy depend on whether you've paid your Internet provider a little extra this month?

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04 August 2016

New resources help us see if mass surveillance is happening in NZ InternetNZ

InternetNZ has launched Easy Transparency, a set of reporting tools that will make it easier for New Zealand organisations to complete transparency reports. These reports will mean New Zealanders will be better able to see how often government agencies are requesting their personal information.

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03 August 2016

Your battery status is being used to track you online The Guardian

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after privacy researchers warned that it had the potential to do just that.

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27 July 2016

Technology Is Monitoring the Urban Landscape New York Times

Big City is watching you. It will do it with camera-equipped drones that inspect municipal power lines and robotic cars that know where people go. Sensor-laden streetlights will change brightness based on danger levels. Technologists and urban planners are working on a major transformation of urban landscapes over the next few decades.

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23 July 2016

Microsoft's president explains the company's quiet legal war for user privacy Washington Post

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft. It won a major victory last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit sided with the company, ruling that a U.S. warrant could not be used to force Microsoft to turn over email data stored in an Irish data center. The decision, which the Justice Department is considering appealing to the Supreme Court, could have major implications for tech companies who routinely move data around the world so it can be backed up or quickly accessed by users.

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21 July 2016

France orders Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data The Guardian

The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent.

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16 July 2016

US cannot force Microsoft to hand over emails stored abroad, court rules The Guardian

A federal appeals court has ruled Microsoft and other companies cannot be forced to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States, handing a victory to privacy advocates.

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10 July 2016

Privacy Shield data pact gets European approval BBC News

A revised pact governing EU-US data flows has been approved by European governments.

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31 May 2016

Data watchdog rejects EU-US Privacy Shield pact BBC News

The European Data Protection Supervisor has said a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs "significant improvements".

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27 May 2016

Push to expand FBI surveillance authority threatens U.S. email privacy bill Reuters

An effort in the U.S. Senate to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's authority to use a secretive surveillance order has delayed a vote on a popular email privacy bill, casting further doubt on whether the legislation will become law this year.

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26 May 2016

Survey: World Worried About Data Collection, Sale Broadcasting and Cable

The vast majority of the global public is concerned about their online information being collected, bought and sold, but a minority say that concern translates to a change in online behavior.

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20 May 2016

Google fights French 'right to be forgotten' order BBC News

Google has appealed to France's highest court after the country's data watchdog ordered it to delete some of its search results globally.

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17 May 2016

Even basic phone logs can reveal deeply personal information, researchers find The Guardian

The mass collection of telephone records by government surveillance programs poses a clear threat to the personal privacy of ordinary citizens, according to US researchers who used basic phone logs to identify people and uncover confidential information about their lives.

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15 May 2016

Lack of Trust in Internet Privacy and Security May Deter Economic and Other Online Activities National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Every day, billions of people around the world use the Internet to share ideas, conduct financial transactions, and keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. Users send and store personal medical data, business communications, and even intimate conversations over this global network. But for the Internet to grow and thrive, users must continue to trust that their personal information will be secure and their privacy protected.

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2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust Centre for International Governance Innovation

The 2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 24,143 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between November 20, 2015 and December 4, 2015.

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14 May 2016

Facebook Reactions: Belgian police warn citizens not to react to posts on social media The Independent

Belgian police have warned citizens not to use Facebook's new Reactions, to protect their privacy.

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02 May 2016

Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism The Guardian

Microsoft and Google, two of the world's greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they announced a startling accord. The companies have withdrawn all regulatory complaints against one another, globally. Rather than fighting their battles in public courts and commissions, they have agreed to privately negotiate.

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29 April 2016

Facebook says government requests for data continue to rise Reuters

Facebook Inc said on Thursday that government requests for account data increased by 13 percent in the second half of 2015, with the United States and India topping the list.

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