Surveillance & Privacy

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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26 April 2016

US Government plans unhackable alternative to WhatsApp Daily Telegraph

The US Government is planning to build an alternative to WhatsApp and iMessage that is practically unhackable.

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25 April 2016

Europe's Web Privacy Rules: Bad for Google, Bad for Everyone New York Times

It's been a rough few months for Google in Europe. Not only has the European Union hit the company with a second antitrust investigation, but -- in a move that has received less press, but could have wider consequences -- French regulators have pushed it to restrict search results all over the world to comply with their "right to be forgotten" privacy laws.

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24 April 2016

Tech titans are busy privatising our data by Evgeny Morozov The Observer

Are we facing another tech bubble? Or, to put it in Silicon Valley speak, are most unicorn startups born zombies?

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22 April 2016

From Uber to Eric Schmidt, tech is closer to the US government than you'd think The Guardian

What's worse for a Silicon Valley executive: ties to the Chinese military or friends in the US Defense Department?

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20 April 2016

Your phone number is all a hacker needs to read texts, listen to calls and track you The Guardian

Hackers have again demonstrated that no matter how many security precautions someone takes, all a hacker needs to track their location and snoop on their phone calls and texts is their phone number.

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Apple complies with greater proportion of US data demands BBC News

Apple is consistently more compliant with US requests for access to users' information than with the rest of the world on average, it has emerged.

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15 April 2016

Europe's Privacy Watchdogs Call for Changes to U.S. Data-Transfer Deal New York Times

Only two months after the European Union's top policy makers agreed to a hard-won data-sharing pact with United States officials, the bloc's national privacy regulators said on Wednesday that the deal did not go far enough to safeguard the personal information of Internet users in Europe.

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Microsoft sues for right to tell customers when US government requests emails The Guardian

Microsoft sued the US government on Thursday for the right to tell customers when authorities search their email inboxes.

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10 April 2016

U.S. Adds China's Internet Controls to List of Trade Barriers New York Times

China's notorious online controls have long been criticized as censorship by human rights groups, businesses, Chinese Internet users and others.

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Why Apple's Stand Against the F.B.I. Hurts Its Own Customers New York Times

Two weeks ago, privacy advocates across the country celebrated as the Federal Bureau of Investigation backed off its request for Apple to help gain access into the iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the terrorists who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., in December.

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Your WhatsApp secrets are safe now. But Big Brother is still watching you... The Observer

In some ways, the biggest news of the week was not the Panama papers but the announcement that WhatsApp was rolling out end-to-end encryption for all its 1bn users. "From now on," it said, "when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats."

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