Surveillance & Privacy

14 January 2016

Private messages at work can be read by European employers BBC News

Employers can read workers' private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours, judges have ruled.

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10 January 2016

Silicon Valley appears open to helping US spy agencies after terrorism summit The Guardian

Technology giants appeared to be open to helping the US government combat Islamic State during an extraordinary closed-door summit on Friday that brought together America's most senior counter-terrorism officials with some of Silicon Valley's most powerful executives.

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08 January 2016

FTC warns companies that 'big data' comes with the potential for big problems Washington Post

Companies are tracking more data about consumers than ever. Practically every click you make online creates new records in some distant database, and your real world actions, too, can increasingly be tracked through your mobile phone or new commercial surveillance advances.

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05 January 2016

Privacy Policies More Readable, But Still Hard to Understand Wall Street Journal

In 2012, researchers calculated it would take 25 days to read all the densely worded privacy policies an average Internet user had agreed to. Nearly four years later, some publishers of websites and apps are favoring plain English over legalese - with mixed results.

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23 December 2015

Europe and U.S. have different approaches to protecting privacy of personal data Los Angeles Times

Laws are very different when governments consider something a right and not a privilege. Healthcare is one example. Privacy is another. European officials made clear last week that when it comes to protecting people's personal information, the burden is on businesses, not consumers, to do the heavy lifting.

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12 December 2015

France won't block public Wi-Fi or ban Tor after all Ars Technica

Public Wi-Fi networks and Tor won't be blocked or forbidden in France in the near future, even during a state of emergency, despite the country's Ministry of Interior reportedly considering it.

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08 December 2015

EU lawmakers, countries agree on bloc's first cyber-security law Reuters

EU lawmakers and member states struck a deal on the bloc's first cyber-security law on Monday that will require Internet firms such as Google and Amazon to report serious breaches or face sanctions.

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04 December 2015

Facebook bows to Belgian privacy ruling over cookies BBC News

Facebook has said that it will respond to a privacy ruling in Belgium by requiring users to log in to view pages on the site.

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Max Schrems demands Facebook stop EU to US data transfer due to snooping The Guardian

The Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems is demanding that Ireland, Germany and Belgium stop Facebook from transferring EU citizens' data to the US.

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02 December 2015

Dark Clouds Over the Internet New York Times

The Internet is routinely described as borderless, and that is often how it feels. Tweet a photo or post a comment, and it is instantly viewable in nearly every country in the world. But a global Internet unbounded by territorial limits is pure fantasy.

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29 November 2015

EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact Reuters

The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.

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24 November 2015

The Internet is global - and the NSA's exploiting that to collect information about Americans' e-mails Washington Post

Thanks to the global nature of the Internet, when you send an e-mail it could bounce through data centers all the way around the world -- even if you're sending it to someone down the street. A new report from the New York Times suggests the U.S. government used this quirk to continue collecting data on Americans' e-mail records, even after halting an earlier program approved by a secretive surveillance court for that purpose.

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22 November 2015

Unintended Consequences, European-Style: How the New EU Data Protection Regulation will be Misused to Censor Speech Electronic Frontier Foundation

Europe is very close to the finishing line of an extraordinary project: the adoption of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a single, comprehensive replacement for the 28 different laws that implement Europe's existing 1995 Data Protection Directive.

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20 November 2015

Mass Surveillance Isn't the Answer to Fighting Terrorism New York Times

It's a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low.

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F.B.I. Director Repeats Call That Ability to Read Encrypted Messages Is Crucial New York Times

The F.B.I. director and the Manhattan district attorney on Wednesday sought to reopen the argument that law enforcement and intelligence officials need to have access to encrypted information on smartphones with court approval.

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19 November 2015

US attorney calls for access to Google and Apple phones BBC News

Law enforcement should have access to encrypted data on smartphones, a report from the Manhattan District Attorney's (DA) Office has said.

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Foiling Electronic Snoops in Email New York Times

IT didn't take much for Florian Seroussi, a technology investor in Manhattan, to become suspicious of his email.

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Telegram messaging app acts to block Islamic State sites Reuters

Telegram, a mobile messaging service that's been adopted as a promotional and recruitment platform by Islamic State, said it was taking action to block the channels being used by the group.

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FCC chairman suggests expanded wiretap laws in response to the Paris attacks Washington Post

The nation's top telecom regulator recommended broadening America's wiretapping laws Tuesday, in response to the recent attacks in Paris by the Islamic State that left more than 120 people dead.

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18 November 2015

Paris attacks should be ‘wake up call’ for more digital surveillance, CIA director says Washington Post

U.S. and European officials are calling for expanded government surveillance powers in the wake of Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, which have killed at least 129 people.

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15 November 2015

Facebook testing Snapchat-style self-destructing chat in Messenger The Guardian

Facebook is testing Snapchat-style disappearing messages within its Messenger app in France, offering users the ability to set a message to self-destruct an hour after it is sent.

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Microsoft building data centers in Germany that US government can't touch Ars Technica

Microsoft has launched a new kind of cloud service in Germany where user data is controlled by a "data trustee" operating under German law. Microsoft is unable to access user data without the permission of the data trustee or the customer, even if it is instructed to do so by the US government.

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14 November 2015

Facebook Restricts More Content in India Than Anywhere Else Wall Street Journal

Facebook blocked more items of content from its platforms in India than any other country in the first six months of this year, following requests from the South Asian nation's government.

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12 November 2015

Facebook says governments demanding more and more user data The Guardian

Facebook has said government requests for data and demands for content to be taken down surged in the first half of 2015, which the social network has seen continually increase since it began publicly releasing such data two years ago.

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11 November 2015

Facebook messenger can now recognise faces, but will the EU allow it? The Guardian

Facebook's Messenger app has received a new dose of artificial intelligence, and will now start recognising the faces of users' friends in photographs uploaded to the service.

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