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18 October 2015
Cubans pirate U.S. TV and movies, saying the embargo made them do it (Washington Post)
There's little question that 50-plus years of U.S. economic sanctions have taken a heavy toll on Cuba's factories, banking system and hospitals.
Amazon sues 1,000 'fake reviewers' (The Observer)
Amazon has started legal action against more than 1,000 unidentified people it claims provide fake reviews on its website.
17 October 2015
Companies could face action from European privacy regulators if the European Commission and United States do not come up with a new system enabling them to shuffle data across the Atlantic in three months, the regulators said on Friday.
Even as the European Union attempts to tighten privacy laws, law-enforcement interests have won a battle in Germany: a new law forces communications service providers there to once again make data about their customers' communications available to police.
16 October 2015
Advertisers admit it: 'We messed up' (Washington Post)
As countless iPhone users have flocked to ad-blocking technology to try to escape from slow-loading, insecure online advertisements, a top trade group for advertisers is apologizing for having "messed up" the Web.
A German police force has warned parents against posting photographs of their children to Facebook publicly.
Microsoft details content removal requests (BBC News)
Microsoft has revealed for the first time how many requests it has had from members of the public wanting online content about them to be removed.
In the name of fighting hackers, Congress is about to make it harder for the government to punish companies that refuse to take adequate steps to fight hackers.
15 October 2015
A study of small and medium-sized businesses around the world has found that one of the main reasons they underperform - especially in poorer countries - is that they make too little use of the Internet.
In response to growing government demands for data, tech companies have been detailing those requests in transparency reports that elaborate on what gets done when government agencies come calling for users' data.
Hacking for Security, and Getting Paid for It (New York Times)
It should come as no surprise that the Internet is riddled with holes. For as long as people have been writing code, they have been making mistakes. And just about as long as they have been making mistakes, criminals, governments, so-called hacktivists and people who wreck things for kicks have been taking advantage.
14 October 2015
Readers of the popular German-language tabloid Bild are finding out it's verboten to try and visit the publication's site with an ad blocker enabled. Effective Tuesday, anyone attempting to visit Bild.de with an active browser extension such as AdBlock Plus or uBlock origin, will be redirected to a landing page that says (in German), "With an Adblocker activated, you can no longer visit Bild.de."
Major music labels are suing filesharing application Aurous for "willful and egregious copyright infringement" just days after its earliest alpha version launched.
Australia's illegal downloading numbers drop 4pc; Netflix, Stan considered 'game-changers', study says (ABC News)
The number of Australians engaging in online piracy has dropped 4 per cent, a new study says, with streaming services such as Netflix considered a "game-changer" on the issue.
The vast majority of Australian ISPs are not ready to start collecting and storing metadata as required under the country's data retention laws which come into effect today.
13 October 2015
Is Streaming Pirated Movies Illegal? EU Court to Decide (TorrentFreak)
Seeking clarification, a Dutch court has referred several streaming related questions to the EU Court of Justice. The questions relate to a case between local anti-piracy group BREIN and a seller of so-called "pirate boxes" that come pre-loaded with streaming plugins. It is currently unclear whether streaming pirated movies is permitted under EU law.
Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) is pressing ahead with efforts to bring its piracy lawsuit business model to Australia. Despite a big setback in August which meant the company would have to post a AUS$600,000 bond before contacting 4,726 alleged infringers, DBC has now returned to court with a counter-offer targeting just 10% of that amount.
12 October 2015
Liberal MP breaks ranks with Australian government to support Labor revenge porn bill (The Guardian)
Liberal backbencher Karen McNamara has broken ranks with her Coalition colleagues to support Labor legislation aimed at punishing people who share intimate sexual imagery without consent, a practice known as revenge porn.
Revenge porn: 175 cases reported to UK police in six months (The Guardian)
Nearly 200 cases of revenge porn have been reported to police in the past six months by victims as young as 12, according to the largest collection of official figures to date.
A global, interconnected, open and dynamic digital environment brings considerable business and economic opportunities - and holds even more promise as the Internet of Things and Big Data become pervasive. But countries and businesses are increasingly exposed to digital security threats that are growing in both number and sophistication.
Spies and internet giants are in the same business: surveillance. But we can stop them (The Observer)
On Tuesday, the European court of justice, Europe's supreme court, lobbed a grenade into the cosy, quasi-monopolistic world of the giant American internet companies.
10 October 2015
If FBI agents equipped with an American search warrant broke into a safetydeposit box owned by an American firm in Dublin to seize letters that might help catch a drug-dealer, it would provoke uproar. But that is essentially what the FBI wants to be able to do in the virtual realm. It has asked a court to order Microsoft, in its capacity as an e-mail provider, to hand over messages from a suspect in a drugs case that are stored in an Irish data centre. After two lower courts sided with the government, an appeals court in New York will rule soon on whether the firm must comply.
In Europe-U.S. Clash on Privacy, a Longstanding Schism (New York Times)
American and European officials working on a new agreement for the international transfer of digital data like social media posts and online search queries are at an impasse after two years of negotiations. And each side has the same excuse: It's the other's fault.
Behind the European Privacy Ruling That's Confounding Silicon Valley (New York Times)
On Tuesday, when Max Schrems won a landmark privacy case in the European Court of Justice, Edward J. Snowden told him on Twitter that he had "changed the world for the better." Penny Pritzker, the United States commerce secretary, had a different opinion, saying the decision "puts at risk the thriving trans-Atlantic digital economy." The brouhaha, however, had little evident effect on the apparently imperturbable Mr. Schrems.
TPP leaked: Wikileaks releases intellectual property chapter of controversial internet and medicine-regulating trade agreement (The Independent)
Wikileaks has released the Intellectual Property Rights chapter of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which they claim contains rules and regulations that would have "wide-ranging effects on internet services, medicines, publishers, civil liberties and biological patents."