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Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[Golem][de] Netzneutralität und Datenschutz : Reformen kommen nicht mehr vor Europawahlen

Die entscheidenden Internet-Verordnungen der EU werden nicht mehr vor den Europawahlen verabschiedet. Die EU-Länder hätten die Chance auf eine Einigung "beerdigt", sagte der Grünen-Politiker Albrecht zu Golem.de. [...]

[TheGuardian] NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

The National Security Agency [NSA] has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.

[...] The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in the UK.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/nsa-collects-millions-text-...

[NewScientist] Nest thermostat acquisition is Google's home invasion

On Monday, Google announced the second-biggest acquisition in its history. The tech giant shelled out $3.2 billion for smart-thermostat manufacturer Nest Labs of Palo Alto, California. [...]

[Spiegel] US German No Spy Deal in Danger of Failure

Last summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her citizens a pact which would prohibit US spying on German citizens. But since then, Washington has shown little interest in pursuing such a treaty. Now, officials in Germany fear the deal is dead. [...]

[Share2013] Technology that liberates. Technology that controls. – Jérémie Zimmermann

Talks that Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson and cofounder of La Quadrature du Net, gave at the Share Conference, in July 2013.

http://www.shareconference.net/en/talk/technology-liberates-technology-c...

[Arstechnica] Report: NSA bulk metadata collection has "no discernible impact"

A new paper published Monday by the New America Foundation demonstrably destroys the US government claim that bulk metadata collection is useful. [...]

The study concluded that “traditional investigative methods,” including the use of informants, community/family tips, are actually far more effective.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/report-nsa-bulk-metadata-coll...

[DW] Erdogan pushing Internet censorship forward

[The Turkish government] submitted a bill to parliament this week that would allow authorities to block specific websites and keep a record of users' Internet activities for up to two years. [...]

[TheGuardian] Xbox Live among game services targeted by US and UK spy agencies

NSA and GCHQ collect gamers' chats and deploy real-life agents into World of Warcraft and Second Life. [...]

The agencies, the documents show, have built mass-collection capabilities against the Xbox Live console network, which has more than 48 million players. Real-life agents have been deployed into virtual realms, from those Orc hordes in World of Warcraft to the human avatars of Second Life. There were attempts, too, to recruit potential informants from the games' tech-friendly users.

[RT] France hands down data privacy fine to Google

French data protection watchdog CNIL [Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés] fined Google 150,000 euros ($204,000) for ignoring its three-month deadline to align its practice of tracking and storing user information with the country’s law.

[...] Back in June CNIL ruled that Google has breached six counts of the country’s privacy laws. The biggest concern was that the company did not provide “sufficient” information to users in terms of how their information was being used and stored.

[Quarz] How a bureaucrat in a struggling country at the edge of Europe found himself safeguarding the world’s data

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) of Ireland was established in 1989. When Ireland lowered its corporate tax rate, Google, Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Twitter, eBay and PayPal set up shop.

[WashingtonPost] NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

An article on how quantum computers and computations could be used to break strong encryption and who is working on this. The National Security Agency [NSA], according to documents released by Edward Snowden, is not ahead than their counter parts in private research.

[NYTimes] Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

This editorial by the New York Times calls on the USA to offer the whistleblower Edward Snowden "a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home [...]."

"Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service."

[Spiegel] Catalog Reveals NSA Has Back Doors for Numerous Devices

The article describes a 50-page catalog that lists devices that support the work of the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit of the NSA.

"After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through a back door, an internal NSA catalog reveals that such methods already exist for numerous end-user devices."

[Spiegel] Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

Three-page article on new revelations about a hacking unit in the National Security Agency (NSA) and a summary of the surveillance already uncovered.

"The NSA's TAO [Tailored Access Operations] hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting."

[BBC] GCHQ and NSA 'track Google cookies'

The latest Snowden leak suggests US and UK cyberspies are taking advantage of Google's proprietary cookie technology in an effort to track suspects.

Documents published by the Washington Post refer to the NSA and GCHQ's use of "GooglePrefIDs" - files containing a numeric code placed on
computers to help the search firm remember users. [...]