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[Boingboing] French bill to legalize bulk Internet spying moving through National Assembly

Jeremie from La Quadrature du Net writes, "Yesterday the 2014-2019 defense bill passed first reading in the French National Assembly. It marks a strong shift towards total online surveillance. If passed, the bill will not only allow live monitoring of everyone's personal and private data but also do so without judicial oversight, as the surveillance will be enabled through administrative request. The bill also turns permanent measures that were only temporary."

[WashingtonPost] NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

"The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable."

[SpiegelOnline][de] Deutsche Beamte bremsen Europas Datenschutz aus

Die neue EU-Datenschutzverordnung droht sich um Jahre zu verzögern. Im Rat der Mitgliedstaaten geht kaum etwas voran. Vertrauliche Protokolle legen nahe, dass deutsche Spitzenbeamte die Reform verwässern und verzögern. [...]

Die große Reform droht an der letzten Hürde zu scheitern: Im Rat der Mitgliedstaaten herrsche "überall Blockade", berichten Insider. [...] "Viele hier haben den Eindruck, dass Deutschland die Verhandlungen bremst", sagt ein Teilnehmer der Rats-Arbeitsgruppe für die neue Datenschutzverordnung. [...]

[Reuters] Dutch privacy watchdog says Google breaks data law

Google's practice of combining personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said on Thursday after a seven-month investigation. [...]

The Dutch Data Protection Authority, or DPA, asked Google to attend a meeting to discuss its concerns, after which it would decide whether to take any action against the cloud services, Internet search and advertising giant, which could include fines. [...]

[PCAdvisor] EU net neutrality proposal threatens privacy, says data protection supervisor

The proposed European Union-wide net neutrality law would not protect citizens' rights to privacy, the European data protection supervisor said Friday.

[VoiceOfRussia] Microsoft, Google and Facebook deny giving NSA access to their servers

Microsoft, Google and Facebook managers denied giving the NSA or any government in the world direct or unfettered access to their servers, at the ninth NSA inquiry hearing on the mass surveillance of EU citizens held at Parliament on Monday. [...]

[TheGuardian] NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance is violation of European law, report finds

The authors of a new study on mass-scale surveillance [Sergio Carrera, a Spanish jurist, and Francesco Ragazzi, a professor of international relations at Leiden University in the Netherlands] have accused the intelligence services of the US and EU countries of violating European law and urged the European parliament to take action. [...]

[NYTimes] C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data


"The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records [...]. "

"AT&T has a history of working with the government. It helped facilitate the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program by allowing the N.S.A. to install secret equipment in its phone and Internet switching facilities, according to an account by a former AT&T technician made public in a lawsuit."

[VoiceOfRussia] We cannot trust closedown software and hardware to protect our freedoms

"As concerns over the Internet security are at their highest, in an interview to Voice of Russia, Jeremie Zimmermann, founder and spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, a citizen advocacy group defending fundamental freedoms online, talked about how tech companies handle personal data and how they cooperate with surveillance schemes."

In response to a question on whether efforts by Tech companies to be more transparent about their data sharing habits, he said:

[NYTimes] Google Is Ordered to Block Images in Privacy Case

A French court ruled Wednesday that Google must remove from its Internet search results all images of a former Formula One car racing chief at an orgy. The ruling in the privacy case could have ramifications for the tech giant’s operations across Europe. [...]

[TheGuardian] GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance

Edward Snowden papers unmask close technical cooperation and loose alliance between British, German, French, Spanish and Swedish spy agencies. [...]

[DeutscheWelle] Stasi, KGB were child's play compared to today

It seems that every day brings new claims and counter-claims about who's spying on whom. Governments are trying to limit the damage, but that damage is not limited to governments, expert Jeremie Zimmermann told DW. [...]

[WashingtonPost] NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials. [...]

[RT] Brazil to press for local Internet data storage after NSA spying

Brazil is urging a plan to introduce local data storage for Internet giants like Facebook and Google in order to keep the information they get from Brazilian users safe –as part of a complex of measures to oppose US spying. [...]

Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of the French digital rights advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, told RT such a project is about taking back control of both vital digital infrastructure and fundamental freedoms. [...]