Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[Spiegel] NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President

The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico. [...]

[EUObserver] 'Breakthrough' on EU data protection bill

After 18 months of intense negotiations, MEPs spearheading the European Data Protection regulation have reached a compromise.

The heavily lobbied draft bill, which included a record-breaking 4,000 amendments, is now set for a committee orientation vote in the next plenary session in Strasbourg. […]

The document will bypass plenary debate and vote in order to kick start inter-institutional negotiations to reach a more timely agreement.

[TheInquirer] Civil rights groups press European Parliament on privacy protection

NINETEEN CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS have banded together to press the European Parliament into a privacy protection vote on Monday at the "Civil Liberties" committee (LIBE). […]

[TheGuardian] GCHQ accused of monitoring privileged emails between lawyers and clients

GCHQ is probably intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients, according to a detailed claim filed on behalf of eight Libyans involved in politically sensitive compensation battles with the UK. […]

[TheGuardian] Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned. […]

The Guardian understands that Luxembourg's data-protection commissioner initiated a probe into Skype's privacy policies following revelations in June about its ties to the NSA. […]

[TheGuardian] Poland's citizens need to know the impact of Prism on their lives

Poland's totalitarian history means its people accept surveillance – and dismiss Edward Snowden's disclosures – more than they should.

[TheStateWeekly] NSA Director Alexander Admits He Lied about Phone Surveillance Stopping 54 Terror Plots

The head of the National Security Agency (NSA) admitted before a congressional committee this week that he lied back in June when he claimed the agency’s phone surveillance program had thwarted 54 terrorist “plots or events.” […]

[WashingtonPost] NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. […]

[Wired] Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

Editor’s Note: Given Richard Stallman’s longtime role in promoting software that respects user freedom (including GNU, which just turned 30), his suggested “remedies” for all the ways technology can be re-designed to provide benefits while avoiding surveillance — like the smart meters example he shares below — seem particularly relevant.

[EurActiv] Big data pitches the EU against US government and corporates

The benefits of big data are being squashed under a steamroller of short-term corporate interests and the privacy abuses of security infrastructure, argues Joe McNamee. [...]

In the European Parliament, the vast majority of the approximately 4,000 amendments tabled by our representatives seek to add complexity, decrease predictability and undermine privacy rights. All the core elements of individuals' control of their own data are being attacked. [...]

[EUObserver] Hundreds of US companies make false data protection claims

Hundreds of US-based companies handling EU citizens' data have lied about belonging to a data protection arrangement known as the Safe Harbour Framework

Christopher Connolly, a director at Galexia, an Australian-based consulting company on internet law and privacy, told the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Monday (7 October) that “many claims of Safe Harbour membership are false.”. […]

[DW] 'Snowden's revelations had very little impact'

The EU plans to reform its data protection law. The new rules propose to include the right to be forgotten, and access to personal data. But crucial principles could be watered down by policymakers, Joe McNamee told DW. [...]

It's quite extraordinary how little impact those revelations1 have actually caused. There is a little bit of movement with regard to issues concerning export of data to third countries, in particular in respect to export to the US.

  • 1. Snowden's revelations.

[Motherboard] Jacob Appelbaum's Utopia

Jacob Appelbaum has been called the "most dangerous man in cyberspace". But he's not, and it's a tag that pisses him off. Because, in reality, Appelbaum is merely a renowned cyber-security expert who happens to be one of the developers for the Tor Project, a collaborator with WikiLeaks (he's co-authoring a book with Julian Assange), and a trusted confidante of Edward Snowden confidante Laura Poitras, with whom he's working on the NSA leaks for Der Spiegel. [...]

[TheGuardian] Russia to monitor 'all communications' at Winter Olympics in Sochi

nvestigation uncovers FSB surveillance system – branded 'Prism on steroids' – to listen to all athletes and visitors. [...]

[TheGuardian] GCHQ faces legal challenge in European court over online privacy

The UK spy agency GCHQ is facing a legal challenge in the European courts over claims that its mass online surveillance programmes have breached the privacy of tens of millions of people across the UK and Europe. […]