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Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[TheGuardian] Email surveillance could reveal journalists' sources, expert claims

Phil Zimmermann, the creator of the email encryption software PGP, has warned that anyone who uses consumer email services needs to be aware of the threats of exposing their metadata to eavesdroppers. [...]

The US government insisted that that data was not private, but in aggregate it can build a detailed picture of people’s lives.

[NYTimes] N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials. [...]

[DeutscheWelle] 'EU citizens are not protected at all'

European Union citizens have no protection from NSA activities whatsoever, net activist Jérémie Zimmermann told DW - and he is backed up by a new report presented to the EU parliament.

[TheIndependent] After Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA, what is the EU doing to ensure our online privacy?

What’s happened to Edward Snowden and his revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programme? [...] Clearly the balance has tipped much too far in favour of default data gathering. So how do we move it back? [...]

[MotherJones] Here's How Twitter Can Track You on All of Your Devices

Facebook gets all the bad press, but the bigger threat to your online privacy these days might be your Twitter account. Twitter knows you much better than you may realize. And as it prepares for an IPO, it's taking steps that may allow it to profit from your data in ways that would provoke howls of protest were Mark Zuckerberg to try the same. [...]

[TheHindu] NSA targets Indian politics, space & n-programmes

The public assertions made by Indian and American officials that no content was taken from India’s internet and telephone networks by U.S.’s National Security Agency (NSA) and that the American surveillance programs just looked at “patterns of communication” as a counter-terrorism measure are far from the truth, if not outright misleading. [...]

[EurActiv] Edward Snowden nominated for EU human rights award

Edward Snowden was nominated by the Greens and GUE/NGL leftist groups in the European Parliament to receive the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, an idea that was first floated by a Swedish professor in August this year. [...]

“Edward Snowden has risked his freedom to help us protect ours and he deserves to be honoured for shedding light on the systematic infringements of civil liberties by US and European secret services," says the Greens/EFA in a statement.

[ZDNet] Ditch your personal phones, use govt hardware for state secrets instead, French ministers told

The French prime minister’s office has issued a note instructing all ministries offices employees not to use consumer mobile devices when dealing with classified and sensitive data. [...]

In the circular, revealed by the French magazine L'Express on Wednesday, he highlights that classified information must be discussed only using the Toerem smartphones made by French company Thales. [...]

[TheGuardian] NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel

The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. [...]

The five-page memorandum, termed an agreement between the US and Israeli intelligence agencies "pertaining to the protection of US persons", repeatedly stresses the constitutional rights of Americans to privacy and the need for Israeli intelligence staff to respect these rights.

[NYTimes] N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. [...]

[Wired] NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry

Six years ago, two Microsoft cryptography researchers discovered some weirdness in an obscure cryptography standard authored by the National Security Agency. There was a bug in a government-standard random number generator that could be used to encrypt data. [...]

[AlJazeera] The surveillance society is here

We must be aware of the surveillance tools introduced into our lives - especially those that we already consent to. [...]

Unless you're a techie or computer geek, you hardly know the extent to which you're sharing information about yourself on the internet to complete strangers, advertisers or, most alarmingly, government agencies. You don't need to be tech-challenged to be confused about privacy settings on social media - rather, the settings are made to be incomprehensible to most human beings. [...]

[Wired] NSA's Decade-Long Plan to Undermine Encryption Includes Backdoors, Stolen Keys, Manipulating Standards

It was only a matter of time before we learned that the NSA has managed to thwart much of the encryption that protects telephone and online communication, but new revelations show the extent to which the agency, and Britain’s GCHQ, have gone to systematically undermine encryption. [...]

Most surprising, however, is the revelation that the agency has worked to covertly undermine the encryption standards developers rely upon [...]

[DeutscheWelle] Europe vs NSA: Know thyself, know thy neighbor

For Europeans, Edward Snowden’s revelations about mass surveillance conducted by the US and the UK beg an obvious question: Do other European countries engage in similar activities? The answer is telling. [...]

To be sure, European governments, in response to the Snowden disclosures, were quick to condemn the NSA's behavior and to assure citizens that they will address the matter with the Obama administration. But that was only lip service, says Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of the French privacy group La Quadrature du Net: