Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[TheGuardian] Observe, Make, Hack: reflections on a hacker camp

The outdoors gathering sparked passionate debate and disagreement – but we all chose to be there to tackle the difficult conversations that will shape our future. [...]

[RussiaToday] Manning's persecution could have 'counterproductive effect'

Bradley Manning’s persecution could lead to the creation of stronger, better whistleblowers, as he showed people they have the power to stop day-to-day wrongdoing, Jeremie Zimmermann, of internet civil liberties group, La Quadrature du Net, told RT.

"while Bradley Manning was being detained and tortured by the US, Edward Snowden was aware of it and was planning his own whistleblowing. What Snowden said was that if he is persecuted by the US government, then it will lead to the creation of stronger, better whistleblowers."

[Wired] Censorship and surveillance: Cameron's internet

"Governments must not use cybersecurity as an excuse for censorship or to deny people their opportunities that the internet represents".
So said David Cameron in 2011, criticising internet censorship and monitoring carried out by other countries around the world.

In 2013, this is the same man who wants to see internet filters installed in homes across the country and whose government collects huge quantities of data from the transatlantic cables that form the internet's backbone. [...]

[Guardian] How cryptography is a key weapon in the fight against empire states

[…] Mass surveillance is not just an issue for democracy and governance – it's a geopolitical issue. The surveillance of a whole population by a foreign power naturally threatens sovereignty. Intervention after intervention in the affairs of Latin American democracy have taught us to be realistic. We know that the old powers will still exploit any advantage to delay or suppress the outbreak of Latin American independence. […]

[Telegraph] Travellers' mobile phone data seized by police at border

Officers use counter-terrorism laws to remove a mobile phone from any passenger they wish coming through UK air, sea and international rail ports and then scour their data. The blanket power is so broad they do not even have to show reasonable suspicion for seizing the device and can retain the information for “as long as is necessary”. […]

[Guardian] How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. […]

[NYTimes] The Criminal N.S.A.

The twin revelations that telecom carriers have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans’ phone calls, and that the N.S.A. has been capturing e-mail and other private communications from Internet companies as part of a secret program called Prism, have not enraged most Americans. […]

[NYTimes] E.U. Reaction to Data Sharing Revelations Grew Slowly

While Europe was in an uproar Sunday over a magazine’s charge that Washington bugged European Union offices in the United States, the backlash on another type of intrusion has been surprisingly muted, namely the disclosure that U.S. technology leaders — Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo — may have shared E.U. citizens’ personal data with an American surveillance program called Prism. […]

[PressEurop] Data protection: Does Facebook have a privacy phobia?

[…] The recent online surveillance scandal involving US intelligence agencies has renewed calls for an urgent reform of European legislation on personal data, which has already been under discussion for years. The proposed reform, though, has consumer associations pitted against the lobbies of the Internet giants. […]

[Bloomberg] U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists

The debate over the U.S. government’s monitoring of digital communications suggests that Americans are willing to allow it as long as it is genuinely targeted at terrorists. What they fail to realize is that the surveillance systems are best suited for gathering information on law-abiding citizens. […]

[EUobserver] Justice & Home Affairs / MEPs slam US snooping, amid revelations France does the same

The European Parliament agreed on Thursday (4 July) to launch an inquiry into US spy allegations, amid revelations that France has its own secret surveillance programme.

Le Monde newspaper on Thursday said that France intercepts the metadata of emails, telephone calls and all Internet activity that passes through Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo. […]

Interceptions are subject to procedural oversight, says the French data protection authority, Cnil, but the system itself, notes the newspaper, operates in a legal limbo. […]

[Guardian] France 'runs vast electronic spying operation using NSA-style methods'

Intelligence agency has spied on French public's phone calls, emails and internet activity, says Le Monde newspaper […]

[Guardian] New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies

US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. […]

[Reuters] French agency spies on phone calls, email, web use, paper says

(Reuters) - France's external intelligence agency spies on the French public's phone calls, emails and social media activity in France and abroad, the daily Le Monde said on Thursday. […]

[NYTimes] Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind

In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo’s top lawyers made their case. The government had sought help in spying on certain foreign users, without a warrant, and Yahoo had refused, saying the broad requests were unconstitutional. [...]

The Yahoo ruling, from 2008, shows the company argued that the order violated its users’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. The court called that worry “overblown.”