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[TheGuardian] How we sold our souls - and more - to the internet giants

From TVs that listen in on us to a doll that records your child’s questions, data collection has become both dangerously intrusive and highly profitable. Is it time for governments to act to curb online surveillance? [...]

[NYTimes] Lawmakers in France Move to Vastly Expand Surveillance

At a moment when American lawmakers are reconsidering the broad surveillance powers assumed by the government after Sept. 11, the lower house of the French Parliament took a long stride in the opposite direction Tuesday, overwhelmingly approving a bill that could give authorities their most intrusive domestic spying abilities ever, with almost no judicial oversight. […]

[Politico] Leaked digital single market’s ‘evidence file’ reveals Commission’s ambitions

Leaked copies of the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy and its supporting Evidence file show the European Commission is ready to propose vast regulatory reforms that could affect everything from sales taxes and e-privacy to Internet searches and big data. […]

[Reuters] EU executive plans no new data retention law

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The European Commission will not introduce a new law requiring telecom companies to store the communications data of European Union citizens for security purposes, the EU home affairs commissioner said on Thursday. […]

[BoingBoing] Cameron To Press Obama For Help Outlawing Encryption, Destroying Internet Freedom

UK PM David Cameron is reportedly seeking the cooperation of US president Barack Obama over Cameron's encryption crackdown. Cameron is expected to ask Obama to pressure US internet firms to work more closely with UK intelligence agencies. [...]

http://boingboing.net/2015/01/15/cameron-to-press-obama-for-hel.html

[Arstechnica] AT&T has 10 businesses paying for data cap exemptions, and wants more

A year after AT&T started charging businesses to deliver data without counting against customers' mobile data caps, the wireless carrier has 10 companies signed up and is hunting for more.

[EurActiv] TTIP elephants hiding behind ISDS

The controversy surrounding the inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is seen by some as a smokescreen for ideological opposition to the treaty, and is perceived as a way to divert attention from other likely hotspots in the negotiations. [...]

[EuObserver] EU commission bans public scrutiny on US data talks

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BRUSSELS - The European Commission is imposing gag orders on MEPs and preventing journalists access to discussions at the parliament’s civil liberties committee. […]

[ITWorld] 60 things European legislators don't want Canada to learn about air passengers

Here's one flight delay that European Union citizens might appreciate: The European Parliament has grounded an agreement that would have sent more passenger data winging its way to Canadian law enforcers. And like other flight delays, it could have huge repercussions -- in this case for similar data exchange deals with the U.S. and Australia [...]

[TheGuardian] GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice'

New director of UK eavesdropping agency accuses US tech firms of becoming ‘networks of choice’ for terrorists [...]

Robert Hannigan said a new generation of freely available technology has helped groups like Islamic State (Isis) to hide from the security services and accuses major tech firms of being “in denial”, going further than his predecessor in seeking to claim that the leaks of Edward Snowden have aided terror networks. [...]