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[PcWorld] Europe and US edge closer to data protection deal

European Union citizens whose personal data is transmitted to U.S. law enforcement authorities could soon have the same legal protections as U.S. citizens, the European Commission said Wednesday. [...]

[ProPublica] It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You

Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to track people across the Web. For years people have noticed a funny thing about Facebook's ubiquitous Like button. It has been sending data to Facebook tracking the sites you visit. Each time details of the tracking were revealed, Facebook promised that it wasn't using the data for any commercial purposes. No longer. Last week, Facebook announced it will start using its Like button and similar tools to track people across the Internet for advertising purposes. […]

[TechDirt] UK Government Ignores European Court Ruling On Data Retention: Tells Telecom Companies To Carry On Spying

One of the interesting issues arising out of the important ruling from the European Union Court of Justice that the EU's Data Retention Directive was invalid, is what the member states will now do as a result.

[EUobserver] Google faces no EU-level fines if it ignores “right to be forgotten” verdict

Google won’t risk financial penalties from the EU’s top court if it chooses to ignore a recent “right to be forgotten” judgement. “The [European] Court of Justice has no power to fine a company in this context, competition law yes, but not here,” a contact at the Luxembourg-based legal arbiter told this website on Thursday (15 May). Fines would instead be handed out at member state level. […]

[Spiegel] The NSA in Germany: Snowden's Documents Available for Download

In Edward Snowden's archive on NSA spying activities around the world, there are numerous documents pertaining to the agency's operations in Germany and its cooperation with German agencies. SPIEGEL is publishing 53 of them, available as PDF files. [...]

[TechDirt] License Plate Reader Company Sues Another State For 'Violating' Its First Amendment Right To Build A 1.8-Billion-Image Database

Private companies engaging in large-scale surveillance are pushing back against the push back against large-scale surveillance… by filing lawsuits alleging their First Amendment right to photograph license plates is being infringed on by state laws forbidding the use of automatic license plate readers by private companies. [...]

[TechDirt] License Plate Reader Company Sues Another State For 'Violating' Its First Amendment Right To Build A 1.8-Billion-Image Database

Private companies engaging in large-scale surveillance are [...] filing lawsuits alleging their First Amendment right to photograph license plates is being infringed on by state laws forbidding the use of automatic license plate readers by private companies.

[...] Vigilant [a private company] has filed another lawsuit, this time against the state of Arkansas, arguing that a state law curbing the use of LPRs [licence plate readers] by private companies tampers with its free speech rights. [...]

[TheRegister] CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

As the whistleblowing NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet - previously employed in CIA "rendition" flights on which terror suspects disappeared into invisible "black" imprisonment - flew into Europe in a bid to spirit him back to America, the Register can reveal. [...]

[Arstechnica] Ars tests Internet surveillance - by spying on an NPR reporter

Interesting article that summarises the findings of serious data leakage on mobile devices, google searches and other. A great read if you want to know a bit more about how much data leaking you're probably doing.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/06/what-the-nsa-or-anyone-can-learn...

[TheGuardian] Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond. […]

[PCWorld] No Europe, Google does not have to delete all your personal data

A Google representative confirmed on Thursday that the so-called European right to be forgotten will not apply to the Google.com domain, nor for that matter to country-specific Google domains outside of Europe.This means that, in practice, query results the company stops showing on its European domains will still turn up on its other sites, including its main one. [...]

[TheGuardian] Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

This article by the Guardian paper is from the "Snowden and the Future" talk series
delivered at Columbia Law School, which is available at snowdenandthefuture.info.

[TheRegister] REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite being in possession of these facts, have declined to reveal them. Today, however, the Register publishes them in full. [...]

[TechCrunch] Orange Gives All Of Its Data To France's NSA

Orange has been cooperating allegedly illegally for years with France’s main intelligence agency (the DGSE). According to a newly found report by Edward Snowden and an investigation by Le Monde, the DGSE was given access to all of Orange’s data (not just metadata). [...]