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[ComputerWorlUK] European digital rights groups demand net neutrality protection

More than 80 European digital rights organisations on Wednesday called on the European Commission to do more to protect net neutrality. [...]

[ITWorld] EU digital rights groups demand net neutrality protection

More than 80 European digital rights organizations on Wednesday called on the European Commission to do more to protect net neutrality. [...]

The group said in an open letter to the Commission that operators across Europe are violating Internet neutrality particularly in the mobile sector, where they say there is evidence that companies including ISPs are "using technical measures for their own commercial interests and tampering with citizens' ability to access the Internet." [...]

[TorrentFreak] Pirate Bay Proxy Now Included in Secret ISP Blocklist

In the UK a range of sites are now blocked including The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy. But despite very public High Court orders the true extent of the censorship is unknown as the actual URL blocking list is being kept out of the public eye. However, through an unexpected turn of events last week, TorrentFreak discovered that at least one independent domain not operated by any of the sites in question is also being censored. [...]

[RussiaToday] CISPA, stripped of privacy protections, heads for House vote

A controversial cybersecurity bill is one step closer to being added to the law books following a closed-door meeting between members of Congress on Wednesday. [...]

Now if the bill makes it all the way to the desk of US President Barack Obama, Americans will likely be subjected to having the personal information they provide to online businesses shared with the government’s top-secret spy agencies. [...]

[CNET] Privacy protections booted from CISPA data-sharing bill

Committee overwhelmingly votes down privacy amendments that would have curbed National Security Agency's access to private sector data. Now the bill heads to the House floor for a vote. [...]

Her privacy amendments would have "required that companies report cyber threat information directly to civilian agencies, and maintained the long-standing tradition that the military doesn't operate on U.S. soil against American citizens," Schakowsky said. [...]

[ArsTechnica] How a banner ad for H&R Block appeared on apple.com without Apple's OK

Robert Silvie returned to his parents' home for a Mardi Gras visit this year and immediately noticed something strange: common websites like those belonging to Apple, Walmart, Target, Bing, and eBay were displaying unusual ads. [...]

ISP-sanctioned ad injection directly into webpages—if that's what this is—has a long history, but it has been fairly rare to find it happening on pay connections in the US. [...]

[Computerworld] Judge awards class action status in privacy lawsuit vs. comScore

A federal court in Chicago this week granted class action status to a lawsuit accusing comScore, one of the Internet's largest user tracking firms, of secretly collecting and selling Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords and other personal data collected from consumer systems. [...]

[Spiegel] Pseudo-Flatrates: Telekom erwägt DSL-Drosselung

Was im Mobilfunk die Regel ist, könnte jetzt auf Festnetzanschlüsse übertragen werden: Die Telekom plant angeblich eine Drosselung von DSL-Anschlüssen nach dem Erreichen eines bestimmten Datenvolumens. Dem Konzern scheint das nicht abwegig. [...]

[ArsTechnica] France could join the small club of countries that require net neutrality

The French government has put forward a new plan that could enshrine net neutrality in national law. If it passes, France would become the third country in Europe (after the Netherlands and Slovenia joined the club this year—Norway, too, has a similar, but, voluntary system), to enact such a policy and the fourth in the world, after Chile. [...]

[WorldCrunch] European Academics Launch Petition To Protect Personal Data From "Huge Lobby"

This week, more than 90 leading academics across Europe launched a petition to support the European Commission’s draft data protection regulation, reports the EU Observer.

The online petition, entitled Data Protection in Europe, says “huge lobby groups are trying to massively influence the regulatory bodies.” The goal of the site is to make sure the European Commission’s law is in line with the latest technologies and that the protection of personal data is guaranteed. [...]

[NYTimes] France Proposes New Rules for Internet Equal Access

The French government on Tuesday called for a law requiring Internet service providers to give all the traffic on their networks equal priority, saying existing rules were insufficient for protecting free speech online and ensuring fair competition among Web publishers. […]

“Our goal is to support the vision of an Internet that is free, open, respectful of rights and that is a driver of innovation,” Ms. Pellerin said.

[Euobserver] Academics line up to defend EU data protection law

Leading academics across Europe are signing an online petition to support the European Commission’s draft data protection regulation in protest at industry lobbying to weaken it. [...]

But pro-industry groups are pushing amendments into the regulation to help shape parliamentary committee opinion reports.

Some of the amendments weakened the commission’s draft by removing safeguards and introducing terminology that is more open to interpretation in favour of industry. [...]

http://euobserver.com/justice/119365

[Techeye] Iran will lop off your VPN for network adultery

The Iranian government has worked out a way to cut off those people who used VPNs to bypass the countries ludicrous censorship laws.

Many Iranians use proxy servers over virtual private networks to circumvent government restrictions and mask their activities. Officials claim they have blocked use of the "illegal" tool by closing down "illegal VPN ports" in the country. [...]

[FinancialTimes] Brussels to soften data protection rules

Brussels will be forced to water down tough data protection rules in a move that will come as a relief to tech groups after many of the EU’s member states called for a softer approach to the privacy push.

The climbdown will be welcomed by companies that collect large amounts of personal data, such as Google and Facebook, which have lobbied furiously against the proposed regulation, as well as the US government.

[TorrentFreak] “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Starts Monday

The much-discussed U.S. six strikes anti-piracy scheme is expected to go live on Monday. The start date hasn’t been announced officially by the CCI but a source close to the scheme confirmed the plans. During the coming months millions of BitTorrent users will be actively monitored by copyright holders. After repeated warnings, Internet subscribers risk a heavy reduction in download speeds and temporary browsing restrictions. [...]