The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
Die neue EU-Datenschutzverordnung droht sich um Jahre zu verzögern. Im Rat der Mitgliedstaaten geht kaum etwas voran. Vertrauliche Protokolle legen nahe, dass deutsche Spitzenbeamte die Reform verwässern und verzögern. [...]
Die große Reform droht an der letzten Hürde zu scheitern: Im Rat der Mitgliedstaaten herrsche "überall Blockade", berichten Insider. [...] "Viele hier haben den Eindruck, dass Deutschland die Verhandlungen bremst", sagt ein Teilnehmer der Rats-Arbeitsgruppe für die neue Datenschutzverordnung. [...]
Brüsseler Bürgerrechtler sind entsetzt. "Es darf einfach nicht sein, dass Deutschland jetzt die intransparente Arbeitsweise des Rats missbraucht, um die Verordnung weiter hinauszuzögern", sagt Kirsten Fiedler von European Digital Rights (EDRi). "Gerade die letzten Monate haben gezeigt, wie wichtig effiziente, harmonisierte Datenschutzregeln sind." [...]
Los sindicatos franceses de productores y distribuidores de cine consiguieron este jueves que la justicia francesa ordenase a los proveedores de acceso a internet y buscadores el bloqueo de los portales de streaming. El tribunal decidió pidió además a los buscadores de la web que no oriente a los internautas hacia esos sitios. La oferta legal de streaming es aún pobre en Francia. [...]
El tribunal de gran instancia de París estimó el jueves que los profesionales del cine han demostrado suficientemente que la red Allostreaming está "dedicada por entero o casi a la representación de obras audiovisuales sin consentimiento de los autores" y atenta contra sus derechos.
En consecuencia, el fallo conmina a los proveedores de acceso Orange, Bouygues Télécom, Numéricable, Free, SFR y Darty Télécom a poner en marcha "todas las medidas para impedir, a partir del territorio francés (...), el acceso por todos los medios eficaces y sobre todo mediante el bloqueo".
Mientras los sindicatos del cine acogieron con beneplácito el fallo, Google se negó a comentarlo y militantes de los derechos de los internautas lamentaron la medida.
“Esta decisión nuevamente da un aval a las formas de censura privada que se desarrollan por todo internet y vulneran derechos fundamentales”, afirmó Félix Tréguer, fundador de la Quadrature du Net, una organización de defensa de los usuarios de la web. [...]
Google's practice of combining personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said on Thursday after a seven-month investigation. [...]
The Dutch Data Protection Authority, or DPA, asked Google to attend a meeting to discuss its concerns, after which it would decide whether to take any action against the cloud services, Internet search and advertising giant, which could include fines. [...]
Google, responding to the Dutch authority's findings, said it provided users of its services with sufficiently specific information about the way it processed their personal data.[...]
The UK government aims to extend the existing system that monitors and orders Internet Service Providers to block internet sites of child pornography to include the monitoring and blocking of "content deemed too dangerous for online pubilcation".
This raises "freedom of speech issues," said one source. And, "There is always a concern about mission creep," said a second ISP source. "When it comes to incitement it's not as clear cut as child exploitation."
"Policing the internet is shifting from a reactive process, where authorities are alerted to illegal content, to a proactive one, where public funds could be spent seeking out banned material."
Entertainment executives meeting privately with President Barack Obama Tuesday asked him to ensure copyright protections are enshrined in new trade agreements and help facilitate better relations between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, according to people familiar with the discussions. [...]
During the meeting, the president encouraged the entertainment executives to search for common ground with the technology industry and offered the assistance of his administration to help bridge a still sizable divide between the two, the knowledgeable people said. Distrust between the two has been significant since the studios’ trade group, the Motion Picture Association of America, last year unsuccessfully pushed Congress to pass a pair of controversial anti-piracy laws that were condemned by many in Silicon Valley. [...]
[HuffingtonPost] Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'
"The National Security Agency [NSA] has been gathering records of online sexual activity [...] as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.
A leaked document outlines the communication strategy the European Commission advises European Union member states to adopt in order to make the Transatlantic Trade Investment and Partnership (TTIP) agreement more palatable for citizens than it's rejected precedent, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
"The aim is to define [...] the debate by communicating positively about what the TTIP is about (i.e. economic gains and global leadership on trade issues), rather than being drawn reactively into defensive communication about what TTIP is not about (e.g. not about negotiating data privacy, not about lowering EU regulatory standards etc.)," the document reads.
Moreover, the document states that although some fears have been voiced that the EU has a weaker negotiating position than the United States of America, the message should be communicated that this is not the case.
A leaked version of the European Commission's communication strategy for overcoming public skepticism about Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) describes how the public should be educated to have, quoting the document, "a general understanding of what TTIP is (i.e. an initiative that aims at delivering growth and jobs) and what it is not (i.e. an effort to undermine regulation and existing levels of protection in areas like health, safety and the environment)."
How, Moody asks, are incompatible positions going to be reconciled ? Consider the case of "chlorine-washed chicken. In the US, it is permitted to wash chicken carcasses in chlorine water, whereas this is not regarded as safe in the EU."
Moreover, considering the two most important trade agreements that the US signed, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the South Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), he argues that it was has been shown that they did not deliver growth and jobs.
This article explains how the National Security Agency (NSA) was probably able to monitor internet traffic by tapping into the internet backbone. It also describes the history of the tenacity with which the NSA had pursued its aim to monitor communications.
The internet backbone physically means "the fiber-optic cables that connect data centers around the world and are owned by companies like Verizon Communications, the BT Group, the Vodafone Group and Level 3 Communications."
Although data centres of the big internet companies are secured, "Level 3’s fiber-optic cables that connected those massive computer farms — information was unencrypted and an easier target for government intercept efforts [...]."
"Although the Internet is designed to be a highly decentralized system, in practice a small group of backbone providers carry almost all of the network’s data. "
"The [U.S.] American intelligence service - [National Security Agency] NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information."
"The Dutch intelligence services - AIVD and MIVD – have displayed interest in hacking. The Joint Sigint Cyber Unit – JSCU – was created early in 2013. The JSCU is an inter-agency unit drawing on experts with a range of IT skills. This new unit is prohibited by law from performing the type of operations carried out by the NSA as Dutch law does not allow this type of internet searches [sic]."