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[Wired] Queen confirms government's web surveillance plans

The government will go ahead with its controversial web surveillance plans, according the Queen's speech in Parliament on 9 May.

The Queen said: "My government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data". [...]

The measures would mean that government agencies would be able to access third parties' data logged using deep packet inspection. This could include chat messages sent within videogames, Twitter and Facebook as well as the reconstruction of web pages that users visit.

The proposed legislation has been widely criticised by civil rights activists, with Liberty labelling it the "Snoopers' Charter", resurrecting the nickname given to proposals under the Labour government to allow hundreds of government agencies including local councils to access records of emails and phone records without a court order. [...]

[Guardian] Home Office highlights gaps in online surveillance of criminals

A quarter of police and agencies' data requests not met, says official, as government prepares to unveil web tracking laws.

The rapidly changing nature of internet-based communications has left the security agencies and the police unable to legally track the online activities of terrorists and serious criminals in 25% of cases, the Home Office says. [...]

The new internet surveillance law will not give the police the power to retain the content of any emails, tweets or other social media use or their use in real time. Instead it will build on an existing 2009 European Union directive which requires internet service providers to collect and store for 12 months the mobile phone and internet use data they keep for the purposes of billing customers. [...]

Nick Clegg's office has been quoting with approval the Liberal Democrat president, Tim Farron, who has insisted that there "must be absolutely no question of universal internet surveillance" and warned that the party will oppose the bill if it believes it amounts to "a threat to a free and liberal society". [...]

[Guardian] Acta unlikely to be ratified in Europe, says Kroes

Controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement stalls in face of protests as European commissioner says it is unlikely to pass. [...]

Speaking on Friday, Kroes said that "we are now likely to be in a world without Sopa" – the US's proposed Stop Online Piracy Act – "and Acta." [...]

Ryan Heath, a spokesman for Kroes's office, said the European commission has not changed its position on the usefulness of Acta, and was continuing to work toward its ultimate ratification, but added that Kroes was "observing political reality". [...]

"After the tremendous mobilisation of citizens around the world against Sopa and Acta, it would be extremely dangerous politically for the commission to propose a new repressive scheme," said Jeremie Zimmermann, from internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net. [...]

[TorrentFreak] India Orders Blackout of Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and More

Continuing a recent trend, The Pirate Bay and other large BitTorrent sites are now being blocked by Internet providers in India. Visitors who try to access the sites are redirected to a banner which informs them that the Department of Telecommunications ordered a blackout. Torrent sites are not the only target, as the blockade also censors the video sharing site Vimeo, one of the largest communities of indie filmmakers. [...]

Whatever the reason for the current blackout, it’s clear that the Indian entertainment industries have access to tools Hollywood can only dream of. Either directly, of with help from the Government, allegedly infringing websites can be pulled down without a trial. Just last month more than 100 music sites were censored upon request from several music labels. [...]

[Reuters] EU digital chief downbeat about global copyright pact

A European Commission vice president said on Friday a planned global pact to crack down on fake consumer goods and medicines and websites that break copyright laws would probably never come into force, because of strong opposition. [...]

"We are now likely to be in a world without SOPA and without ACTA," Neelie Kroes, the EU's commissioner for technology and telecoms said in a speech to bloggers and web entrepreneurs in Berlin. [...]

"After the tremendous mobilisation of citizens around the world against SOPA and ACTA, it would be extremely dangerous politically for the Commission to propose a new repressive scheme," said Jeremie Zimmermann, from Internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

[TorrentFreak] Judge: An IP-Address Doesn't Identify a Person (or BitTorrent Pirate)

A landmark ruling in one of the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the US has suffered a severe blow to a thus far lucrative business. Among other things, New York Judge Gary Brown explains in great detail why an IP-address is not sufficient evidence to identify copyright infringers. According to the Judge this lack of specific evidence means that many alleged BitTorrent pirates have been wrongfully accused by copyright holders. [...]

While a decade ago, home wireless networks were nearly non-existent, 61% of US homes now have wireless access. As a result, a single IP address usually supports multiple computer devices – which unlike traditional telephones can be operated simultaneously by different individuals,” Judge Brown writes. [...]

[Guardian] Internet freedom 'under threat from hasty legislation in UK and US'

Head of global media observation group says many countries are trying to restrict internet freedom in name of security.

Governments across the world – including those in the US and UK – are posing a threat to internet freedom through "hasty" legislation passed due to security fears, the head of an international media watchdog has warned. [...]

"The obsession to control the internet is showing we are not heading in the right direction, and the countries of the west are not immune to criticism – I have already raised Acta [an international intellectual property treaty that has been likened to Sopa, a US anti-piracy bill] with the president of the EU parliament." [...]

She concluded that ultimately it is civil society – the media and activists – who keep the media and internet free, and said this was not yet established in many transition countries. Citing the huge online campaign against the US legislation against intellectual property violations, she says: "These showed an engaged civil society can stop these actions. Elsewhere, there's an apathy. [...]

[Zeit.De] Filesharing: "Urheberrecht darf im Alltag keine Rolle spielen"

Privates Tauschen freigeben, auf Breitbandanschlüsse eine Gebühr erheben – mit diesen Vorschlägen ließe sich der Streit ums Urheberrecht lösen, glaubt Leonhard Dobusch. […]

In Sachen Filesharing hat Philippe Aigrain vom französischen Verein La Quadrature du Net kürzlich in dem Buch Sharing einen detailliert ausgearbeiteten Vorschlag für eine Art digitalen Kreativpakt (Creative Contribution) vorgelegt. Er sieht die Einführung zweier Rechte vor: Nutzer erhalten das Recht, digitale Inhalte nicht-kommerziell mit anderen über das Internet zu teilen. Kunstschaffende erhalten dafür das Recht auf eine angemessene Vergütung. […]

[TheInquirer] Cambridge trial shows white space spectrum can improve WiFi

THE TV White Spaces Consortium (TWSC) has found that the UK's white space can be used to improve broadband coverage.

The TWSC, which comprises 17 firms including the BBC, BSkyb, BT, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and Virgin Media, has spent the last 10 months trialing possible uses for white space, the parts of the radio frequency spectrum that fall between TV channels. The consortium will report to Ofcom that white space can be used to meet the growing demand for wireless connectivity, urging the UK communications regulator to put forward a regulatory framework to protect white space licensees. [...]

[BBC] European watchdog warns Acta could threaten rights

A European data protection watchdog has added its voice to growing criticism of proposed anti-piracy legislation. [...] The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) might have "unacceptable side effects" on individual rights. [...]

David Martin, the Parliament's rapporteur on Acta, said last week that politicians would not be able to "guarantee adequate protection for citizens' rights" if the treaty was ratified. [...]

"While more international co-operation is needed for the enforcement of IP rights, the means envisaged must not come at the expense of the fundamental rights of individuals," said Giovanni Buttarelli, assistant European data protection supervisor. [...]

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