The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
"The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable."
"One senior collection manager, speaking on the condition of anonymity but with permission from the NSA, said “we are getting vast volumes” of location data from around the world by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally and that serve U.S. cellphones as well as foreign ones. "
"U.S. officials said the programs that collect and analyze location data are lawful and intended strictly to develop intelligence about foreign targets."
Australia's surveillance agency offered to share information collected about ordinary Australian citizens with its major intelligence partners, according to a secret 2008 document leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The document shows the partners discussing whether or not to share "medical, legal or religious information", and increases concern that the agency could be operating outside its legal mandate, according to the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC.
Plans to create an EU-US single market will allow corporations to sue governments using secretive panels, bypassing courts and parliaments. [...]
All over Europe people are asking why this is happening; why we were not consulted; for whom it is being done. They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement. Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments. [...]
Caroline Lucas, one of the few MPs interested in the sovereignty of parliament, has published an early-day motion on the issue. It has so far been signed by seven MPs. For the government, Clarke argues that to ignore the potential economic gains "in favour of blowing up a controversy around one small part of the negotiations, known as investor protection, seems to me positively Scrooge-like".
Quite right too. Overriding our laws, stripping away our rights, making parliament redundant: these are trivial and irrelevant beside the issue of how much money could be made. Don't worry your little heads about it.
In this blog Glyn Moody has a close look at investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS). In summary he argues that "investment protection provisions are simply unnecessary when it comes to EU-US trade. But what's really disturbing in that [...] the European Commission believes that these have something to do with each other, [...]. That is not just wrong, it is downright insidious: it places the rights of investors at the same level as the rights of citizens; it asserts that the public must necessarily give up some of its own hard-won health, environmental and social protections in order to "protect" the ability of companies to make profits."
"This pernicious notion is why ISDS is not fixable in any way, despite what the European Commission would have us to believe. Its very presence in a trade agreement is an affront to the citizens in whose name it is supposedly being negotiated, and an affront to democracy itself. ISDS must go."
A long and informative article that goes into serious cricisim against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. With regard to data privacy, the article states:
"The offensive is equally vigorous over personal privacy. The Digital Trade Coalition, a group of high-tech and Internet companies, has encouraged TTIP/TAFTA negotiators to ensure that EU data privacy policies do not encumber the flow of personal data into the US. After the recent revelations of the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) indiscriminate data spying programmes, the tech corporations’ statement that “the current judgment of the EU that the US does not provide ‘adequate’ privacy protection is not reasonable” seems particularly outrageous. The US Council for International Business, which includes companies such as Verizon that have handed vast quantities of personal data over to the NSA, has stated: “The agreement should seek to circumscribe exceptions, such as security and privacy, to ensure they are not used as disguised barriers to trade.”"
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. [...]