The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
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The controversy surrounding the inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is seen by some as a smokescreen for ideological opposition to the treaty, and is perceived as a way to divert attention from other likely hotspots in the negotiations. [...]
Various clauses within the proposed regulation would effect the larger US companies offering so-called “over-the-top” data services, such as Google and Amazon, and more significantly the burgeoning cloud computing sector. [...]
With Germany and France – and new Digital Affairs Commissioner Günther Oettinger – notably hardening their stance on Google in recent weeks, and calling for a stronger EU response to perceived competition abuse by the US giant, the scope for data issues yet to effect TTIP is immense.
One source close to the US industry who spoke on condition of anonymity told EurActiv last year: “At the moment, it is looking like a trade dispute over the data sector is as likely to emerge between the US and EU before any trade agreement emerges.” [...]
“In the end, data flows will have to come onto the table. The TTIP cannot be agreed before that happens,” one senior negotiator close to the TTIP talks told EurActiv last month on condition of anonymity. [...]
When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies. [...]
Last year, documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden confirmed that British surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters was behind the attack, codenamed Operation Socialist. And in November, The Intercept revealed that the malware found on Belgacom’s systems was one of the most advanced spy tools ever identified by security researchers, who named it “Regin.” [...]
The glitch was left unresolved until June 2013, when there was a sudden flare-up. After a Windows software update was sent to Belgacom’s email exchange server, the problems returned, worse than before. The administrators contacted Microsoft for help, questioning whether the new Windows update could be the reason for the fault. But Microsoft, too, struggled to identify exactly what was going wrong. There was still no solution to be found. (Microsoft declined to comment for this story.) [...]
BRUSSELS - The European Commission is imposing gag orders on MEPs and preventing journalists access to discussions at the parliament’s civil liberties committee. […]
A minor protest erupted at the Safe Harbour session in the committee last week when far-left MEP German Cornelia Ernst along with Dutch liberal Sophie In't Veld voted to suspend the so-called in-camera session. In-camera sessions are not open to the public. It also means MEPs are under threat of sanctions should they discuss the issue outside the room. […]
Data law in question:
Safe Harbour is enforced by the US Federal Trade Commission and is supposed to ensure US firms follow EU data protection laws when processing the personal data of EU citizens. […]
The Americans are unhappy with the commission’s proposal to require companies to publish the privacy conditions of any contract they conclude with subcontractors.[…]
Companies, under certain US Patriot Act provisions, are banned from notifying the data subject or the data protection authority in Europe should US authorities request access to the personal details of an EU national. […]
Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB. […]
“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” read a statement from Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement. […]
While it seems certain that The Pirate Bay has been targeted today, it was not the only casualty. Several other torrent related sites including EZTV, Zoink, Torrage and the Istole tracker are also down. […]
A guest post in Wired by Peter Sunde, original co-founder of The Pirate Bay and more recently Flattr.
"The Pirate Bay was shut down. It tilted people's brains into knowing that tomorrow, their favorite TV show must be downloaded somewhere else. They thought about it a bit more and decided this is the beginning of a slippery slope. [...] That this thing, that we're centralising the internet, having just a handful of centralised services, mostly owned by companies in one single country, a country that doesn't care about borders when it comes to their own gauntlets, is not a great idea. A movement is forming. [...]
We stopped ACTA. We stopped SOPA, PIPA. We're working on stopping TTIP. We have people in parliament. Because that's the way we work now. The internet has become mainstream. We can't just run around as wild activists doing whatever we want. We need to do it in an orderly fashion. [...]"
Google News will shortly shut down in Spain, the first time the news-search service has abandoned an entire national market. The move is a response to Spain's new intellectual property law, which would require Google to pay publishers in that country for publishing even small excerpts of their content. [...]
The Spanish "Google tax" effort followed shortly after German publishers gave up their effort to get an 11 percent cut of gross revenue from Google News.
Europe is pressing for its ‘‘right to be forgotten’’ ruling to go global.
The privacy decision, which allows individuals to ask that links leading to information about themselves be removed from search engine results, has been gaining traction worldwide ever since European officials released guidelines last week that demanded Google and others apply the ruling across their entire search empires.
And on Wednesday, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who heads the French data protection authority and has campaigned heavily for expanding the ruling, defended European efforts to force search engines to apply the ruling to search results outside of Europe. [...]
Report by Nils Muižnieks, commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, says ‘secret, massive and indiscriminate’ intelligence work is contrary to rule of law. [...]
The “secret, massive and indiscriminate” surveillance conducted by intelligence services and disclosed by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden cannot be justified by the fight against terrorism, the most senior human rights official in Europe has warned. [...]
“Suspicionless mass retention of communications data is fundamentally contrary to the rule of law … and ineffective,” the Latvian official argues in a 120-page report, The Rule of Law on the Internet in the Wider Digital World. “Member states should not resort to it or impose compulsory retention of data by third parties.” [...]
Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. […]
Merkel said that some key services for the digital economy would require reliable transmission quality and should therefore be treated differently than other data. […]
"Merkel's comments are catastrophic, she's calling for a two-tier Internet." [note of LQDN: said Social Democratic Party (SPD) MEP Petra Kammerevert]
After President Obama’s recent statement in support of a strong net neutrality law, many European citizens will be disappointed at the EU’s latest position as the political battle for the Internet reprises. […]
It is now moving into a new stage which means it has to go to the Council of Ministers - the governments of the 28 countries. The Council is examining it for the first time, and needs to come to its own position. That’s what this is all about. […]
As an alternative to the European Parliament’s provisions, the Council is promoting what it calls a ‘principles-based approach’. But when you read closely, this is not about a principle of net neutrality, it is about principles for traffic management – in other words, for the exact opposite:
"Clear principles for traffic management in general, as well as the obligation to maintain sufficient network capacity for the internet access service regardless of other services also delivered over the same access." […]
There is more analysis from European Digital Rights (EDRi) with comment on the regulatory position, and La Quadrature du Net which calls it a ‘betrayal’ of EU citizens.