The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
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According to Facebook’s latest transparency report, India and Turkey are the most frequent censors of the social network, blocking thousands of users’ content, while the US is the country that has requested most information about user accounts.
Between July and December 2013, Indian authorities censored 4,765 Facebook posts which allegedly violated Indian laws that forbid criticizing religions or the government. [...]
While India leads the world in total content blocked from users, Turkey came in a close second with 2,014 pieces of restricted material, most of which level criticism against the Turkish government, a practice which is against the law. Germany censored 84 pieces of user content that ran afoul of laws on promoting Neo-Nazi ideology, as did the authorities in France (80 restrictions) and Austria (78 restrictions).
Microsoft has been given the stamp of approval from Europe for data security. The Article 29 Working Party, which represents the 28 national data protection agencies across the European Union, has determined that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the standard for privacy protection set forth in Europe’s data protections regulations. [...]
He went on to note that should the EU suspend the Safe Harbor Agreement with the US, as called for recently by the European Parliament, Microsoft enterprise customers’ use of cloud services on a worldwide basis won’t be interrupted or curtailed. And, even if the Safe Harbor Agreement remains in place, it covers only transfers from Europe to the US. The Microsoft approved contractual commitments, by contrast, enable transfers globally. [...]
[...] It’s no surprise that a small bug would cause such huge problems. What’s amazing, however, is that the code that contained this bug was written by a team of four coders that has only one person contributing to it full-time. And yet Henson’s situation isn’t an unusual one. It points to a much larger problem with the design of the internet. Some of its most important pieces are controlled by just a handful of people, many of whom aren’t paid well — or aren’t paid at all. [...] We need a dedicated and well-funded engineering task force overseeing not just online encryption but many other parts of the net.
[...] Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, reported revenues of more than $300 million in 2012. But the OpenSSL Software Foundation, which raises money for the project’s software development, has never raised more than $1 million in a year; its developers have never all been in the same room. And it’s just one example. [...]
[Zeit] Sigmar Gabriel lehnt Investorenschutz im TTIP-Abkommen ab – und akzeptiert ihn im Freihandelsvertrag mit Kanada. Glaubt er, dass keiner den Doppelstandard bemerkt?
[...] Besonders beim umstrittenen Investorenschutz schafft die EU-Kommission mit großen Tempo Fakten. Ein offizielles Dokument der Kommission dazu liegt ZEIT ONLINE vor (siehe unten). Es belegt, dass die Ceta-Regeln schon in großen Teilen fertig ausgehandelt sind. Sollten sie in Kraft treten, werden kanadische Unternehmen künftig die EU oder Deutschland vor internationalen Schiedsgerichten verklagen können – und damit genau das tun, was die Bundesregierung im amerikanischen Fall ablehnt.
[...] [In the Netherlands] downloading and copying movies and music for personal use is not punishable by law. In return, the Dutch compensate rightsholders through a “piracy levy” on writable media, hard drives and electronic devices with storage capacity, including smartphones.
In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice has declared this system unlawful. The case was brought by several electronics stores and manufacturers, whose products were made more expensive because of the levy.
In its judgment the Court held that the levy system is a threat to the internal market and that it puts copyright holders at an unfair disadvantage. [...]
[LaJornada] "Ataque directo a la libertad de expresión", la iniciativa de Peña en telecomunicaciones
Cualquier intento por restringir o limitar el acceso a Internet debe entenderse como un ataque directo a la libertad de expresión, advirtió Jérémie Zimmermann, tras señalar que la iniciativa de regulación secundaria a la Ley de Telecomunicaciones, enviada por el gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto al Congreso, es absolutamente contraria a la apertura que se buscaba con la reforma en el sector, pues tiende a monopolizar este servicio.
Zimmermann, hacker activista de los derechos digitales y cofundador del proyecto La quadrature du net, condenó esta "regresión" del gobierno mexicano y alertó sobre los efectos que las leyes secundarias, de ser aprobadas en sus términos, tendrían sobre la libertad de expresión, la seguridad y la privacidad digital. [...]
Europe’s top court has ruled that EU law forcing telecom operators to store customer data for up to two years was illegal, in a decision that will force a change to European privacy laws.
The European Court of Justice said on Tuesday that the requirement for companies to retain data interferes in a “particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.”
The court’s ruling on Thursday relates to a 2006 EU law known as the Data Retention Directive [...]
[...] In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, the ECJ, Europe's highest court, declared that the [data retention] directive is "invalid" because it "interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data."
The decision, following requests from the Irish and Austrian courts, is a blow to Theresa May's plans to push through a data retention scheme which would collect and store data from UK citizens' internet and phone use for up to 12 months for later examination.
[...] European governments will now have to to draft new legislation on data scrutiny to help prevent serious crimes such as terrorism, while also narrowing the law's scope to conform with the verdict.
Facebook has removed a page entitled "Soldiers deserve to be raped and murdered" - but not because of its subject matter. [...]
Facebook's Community Standards state that it will remove content where it perceives there to be a "genuine risk of physical harm" and that members may not "credibly threaten others, or organise acts of real-world violence".
However, a spokesman for the social network indicated that the threat had not been specific enough for its complaints team to act on. [...]
By contrast, La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) - a Paris-based group that campaigns for internet users' rights - said it was concerned that a company with as much influence as Facebook should be left to make such decisions.
"A judge may or may not have considered that this was a direct call to violence, and on that ground may or may not have asked Facebook to remove it - and this is how it should be," said the group's co-founder Jeremie Zimmermann.
"[Instead] Facebook has become a sort of parallel justice with its own rules that we cannot fully understand.
"This is a major problem for whoever believes their speech is protected on Facebook." [...]
Singapore's Ministry of Law has decided that a “three strikes” regime for online copyright infringement is too intrusive for Internet users, and has excluded such an approach from consultations over takedown mechanisms.
The consultation, described in full here, is canvassing changes to that country's copyright act to deal with online copyright infringement.