The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
Swedish police have requested direct access to tools currently only accessible to Internet Service Providers (ISP) that allow tracking data on customers such as "who, when and where two people communicated using, for example email or text messages". Although the Security Service argued that this "would decrease the risk for potential errors that could occur when the process is done manually" not all ISPs are on board. "Our primary task is to protect the privacy of our customers and we feel we can't do that with an automated process," said Iréne Krohn, senior media relations manager at TeliaSonera.
Moreover, a spokesperson from the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority questioned whether automating would even be legal as ISP are required to "check [...] the decision behind the request," said Staffan Lindmark, a lawyer at PTS.
"On a European level, the implementation of the data retention directive is out of control, according to Joe McNamee, executive director at European digital rights group EDRi. "The problem we have is that the European Commission is quite happy to take action against member states if they haven't implemented the directive, but any amount of over-implementation and lack of safe guards present no problem at all for the commission," he said.
The UK's "key internet monitoring service", the Internet Watch Foundation is going to be granted permission for a "six-month pilot scheme in collaboration with Google, Microsoft and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (Ceop)" in order to investigate peer-to-peer (P2P) networks for material related to child abuse.
"Separately, [British Prime Minister] David Cameron [...] said that the government listening service GCHQ would be brought in to tackle child abuse images."
Google has tweaked its algorithm to limit search results for suspected child sexual abuse queries, implemented Microsoft's digital fingerprint technology to tag illegal images and is developing a similar system to detect and delete film footage showing illegal activities. These measures in the
technology giant's renewed battle against online child sexual abuse were announced by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt today in the Daily Mail, hours ahead of an "internet safety" summit taking place at Downing Street. […]
Google and Microsoft will start to display warnings above search results for terms associated with child pornography.
Google said that when "people search Google with a term linked to child abuse, clear warning messages from Google and child safety organizations are displayed explaining the consequences of their actions and pointing them toward expert help [...]."
Further actions by Google include changes that "prevent content such as images and peer-to-peer links to child abuse material from appearing". Moreover, Google stated that it "developed and agreed to share a new technology that allows copies of videos of child abuse to be identified and removed."
But critics questioned the measure's effectiveness. Jim Killock, the director of the U.K.'s Open Rights Group, stated that "We don't know, as we've seen no evidence, whether Google and Microsoft really will be able to make a difference by limiting search, or whether the actions are cosmetic."
""The efforts are probably not going to be very effective", agreed Joe McNamee, director of civil rights group European Digital Rights, in an email. "The companies are taking arbitrary but press-friendly measures as a way of seeking refuge from bad publicity" he said. "
"During the sentencing hearing of convicted hacker Jeremy Hammond on Friday, the young Chicagoan began to read from his prepared statement, saying that he had been directed to hack various foreign government websites by Anonymous leader turned FBI informant Sabu."
This list was redacted from court proceedings, but via Jacob Applebaum, it seems that "Hammond wrote: "These intrusions took place in January/February of 2012 and affected over 2000 domains, including numerous foreign government websites in Brazil, Turkey, Syria, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Nigeria, Iran, Slovenia, Greece, Pakistan, and others. "
"If Hammond’s supposed allegations are true, it would suggest that the FBI was directing foreign attacks through Sabu. The FBI did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment."
The proposed European Union-wide net neutrality law would not protect citizens' rights to privacy, the European data protection supervisor said Friday.
The proposal from the European Commission in September leaves the door open for certain types of Internet traffic management to scan and discriminate between various types of content, Peter Hustinx, the European data protection supervisor (EDPS), said in a published opinion. […]
Article 23 of the proposal allows Internet traffic management measures for "implementing a legislative provision" and "preventing and impeding serious crimes." Traffic management allows service providers to block or filter the flow of information, so Hustinx is concerned that would significantly limit net neutrality and interfere with end-users' rights to privacy and the protection of personal data. […]
Glyn Moody's analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) draft leaked last week. In particular, he focuses on "elements relevant to TAFTA/TTIP and the digital world."
He writes that the draft "wants patents for things that don't actually do anything more than a current invention, but are simply 'new' - that is, different in some unimportant way. This would allow so-called 'ever-greening' of patents [...]."
"The copyright section is one of the most interesting in the leak [...]. Surprisingly, it manages to go beyond ACTA in its awfulness. [...]."
"TPP would make even the transient copies of works made as they pass over the Internet, or stored in a computer's RAM, all subject to copyright."
"[TPP would mean that] people can be sent to prison for copyright infringement, even if there is no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain." Moreover, some provisions "might catch open source developers if their code is used for making unauthorised copies, for example, even if they were not for financial gain."
Moody summarises that the leak demonstrates that "we must push to have drafts released immediately. There is no justification for not doing so - they are not 'secret', since all parties can see it. The only ones who can't are the public, in whose name and for whose benefit they are supposedly being negotiated. That's truly a disgrace."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sent a letter to the National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asking whether the NSA was spying on the communications of organisations and individuals working for the public interest in U.S. trade policy.
"Since negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [...] and the [...] Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [...], are held in secret, it's even more unsettling that our private communications may have been intercepted and handed over to an executive agency that has been enthusiastic about allowing corporations to dictate its core policy agenda. We and our colleagues co-operate internationally to fight against opaque policy-making processes to ensure that all Internet users' rights are respected and upheld in these powerful bodies of international law."
The "Digital rights organization, La Quadrature du Net, published a leaked document this summer that gave us a glimpse of negotiators' plan to regulate the Internet and undermine users' right to privacy. It revealed how EU delegates intended to set new rules around liability for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the transfer and processing of users’ personal online data. There is no reason why such policies effecting users' right to privacy should be decided these secretive venues, which is why La Quadrature du Net has called for documents related to the TTIP negotiations be released to the public immediately."
Treaty negotiated in secret between 12 nations 'would trample over individual rights and free expression', says Julian Assange […]
WikiLeaks has released the draft text of a chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a multilateral free-trade treaty currently being negotiated in secret by 12 Pacific Rim nations.
The full agreement covers a number of areas, but the chapter published by WikiLeaks focuses on intellectual property rights, an area of law which has effects in areas as diverse as pharmaceuticals and civil liberties.
The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-national trade agreement the United States is negotiating in secret, seeks to export U.S.-styled intellectual-property rules abroad, according to a leaked chapter of the deal WikiLeaks published today. […]
The leak, which could not be immediately authenticated, is only of the chapter about intellectual property, dealing with copyright, trademarks and patents. It has not been officially released for public consumption. However, lobbyists or so-called “trade advisors” from all sectors of the economy, from Haliburton to Hollywood, have had limited access to the accord’s text. […]