The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
The battle over online privacy, and how personal data should be treated as it moves over the Internet, is being fought between the US and EU points of view in multiple ways. There is the EU's Data Protection Regulation, currently grinding its way through the legislative process; there are the discussions about the NSA's spying program, and how it impacts Europeans; and finally, there are various court cases involving US companies and the personal data of EU citizens. One of these is in the UK, where The Telegraph reports that an important decision has been handed down [...]
Google has said it will appeal, so it's too early to tell what the impact of the UK court's decision will be. But if it is allowed to stand, it will create a hugely important precedent for future legal actions against US companies providing services involving the handling of personal data in the EU.
A recently published study of 2,000 French Internet users found that the widely-publicized "three strikes" law hasn't had much effect on how pirates get their content.
[...] The study found some evidence that determined pirates who are more well-informed about the law may have shifted away from using P2P networks and towards other methods of illegally sharing content, like "direct downloading" sites and newsgroup
[...] The Hadopi agency has proved unpopular in France. The government there has already backed off the biggest penalty—cutting off Internet access for habitual pirates. Funding for the agency has also been cut.
The EU's revamped data protection law will not be adopted before the European Parliament elections with several member states seeking to weaken it. [...]
German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who is steering the regulation through parliament, said the timetable aims at a mandate for negotiations in June and the beginning of inter-instutitional negotiations in July.
[...] Bitcloud aims to harness the same methods used to mine Bitcoins, to provide services currently controlled by internet service providers (ISPs) and corporations. [...]
Individuals would perform tasks such as storing, routing and providing bandwidth, in return for payment.[...]
Just as Bitcoin miners provide computing power and are rewarded for solving complex mathematical equations with the virtual currency, so individual net users would be rewarded based on how much bandwidth they contribute to the Bitcloud network. [...]
European IT security experts are divided on the success of cyber security, it emerged at the 6th International Forum on Cyber Security in Lille, France. [...]
According to [Jérémie] Zimmermann [co-founder of the Paris-based La Quadrature du Net], one of the main reasons cyber security has failed is that individual users of technology and online services have not been put at the heart of security.
He said trust had been lost because service providers have been abusing user data for their own gain, while governments have invested in mass surveillance and offensive cyber capabilities.
“Revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) sabotaged technology by inserting back doors has weakened our relationship with technology,” he said. [...]
Zimmermann used the opportunity to call for free and open technology as the only way forward. “Citizens must take over control of technology, rather than being controlled by it,” he said.
A filter designed to catch porn and adult content inadvertently blocked a game update which contained the letters 's-e-x'.
The firewall being operated by the UK's biggest internet service providers as part of David Cameron's child internet safety campaign has blocked an update of an online video game due which unintentionally included the letters "s-e-x" in its web address.
The update to online strategy game League of Legends was disrupted by the internet filter because the software attempted to access files that accidentally include the word “sex” in the middle of their file names. [...] files named VarusExpirationTimer.luaobj and XerathMageChainsExtended.luaobj (emphasis added) were enough to trigger a block at the internet service provider level.
The EU Trade Commissioner has "announced his decision to consult the public on the investment provisions of a future EU-US trade deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The decision follows unprecedented public interest in the talks."
But, Glyn Moody writes, the Commission "is still assuming that the question is how to make ISDS [investor-state dispute settlement] better, rather than asking whether we need it."
He argues that, "one of the reasons that the European Commission likes to claim we "must" have ISDS in TAFTA/TTIP is that it will set a precedent for future agreements with China and elsewhere.
The European Commission has launched three months of public consultations about a planned EU-U.S. trade deal to allay concerns that it will undermine EU members' rights to set laws on public safety or the environment.
[...] Consumer and environmental groups and some EU lawmakers have been particularly critical of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS), a provision allowing foreign companies to bring claims against a country if it breaches a trade treaty.
Concern about privacy, and frustration over censorship and content blocking is driving millions to use anonymity tools.
Globally, 56% of those surveyed by GlobalWebIndex reported that they felt the internet is eroding their personal privacy, with an estimated 415 million people or 28% of the online population using tools to disguise their identity or location.
[...] GWI found that 11% of all users claim to use Tor, the most high profile for anonymising internet access. [...] On these figures, Tor could be regularly used by as many as 45.13 million people. Its biggest userbase appears to be in Indonesia, where 21% of respondents said they used the tool, followed by 18% in Vietnam and 15% in India.
Germany and the US appear to be edging closer to political confrontation. The Federal Prosecutor says there is sufficient evidence to open a politically explosive investigation into NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.