The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
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The French National Assembly has adopted a bill allowing the authorities to access and gather internet user data without judicial approval. The bill has been slammed by activists as going “against the principles of democracy.”
The legislation is part of the 2014-2019 Defense Appropriation Legislatures. Article 13 of the bill expands French powers to monitor and collect internet user data in real time without judicial oversight. It requires internet services providers (ISPs) and content hosting companies such as Dailymotion and YouTube to feed lawmakers with details of user activities. […]
As well as being a victim of the NSA’s spying programs, the French government also collaborated with the American spy agency, handing over data gathered abroad. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the NSA had gathered unprecedented amounted of metadata in France, recording around 70 million phone calls between December 2012 and January 2013. […]
This article by Glyn Moody focuses on the inequality of access to decision makers in the process of formulating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
"[...] the vast disparity in influence that exists between the rich and powerful who already have an inside track to TAFTA/TTIP officials, and the hundreds of millions of people in whose name the negotiations are supposedly being held, will be made even greater by events such as the one taking place in Brussels next year. That's not the fault of the conference organizers, of course, but it's certainly is the fault of the US and EU politicians that mouth platitudes about TAFTA/TTIP's transparency while failing to put into practice", he concludes.
Jeremie from La Quadrature du Net writes, "Yesterday the 2014-2019 defense bill passed first reading in the French National Assembly. It marks a strong shift towards total online surveillance. If passed, the bill will not only allow live monitoring of everyone's personal and private data but also do so without judicial oversight, as the surveillance will be enabled through administrative request. The bill also turns permanent measures that were only temporary."
"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."
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.[...]