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[TechDirt] European Parliament Study Likely To Boost Legal Challenges To Blanket Data Retention In Europe

Back in April last year, we wrote about a surprising and hugely important ruling by Europe's top court that the framework for data retention in Europe -- the Data Retention Directive -- was "invalid". That was largely because it allowed data retention on a scale that was disproportionate. But an interesting question that arises from that decision is: if the Directive itself is invalid, where does that leave all the EU agreements and laws that require data to be retained? What exactly is their legal status now that the Directive has been struck down? Are they invalid too? [...]

[Vice] Were 11 Spanish Anarchists Arrested for Using Secure Email?

In mid-December, 11 Spanish anarchists were arrested by Catalan police in Barcelona, and it now appears they were detained at least in part because they were using an encrypted suite of secure communication tools known as At the moment, seven of them are still waiting to stand trial. No formal charges have been made public. […]

More details are sure to come out, but for now, the Spanish government isn't talking. Lawyers for those detained maintain the group's innocence. And with little transparency in the whole process so far, it's unfortunately looking like using secure internet services can make you a target. […]

[Arstechnica] AT&T has 10 businesses paying for data cap exemptions, and wants more

A year after AT&T started charging businesses to deliver data without counting against customers' mobile data caps, the wireless carrier has 10 companies signed up and is hunting for more.

Those 10 businesses represent a larger number of companies and services, because some have created their own platforms based on AT&T's "Sponsored Data" that can be used by third parties. AT&T CMO David Christopher said in an interview with FierceWireless that the company is "very bullish" on Sponsored Data and thinks it will spur new business models for companies delivering data to AT&T customers. […]

[Huffingtonpost] Technical Observations About Recent Internet Censorship In India

Two weeks ago, on 17th December 2014, the Government of India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology issued an order to all licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block access to 32 websites, effective immediately. Not only did the ban affect access to popular cultural sites such as,,, but the order also blocked access to sites like,, which are useful for all sorts of people but are especially popular with software developers. […]

The Ministry's order was issued following a request from the Mumbai police's Anti-Terrorism Squad on 15th November 2014. The police request argued that the targeted web services were being used for "Jihadi Propaganda" by "Anti-National groups", and were encouraging youth in the country to join organisations like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). […]

[Cio] Romanian version of EU cybersecurity directive allows warrantless access to data

More than a dozen Romanian non-governmental organizations are protesting new cybersecurity legislation passed by the parliament last week that would force businesses to provide the country’s national intelligence agencies with access to their data without a court warrant. […]

An amended version of the proposed NIS Directive was approved by the European Parliament in March. It requires member states to develop national cybersecurity strategies and appoint central authorities in charge of coordinating the response to cyberthreats and incidents. […]

Unlike the NIS Directive, which focuses on operators of critical infrastructure, the Romanian bill applies to all organizations, public or private, that own, administer, operate or use cyberinfrastructures. Cyberinfrastructure is defined in the law as “infrastructure in the field of information technology and communications, consisting of information systems, related applications, networks and electronic communication services.” […]

[ArsTechnica] BT, Sky, and Virgin “hijacking” browsers to push porn blocks

BT, Sky, virgin hijacking browsers to push porn blocks

Measures are "completely unnecessary, heavy handed," say Internet rights groups.

[...] BT, Sky, and Virgin Media are hijacking people's web connections to force customers to make a decision about family-friendly web filters. The move comes as the December deadline imposed by prime minister David Cameron looms, with ISPs struggling to get customers to say yes or no to the controversial adult content blocks.

The messages, which vary by ISP, appear during browser sessions when a user tries to access any website. BT, Sky,TalkTalk and Virgin Media are required to ask all their customers if they want web filters turned on or off, with the government saying it wants to create a "family friendly" Internet free from pornography, gambling, extreme violence and other content inappropriate for children. But the measures being taken by ISPs have been described as "completely unnecessary" and "heavy handed" by Internet rights groups. [...]

[OpenMedia] We won! Here are the top 3 ways Big Telecom will face financial penalties if they break the rules

we won

[...] [New powers] will allow the government to impose financial penalties on Big Telecom giants that break the rules and mistreat Canadians. And we’re talking BIG penalties: up to $10 million per infraction on a first offence, up to $15 million per infraction for subsequent offences.

The decision comes in response to a key request made by the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who participated in our crowdsourced Casting An Open Internet action plan. In the plan, we called on government to create powers that would allow them to level penalties against companies who violate rules designed to protect Canadian Internet users. [...]

[Arstechnica] "Shadowy" anti-net neutrality group flooded FCC with comments


"A shadowy organization with ties to the Koch Brothers" spearheaded an anti-net neutrality form letter writing campaign that tipped the scales against net neutrality proponents, according to an analysis released today by the Sunlight Foundation. […]

"In marked contrast to the first round, anti-net neutrality commenters mobilized in force for this round, and comprised the majority of overall comments submitted, at 60 percent," the Sunlight Foundation wrote. "We attribute this shift almost entirely to the form-letter initiatives of a single organization, American Commitment, who are single-handedly responsible for 56.5 percent of the comments in this round." […]

We previously wrote about the anti-net neutrality form letter campaign. The Sunlight Foundation describes American Commitment as "a 501(c)(4) social welfare group founded in 2011, [which] has gotten money from and given money to a variety of groups with ties to Charles and David Koch, mega-wealthy siblings who have underwritten many conservative campaigns and candidates." […]

[TheVerge] Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google

project goliath

SOPA was just the beginning. What is "Goliath" and why are Hollywood’s most powerful lawyers working to kill it? […]

At the beginning of this year, the MPAA and six studios — Universal, Sony, Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Disney — joined together to begin a new campaign against piracy on the web. A January 25th email lays out a series of legally and technically ambitious new tools, including new measures that would block infringing sites from reaching customers of many major ISPs. Documents reviewed by The Verge detail the beginning of a new plan to attack piracy after the federal SOPA efforts failed by working with state attorneys general and major ISPs like Comcast to expand court power over the way data is served. If successful, the result would fundamentally alter the open nature of the internet. […]

"We start from the premise that site blocking is a means to an end," says MPAA general counsel Steven Fabrizio. "There may be other equally effective measures ISPs can take, and that they might be more willing to take voluntarily." According to the email, the group has retained its own technical experts and is working with Comcast (which owns Universal) to develop techniques for blocking or identifying illegally shared files in transit. […]

[TheIntercept] Operation AURORAGOLD : How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide


[...] According to documents contained in the archive of material provided to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has spied on hundreds of companies and organizations internationally, including in countries closely allied to the United States, in an effort to find security weaknesses in cellphone technology that it can exploit for surveillance. [...]

[...] Codenamed AURORAGOLD, the covert operation has monitored the content of messages sent and received by more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cellphone network operators, intercepting confidential company planning papers that help the NSA hack into phone networks. [...]

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