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[Arstechnica] Cops' use of facial recognition technology expands north of the border

The article writes that the use of facial technology by law enforcement is spreading fast, but that there are many doubts about its effectiveness and how public bodies will use the information gathered.

Privacy advocated, it writes, "remain concerned that facial recognition technology will become deployed too widely, too fast, and with too few restrictions as to how and where the facial data is kept."

As an example, the article points out that "Vigilant Solutions, the California company that maintains the [US'] nation’s largest private license plate reader database announced last month a mobile app for police officers to scan license plates and faces with just the tap of a button."

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/more-police-departments-are-u...

[EUobserver] Belgian and French copyright laws ban photos of EP buildings

[...] The EU’s 2001 information society directive contains a clause that says photos of architectural projects in public spaces can be taken free of charge. [...] But the clause is optional. France, Belgium and Italy decided not to transpose it into national law. [...]

People can now take photos of the Eiffel tower during the day but not at night. This is because the architect has been dead so long that the copyright rules no longer apply. But they have since installed lights.

http://euobserver.com/justice/126375

[TheGuardian] Spyware exports will need a licence under new EU rules

[...] Officially referred to as “intrusion software”, the software will now be included on the EU’s list of “dual use” items, defined as “goods, software and technology normally used for civilian purposes but which might have military applications or contribute to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

The restriction means that companies will have to apply for a licence to export spyware, although it doesn’t affect the sale of the software within the UK. Inclusion on the dual-use list places the technology alongside nuclear reactors, ultra-high-resolution cameras, and rocket fuel. [...]

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/06/spyware-exports-licenc...

[Slate] FCC's net neutrality trial balloon should never fly.

[...] FCC [Federal Communications Commission] Chairman Tom Wheeler is floating a “trial balloon” for its net neutrality rule. If the reports are accurate, the proposal would ignore 3.7 million comments that almost unanimously urge the FCC to ban fast and slow lanes and to adopt straightforward, solid legal authority[...]. In addition to ignoring the public, it would also ignore dozens of senators and members of Congress in Wheeler’s own party, not to mention the president who appointed him. [...]

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/11/fcc_s_net_...

[TheGuardian] Net neutrality advocates to protest against 'hybrid' FCC solution in dozens of cities

Protests planned outside White House and in other cities in ongoing battle over creation of internet ‘fast lanes’ by cable and telecoms companies [...]

What President Obama’s FCC chair is reportedly pushing is not a compromise, it’s a sham. Nearly four million internet users submitted comments to the FCC against having fast and slow lanes on the internet, but this proposal explicitly opens the door for them. Worse, it’s based in overly complicated and untested legal theories that are likely to fail in court,” said Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future which is organising the campaign alongside Popular Resistance, Free Press and Reddit. [...]

Net neutrality’s defenders want the internet to be regulated under Title II of the Communications Act – a move that would classify the service as a “common carrier” and give the FCC the power to stop cable companies introducing “unreasonable discrimination” and ensure they work “in the public interest”. Cable companies argue such a move would hamper innovation by tying the industry in red tape. [...]

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/05/net-neutrality-protest...

[TheGuardian] GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice'

New director of UK eavesdropping agency accuses US tech firms of becoming ‘networks of choice’ for terrorists [...]

Robert Hannigan said a new generation of freely available technology has helped groups like Islamic State (Isis) to hide from the security services and accuses major tech firms of being “in denial”, going further than his predecessor in seeking to claim that the leaks of Edward Snowden have aided terror networks. [...]

Among the advocates of privacy protection who reacted to Hannigan’s comments, the deputy director of Privacy International, Eric King, said: “It’s disappointing to see GCHQ’s new director refer to the internet – the greatest tool for innovation, access to education and communication humankind has ever known – as a command-and-control network for terrorists.” [...]

Jillian York, director of international free expression at EFF said: “A special “deal” between governments and companies isn’t necessary - law enforcement can conduct open source intelligence on publicly-posted content on social networks, and can already place legal requests with respect to users. Allowing governments special access to private content is not only a violation of privacy, it may also serve to drive terrorists underground, making the job of law enforcement even more difficult.” [...]

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/03/privacy-gchq-spying-rober...

[TorrentFreak] MPAA Lobbies Lawmakers On Internet Tax And Net Neutrality

Every year the MPAA spends millions of dollars in Washington to guarantee their anti-piracy interests are secured. In the most recent quarter the Hollywood group added several of its topics to the agenda of U.S. lawmakers, including Internet tax and net neutrality. […]

The MPAA’s most recent lobbying disclosure form (pdf) has added several new topics that weren’t on the agenda last quarter. Among other issues, the movie group lobbied the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on Internet tax, net neutrality and online service provider liability. […]

Net neutrality for example. While the MPAA hasn’t got involved publicly in the recent net neutrality discussions, it clearly has something to tell to lawmakers. The Hollywood group most likely wants to assure that its anti-piracy efforts aren’t hindered by future legislation. […]

http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-lobbies-lawmakers-internet-tax-net-neutrali...

[NYTimes] Europe Shifts on Priorities for Telecoms

[...] the [EU]’s top policy makers [are set to give] investment and costlier [telecom] services higher priorities than affordability and antitrust worries.

The details of their plans are expected take shape now that a new European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, began its five-year term on Saturday.

The commission’s new digital chiefs recently expressed support for plans that would loosen the region’s strict rules on telecom mergers.

“Concentration in the telecom market gives space for business models that limit online freedom,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature de Net, a consumer advocacy group based in Paris. [...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/03/technology/europe-shifts-on-priorities...

[Arstechnica] Copyright Office to consider 6th round of exemptions for dodging DRM

Since 1998, breaking most types of digital locks, often called Digital Rights Management (DRM), is against the law. [...]

[...] Every three years, the Copyright Office accepts petitions on what activities should get an "exemption" under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The sixth tri-annual rulemaking is now upon us, and the deadline is this Monday, November 3. [...]

Past exemptions have only been granted a handful of times. In the last round, for example, exemptions were granted for things like using short clips of DVDs for use in documentaries or for making educational clips. [...]

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/10/drm-blocking-your-new-project...

[TheNation] Edward Snowden: A 'Nation' Interview

An interview of Edward Snowden by the leftist US American paper The Nation. The first few questions are very mundane but quickly the interview zeroes in on questions on political movements, including Occupy Wallstreet, and an exploration of historical and other related processes.

http://www.thenation.com/print/article/186129/snowden-exile-exclusive-in...

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