[TheGuardian] GCHQ's surveillance of two human rights groups ruled illegal by tribunal

Initial interceptions lawful but retention and examination of communications illegal, rules IPT in case brought following Edward Snowden revelations
[...]

[FirstLook] France Targeted by NSA Spies and Parliament Passes Surveillance Law

PARIS — On Wednesday, France woke up to find that the National Security Agency had been snooping on the phones of its last three presidents. [...]

Net Neutrality: Trialogue betrayed European Parliament's vote

UPDATE 20 JULY 2015 : Final version of the regulation (including recitals)

Paris, 30 June 2015 – After months of negotiations behind closed doors between the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament (trialogue), the very positive text on Net Neutrality adopted by the European Parliament in April 2014 has become more ambiguous and weaker. Net Neutrality deserves more guarantees and La Quadrature du Net is regretting a third-rate agreement.

EU Parliament must defend Net Neutrality against pressure from Member States

Paris, 29 June 2015 — The Council of the European Union is looking to remove all reference to Net Neutrality in the regulation of telecommunications. While the Council has always refused to take a step towards a compromise, it has been looking for several weeks to put the responsibility for the failure of the negotiations on the European Parliament. Thus, it is with bad faith that the Council is taking on this 4th trialogue today ; with their aim to make the Parliament to give in.

[TheGuardian] Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US

Study finds significant degradations of networks for five largest ISPs, including AT&T and Time Warner, representing 75% of all wireline households in US [...]

The findings come weeks after the Federal Communications Commission introduced new rules meant to protect “net neutrality” – the principle that all data is equal online – and keep ISPs from holding traffic speeds for ransom. [...]

French Surveillance Bill: LQDN Files an Amicus Brief to the Constitutional Court

Paris, 25 June, 2015 — This morning, La Quadrature du Net, French Data Network and the FDN Federation filed an amicus brief to the French Constitutional Court against the Surveillance Act that was just adopted yesterday by the Parliament. The three organizations, who have opposed the French Surveillance Bill since its adoption by the government on March 19th, will now continue their fight against this dangerous law in court.

Is the Council Selling Our Personal Data to Private Companies?

Paris, 24 June 2015 — Ongoing for many months, a new stage of trialogue negotiations1 on the future EU regulation regarding the protection of personal data is starting today. The document published last 8th June shows that the EU Council is trying to eradicate most of the dispositions protecting citizens from the final text. Even if it is still too weak, citizens' representatives must stay firm and keep the position adopted by the European Parliament on 12 March 2014.

  • 1. Negotiations behind closed doors carried on by delegates of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union

France in the Era of Mass Surveillance! We must resist!

Paris, 24 June 2015 — It's a sad day for freedom! French representatives just adopted the French Surveillance Law. As an ironic echo to the recent WikiLeaks revelations about NSA spying on French political authorities, this vote calls for a new type of resistance for citizens.

Letter to S&D and ALDE MEPs: Stand Up for Net Neutrality

Paris, 24 June 2015 — Negotiations on Net Neutrality between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union (trialogue) started on 11 March in order to settle an agreement on the final regulation. Political groups send few representatives to the trialogue but political groups do not necessarily adopt it and compromise with a text that does not respect main democratic values. Citizens shall urgently call all S&D and ALDE Members of European Parliament (MEPs), who are about to decide, in the next days, of their group positions, and urge them to resist against a text that would infringe fundamental rights and liberties of any European citizen. La Quadrature has sent MEPs the following letter.

French Surveillance Bill: a Major Defeat for Liberties

Paris, 19 June 2015 — The Commission Mixte Paritaire — a joint parliamentary committee responsible for reaching a compromise between the lower and upper house — met on 16th June to reach an agreement on the final version on the Surveillance Bill, between the version approved by the National Assembly on 5th May, and the one approved by the Senate on 9th June. However, a last minute change modified deeply the spirit of the Bill and its application on French territory. La Quadrature du Net regrets this umpteenth anti-democratic procedure and renews its call to French representatives to reject this text during the final vote on the 23rd and 24th June.

Newsletter #65

Salut à toutes et à tous !

Voici la newsletter 65 de La Quadrature du Net !

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L'activité de La Quadrature du Net

RECOURS CONTRE LES DÉCRETS D'APPLICATION DE LA LPM

Envoyé fin février 2015, le recours contre le décret d'application de la Loi de programmation militaire présenté conjointement par la Fédération FDN, French Data Network et La Quadrature du Net a été transféré par le Conseil d'État au Conseil Constitutionnel. Cela signifie que le Conseil d'État a considéré que notre questionnement était nouveau et présentait un caractère sérieux. Il faut maintenant attendre la décision du Conseil Constitutionnel.

En résumé, le recours se base sur une la possibilité de la police d'avoir accès aux « données de connexion » dans le chapitre « informations et documents ». La question est de savoir si « informations et documents » recouvre un champ plus large que « données de connexion ». En séance au Sénat sur le projet de loi sur le renseignement, Jean-Yves Le Drian a refusé un amendement remplaçant « informations et documents » par « données de connexion » en étant assez flou sur la définition des deux et en considérant qu'il n'y avait pas lieu de se poser la question. Pourtant le Conseil d'État estime qu'il y a un doute. Le problème est donc de savoir où se trouve la limite entre « données de connexion » et « informations et documents » et ce que recouvrent chacun des termes.

Cela entre aussi en compte dans le cadre de la protection des activités des journalistes (protection des sources) et des avocats (protection des clients), puisque l'accès aux données de connexion ne permet pas d'identifier une profession protégée sans lever son anonymat.

PROJET DE LOI RENSEIGNEMENT

Le projet de loi relatif au renseignement a été adopté par les deux chambres du Parlement et sera définitivement adopté par l'Assemblée nationale le 24 juin prochain (la date du Sénat n'a pas encore été communiquée).

Malgré une opposition proportionnellement un peu plus marquée qu'à l'Assemblée nationale, le vote des sénateurs a rejoint celui des députés le 5 mai dernier pour adopter un texte dénoncé comme dangereux par une part importante des défenseurs des libertés, des syndicats, des magistrats et avocats, des journalistes et malgré une opposition argumentée et transpartisane au sein même du Parlement.

La commission mixte paritaire qui réunira, d'ici quelques jours, un groupe de députés et de sénateurs pour harmoniser le texte en vue de son adoption définitive ne pourra donc que valider une loi qui :

  • étend largement le champ d'action du renseignement ;
  • légalise massivement les pratiques illégales des services ;
  • instaure des techniques de surveillance de masse ;
  • crée une commission de contrôle des interceptions sans réel pouvoir.

NEUTRALITÉ DU NET

Les institutions législatives européennes ne sont toujours pas arrivées à un accord concernant la neutralité du Net. En effet, le dernier trilogue (procédure législative rassemblant le Parlement européen, le Conseil de l'Union Européenne ainsi que la Commission européenne) du 2 juin, n'a pas permis aux différentes parties de trouver une entente.

Dans sa version du texte, le Conseil a tout simplement effacé la définition de la neutralité du Net qui a été adoptée au Parlement européen. Le combat pour un Internet libre et ouvert n'est donc pas terminé. Le Conseil et la Commission essaient d'obtenir du Parlement européen qu'il abandonne la définition de neutralité du Net et les socialistes sont actuellement assez divisés sur ce point.

EN INTERNE

La Quadrature du Net accueille deux nouvelles personnes dans son équipe. Lucie Havard, qui assistera Agnès dans l'analyse juridique, ainsi que Sephora Bellune qui s'occupera de l'administration de l'association. Bienvenue à elles !

Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age

Paris, 18 June 2015 — The undersigned civil society organizations (including La Quadrature du Net) and independent experts work to promote human rights and press freedom online. We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication (A/HRC/29/32), which was presented at the UN Human Rights Council on June 17.

French Surveillance Bill: Public Liberties Abandoned as Senators Cast Disastrous Vote

Paris, 9 June 2015 – The Surveillance Bill was adopted today by the French Senate with 251 votes for, 68 against and 26 abstentions. This bill was fast tracked and discussed under the pressure of a government wielding the argument of an extreme terrorist risk to impose massive spying of the French population with expansive purposes. It will put France under a surveillance all at once diffuse, intrusive, indiscriminate and without effective control. La Quadrature du Net bitterly regrets the blindness of the French Parliamentarians and calls on citizens not to give up on their liberties.

EU Commission Tries to Rip Citizens Off Net Neutrality

Paris, 8 June 2015 — The European Commission attacks Net Neutrality again, by introducing a “compromise document” that refuses to enshrine a definition of this crucial principle into the law. A strong coalition including the EU Council, the European Commission and a handful of MEPs is working against the general interest by including loopholes that will be used by the telecom lobby to circumvent the proposed protections against discrimination, thereby undermining fundamental rights and innovation.

First Victory for Citizens against Surveillance: French Military Planning Act before Constitutional Court!

Paris, 5 June 2015 — The French Council of State published today its decision to refer of the Question Prioritaire de Constitutionalité (Prioritary Question of Constitutionality1) brought by the FDN Federation, French Data Network and La Quadrature du Net against the article 20 of the 2014-2019 Military Planning Act voted in 2013. This decision is fundamental in the fight against generalised surveillance and the access to connection data by French intelligence services. It takes an important place in the current debates on the French Intelligence Bill.

  • 1. The QPC is a procedure in French Law system to control the constitutionality of the laws after they are promulgated.
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