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[TheIndependent] Any computer connected to the internet can be hacked by the US Government without a warrant, court rules

If a computer has a connection to the internet means no warrant is required for the US government to hack it, a Virginia court has ruled.
The judge angered privacy campaigners by reasoning that since no connected computer “is immune from invasion”, no user should ever expect their their activity to remain secret. [...]

[EurActiv] Privacy Shield agreement signed off despite vote abstentions

EU member states today (8 July) signed off on the controversial Privacy Shield agreement for data transfers to the US, locking down the final deal after the European Commission haggled for months with the US over legal details.

Four out of 28 EU diplomats abstained from the final vote. The Commission instructed diplomats not to publicly state how they voted. [...]

Schrems already said he would challenge Privacy Shield in court as well because the deal doesn’t have strict enough privacy safeguards. [...]

[TheVerge] President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden before leaving office

[TheVerge] President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden before leaving office

For the last three years, one month, and seven days, Edward Snowden has been living in exile from the United States. [...]

[TheGuardian] Russia passes 'Big Brother' anti-terror laws

[TheGuardian] Russia passes 'Big Brother' anti-terror laws

Russia’s parliament has passed harsh anti-terrorism measures that human rights campaigners including the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden say will roll back personal freedoms and privacy [...].

[Arstechnica] US government asks to join key EU Facebook privacy case brought by Schrems

[Arstechnica] US government asks to join key EU Facebook privacy case brought by Schrems

The US government has asked to be joined as a party in the Irish High Court case between the Austrian privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems, and the social network Facebook. In a press release, Schrems called this "an unusual move" [...].

[TheIntercept] Appeals Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Cellphone-Privacy Advocates

Courts across the country are grappling with a key question for the information age: When law enforcement asks a company for cellphone records to track location data in an investigation, is that a search under the Fourth Amendment?

By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday ruled that it is not — and therefore does not require a warrant. [...]

[Arstechnica] EU-US Privacy Shield isn’t actually a shield says EU privacy chief

[Arstechnica] EU-US Privacy Shield isn’t actually a shield says EU privacy chief

In a move that has surprised no one, Europe’s privacy chief has slammed the planned EU-US agreement to facilitate the flow of personal data across the Atlantic [...].

[ArsTechnica] EU data protection chief: We have serious concerns about Privacy Shield

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The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will issue his opinion on the controversial Privacy Shield proposals on Monday and negotiators shouldn't expect an easy ride.

Speaking at the presentation of the EDPS annual report on Tuesday, Giovanni Buttarelli said that his view was “in full synergy with the A29 working group opinion” that was issued last month. [...]

[TheIntercept] The Intercept is broadening access to the Snowden archive, here is why

As time has gone on, The Intercept has sought out new ways to get documents from the archive into the hands of the public, consistent with the public interest as originally conceived. [...] Today, The Intercept is announcing two innovations in how we report on and publish these materials. [...]

[TheIntercept] Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years

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The director of national intelligence on Monday blamed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for advancing the development of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption“As a result of the Snowden revelations, the onset of commercial encryption has accelerated by seven years,” James Clapper said during a breakfast for journalists hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. [...]

[ArsTechnica] Privacy Shield doesn’t do enough to curtail US surveillance, say EU data watchdogs

Exceptions in the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield framework that would allow the US to carry out mass surveillance of EU citizens are "not acceptable," the Article 29 Working Party of EU data protection authorities said today in a press conference.

[WashingtonPost] Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study

A new study shows that knowledge of government surveillance causes people to self-censor their dissenting opinions online. The research offers a sobering look at the oft-touted "democratizing" effect of social media and Internet access that bolsters minority opinion. [...]

[CSMonitor] With or without evidence, terrorism fuels combustible encryption debate

The encryption issue has become indelibly linked to the broader debate in Europe, the US, and South America over how to balance individual liberties with matters of national security and law enforcement. [...] In France, the amendment that lawmakers will debate is part of the omnibus Digital Republic bill that passed the lower house of France’s parliament earlier this year. [...]

[Computing] GCHQ admits £1bn spend on cyber security 'hasn’t worked'

GCHQ is losing the cyber security war, according to director of cyber security at CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) Alex Dewedney, who admitted that, despite a £1bn spend over the past five years, "the bottom line is it hasn't worked". [...]

"We can't just pass information on threats to businesses and tell them to go and deal with it themselves," said Dewedney, who added that 90 per cent of UK enterprises suffered cyber security breaches last year.