Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[RT] Hackers sue Merkel & entire German govt over NSA spying

Europe’s largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens’ privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in cooperation with the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) filed the complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor General's office on Monday.

http://rt.com/news/hackers-sue-german-government-584/

[TechDirt] French Surveillance Programs Eerily Echo The NSA's, Right Down To Codifying Unconstitutional Collections

[...] When news broke of the NSA acquiring millions of metadata records from French phone companies, the response from the French government seemed like little more than an attempt to shift the focus off its own PRISM-esque collection programs.

[Information] For the NSA, espionage was a means to strengthen the US position in climate negotiations

At the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, the world's nations were supposed to reach an agreement that would protect future generations against catastrophic climate change. But not everyone was playing by the rules. A leaked document now reveals that the US employed the NSA, its signals intelligence agency, to intercept information about other countries' views on the climate negotiations before and during the summit. According to observers, the spying may have contributed to the Americans getting their way in the negotiations [...]

[TheGuardian] Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

[...] The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

[Techdirt] European Court Of Human Rights Fast-tracks Case Against GCHQ; More Organizations Launch Legal Challenges To UK Spying

The European Court of Human Rights has fast-tracked "a legal action that a group of digital rights activists had brought against GCHQ, alleging that the UK's mass online surveillance programs have breached the privacy of tens of millions of people across the UK and Europe." [...]

Any hopes the UK government may have had that the case would amble slowly through the legal system until people had forgotten about it have now been dashed. [...]

[EUObserver] EU data bill delayed until after May elections

The EU's revamped data protection law will not be adopted before the European Parliament elections with several member states seeking to weaken it. [...]

German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who is steering the regulation through parliament, said the timetable aims at a mandate for negotiations in June and the beginning of inter-instutitional negotiations in July.

http://euobserver.com/justice/122853

[TheGuardian] Privacy tools used by 28% of the online world, research finds

Concern about privacy, and frustration over censorship and content blocking is driving millions to use anonymity tools.

Globally, 56% of those surveyed by GlobalWebIndex reported that they felt the internet is eroding their personal privacy, with an estimated 415 million people or 28% of the online population using tools to disguise their identity or location.

[Golem][de] Netzneutralität und Datenschutz : Reformen kommen nicht mehr vor Europawahlen

Die entscheidenden Internet-Verordnungen der EU werden nicht mehr vor den Europawahlen verabschiedet. Die EU-Länder hätten die Chance auf eine Einigung "beerdigt", sagte der Grünen-Politiker Albrecht zu Golem.de. [...]

[TheGuardian] NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

The National Security Agency [NSA] has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.

[...] The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in the UK.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/nsa-collects-millions-text-...

[NewScientist] Nest thermostat acquisition is Google's home invasion

On Monday, Google announced the second-biggest acquisition in its history. The tech giant shelled out $3.2 billion for smart-thermostat manufacturer Nest Labs of Palo Alto, California. [...]

[Spiegel] US German No Spy Deal in Danger of Failure

Last summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her citizens a pact which would prohibit US spying on German citizens. But since then, Washington has shown little interest in pursuing such a treaty. Now, officials in Germany fear the deal is dead. [...]

[Share2013] Technology that liberates. Technology that controls. – Jérémie Zimmermann

Talks that Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson and cofounder of La Quadrature du Net, gave at the Share Conference, in July 2013.

http://www.shareconference.net/en/talk/technology-liberates-technology-c...

[Arstechnica] Report: NSA bulk metadata collection has "no discernible impact"

A new paper published Monday by the New America Foundation demonstrably destroys the US government claim that bulk metadata collection is useful. [...]

The study concluded that “traditional investigative methods,” including the use of informants, community/family tips, are actually far more effective.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/report-nsa-bulk-metadata-coll...

[DW] Erdogan pushing Internet censorship forward

[The Turkish government] submitted a bill to parliament this week that would allow authorities to block specific websites and keep a record of users' Internet activities for up to two years. [...]