Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[TechCrunch] The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling

A new report into U.S. consumers’ attitude to the collection of personal data has highlighted the disconnect between commercial claims that web users are happy to trade privacy in exchange for ‘benefits’ like discounts. On the contrary, it asserts that a large majority of web users are not at all happy, but rather feel powerless to stop their data being harvested and used by marketers. [...]

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[TheIntercept] U.N. Report Asserts Encryption as a Human Right in the Digital Age

Encryption is not the refuge of scoundrels, as Obama administration law-enforcement officials loudly proclaim – it is an essential tool needed to protect the right of freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age, a new United Nations report concludes. [...]

[WashingtonPost] As encryption spreads, U.S. grapples with clash between privacy, security

For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government access to encrypted data on smartphones and other digital devices, and is that even possible without compromising the security of law-abiding customers? [...]

[Re-publica] Fighting that Terminator in our Pockets

Have we become cyborgs? With chips, sensors and tactile surfaces prolongating our brains, nerves and fingers and beyond the romantic image of science-fiction, doesn't it appear that we we may have already merged with the machines?

[TheGuardian] How we sold our souls - and more - to the internet giants

From TVs that listen in on us to a doll that records your child’s questions, data collection has become both dangerously intrusive and highly profitable. Is it time for governments to act to curb online surveillance? [...]

[NYTimes] Lawmakers in France Move to Vastly Expand Surveillance

At a moment when American lawmakers are reconsidering the broad surveillance powers assumed by the government after Sept. 11, the lower house of the French Parliament took a long stride in the opposite direction Tuesday, overwhelmingly approving a bill that could give authorities their most intrusive domestic spying abilities ever, with almost no judicial oversight. […]

[Politico] Leaked digital single market’s ‘evidence file’ reveals Commission’s ambitions

Leaked copies of the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy and its supporting Evidence file show the European Commission is ready to propose vast regulatory reforms that could affect everything from sales taxes and e-privacy to Internet searches and big data. […]

[Reuters] EU executive plans no new data retention law

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The European Commission will not introduce a new law requiring telecom companies to store the communications data of European Union citizens for security purposes, the EU home affairs commissioner said on Thursday. […]

[BoingBoing] Cameron To Press Obama For Help Outlawing Encryption, Destroying Internet Freedom

UK PM David Cameron is reportedly seeking the cooperation of US president Barack Obama over Cameron's encryption crackdown. Cameron is expected to ask Obama to pressure US internet firms to work more closely with UK intelligence agencies. [...]

http://boingboing.net/2015/01/15/cameron-to-press-obama-for-hel.html

[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.

[EurActiv] TTIP elephants hiding behind ISDS

The controversy surrounding the inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is seen by some as a smokescreen for ideological opposition to the treaty, and is perceived as a way to divert attention from other likely hotspots in the negotiations. [...]