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TPP may be worse than ACTA

20 November, 2013

A version of 30 August 2013 of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) draft confirms previously expressed concerns that the negotiating parties are prepared to expand the reach of intellectual property rights to the detriment of consumer rights and data protection.

US agencies have unlimited access to Internet data

19 June, 2013

According to documents obtained by The Washington Post and the Guardian, NSA and FBI are extracting e-mails, photographs, documents, video and audio chats directly from the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, within a programme called PRISM which has not been made public until now.

As one of the documents mentions, the companies in question are: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.

The British equivalent of NSA, GCHQ appears to gather the same type of data from the same companies, through PRISM which allows them to circumvent the formal British legal process for obtaining personal material such as emails, photos and videos from an internet company based outside of the country.

Also, an anonymous source from within t

Russia ratifies CoE Convention 108 on data protection

22 May, 2013

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Deutsch: Russland ratifiziert die Datenschutz-Konvention 108 des Europarats

The Russian Federation strengthened its commitment to the protection of personal data by ratifying, on 15 May 2013, the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, also known as “Convention 108”.

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland received Russia´s instrument of accession from Alexander Alekseev, the Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe.

The Conventi

WCIT: what happened and what it means for the Internet

19 December, 2012

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Deutsch: WCIT: Was passiert ist und was es für das Internet bedeutet

After two weeks of intensive negotiations, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) adopted the revised International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), a controversial treaty, which has been viewed by many as an attempt by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Member States to take over the Internet.

The conference has been hailed as a success by the ITU with 89 Member States signing the treaty.

Privacy rights as a global challenge

7 November, 2012

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Deutsch: Datenschutz als globale Herausforderung

With more than 100 on-site participants and almost 4000 remote attendees through the live webcast, the 2012 Public Voice Conference was, this year again, a full success.

Lawless, unproven filtering and blocking of content as “best practice”

26 October, 2012

On Monday of next week (29 October, 2012), the European Union and the United States will have a “summit” (draft agenda) on “Exchange of Best Practices for Child Protection Online”. In the course of that meeting, the question of measures to prevent “re-uploading of the content” will be discussed. Both the European Commission and the United States appear to think that widespread, suspicionless upload filtering is “best practice”.

ENDitorial: The ETNO's WCIT proposals are not as bad as some say

10 October, 2012

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Deutsch: ENDitorial: Der WCIT-Vorschlag der ETNO ist nicht so schlimm wie manch...

Many people have criticised the ETNO's proposals for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), arguing that these would significantly damage net neutrality. These criticisms are not entirely correct – because ETNO's proposals are far worse. ETNO's proposals would squeeze every ounce of innovation and competition out of global Internet networks.

Some governments want more control over the Internet via ITU

29 August, 2012

There has lately been controversy over proposals made by several countries, such as Russia and China, to give more control over the Internet to the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Key functions of the internet as naming, numbering, addressing and identification are now carried out by ICANN, based in the US independent IANA, and national and regional agencies. Presently, ITU has some managing powers of the internet, such as promoting IPv6 awareness and coordinating international cybersecurity efforts. ITU’s international telecommunications regulations (ITRS), a treaty dating since 1988 (therefore before the existence of the web) are now under discussions to be revised and therefore, several parties have made proposals for the revision of the regulations.

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