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Prism, Tempora... and ECtHR?

3 July, 2013
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Deutsch: Prism, Tempora ... und der EGMR?


By revealing documents about Prism US surveillance programme, Snowden, the former American National Security Agency (NSA) employee, seems to have opened a Pandora box.

The Washington Statement – In support of data protection

3 July, 2013
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Privacy advocates from North America and Europe met last week in Washington, DC to participate in the Computers, Freedom & Privacy (CFP) conference 2013 and to discuss transatlantic cooperation on privacy and data protection issues.

The Spanish Police might use spying Trojans on individuals’ computers

19 June, 2013
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Deutsch: Spanien: Staatlicher Trojaner könnte künftig Privat-Computer ausspio...


A draft Criminal Procedure Code issued by the Spanish Ministry of Justice, authorises the police to install trojans on computers from surveyed individuals.

According to Article 350 of the proposed draft, prosecutors may ask the judge for “the installation of a software that allows the remote examination and without knowledge of the owner, of the content in computers, electronic devices, computer systems, instruments of massive storage or databases.” The measure is meant for cr

US agencies have unlimited access to Internet data

19 June, 2013
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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

EDRi letter to the US Embassy on PRISM

19 June, 2013
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Deutsch: PRISM: EDRi-Schreiben an US-Botschafter


On 18 June 2013, EDRi delivered the following letter in a frank exchange of views with the US Embassy on PRISM & data protection:

European Digital Rights would like to thank you for the invitation to meet with you today.

PRISM explains the wider lobbying issues surrounding EU data protection reform

10 June, 2013
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The European Commission's Communication on Cloud Computing (pdf) forecasts a spend of 45 billion Euro on such services in the EU in 2020. The stakes are therefore huge for the countries and regions that can show themselves to be trustworthy for the processing of both personal and business data.

With no comprehensive federal privacy legislation and spying measures like the PATRIOT Act and FISAAA in place, the starting position of the US administration and industry is clearly very weak.

Viviane Reding dismantles UK's arguments against effective data protection

10 June, 2013
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On 6 June 2013, European Commission Vice-President Vivane Reding responded to a letter sent to her two days earlier by Chris Grayling MP, UK Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Her letter surgically dismantles the lobby-driven analysis of the data protection debate from the UK.

Will the new data protection rules be even weaker than the old ones?

5 June, 2013
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: [Wird das neue Datenschutzgesetz schlechter als das alte?

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