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Sexting: stupid, not criminal

Posted by Kevin on July 23, 2014

A young girl under the age of 18 has been cautioned by Nottinghamshire police for distributing an indecent picture of a child. The picture was a photo of her own breasts that she sent to her boyfriend; and she was a child because she was under 18 years of age. When the couple broke up, […]

GCHQ on trial and DRIP emergency data retention bill

Posted by Kevin on July 16, 2014

Coincidence? Only if the tooth fairy is real. In the same week in which Privacy International and other civil liberties groups are trying to force the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) to declare GCHQ internet spying activities illegal, prime minister Cameron is trying to force through parliament emergency new powers (DRIP) to make such activities legal. […]

Secret Service kidnaps son of Russian lawmaker

Posted by Kevin on July 14, 2014

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Roman Seleznev was arrested in Guam on hacking charges. He is the son of a Russian MP; and is accused of stealing and dealing in credit card details from US restaurants and small businesses. According to the Russian foreign ministry, Roman Seleznev could not have been in Guam […]

Chinese national Su Bin arrested for hacking Boeing

Posted by Kevin on July 13, 2014

News emerged on Friday that a Chinese national is being held in Canada on US charges that include being involved in hacking Boeing and stealing data on the C-17 military transport plane. The man is Su Bin. He is accused of working with two unnamed Chinese nationals who live in China. The accusation is that […]

Privacy International and GCHQ go head to head next week

Posted by Kevin on July 10, 2014

A new statement from Privacy International points out that from Monday 14 to Friday 18 next week, its action laid before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) challenging the legality of GCHQ surveillance (the Tempora program) will come to a head: Privacy International, along with Amnesty International, Liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, Pakistani organisation Bytes […]

Another jailing under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2014

The UK’s use of anti-terror laws has long been worrying. As soon as the authorities can classify any activity as terrorism or pertaining to national security, then human rights go out the window. Here’s a new example: A STUDENT is behind bars after he refused to hand over his computer password – despite a judge […]

Verizon tells porkies at loss of German contract

Posted by Kevin on June 30, 2014

At the end of last week, the German government announced that it would not be renewing its telecommunications contract with Verizon. According to Bloomberg, Verizon’s services won’t be retained because the German government now requires telecommunications providers signing new contracts to confirm they’re not legally obliged to share information with foreign governments, Johannes Dimroth, an […]

Holder says European privacy will be protected by US law

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2014

If the art of politics is to make it seem as if you are giving the people what they want, then the US and the EC are Masters. The people want Privacy. They do not have it in the current scheme of things. So the EC has publicly warned the US that unless it changes […]

In Our Sights Transatlantic takes down another 188 domains

Posted by Kevin on June 21, 2014

Operation In Our Sights (IOS) is a US law enforcement effort led by the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center designed to disrupt intellectual property violations in America. One of the most visible aspects of this project is the regular takedown of internet sites engaged in the sale of counterfeit goods. A major problem […]

EU/US safe harbour regime referred to the ECJ

Posted by Kevin on June 18, 2014

Irish Judge Hogan has agreed in part and disagreed in part with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s ruling against Max Schrems (Europe versus Facebook) in an earlier complaint against Facebook. The fundamental issue is whether Facebook is in breach of the EU/US safe harbour agreement for the protection of personal European data. Key to this […]