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Of paedophiles, cybercriminals and surveillance

Posted by Kevin on July 18, 2014

The European cops have been busy this week. First the UK’s NCA announced the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles (Wednesday); and then (Thursday) Europol announced the dismantling of a Romanian cybercrime network. I don’t want to make too much of it being the same week in which the UK government bulldozes through a new cyber […]

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 […]

Microsoft condemns the innocent to catch the guilty

Posted by Kevin on July 11, 2014

With great power comes great responsibility. Last week Microsoft exercised the former without practicing the latter: it demonized an innocent company and millions of innocent users to catch two criminals. The ends were good; but the means were not justified. Back in June it obtained an ex parte court ruling that allowed it to take […]

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 […]

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 […]

ENISA and Europol sign cooperation agreement to fight cybercrime

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2014

The heads of ENISA and Europol today signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, to facilitate closer cooperation and exchange of expertise in the fight against cybercrime. This agreement is a good thing. ENISA has demonstrated both its expertise and its relative impartiality in things political, and Europol has demonstrated its […]

WikiLeaks leaks a secret teaser on TISA

Posted by Kevin on June 24, 2014

Last week WikiLeaks leaked the Financial Services Annex of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). TISA was prompted by the stalemate in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) which seeks to reduce trade barriers to international commerce. In 2011 at the 8th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, this overall stalemate in the DDA was […]

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 […]

Yes, GCHQ really does collect the content of British communications

Posted by Kevin on June 17, 2014

You have to wonder why Cameron tried to force through the Communications Data Bill (you may remember, that was the one called the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’) when the Snowden files revealed that GCHQ was already doing pretty much everything the new law would allow them – that is, snooping on everyone in the UK (that’s you […]