Category Archives for "Surveillance"

UK state surveillance extending ‘Snooper’s charter’ bill becomes law

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 or so called “snooper’s charter” bill has became a law on Tuesday. This law heavily extends the state surveillance in UK. It requires web and phone companies to store everyone’s web browsing histories for 12 months and give the police, security services and official agencies unprecedented access to the data.

Although the home secretary Amber Rudd states that new law provides “unprecedented transparency and substantial privacy protection”, activists say this bill is too intrusive and dangerous to privacy. Also, it will allow authoritarian regimes around the world justify their extensive surveillance practices.

A petition calling for it to be repealed collected more that 130,000 signatures.

Source: ‘Snooper’s charter’ bill becomes law, extending UK state surveillance

World’s biggest Internet hub sues German government over surveillance

On September 9, 2016, the operator of the world’s largest Internet hub, De-Cix, filed lawsuit against the German government to stop mass surveillance by the German intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). De-CIX is challenging the legality of orders from the BND to implement monitoring of communications flowing through its Frankfurt Internet exchange point. De-CIX insists that mass surveillance is illegal. Recently leaked Germany’s federal data protection commissioner’s secret report stating BND repeatedly broke law engaging in mass surveillance activities.

Read more here and here.

The Shadow Brokers publish NSA spy tools

A hackers group that calls itself the Shadow Brokers recently published on web and made accessible to everyone sophisticated hacking and surveillance tools. They claim that those tools come come from breach of NSA.

Released hacking tools exploit vulnerabilities in software that the vendor doesn’t know about (so called “zero day vulnerabilities”) and thus haven’t fixed – making everyone using this software a potential target. Published tools revel that United States government has been hacking for decades without big attention.

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German spies violated law, says watchdog

Leaked Germany’s federal data protection commissioner’s secret report reveals that Germany’s intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has repeatedly seriously violated law. According to report, the BND has created seven databases without the appropriate legal approval, and also transferred huge amount of data to NSA in US.

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Cryptopolitik and the Darknet

An essay about encryption, regulation, their past and future.

Encryption policy is becoming a crucial test of the values of liberal democracy in the twenty-first century. The trigger is a dilemma: the power of ciphers protects citizens when they read, bank and shop online – and the power of ciphers protects foreign spies, terrorists and criminals when they pry, plot and steal. Encryption bears directly on today’s two top threats, militant extremism and computer-network breaches – yet it enables prosperity and privacy. Should the state limit and regulate the fast-growing use of cryptography? If so, how?

Read full essay here: Cryptopolitik and the Darknet

Global Surveillance Law Comparison

bm-surveillance-law-guideRecently Baker & McKenzie released Global Surveillance Law Comparison Map – a global overview of current government surveillance and data access practices in 39 countries. It features Heat Maps that display jurisdictional information on the following:

  • Surveillance for an Economic Purpose
  • Data Subject Notifications
  • Right to Court Review
  • Publicised Cases
  • Challenge to Orders
  • Liability for Disclosure

Guide is accessible both online and downloadable as PDF document here: