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Privacy at the Margins

The International Journal of Communication has published new Special Section on “Privacy at the Margins” with 10 articles from international scholars. Those articles look at a range of privacy experiences around the world.

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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.

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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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