This data protection directive is probably the most serious and important thing for net politics ever. It will very much determine the direction of the world, data protection wise. Not only for the EU, but the world and not only for the next 15-20 years but probably forever.
If we now manage to get a strong data protection law in the EU, US companies will have to learn to deal with it and will have far less problems with data protection consumer rights in the US as well.
A strong data protection law builds the basis for fighting all other laws that endanger freedom and privacy. Be it SOPA, PIPA, CETA, ACTA or TPP like treaties, be it CISPA and cybercrime laws, be it a PATRIOT act, forward data retention, 6 strikes, you name it. A strong data protection law is the basis to fight all these Very Bad Things(tm) and if we don't get the momentum in the civil society to stand up now and fight for the right for privacy, all will be lost.
Europeans: keep wirting your MEPs within the next two months. Call them and send them FAX letters. Make sure they know that civil society will rise if they screw it up, like we did with ACTA.
Here you can phone your MEPs for free! Prepare yourself to go onto the streets again.
Sorry, but last time I checked, which happened to be last weekend, MSSE found exactly one "threat" on my Win PC, which was EICAR(!).
Kaspersky detected 280+ threats, mainly Metasploit components but Kaspersky also found threats within the Quarantine of Symantec.
It's in the Austrian media now and the warrant was published:
warrant busblished as by Ars Technica: http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Beschluss.png
Hands up, who else still owns that shirt?
Excuse me, I have to dig in my wardrobe chest for that shirt now.
Then again, one of the corporate whore uber hackers from my village was employed by M$ and as I really liked him, so I didn't want to risk insulting him.
If you can't blog, tweet. If you can't tweet, like. But by all means, keep sharing.
Ingenius KimDotKom Video/Song:
Now excuse me, I'm off to fight CETA.