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Submission + - US seeking a 15.7% levy on submarine cable operators (itnews.com.au) 3

AHuxley writes: The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering an expansion to the Universal Service Fund. Submarine cable operators with landings in the United States could face a 15.7 percent levy on quarterly revenues. Some history on US telco rates can be found at: http://www.commsday.com/commsday/2012/comment-bad-timing-proposed-undersea-cable-tax/
Australia

Submission + - OzLog: unlimited private data retention for Oz law (delimiter.com.au)

AHuxley writes: delimiter.com.au has news on ISP data retention ideas in Australia.
Australia would like to follow the EU down the "European Directive on Data Retention" path.
Australian law enforcement agencies may have the option to request a log of all a users of interest telco usage without any review or time limits.
Another option would be for local politics eg. an activist community. Data retention over a postcode (suburb).
The data collection could also be out sourced to private contractors.

Submission + - What did your telco sell in Bahrain? (bloomberg.com)

AHuxley writes: Follow the trial of interception technology as it is exported and supported around the world.
Documentation is divested and NDA's protect the deals done by telcos. Western-made and supported surveillance software offers tracking and transcripts that end in windowless rooms and torture.

Blackberry

Submission + - RIM CEO on BBC: India and Middle East (bbc.co.uk)

Security

Submission + - US/UK helped Egypt shut down web, find dissidents (democracynow.org)

AHuxley writes: U.S., U.K. companies helped Egypt shut down telecommunications and identify dissidents. Support for deep packet inspection, texting via cell phones tracked to identify dissidents and routers that that filter and spy. Kill switch support for the larger joint venture cell phone communications.
The same options are been offered to the US gov via the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act" introduced by Senators Lieberman (ID-Conn) and Collins (R-Me). http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Press.MajorityNews&ContentRecord_id=227d9e1e-5056-8059-765f-2239d301fb7f

Submission + - P2P tracking in Australia exposed (itnews.com.au)

AHuxley writes: An Australian ISP is in Federal Court,in an attempt by the film industry to hold service providers responsible for any illegal downloads on their networks.
Some insight into Australian p2p investigations have been hinted at in court.
The idea that a investigator put a honeypot [file] on a p2p network and watched who download the file seems to
now be [the investigator] downloading from the [isp] customer.
A portion of the file of interest is then downloaded over time.

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