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Submission + - Debian for the European Parliament (

Seeteufel writes: A political group in the European Parliament tests the migration to Debian Parl. Parl is a taylored version of the Debian Linux distribution. Other groups are interested, esp. the Liberals with Mr. Torvalds senior. The free software migration debate got special attention from Parliament members after the Snowden revelations indicated their security and communications has been compromised.

Submission + - Google lobbyist Fleischer ceides Europe over user privacy protection (

Seeteufel writes: With the European Parliament reforming the General Data Protection Regulation (more than 4000 amendments filed so far) larger advertisement corporation are getting nervous. Google privacy lobbyist Peter Fleischer compared European regulators to the Don Quixote character

Don't get me wrong: I'm all for serious privacy ethics, for privacy sensitivity, for privacy by design. But I'm not a fan of privacy-bureaucracy-drag. Europe, as one would expect, developed the world's most extreme form of bureaucracy-drag, when it invented the notion of bureaucratic "prior approval" for new technologies. That means that a new technology is dependent on a bureaucracy's prior approval before being launched.

Researchers from the EDRi group were unable to retrieve such requirements within the proposals, but campaigners and lobbyists are curious about hidden knowledge at Google.

Submission + - Microsoft fined 732$ mio for non-compliance with EU Browser settlement (

Seeteufel writes: Microsoft's failure to comply with an antitrust settlement about browser choice for its Windows RT product has severe consequences. The European Commissioner for Competition Almunia set a fine of $732 million for the unprecidented break of agreement. Microsoft admitted its mistakes and offered further concessions.

Submission + - Trouble for Microsoft contracts in France by Free Software zealots (

Seeteufel writes: On 5 February 2013, an ongoing renegotiation around Microsoft's "Open Bar" agreement with the French Ministry of Defence became public. A first contract had been concluded in 2009 without any call for tender, and it was not in full compliance with WTO procurement principles. Concerned about national security Free Software Group APRIL wrote to its political contacts, to the Minister of Defence, to Members of Parliament, and to the Senators from the Defence Commission. They hope to raise their awareness and demand utmost transparency.

Submission + - Do Not Track ineffective and dangerous, says researcher (

Seeteufel writes: Nadim Kobeissi, security researcher, describes the Do Not Track standard of the W3C as dangerous.

In fact, Google’s search engine, as well as Microsoft’s (Bing), both ignore the Do Not Track header even though both companies helped implement this feature into their web browsers. Yahoo Search also ignored Do Not Track requests. Some websites will politely inform you, however, of the fact that your Do Not Track request has been ignored, and explain that this has been done in order to preserve their advertising revenue. But not all websites, by a long shot, do this.

The revalations come as Congress and European legislators consider to tighten privacy standards amidth massive advertiser lobbying. "Do not track" received strong support from the European Commission.


Submission + - Amazon One click Gift patent still lingering (

Seeteufel writes: Is it possible to get rid off bad patents. The FFII tried in 2004 and picked the Amazon one-click gift patent. Today the European Patent Office scheduled an opposition hearing on the infamous invention. The chamber again revoked the patent because of lack of inventive step but Amazon is able to appeal once again.

Submission + - ACTA gets death certificate in Europe (

Seeteufel writes: The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is now officially pronounced dead in the E.U. The European Parliament broadly rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement a while ago, but there was still a court case pending at the European Court of Justice about the legality of ACTA. The Commission was open about its intent to reintroduce ACTA raticication to the Parliament after a positive Court decision. Now we learn the Commission has withdrawn its questions to the Court.

Submission + - Christian Ude pressures for Bavarian open source migration (

Seeteufel writes: Christian Ude (D), mayor of Munich, migrated the Bavarian capital to Linux and Libreoffice ("LiMux"). Now the charismatic Ude candidates as a Prime Minister of the Free State of Bavaria. He announced it wouldn't be an immidiate switch to open source but he is encouraging other Baviarian communities to follow the Munich model.

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