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Submission + - Borrowed too many books - Aaron Swartz arrested (demandprogress.org)

ahaubold writes: Aaron Swartz, former executive director and founder of Demand Progress, was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many scholarly journal articles from the Web. The government contends that downloading said articles is actually felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in prison.

Submission + - Poor Data Protection at Facebook & the like (www.test.de)

ahaubold writes: The german customer protection foundation Stiftung Warentest ran a data protection test on ten major social network and community sites like Facebook and MySpace. The conclusion is: insufficient. All of them. Myspace got the worst notes of all the tested candidates, Facebook made it to the 8th rank.
Here is the story and a Babel Fish translation.
The full test and it's results are behind a paywall. Short overview is here (Translation).

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Submission + - DMCA amendment proposed for UK (openrightsgroup.org)

rimberg writes: The awful UK Digital Economy Bill is being debated in the House of Lords today, and http://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/2010/conservatives-and-lib-dems-push-web-blocking">it might just get more awful.

An amendment that would open the door to nationally censoring entire websites by getting an injunction on claims of copyright infringement — so YouTube or WordPress.com might disappear from the British Internet if someone makes a accusation of copyright infringement against them.

The bill it self contains the disastrous three strikes law where accusations of copy right infringement can get you disconnected from the internet, but if the lords vote this amendment through it will also allow the shutting down of web sites. Please could you spare a few minutes to write to the lords so this amendment does not not get moved.

Submission + - German court voids telcos data retention law (bverfg.de)

saibot834 writes: The highest German court Federal Constitutional Court of Germany ruled that a German telecommunications data retention law, which passed in November 2007, is incommensurate with the German constitution. The law required providers to save connection data (but not the content) of phone and mobile communications as well as connection information of E-mail and Internet traffic for six months. A class action of almost 35,000 citizen was filed and now, more than two years later, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that even though data retention is not principally unconstitutional, but due to the right of informational self-determination, data must not be saved centralized, has to be protected and may only be used for very severe crimes; therefore the law passed is disproportional and now void.

Submission + - German data retention laws unconstitutional (spiegel.de) 2

mseeger writes: The german supreme court has ruled the current data retention law unconstitutional. All stored data has to be deleted ASAP. The court criticized the lack of data security and insufficent restrictions for the access to the data. Contrary to the expectations the court completely invalidated the law. While it not generally disallowed data retention, the imposed restriction demand a complete new law. SPIEGEL Online has the complete story, Google an english translation.

Submission + - German Pool Storage Declared Unconstitutional

Renegade Lisp writes: The German Supreme Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has just ruled that the law on pool storage, in effect since 2008, is unconstitutional. The law required telecommunications providers to store connection data for all citizens for six months, including the whereabouts of every mobile phone call, and to make that data available to government authorities upon request. This article (in German) at heise.de has the details.

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