hypnosec writes: German Government has went a bit too far trying to be transparent and has inadvertently revealed that German police monitors Skype, Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat as and when necessary. The revelations come as the German Government let out figures of expenses incurred by the Federal Ministry of the Interior following a parliamentary inquiry, which were spotted by the annalist blog. The pages contain a whole lot of tables and as many would find those boring, some pages reveal something very startling. On page 34 and page 37 of the report line item 486 and 265 respectively, represent decoding software for Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail for prevention and investigation.
coolstoryhansel writes: Stating that release of the draft legislation is not in the public interest [PDF] because it would prejudice decision making processes already in train, the Attorney General's Department has denied the release of the draft laws that would see wide-scale dragnet surveillance implemented along with an expansion of law enforcement powers for the purposes of 'national security'.
coolstoryhansel writes: Despite ongoing court proceedings an anti-piracy agreement is now on the table as a result of secret talks convened by the Federal Attorney-General between ISPs and the copyright lobby.
"The AG has confirmed talks it is hosting behind closed doors between Internet service providers and the entertainment industry could result in an “agreement” between the two warring sides that would govern how Australians pirating content through platforms such as BitTorrent would be dealt with in future."
"None of the parties involved have been prepared to state what precisely is being discussed at the meetings, although Delimiter has filed a Freedom of Information request with the department, seeking the minutes of the meeting."
The Pirate Party have warned "...there are huge civil liberties and human rights issues in any enforcement framework. The termination, suspension or limitation of access upon allegation or even violation of copyright, in an ill-conceived attempt to prop up failing business models, at the expense of artists and consumers is completely unacceptable."
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have invented a new form of secret messaging using bacteria that make glowing proteins only under certain conditions. In addition to being useful to spies, the new technique could also allow companies to encode secret identifiers into crops, seeds, or other living commodities.
WillDraven writes: Torrentfreak is reporting that The Swedish Pirate Party has launched an ISP. Starting with 100 residents in the housing organization LKF (Swedish) in the city of Lund, Pirate ISP hopes to gain 5% of the market in Lund before spreading to other markets. Headed by longtime Pirate Party member Gustav Nipe, seen giving an English interview about the ISP here, the company aims to provide internet service with the sort of guarantees one would expect from the Pirate Party. Most notable of these are the promises to keep no logs of subscriber activity and provide no data to law enforcement or private corporations. The original Swedish report on Sydsvenskan can be found here.
m94mni writes: The Swedish Pirate Party has announced today that they will host The Pirate Bay from inside the Swedish parliament, should they gain enough votes (4%) in the elections on September 19. The party plans to take advantage of parliamentary immunity to protect information freedom from being abused be the entertainment industry.