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Submission + - British Government Tries To Kill EU Privacy Regulation (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The British Government has joined corporations such as Yahoo, Facebook and BT, in arguing against a tough proposed EU Regulation on Privacy. The UK government's intervention, led by justice minister Lord McNally, wants to scrap the proposed Regulation and replace it with a system of Directives. That's not just a matter of word play, it dilutes the proposals greatly. Regulations must be implemented in all EU member states at once, while the states have freedom on when and how to put a Directive into force."

Submission + - Activists Shame Spyware Sellers Who Deal With Dictators (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Reporters Without Borders has named and shamed the surveillance software vendors who sell to repressive regimes, including Syria, China and Iran. Their software is used to track activists, and has been instrumental in delivering some dissidents over for torture, says RWB. The offending companies include US-based Bluecoat, Germany's Trovicor, France's Amesys, the UK's Gamma International, as well as HackingTeam, based in the US and Italy. HackingTeam is unusual in that it turned up at the recent RSA show to defend its reputation, arguing that it avoided selling to countries on international blacklists."

Submission + - Hacking Team Defends Selling Spy Software to Morocco And UAE (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Hacking Team, the firm whose surveillance software was apparently used to spy on activist citizens in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates has defended its activities. The company takes "stern action" in such cases and can remotely reduce the power of the software, which is basically weaponised malware, the company's legal counsel told the RSA 2013 show in San Francisco. It also won't sell to countries that are on official blacklists — but other security professionals say that leaves the company plenty of scope to work with repressive regimes."

Submission + - Vint Cerf Warns On Security of The Internet Of Things (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The Internet of Things needs securing Vint Cerf told the RSA conference this week. The father of the Internet believes that public key cryptography at a very granular level will be required for the host of devices joining the Internet over the next while. He also spoke in defence of "psudonymity", the means by which the likes of Google say they can make use of Web traffic information, without infringing privacy."

Submission + - Google: Microsoft's 'Scroogled' Attack On Gmail Privacy Is Dishonest (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Google has responded forcefully to a Microsoft-backed campaign which says Gmail users are being "Scroogled — ie, having their privacy infringed by Google. The Scroogled campaign is dishonest and misuided, Google privacy counsel Keith Enright said at the RSA security show. He also denied reports that Google is being unco-operative with European privacy regulators, saying that on the contrary, the French body CNIL was dragging its heels in answering Google queries."

Submission + - Leaked Document: Yahoo Tells EU 'Pseudonymous' Is Good Enough (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "A leaked document shows Yahoo's lobbying against European proposed privacy laws. Yahoo is telling the EU that "pseudonymous" data is anonymous enough to protect people's privacy, although it is still plenty good enough for Internet providers to present targetted ads. For that reason and others, privacy groups want pseudonymous data kept under stringent rules requiring explicit permission to share it."

Submission + - UK Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "In what could become the UK's largest class action suit, users of Apple's Safari browser, on mobiles and desktops, are suing Google for bypassing Safari's default settings and tracking their behaviour. The case led to a large fine in the US, but now legal firm Olswang is gathering claimants for a UK suit."

Submission + - Mega Has "Unindicted Admins" In Case Dotcom Loses Megaupload Case (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Mega has launched with controversy over its security but is unlikely to make any changes, according to an interview with Kim Dotcom's number two, Bram van der Kolk. The site will comply with any takedown notices for encrypted files, van der Kolk says. Also, even if the team behind it are found guilty over Megaupload, Mega will continue: "We will have an unindicted backup admin team in place.""

Submission + - Google Report Shows Governments Want More Private Data (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The latest Google Transparency Report, which tallies the number of times personal data is requested from Google, shows that governments are becoming more inquisitive than ever. Requests for user data have gone up by 70 percent since Google started these reports in 2009 — but the report shows Google is getting better at saying no: in 2009 it complied — fully or partially — with 76 percent of requests, and that figure is now down to 66 percent."

Submission + - US Activists Oppose US Govt Support For EU Privacy Rules (techweekeurope.co.uk) 2

judgecorp writes: "The European Commission has proposals for data privacy (including the "right to be forgotten") and the US government is opposing them. Now US activists have arrived in Brussels to lobby against their government's support for the European measures. The move comes following reports of "extreme" lobbying by US authorities against the European proposals."

Submission + - UK government to Use PayPal for Identity Assurance (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "A UK government contract has confirmed earlier reports that British citizens will have the option to use PayPal to accredit themselves for public services such as the new Universal Credit benefit system. Using PayPal might be a public relations goof, as PayPal's parent eBay is notoriously clever at avoiding UK taxes, recently paying only £1.2 million on profit of £789 million (around 0.15 percent)."

Submission + - European Privacy Watchdog Watches Facebook Graph Search (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is keeping a close eye on the new Facebook Graph Search. “We will be continuing to engage with Facebook Ireland on this new facility in light of experience of the pilot phase to ensure that the facility operates in compliance with Irish and EU data protection law," said the commissioner, which gave the feature a good look before it was launched."

Submission + - UAE Government 'Used Java Flaw To Load Spyware' (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Rights groups say the United Arab Emirates government used the latest Java zero day flaw in an attempt to load spyware onto an activist's computer. Bahrain Watch reports dissecting an email sent to an activist, which promised a video involving Dubai's chief of policy, but which actually contained a Java applet that exploited the unpatched flaw, to install a remote administration toolkit apparently based on SpyNet."

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