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  • Protests erupt in Macedonia after wiretapping probe is torpedoed | Privacy International
    illegal wiretapping The investigation into the wiretapping scandal which was the focus of Privacy International s report released last month Macedonia Society on Tap also focused on other serious crimes including electoral fraud blackmail and the torture of a former minister Last year intercepts were published online by the main opposition party which claimed provided proof that the party in power had been unlawfully monitoring some 20 000 people for several years including activists journalists judges diplomats opposition leaders even members of the government itself Activists and journalists who had received recordings of their private phone conversations recounted to Privacy International how their lives had been impacted their work undermined and their networks and sources put at risk Our report analysed how the Government s direct access to the telecommunications network facilitated by telecommunications operators had led to the wiretapping and the role played by foreign companies selling surveillance technologies to Macedonia The wiretapping revelations last year led to street protests and a major political crisis The European Union which plays a prominent role in the domestic politics of membership candidate Macedonia brokered an agreement which saw the incumbent Prime Minister and head of the intelligence agency step down and

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  • Press Statement: Data Protection Regulators say Privacy Shield is Not Strong Enough | Privacy International
    making it very difficult for anyone to assess what guarantees are provided to the protection of personal data and how they would apply in practice The Working Party announced it will issue two separate documents one related to the consumer protection and one related to the guarantees against unlawful state surveillance essential guarantees Consumer Protection The committee of privacy regulators raised a range of concerns particularly on the missing data protection principles notably limitations on the purposes for which our information are used and limited data retention periods PI is continuing to review these concerns in detail but our overall assessment remains that the current so called Privacy Shield does not provide effective protection of personal data To advance trade and develop a modern economy the U S must leave the dark ages and implement strong and meaningful privacy legal regime Surveillance The Working Party noted inadequate protection of personal data from mass collection by the U S Government agencies and the lack of an independent mechanism of oversight and of redress The Working Party based its assessment of four overarching principles accessible rules necessity and proportionality of the interference with privacy independent oversight mechanisms and effective remedy These are principles embedded in European law and human rights law which have been reflected in judgments of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights These principles form the basis for an assessment of the adequacy of the protection of the right to privacy from interference by state authorities both in the US and EU member states The Working Party reportedly found that the Privacy Shield does not adequately fulfil some of these principles particularly in its allowance of bulk collection insufficient limits on the collection and use of personal data and lack of independent and effective

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/node/835 (2016-04-27)
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  • How long before the MOD’s flying panopticon starts spying on us? | Privacy International
    miles up at just 65 000ft it will pick up far greater detail on the ground According to Airbus the Zephyr 8 is also considerably cheaper than existing technology costing less to operate than a piloted plane and less to build than a satellite or drone Most crucially if Airbus is to be believed and some do doubt the claims the solar powered Zephyr 8 will be able to stay airborne for weeks or even months collecting surveillance images and video to beam down to land based military base stations or acting as a communications relay Last autumn the MOD funded a further 11 projects to produce the sort of light weight sensor and communications technology needed to work with the Zephyr among them one by Roke Manor which is developing a novel way to beam real time images across large distances over the 3G phone network The aim isn t just to benefit the UK s own military but also to target lucrative markets in Western Europe the Far East and the Pacific South East Asia and the Middle East If the Zephyr and support technologies work as hoped the MOD will soon master persistent aerial surveillance the ultimate goal It will be able to watch and record in precise detail human activity taking place within a wide geographical area and over several weeks at a time As a means of monitoring ISIS training camps for example this technology could prove invaluable Border security maritime security and high value asset protection for example guarding pipelines and power stations are other potential uses identified in a UK government briefing Civilian applications could also follow Airbus for one is looking to potential customers like Google and Facebook to offer internet access to as yet uncovered areas in the Global South and to large scale farmers for help with crop monitoring Such uses could have substantial social and security benefits But it s not hard to imagine civilian police forces also taking an interest a more worrying prospect In fact a form of wide area persistent surveillance has already been used by US law enforcement Last summer Dayton Ohio gained attention for its use of an innovative crime investigation tool that sounds straight out of Minority Report Every day a small fleet of piloted surveillance planes owned by private company Persistent Surveillance Systems PSS circled the city indiscriminately gathering video of activity on the streets below When the team at PSS received the daily crime log from the city s police department they searched their video for footage of the moment a crime was reported moving back in time to spot the perpetrators and trace where they came from and forward in time to follow them as they fled PSS s system developed by entrepreneur Ross McNutt while working for the airforce in Afghanistan has also conducted surveillance missions in Philadelphia P A Compton C A and along America s southern border as well as in cities in Mexico Africa and the

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/node/837 (2016-04-27)
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  • Zoë Blackler | Privacy International
    Press Releases Two minute reads Explainers Reports State of Surveillance Briefings Investigations Research Reports Submissions to the UN Legal Actions About Us Staff Trustees Financial Opportunities Contact Donate You are here Home Zoë Blackler Zoë Blackler is a British freelance journalist She has written for the Guardian the New York Times and the Daily Beast among others outlets and produced programmes for BBC Radio Privacy International Registered Charity Number 1147471

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  • From an unSafe Harbour to a Privacy Shield full of holes | Privacy International
    US industry and international law firms who were intent on protecting the status quo of privacy dysfunction in favour of vast surveillance For years Privacy International have been arguing that the simple solution is for the U S Government to create a legal regime that protects privacy Such laws should be equivalent to Europe s standards which are in theory strong The so called Privacy Shield The Privacy Shield agreement is a second attempt at firming up privacy protections between the EU and U S Unfortunately this second attempt falls flat offering little clarity or strong data sharing protection for Europeans Over the last few weeks various pundits many of which represent international law firms have openly boasted that the data protections offered by the US to Europeans is essentially equivalent to data protection laws in Europe This is not surprising given these firms large corporate clientele and pro business lobbying reputation Quite the contrary European data in the US will continue to be susceptible to surveillance and Europeans will continue to have no access to justice Tomorrow s meeting of European data protection regulators is significant because if the regulators were to reject the Privacy Shield agreement then the European Union would have to go back to the Americans and demand meaningful change in law Rumour has it that the regulators will send the deal back to the drawing board since it largely fails to meet key criteria set the European Court of Justice and standards set by the data protection regulators following the court ruling Their demands include clarity of law use of human rights standards independent oversight and access to effective remedy What is wrong If one compares Europeans rights under EU law to Europeans rights under the current Privacy Shield holes are immediately apparent The current Privacy Shield agreement does not let Europeans do the following Exercise their full rights of consent to data processing Exercise their full access to their personal information rights Exercise their full rights to rectification and erasure Exercise their right to object to processing of data for direct marketing purposes Exercise their right to data portability Have easy and readily available access to an independent complaint and redress mechanism There is an urgent need to update and fix the agreement The US is leading the world in the development of big data systems and inter connected technologies such as the so called Internet of Things and related smart infrastructure These technological systems will compound the amount of data that people and systems create Because companies control much of this data it is essential that strong laws are in place to protect people from unlimited and unchecked corporate and government surveillance Even the US Federal Trade Commission and Obama Administration have called for new legal protections Instead of proposing meaningful protections we have been subjected to a barrage of propaganda on both sides of the Atlantic from authorities industry and academics proclaiming the essential equivalence and robustness of the US privacy system

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/node/832 (2016-04-27)
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  • News | Page 2 | Privacy International
    released the details of the proposed EU U S Privacy Shield The Privacy Shield replaces the now defunct so called Safe Harbor Read more about A paper shield does not protect privacy Privacy International s analysis of the Privacy Shield safeguards on surveillance Crypto Wars 2 0 Fear Failure and Feinstein Date 8 April 2016 We already know that in some countries like the UK governments are drafting laws to legalise and legitimise their incredible surveillance powers In the U S we are seeing legislation that is using remarkably similar language on encryption and surveillance The next phase of the cryptowars has openly begun Read more about Crypto Wars 2 0 Fear Failure and Feinstein Hacking Team s Global License Revoked by Italian Export Authorities Date 8 April 2016 Hacking Team an Italian surveillance company selling intrusive spyware to government authorities around the world has had its global export license revoked by the Italian export authorities according to a report in Il Fatto Quotidiano Read more about Hacking Team s Global License Revoked by Italian Export Authorities Panama Papers law firm founder says massive offshore company leak is campaign against privacy We disagree This is Privacy International s initial reaction to Mossack Fonseca s claim that discussion of the information contained in the Panama Papers is a campaign against privacy We do agree with Ramon Fonseca about one thing that Each person has a right to privacy whether they are a king or a beggar But that s where our commonality with co founder of disgraced Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca ends Read more about Panama Papers law firm founder says massive offshore company leak is campaign against privacy We disagree The FBI has made us all vulnerable with its iPhone hack This article originally appeared in Indepedent Voices here

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/news?page=1 (2016-04-27)
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  • News | Page 3 | Privacy International
    main similarities and differences between modern surveillance methods in Macedonia and those of the socialist period Read more about A conversation with Jasna Koteska on state relations and surveillance in Macedonia Macedonia Society on Tap Date 23 March 2016 Opposition leader Zoran Zaev announcing the wiretaps and holding copies of the recordings February 2015 Youtube Read more about Macedonia Society on Tap Dostoevsky Dr Dre and Data If you were to buy Anna Karenina online you would be told that people who bought Tolstoy s classic also bought Dostoevsky s Crime and Punishment But if you ve just read an 848 page epic Russian novel do you really want your follow up to be a 1 008 page epic Russian novel Maybe you want to read something very different next maybe some contemporary American short stories such as No one belongs here more than you by Miranda July But you know I don t think the classic Russian literature reader stereotype should concern us Read more about Dostoevsky Dr Dre and Data Betrayal and the future of surveillance power We are on the verge of a revolution in government surveillance powers Previously it was simple Governments demanded access to our homes Then our communications Then they demanded access to whatever companies held on us Then they complained that technology was making this harder and demanded that technology be designed for them With every step safeguards were reduced Next governments will demand that companies betray their users and use our technologies to compromise us Read more about Betrayal and the future of surveillance power Ghanaian Parliament Needs to Rethink Controversial New Spy Bill Date 16 March 2016 Privacy International and ARTICLE 19 last week submitted to members of the Parliament of Ghana s Defence and Interior Committee calling for it to

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/news?page=2 (2016-04-27)
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  • News | Page 4 | Privacy International
    Report of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Condemns UK Investigatory Powers Bill Colombia s new spying scandal Time for real change Date 8 March 2016 A new illegal spying scandal in Colombia involving the National Police has brought about the resignation of the Chief of the National Police set off an investigation by the country s Inspector General and brought the issue of illegal surveillance by Colombian authorities back into the national discussion Read more about Colombia s new spying scandal Time for real change A week on the right to privacy at the UN in Geneva Date 7 March 2016 This week will see the right to privacy take center stage at the UN in Geneva The UN Special rapporteur on the right to privacy will present his first report to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday 9 March Meanwhile the Human Rights Committee will review the records of surveillance and the right to privacy of South Africa and Sweden among others The new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Read more about A week on the right to privacy at the UN in Geneva Privacy International together with Human Rights Watch submits a briefing to US court arguing that Apple is right to refuse the FBI s demands to weaken iPhone security Date 4 March 2016 Privacy International and Human Rights Watch have submitted a briefing to a US court arguing that compelling Apple to build new software for the FBI will be a dangerous game changer in the security of the technology we rely on every day If the FBI wins its case against Apple it will open the floodgates for governments across the world to make similar demands Read more about Privacy International together with Human Rights Watch submits a briefing to US court arguing that Apple is right to refuse the FBI s demands to weaken iPhone security Bulk powers equal mass surveillance equals unlawful suspicionless interference with privacy Date 3 March 2016 The Investigatory Powers Bill introduced on Tuesday 1 March contains the same range of bulk powers envisaged in the earlier draft bulk interception warrants bulk acquisition warrants bulk equipment interference warrants and bulk personal dataset warrants These powers if adopted as currently envisaged in the Bill would codify a practice of mass untargeted surveillance by the UK intelligence services Read more about Bulk powers equal mass surveillance equals unlawful suspicionless interference with privacy Tracking the global state of surveillance Date 2 March 2016 Today Privacy International is publishing the result of a global effort to benchmark surveillance policies and practices in the countries that are part of the Privacy International Network We re calling it the State of Surveillance Read more about Tracking the global state of surveillance Investigatory Powers Bill published Minimal changes are not even cosmetic Date 1 March 2016 The UK Government has today published the Investigatory Powers Bill which it expects Parliament to pass this year Three Parliamentary reports reviewed the previous draft

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/news?page=3 (2016-04-27)
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