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DRIP Bill Expands UK’s Data Surveillance Power

By Yixuan Long – Edited by Insue Kim

House of Lords passed the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (“DRIP”) on July 17, 2014. DRIP empowers the UK government to require all companies providing internet-based services to UK customers to retain customer metadata for 12 months. It also expands the government’s ability to directly intercept phone calls and digital communications from any remote storage. Critics claim the bill goes far beyond what is necessary and its fast-track timeframe prevents meaningful discussion.

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Posted On Jul - 22 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

“Smoking Gun” Needed: Even after Clapper Provided a Path to Challenge the Law, the FISA Amendments Act May Still Be Bulletproof

Written by: Christopher A. Crawford

Edited by: Loly Sosa

The ACLU’s challenge to the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens failed because plaintiffs, who were American citizens, had no standing; in other words, they could not prove that they had been injured by the law. Plaintiffs will need a “smoking gun” that their privacy had been violated before they could gain standing.

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Posted On Jun - 14 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

European Court of Justice Invalidates Data Retention Directive
By Paul Klein – Edited by Alex Shank

In a preliminary ruling requested by courts in Ireland and Austria, the European Court of Justice found that Directive 2006/24/EC was invalid. The Grand Chamber recognized the legitimacy of retaining telecommunications data as a means to combat serious crime and terrorism, but it ultimately held that the far-reaching scope of the Directive disproportionately affected individual privacy under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

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Posted On Apr - 16 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Brazil’s Lower House Passes “Internet Bill of Rights”
By Ken Winterbottom – Edited by Husam El-Qoulaq

Last week, the lower house of Brazil’s Congress passed the landmark Marco Civil da Internet, which is being called an “Internet Bill of Rights.” The bill enshrines net neutrality and rights to privacy and freedom of expression online, and also shields Internet service providers from liability for content uploaded by third parties. The final version of the bill dropped a provision designed to limit data collection in response to extensive lobbying by Google and Facebook.

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Posted On Apr - 6 - 2014 6 Comments READ FULL POST

Apple-Comcast Talks over “Special Treatment” for Set-Top Streaming Raise Net Neutrality Concerns
By Kim Meyer – Edited by Andrew Spore

Apple and Comcast are discussing a deal that would let Apple’s set-top television streaming boxes bypass congestion on the Internet, separating traffic to the boxes from public Internet traffic on those cables that connect to customers’ homes. The agreement would classify Apple’s streams as an exempt “managed” service to avoid a net neutrality violation, a move critics believe to be exploitation of a loophole.

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Posted On Apr - 2 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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