Data snooping only catches ‘incompetent criminals, accidental anarchists’

British Information Commissioner Christopher Graham told a committee of MPs and peers last Tuesday that the draft Communications Data Bill as it stands would only put a stop to “the incompetent criminal and the accidental anarchist”. This proposed bill would give British law enforcement and secret service more access to telecoms data. Continue reading “Data snooping only catches ‘incompetent criminals, accidental anarchists’”

All your data are belong to us

Organisations that are considering a move to the cloud would be wise to consider the effects of that move on the privacy and confidentiality of their data. That is the conclusion of a new report published by the University of Amsterdam. The university of Amsterdam examined the risks of such a move for educational institutions but their conclusions apply equally to companies, government agencies and private people. Continue reading “All your data are belong to us”

“Hand over those decryption keys…or else”

Another day, another worrying proposal from the Dutch government. As we await the formation of a new cabinet, Dutch minister of Security and Justice, Ivo Opstelten is seeking to change Dutch law to make it mandatory for suspects of certain crimes to hand over their decryption keys so that law enforcement officers can have access to their private data. Failure to comply would constitute a criminal offence. Continue reading ““Hand over those decryption keys…or else””

The Clean IT project, another threat to our privacy and online rights?

In an attempt to reduce the impact of the terrorist use of the Internet, the European Commission is funding the Clean IT project. The aim of this project is to examine the question “if we can reduce the impact of the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, without affecting our online freedom”. However, a recently leaked document reveals that the project seems to have lost track of this original question. Continue reading “The Clean IT project, another threat to our privacy and online rights?”

Vigilance remains necessary

Not one week after the crushing defeat suffered by ACTA in the European Parliament, comes another trade agreement fresh on its heels. This time, it is called CETA (Canada-EU Trade Agreement), a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Rather worryingly, certain provisions of the CETA text seem to be copied and pasted from the ACTA text. Is the European Commission already trying to sneak ACTA in under the radar? Continue reading “Vigilance remains necessary”