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    Two data retention cases pose questions for three Ministers for Justice
    Two cases have now been brought in Ireland seeking to take advantage of the Digital Rights Ireland decision from the European Court of Justice in order to exclude evidence in criminal trials. First, a case stated in the prosecution of a detective garda alleged to have given false information to GSOC; second, a challenge brought by convicted murderer Graham Dwyer - commenced in January but made public only on his conviction last week.

    Given how central internet and phone evidence is to many prosecutions, the only surprise is that it's taken this long for these challenges to be brought and no doubt more will come. Unfortunately it is possible that at least some convictions will be overturned as a result - and the blame for this will lie squarely with the Department of Justice and successive ministers.

    http://www.tjmcintyre.com/2015/03/tw...enges.html?m=1

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    Everything is aokay says new DPC

    http://www.independent.ie/business/t...-31182694.html

    Worth reading and booking for whenever the proverbial hits the fan

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    An Italian cyber security company has been hacked.

    http://www.theguardian.com/technolog...ocuments-claim

    According to the documents, 400GB of which have been published, Hacking Team has also been working with numerous repressive governments – something it has previously explicitly denied doing. It has not been possible to independently verify the veracity of the documents.

    The perpetrators of the apparent hack used the company’s own official Twitter feed (renamed to “Hacked Team”) to communicate. They continued to post to the feed for hours after, highlighting specific documents they claim come from the hack, such as emails, invoices, and even screenshots of Hacking Team employee’s computers, until the company regained control on Monday morning and removed the posts.

    One such tweet, which has since been removed, purports to show Hacking Team negotiating with a third-party reseller to export its malware to Nigeria. If the sale took place, it may have bypassed Italian export controls. Another is claimed to show the company debating what to do after an independent investigation from the University of Toronto attacked it for selling hacking tools to Ethiopia, which then used it to target journalists in the US and elsewhere. The company has never publicly confirmed nor denied working with Ethopia, and in March this year a spokesman dismissed earlier reports as “based on some nicely presented suppositions”.
    Documents released by the hackers appear to indicate that company has had or will be potentially doing business with the Irish defence forces

    https://medium.com/@beyourownreason/...m-cc7f5b3bb6d0

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0Q42LZ20150730

    Germany opened a treason investigation on Thursday into a news website that a broadcaster said had reported on plans to increase state surveillance of online communications.

    German media said it was the first time in more than 50 years that journalists had faced treason charges, and some denounced the move as an attack on the freedom of the press.

    "The Federal Prosecutor has started an investigation on suspicion of treason into the articles ... published on the internet blog Netzpolitik.org," a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said.

    She added that the move followed a criminal complaint by Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), over articles about the BfV that appeared on the website on Feb. 25 and April 15. It said the articles had been based on leaked documents.

    The public broadcaster ARD reported that Netzpolitik.org had published an article this year on how the BfV was seeking extra funding to increase its online surveillance, and another about plans to set up a special unit to monitor social media, both based on leaked confidential documents.

    The website specializes in Internet politics, data protection, freedom of information and digital rights issues.

    "This is an attack on the freedom of the press," Netzpolitik.org journalist Andre Meister, targeted by the investigation along with editor-in-chief Markus Beckedahl, said in a statement. "We're not going to be intimidated by this."

    Michael Konken, head of the German press association (DJV), echoed the sentiment, and called the probe "an unacceptable attempt to muzzle two critical journalists".

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    Schrems decision is in today. Going to be very big

    Max Schrems took his case when the Irish Data Protection Commissioner refused to accept his complaint that Facebook was transferring his data to the US, where he did not believe it was being treated in accordance with EU data protection law.

    The Commissioner rejected the complaint on the basis that it was “frivolous and vexatious” as they had no power to second-guess a EU commission decision that the Safe Harbour scheme between the EU and US provided ‘adequate’ protection.

    Today, the Europe’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that Decision invalid and, in a strong statement on the paramount need for Independent data protection authorities, is reported

    “the Irish supervisory authority is required to examine Mr. Schrems’ complaint with all due diligence and, at the conclusion of its investigation, is to decide whether, pursuant to the [Data Protection] directive, transfer of the data of Facebook’s European subscribers to the United states should be suspended”
    http://www.mcgarrsolicitors.ie/2015/...valid-by-cjeu/

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    But see this from the Commission:

    "However, the European Commissioner with responsibility for data protection has said that transatlantic data flows can continue despite the ECJ ruling.
    Vera Jourova said "there are other safe guards in place", pointing to standard data protection between companies or building corporation protection.
    The Commissioner acknowledged that Safe Harbour is invalid, however she added that there were clear rules for international transfers and "they are valid and apply".

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    interesting and fairly pessimistic interview with founder of Pirate Bay

    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/pir...-have-given-up

    I think, to win the war, we first of need to understand what the fight is and for me it’s clear that we are dealing with ideological thing: extreme capitalism that’s ruling, extreme lobbying that’s ruling and the centralization of power. The internet is just a part of a bigger puzzle.

    And the other thing with activism is that you have to get momentum and attention and such. We have been really bad at that. So we stopped ACTA, but then it just came back with a different name. By that time, we had used all our resources and public attention on that.

    The reason that the real world is the big target for me, is because the internet is emulating the real world. We are trying to recreate this capitalistic society we have on top of the internet. So the internet has been mostly fuel on the capitalistic fire, by kind of pretending to be something which will connect the whole world, but actually having a capitalistic agenda.

    Look at all the biggest companies in the world, they are all based on the internet. Look at what they are selling: nothing. Facebook has no product. Airbnb, the biggest hotel chain in the world, has no hotels. Uber, the biggest taxi company in the world, has no taxis whatsoever.


    The amount of employees in these companies are smaller then ever before and the profits are, in turn, larger. Apple and Google are passing oil companies by far. Minecraft got sold for $2.6 billion and WhatsApp for like $19 billion. These are insane amounts of money for nothing. That is why the internet and capitalism are so in love with each other.

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    Funny how the "founder of Pirate Bay" (a convicted felon no less) spins assisting in blatant theft of intellectual property as some kind of "war against capitalism". Is he looking for brownie points from the Commies, or what?
    Thus all which you call Sin, Destruction—in brief, Evil—that is my true element.

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