Pardon Snowden

Tinker, Tailor, Snowden, Pardon?

  The release of Oliver Stone’s movie “Snowden” (trailer below) has sparked renewed debate on whether President Obama should pardon the exiled Snowden. The ACLU, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for his pardon for revealing the that the NSA was collecting domestic telephone “metadata” — information about the time of a call…

European Court of Justice Tosses US-EU Safe Harbor

European Court of Justice Tosses US-EU Safe Harbor Austrian Maximillan Schrems filed a complaint against Facebook to challenge the US-EU Safe Harbor program, relying heavily on revelations about the NSA’s data collection practices. The Irish data protection authority (which regulates Facebook’s European activities), rejected the complaint since, under the US-EU Safe Harbor program the European Commission…

EU Preliminary Ruling Puts US-EU Safe Harbor in Jeopardy

EU Preliminary Ruling Puts US-EU Safe Harbor in Jeopardy A Preliminary Opinion on a challenge to Facebook’s privacy practices has put in question the continued viability of the US-EU Safe Harbor program which permits data transfers between the US and European businesses. FACEBOOK’S EUROPEAN NEMESIS.  Austrian Maximillan Schrems has become Facebook’s European nemesis after spending…

ACLU, Wikimedia Foundation Challenge NSA “Upstream” Surveillance

A diverse coalition that inclkues Wikimedia Foundation, the conservative Rutherford Institute, the liberal The Nation magazine, Amnesty International USA, PEN American Center, Human Rights Watch, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Global Fund for Women, and Washington Office on Latin America have filed a lawsuit challenging: the suspicionless seizure and searching of internet traffic…

The Mounting Cost of the NSA Scandal: “Severe and Getting Worse”

The Mounting Cost of the NSA Scandal: “Severe and Getting Worse” In the last few weeks, the New American Foundation (NAF) released its report, “Surveillance Costs:The NSA’s Impact on the Economy,Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity,” and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) chaired a roundtable with Silicon Valley executives on this very point.  Both events highlight what is…

Snowden is a Surprise Guest at SXSW

Snowden told his SXSW Skype audience: The NSA…they’re setting fire to the future of the Internet. And the people in this room, you guys are the firefighters. We need you to help us fix this, Snowden wanted to address the technorati in Austin and the policy wonks in Washington because: The tech community are the…

Parliament Hill: Canada Acts on Privacy, Spam and Competition Issues

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Tags Google for Medical BT In only her second month on the job, Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier took on one of the giants of the Internet – Google.  Bernier cited Google for sending targeted ads for medical conditions based on consumer searches which violates Canada’s “Privacy and Online Behavioural Advertising Guidelines”…