David Meyer

US: NSA leaks should be no excuse for local storage mandates, which harm “organic” Internet

The US State Department has warned against countries such as Russia forcing web service providers to store citizens’ data locally, even though such moves are at least in part inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations of the National Security Agency

Germany mulls ban on after-hours work emails and calls

A ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could become law in Germany.

Germany “accidentally” spied on Hillary Clinton phone call, report says

The United States spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and that’s a pretty big deal because she’s a head of state, but this wasn’t purely a one-sided affair.

Australian government reveals mandatory data retention plans

The Australian government has announced plans to introduce mandatory data retention, forcing telecommunications companies to hang on to certain customer data for up to 2 years.

The Internet is a politically and culturally loaded tool, particularly when it comes to censorship

[Commentary] Censorship is always bad, right? Not to many people around our connected globe, and there is sometimes validity to their views.

Google could face criminal proceedings in Italy if it doesn’t clean up its act on privacy

Google could face criminal proceedings, as well as a €1 million ($1.35 million) fine, in Italy if it doesn’t change its data-handling ways.

Google and Microsoft should be open about their de-linking processes in Europe

[Commentary] Google and other search engines operating in Europe have to take down links to information about people if those people ask them to do so, provided there’s no public-interest or other good reason for keeping the links up.

UN human rights report blows apart governments’ pro-surveillance arguments

Mass surveillance by intelligence agencies is almost certainly illegal under international law, even where it involves collecting but not looking at people’s data, the United Nations human rights chief has advised.

Lawyers and web experts attack UK’s fast-tracking of surveillance legislation

The World Wide Web Foundation and the United Kingdom Law Society have both strongly criticized the British government for attempting to fast-track the new Data Retention and Investigation Powers (DRIP) Act, which is meant to keep existing surveill

NSA targets Tor administrators and people searching for privacy tools, reports claim

An investigation by the German broadcasters ARD and WDR has apparently demonstrated the targeting by the National Security Agency of a German student called Sebastian Hahn, who runs a node on the anonymization network Tor.