Überwachung

Surveillance exports: How EU Member States are compromising new human rights standards

Since 2016, the European Union has been working on proposals to implement stricter controls on the export of surveillance technology outside the EU. However, internal documents now prove that certain Member States – especially Sweden, Finland, and the United Kingdom – are succumbing to pressure from business interests. As a result, human rights safeguards are being diluted.

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Netzpolitik Podcast

Netzpolitik-Podcast 149: Civilian Drones – Who should be allowed to fly where?

We talked to anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Adam Fish about the new possibilities small civilian drones offer for documentary, environmental and activist projects. The drones give us an unique view of the world but at the same time they can lead to an unprecedented form of surveillance.

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Technologie

„Who owns the infrastructure becomes important“: Digital payments, scoring and blockchains in the Global South

In our interview, media scholar and political economist Rachel O‘Dwyer explains how companies and governments promise to connect those without a bank account to the global economy. She warns about the convergence of social media and payment infrastructures, where ever more data points are connected and used to decide on the life of individuals. Cash still has a role to play, she argues.

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Generell

This week @netzpolitik.org, #47: Surveillance and Savants

Welcome to our highlights of net political news from Germany, week 47. Who wins the contracts? The computer scientist Martin Tschirsich has examined ten products from various manufacturers of communal information systems. The software is used for the administration, manages citizens data and other information the city or municipality processes. They often play a part […]

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Generell

This week @netzpolitik.org, #46: consumer friendly network blocks

Welcome to our highlights of net political news from Germany, week 46. EU to strengthen consumer protections while introducing contested blocking measures. The European parliament has passed a bill to protect European consumers with last-minute additions of contested net block censorship measures. Meanwhile, privacy activist Maximilian Schrems‘ class action suit against Facebook, to shore up […]

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Öffentlichkeit

Voices Critical of Turkey mysteriously losing thousands of followers on Facebook

On facebook, people and pages are suddenly losing thousands of friends and followers. Particularly affected were accounts criticizing Turkey. Facebook rejects accusations of censorship and claims to be taking measures against fake accounts among followers. However the accounts in question are genuine.

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Überwachung

Secret documents reveal: German foreign spy agency BND attacks the anonymity network Tor and advises not to use it

The German spy agency BND developed a system to monitor the Tor network and warned federal agencies that its anonymity is „ineffective“. This is what emerges from a series of secret documents that we are publishing. The spies handed a prototype of this technology over to the NSA, in expectation of a favor in return.

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Öffentlichkeit

Call for Papers: Fight for Your Digital Rights! – “Das ist Netzpolitik!”-Conference 2017

On the 1st of September, netzpolitik.org is going to celebrate its 13th birthday with its „Das ist Netzpolitik!“-conference and party in Berlin. There will be a comprehensive program tackling major upcoming issues and challenges for digital rights in Germany and Europe. We warmly invite you to participate and hand in your ideas.

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Öffentlichkeit

New Hate Speech Law in Germany: Already Extended Before it Enters Into Force

The „Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz“ is no longer only directed against Hate Speech and Fake News, but also against pornographic content and many other offenses. In addition, the new draft now contains a clause permitting private persons the possibility of obtaining the identity of other private individuals, which could lead to the end of anonymity on the internet.

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Überwachung

Three years of NSA inquiry committee: A serious investigation remains an illusion, while the mass surveillance continues.

The German Parliamentary inquiry committee set out to investigate the Snowden revelations. It failed to do that. Instead, it revealed that the German spy agency BND is also breaking the law. Yet the result is not an end of ubiquitous mass surveillance, but a massive upgrade. A comment.

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Datenschutz

TiSA-Leaks: Fundamental rights shall be levered out for free trade – also in the internet

The free trade agreement TiSA is a danger for the internet. New leaks we publish in cooperation with Greenpeace show clearly that privacy, net neutrality and IT security are under threat. Moreover, the US want to privatize censorship. An overview of the most important issues.

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Überwachung

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice: the parliamentary committee of enquiry on the NSA has to question Snowden in person

Partial victory for the opposition in the parliamentary committee of inquiry on the NSA: Snowden has to be questioned in person, ruled the German Federal Court of Justice Today. The court stopped the blockage of the government against an invitation of the Whistleblower to Germany and forces a reaction from the Federal Government.

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Überwachung

Snowden’s Legacy: Hearing in the Parliamentary Enquiry Committee

During last week’s session, the German Parliament’s NSA Inquiry Committee tried to resolve many looming questions. Who controls and oversees the surveillance systems of intelligence agencies? What legislative progress has been made in the past years? How could we remedy the situation in the future? The answers were mostly chastening.

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Überwachung

Secret Report: German Federal Intelligence Service BND Violates Laws And Constitution By The Dozen

The German Intelligence Service BND illegally collected and stored mass surveillance data and has to delete those data immediately, including XKeyscore. This is one of the results of a classified report of the German Federal Data Protection Commissioner that we are hereby publishing. In her report, she criticizes serious legal violations and a massive restriction of her supervision authority.

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Überwachung

Strategic Initiative Technology: We Unveil the BND Plans to Upgrade its Surveillance Technology for 300 Million Euros

Fiberglass tapping, Internet analysis, encryption cracking, computer hacking: Germany’s secret service BND is massively expanding its Internet surveillance capabilities. We publish its secret 300 million Euro investment programme „Strategic Initiative Technology“. Members of Parliament and civil society criticise the agency’s new powers and demand an end of the whopping armament programme.

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