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Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

The virtual private network (VPN) Safe-Inet used by the world’s foremost cybercriminals has been taken down in a coordinated law enforcement action led by the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters together with Europol and law enforcement agencies from around the world.

This VPN service was sold at a high price to the criminal underworld as one of the best tools available to avoid law enforcement interception, offering up to 5 layers of anonymous VPN connections.

Much of the criminal activity occurring on the network involved cyber actors responsible for ransomware, E-skimming breaches, spearphishing, and account takeovers.

Source: Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

Switzerland has opened its Alps for the holiday ski season, but COVID-weary European governments will force anyone caught with ski gear into compulsory quarantine.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Wednesday that anyone found with ski paraphernalia would be forced to quarantine. The move to check travelers has been met with harsh criticism across the alpine regions.

Source: COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

The Swiss Parliament Agrees on the Draft Bill of a New Data Protection Act

After three years of discussions and in a final debate, the Swiss parliament has agreed on the final draft bill of a new and modernized data protection law.

The Federal Council will set the date for the entry into force of the revised law. That decision will depend on whether there will be a public vote, as the draft bill is subject to an optional referendum (the time limit for which is 100 days), as well as how fast the Federal Council can update the Ordonnance to the law (regulating some provisions in more detail).

Source: The Swiss Parliament Agrees on the Draft Bill of a New Data Protection Act

Swiss Privacy Regulator Rules U.S.-Swiss Privacy Shield Not Adequate

On the heels of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision in Schrems II, Switzerland’s Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) has determined that the U.S.-Swiss Privacy Shield does not meet the “requirements of adequate data protection as defined by the FADP (Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection).”

It issued a policy paper offering advice on transferring data to countries not on its list of nations with adequate safeguards.

Source: Swiss Privacy Regulator Rules U.S.-Swiss Privacy Shield Not Adequate

Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation criticises draft Data Protection Act

The Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation SKS has expressed its objections to the draft amendment to the Data Protection Act (DSG), adopted by the Federal Council. According to SKS, the Federal Council has recognised the fact that the trade in customer data is becoming increasingly lucrative and at the same time more opaque to the population, but the draft amendment misses the opportunity to reduce the power gap between data collectors and consumers.

Source: Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation criticises draft Data Protection Act – Telecompaper

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