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Europe’s top court must rule on UK spies’ bulk powers

The oversight court for the UK’s intelligence agencies has said Europe’s top court should rule on the legality of powers that give the country’s spies the ability to collect and interrogate various forms of data in bulk (aka mass surveillance).

Source: Europe’s top court must rule on UK spies’ bulk powers, says tribunal | TechCrunch

EU states’ data retention laws still violating privacy rights, report warns

Two legal judgements at the highest level in Europe in recent years have reaffirmed that all Member States’ data retention regimes must comply with core principles of legality, necessity, and proportionality in order to avoid breaching citizens’ fundamental rights. However a new report surveying the current status of legislation pertaining to the retention of communications data across the region has found that many of the EU’s 28 members are not adhering to what privacy rights advocacy organization Privacy International describes as the “basic standard”.

Source: EU states’ data retention laws still violating privacy rights, report warns | TechCrunch

Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life

The online advertising industry is frequently described as part of an “€œecosystem.”€ I’€™m a bit of a science nerd, so I can’€™t help but pause whenever I hear “ecosystem”€ used in a setting so far removed from ecology. I guess such usage is meant to draw attention to the scale and interconnectedness of this complex web of technical, economic and social interactions.

Source: Review: ‘Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life’

Privacy International publishes the Guide to International Law and Surveillance

The guide covers array of relevant topics such as the (il)legality of mass surveillance operations, the law surrounding data retention, the extraterritorial application of human rights law and digital surveillance, the international law on hacking for surveillance purposes, crypto- wars and the “going dark” debate, and the responsibility of multinational corporations in protecting the right to privacy.

Source: The Guide to International Law and Surveillance | Privacy International

Twitter (and Others) Double Down on Advertising and Tracking

In June, Twitter discontinued its support for Do Not Track (DNT), the privacy-protective browser signal it has honored since 2012. EFF argued that Twitter should reconsider this decision, but that call has gone unheeded. In response, EFF’s Privacy Badger has new features to mitigate user tracking both on twitter.com and when you encounter Twitter content and widgets elsewhere on the web.

Source: Twitter (and Others) Double Down on Advertising and Tracking | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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