Privacy: The debate knows no borders

What the Edward Snowden leak saga taught us

Forbes reports: Ten quick facts on what the NSA has been doing, who its targets are and what the Black Budget is.

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 Privacy International sues Britain over NSA revelations

Boston Globe reports: ‘‘It is a fundamental breach of the social contract if the government can operate with unrestrained power in such an arbitrary fashion,’’ said Eric King of Privacy International.”

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Chinese overhauls privacy laws

Source reports: As China continues its rise to the top of the e-commerce market, the government has tried to make clear its rules on privacy and security. A regulation regarding smart devices is set to begin in November of 2013, the effect of which, is undetermined.

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Canada argues its laws allow eavesdropping

Source reports: Allegations recently arose, asserting that an eavesdropping agency in Canada has been illegally spying on Brazil’s energy and mining ministry. These allegations are aimed at Communications Security Establishment Canada, who responds that its eavesdropping complied with Canadian laws. 

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MI5 defends approach to privacy in the U.K.

Privacy International reports: “We are facing an international threat and GCHQ provides many of the intelligence leads upon which we rely,” MI5 chief Andrew Parker said. “It causes enormous damage to make public the reach and limits of GCHQ techniques. Such information hands the advantage to the terrorists. … It is the gift they need to evade us and strike at will. Unfashionable as it might seem, that is why we must keep secrets secret, and why not doing so causes such harm.” 

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U.K. will not confirm or deny affiliation with Prism program

BBC reports: William Hague, the foreign secretary of the U.K. assures public that the country’s security agencies should inspire “confidence in [their] work” and “their adherence to the law and democratic values.”  

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An open letter to Google CEO Larry Page

Computer World reports: Privacy authorities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Israel and Switzerland among others signed an open letter to Google CEO Larry Page expressing concerns about Google Glass and its effect on privacy. Concerns included the ability to record anywhere, at anytime.

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Popular mobile app may break international privacy laws

San Jose Mercury News reports: Canadian and Dutch data protection authorities release a report criticizing the mobile app WhatsApp for its ability to access the address book of users. This gives the app information of users and nonusers alike. 

— Links compiled by Morgan Horton



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