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26 maggio 2017
New GOP bill may revive internet privacy fight by Harper Neidig, The Hill. A new GOP House bill is putting internet privacy back in the spotlight, just weeks after President Trump signed legislation killing privacy protections passed during the Obama administration.

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25 maggio 2017
Global chat platform Kik to launch digital currency by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss, Reuters. Kik Interactive, which created the chat platform Kik, said on Thursday it was launching a crypto-currency or token called Kin that would enable customers to use a whole range of digital services.

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23 maggio 2017
Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff by Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg, The Washington Post.Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions - including card numbers, purchase amounts and time stamps - to solve the advertising juggernaut's long-standing quest to prove that online ads prompt consumers to make purchases in brick-and- mortar stores, the company said on Tuesday.

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22 maggio 2017
Leaked documents show how Facebook handles sensitive content: report by Ali Breland, The Hill. Leaked documents shed light on how Facebook filters for and handles sensitive content regarding things like abuse, hate speech and pornography on its platform, according to a Guardian report.

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16 maggio 2017
Dutch data protection authority: Facebook violates privacy law, comunicato stampa, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens. Facebook Group violates Dutch data protection law. That is the conclusion of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens; hereinafter: DPA) after its investigation into the processing of personal data of 9.6 million Facebook users in the Netherlands.

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15 maggio 2017
Germany Clears EU Data Harmonization Legislation by Jabeen Bhatti, Bloomberg BNA. A Germany-European Union privacy law harmonization bill that had been criticized by privacy regulators was cleared by the nation's upper house of Parliament May 12 for final approval.

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10 maggio 2017
The Risk in Using a Public Phone Charger by J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times. Can a phone really get hacked by plugging it into a public USB charging station?

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09 maggio 2017
FCC flooded with net neutrality comments after John Oliver plea by Ali Breland, The Hill. The Federal Communications Commission is getting bombarded with comments on net neutrality in the wake of comedian John Oliver's segment on the topic.

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08 maggio 2017
Amazon sweeps U.S. market for voice-controlled speakers: study, by Jeffrey Dastin, Reuters. Amazon.com Inc is dominating the nascent market for voice- controlled speakers, research firm eMarketer said on Monday.

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05 maggio 2017
French presidential candidate confirms 'massive' hack days before election by Eric Geller and Nicholas Vinocur, Politico. Front-runner Emmanuel Macron tried to build a hack-proof campaign with a detailed plan for preventing a breach. It failed.

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03 maggio 2017
This startup's 'software robots' are taking the jobs of low-skilled office workers by Andrada Fiscutean for Central European Processing, ZD Net. With customers in financial services, insurance, and healthcare, Romanian startup UiPath has just secured funding to help it add more AI to its software robots.

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28 aprile 2017
Here's why police were able to illegally access the call logs of a journalist by Johnny Lieu, Mashable. It shouldn't come as a surprise that allowing for a privacy invasion might just result in one's privacy...being invaded. On Friday, Australian Federal Police (AFP) commissioner Andrew Colvin admitted that an investigator had accessed the call logs of a journalist without getting a warrant first.

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27 aprile 2017
Paolo Balboni e Luca Bolognini interverranno al Convegno Privacy Unolegal 2017 il 25 maggio a Torino e il 14 giugno a Milano. Mancano solo 392 giorni all'entrata in vigore del GDPR... Prenota subito il tuo posto e scoprirai come impostare un Piano Privacy! Per iscriversi all'evento gratuitamente: http://www.unolegal.it/convegno-privacy-unolegal

 

27 aprile 2017
Perché gli Stati Uniti vogliono abbandonare la neutralità delle Rete? di Alessandro Longo, Il Sole 24 Ore. Le autorità degli Stati Uniti vogliono abbandonare la neutralità della rete, favorendo le mire degli operatori telefonici, tra le proteste di gruppi di consumatori e aziende hi tech (Google e Netflix in testa).

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27 aprile 2017
Pirateria, sentenza-svolta per lo streaming: "colpevole" anche l'utente di A.S., Corriere delle Comunicazioni. Per la prima volta il "flusso dati" viene regolato dalle norme sul copyright. La condanna del lettore multimediale Filmspeler da parte dell'Alta Corte Ue estende la responsabilità al consumatore. Come per il download da piattaforme illegali.

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26 aprile 2017
E-privacy, ok dei Garanti Ue a regole più stringenti ed estese anche ai colossi della rete, Garante per la protezione dei dati personali. Parere favorevole delle Autorità europee per la protezione dei dati (Gruppo Articolo 29) sulla proposta di Regolamento della Commissione europea concernente il "rispetto della vita privata e la protezione dei dati personali nelle comunicazioni elettroniche all'interno dell'Unione Europea", il cosiddetto "Regolamento ePrivacy".

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26 aprile 2017
Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users' WhatsApp personal data without consent by David Meyer for The German View. Facebook has lost its bid to collect the personal data of WhatsApp users in Germany -- for now. In August last year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp changed its terms and privacy policy to say that the parent company would gain access to users' telephone numbers and other pieces of data, such as the mobile operating system being used, the user's phone number, and screen resolution.

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25 aprile 2017
Non tutti gli AdBlock proteggono la tua privacy di Diletta Parlangeli, Wired Italy. Nessuno dei passi che vengono mossi online è davvero al riparo dal tracciamento. Neanche quando si pensa di essere protetti da un AdBlock. Se è vero che i servizi che bloccano la pubblicità vendono solitamente il salvataggio da molesti spot che saltano fuori da ogni angolo dello schermo, è anche vero che spesso promuovono l’opportunità di non essere tracciati in base ai propri gusti e movimenti.

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24 aprile 2017
Uber 'tracked iPhones to stop fraud', BBC News. Uber reportedly used a tactic called fingerprinting to track iPhones in order to fight fraud - despite Apple banning the practice. The New York Times reports that in 2015 Apple discovered that the ride-sharing company had broken its privacy rules by collecting iPhone serial numbers. Boss Tim Cook told Uber founder Travis Kalanick to remove the "fingerprinting" code or he would ban the app from the Apple Store, the paper claims.

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23 aprile 2017
Russian Cyberspies Hacked Us For Two Years: Danish Defense Minister by Kim Bellware, The Huffington Post. A Russian cyberespionage group hacked into the emails of Danish Defense Ministry employees for two years, the country’s defense minister says. In an interview on Sunday with the Danish paper Berlingske, Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said the Russian hacker group ATP28 accessed department employees’ emails in 2015 and 2016. While no classified information was breached, Frederiksen characterized the hack as serious.

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21 aprile 2017
IoT, il mercato italiano vale quasi 3 miliardi: +40% di crescita in un solo anno di Andrea Frollà, Corriere delle Comunicazioni. Spicca la performance delle soluzioni di smart metering, fiore all'occhiello del made in Italy. All'inseguimento auto "connesse" e smart building, per un podio che vale quasi 2 miliardi. Retail, smart city e agricoltura hi-tech i segmenti in stato embrionale. I dati dell'Osservatorio IoT del Polimi.

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18 aprile 2017
Hackers attacked one in five UK firms last year, survey finds by Phillip Inman, The Guardian. British Chamber of Commerce reveals large firms most at risk from cybercrime, with many companies lacking even the most basic protection.

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18 aprile 2017
A Russian hacker has created his own 'starter pack' ransomware service By Zack Whittaker, ZDNet. A new kind of highly-customized ransomware recently discovered by security researchers allows individual criminals to deliver "ransomware-as-a-service". What sets this ransomware apart from other kinds of file-locking software is that criminals who buy this specialized malware, dubbed Karmen, can remotely control the ransomware from their web browser, allowing the attacker to see at-a-glance a centralized web dashboard of their entire ransomware campaign.

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18 aprile 2017
EU launches public consultation into fears about future of internet, The Guardian. The EU is launching an unprecedented public consultation to find out what Europeans fear most about the future of the internet. A succession of surveys over the coming weeks will ask people for their views on everything from privacy and security to artificial intelligence, net neutrality, big data and the impact of the digital world on jobs, health, government and democracy.

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17 aprile 2017
What you’re really agreeing to when you accept your smart TV’s privacy policy by Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post. Let's be honest here — most of us don’t read the privacy policies for smart televisions. And even if we try to, it’s often difficult to read them, particularly on a television screen. Some televisions even display the massive policies five lines at a time.

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12 aprile 2017
Tech lobby goes to bat on net neutrality by Ali Breland, The Hill. In advance of the looming fight over the highly contentious net neutrality, a lobbying group representing some of tech's biggest names met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday to argue in support of net neutrality.

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11 aprile 2017
Facebook's EU regulator says close to deal on sharing of WhatsApp data, Reuters. Facebook's European regulator said it hoped to reach a deal in the coming months with the U.S. company to allow it to use data gleaned from the WhatsApp messaging service it acquired in 2014.

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10 aprile 2017
EU Parliament Adopts Resolution on Adequacy Afforded by EU-US Privacy Shield by Asel Ibraimova and Ann J. LaFrance, The National Law Review. On 6th April, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the "Adequacy of the Protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield".

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07 aprile 2017
Two Heads Are Better Than One for EU Fundamental Privacy Rights Protection by George R. Lynch, Bloomberg BNA. Two European Union agencies charged with advising government bodies on fundamental rights have agreed to closer cooperation on protecting EU citizens' data privacy rights.

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05 aprile 2017
For Internet Privacy, VPNs Are an Imperfect Shield by Brian X. Chen, New York Times. When Congress voted to overturn online privacy rules last week, Steve Wilmot, a Los Angeles songwriter, reacted like many worried consumers: He looked into signing up for a technology service known as a virtual private network, or VPN.

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04 aprile 2017
Trump signs repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules by David Shepardson, Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House said, a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates.

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04 aprile 2017
'Uber vigilante' who terrorised drivers banned from citizen's arrests, court rules by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. Supreme court says Russell Howarth used intimidating tactics and had financial motive for damaging Uber’s business.

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31 marzo 2017
Major internet providers say will not sell customer browsing histories by David Shepardson, Reuters. Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc said Friday they would not sell customers’ individual internet browsing information, days after the U.S. Congress approved legislation reversing Obama administration era internet privacy rules.

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29 marzo 2017
White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal by David Shepardson, Reuters. President Donald Trump plans to sign a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules as a bigger fight looms over rules governing the openness of the internet, the White House said on Wednesday.

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29 marzo 2017
Trump poised to sign away privacy protections for internet users by Olivia Solon, The Guardian. President to approve law killing rules meant to prevent internet service providers from selling consumers' web browsing and app storage histories to advertisers.

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27 marzo 2017
Facebook's Messenger app adds live location-sharing by David Ingram, Reuters. Facebook Inc added a feature to its Messenger app on Monday to allow users to share their locations continuously for up to an hour, ramping up competition with tools offered by Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google Maps.

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27 marzo 2017
Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears, The Guardian. Database contains photos of half of US adults without consent, and algorithm is wrong nearly 15% of time and is more likely to misidentify black people.

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26 marzo 2017
WhatsApp must not be 'place for terrorists to hide', BBC NEWS. There must be "no place for terrorists to hide" and intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services, the home secretary has said.

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23 marzo 2017
U.S. Senate votes to overturn Obama broadband privacy rules by David Shepardson, Reuters. The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) or Facebook Inc (FB.O).

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22 marzo 2017
Google allows users to share their locations in mapping app by Julia Love, Reuters. Alphabet Inc's Google announced on Wednesday that it will revamp its popular maps app to allow users to share their locations, in order to boost engagement on a product of increasing strategic importance to the search giant.

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19 marzo 2017
Google braces for questions as more big-name firms pull adverts by Rob Davies, The Guardian. Vodafone and trio of high street banks take action as industry and UK government ask how their ads became attached to extremist material.

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17 marzo 2017
EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. Social media companies Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday.

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16 marzo 2017
Yahoo cyber indictment shows Kremlin, hackers working hand-in-hand by Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay, Reuters. Wednesday's indictments in the United States of four people in a 2014 cyber attack on Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) provides the clearest details yet on what some U.S. officials say is a symbiotic relationship between Moscow's security services and private Russian hackers.

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14 marzo 2017
Germany plans to fine social media sites over hate speech by Eric Auchard and Hans-Edzard Busemann, Reuters. Germany plans a new law calling for social networks like Facebook (FB.O) to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 mln).

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13 marzo 2017
SXSW 2017: Why is the Vatican at a tech conference? by Dave Lee, BBC NEWS. As Bishop Paul Tighe sat down for our interview, he joked that not only is he probably the only priest at South by Southwest, but also the only person with grey hair.

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13 marzo 2017
Facebook bars developers from using data for surveillance by David Ingram, Reuters. Facebook Inc (FB.O) barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network's data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by U.S. police departments to track protesters.

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12 marzo 2017
Facebook policy chief: social media must step up fight against extremism by Olivia Solon, The Guardian. Speaking at SXSW, Monika Bickert calls for social networks to build 'counter- speech', responding to extremism and hate speech with broad opposition.

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12 marzo 2017
UK political parties warned of Russian hacking threat: report by Robin Pomeroy, Reuters. A British intelligence agency has told political parties to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks, citing allegations that Russian hackers tried to influence last year's U.S. presidential election.

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09 marzo 2017
China expresses concern at revelations in Wikileaks dump of hacked CIA data by Clarence Fernandez, Reuters. China expressed concern on Thursday over revelations in a trove of data released by Wikileaks purporting to show that the CIA can hack all manner of devices, including those made by Chinese companies.

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08 marzo 2017
Apple, Samsung and Microsoft react to Wikileaks' CIA dump, BBC Technology. Several of the tech firms whose products have been allegedly compromised by the CIA have given their first reactions to the claims.

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07 marzo 2017
WikiLeaks publishes 'biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents' by Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian. The 8,761 documents published by WikiLeaks focus mainly on techniques for hacking and surveillance.

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07 marzo 2017
Smartphones, PCs and TVs: the everyday devices targeted by the CIA by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Documents published by WikiLeaks reveal extent of intelligence agency’s capability for targeting the public.

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06 marzo 2017
Spam email operator's faulty backup leaks 1.37bn addresses by Alex Hern, The Guardian. 'Chances are you, or at least someone you know, is affected,' says security expert Chris Vickery, after one of largest spam operations in world's database exposed.

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06 marzo 2017
Facebook suspends location-sharing feature after Italian copyright suit by David Goodman, Reuters. Facebook Inc has suspended its location-sharing feature in Italy after a Milan court ruled last year that the social networking giant had violated competition and copyright laws by effectively copying a similar app from a local start-up.

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03 marzo 2017
Security guarantees hold NAB back from embracing customer data APIs by Asha McLean, ZDNet. Andrew Thorburn has said his bank welcomes the idea of opening up APIs to external parties, as long as customer security is guaranteed.

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02 marzo 2017
House Dems push FCC to adopt stronger cybersecurity measures by Harper Neidig, The Hill. House Democrats on Thursday introduced a slew of bills to aimed at making the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) strengthen its cybersecurity policies.

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01 marzo 2017
Facebook artificial intelligence spots suicidal users by Leo Kelion, BBC. Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves.

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28 febbraio 2017
Bad bug found in Microsoft browsing code, BBC. Google has released details of a bug in Microsoft's browsing programs that would allow attackers to build websites that make the software crash.

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27 febbraio 2017
Trump inspires encryption boom in leaky D.C. By Andrew Restuccia e Nancy Cook, Politico. Both career employees and White House aides have taken steps to conceal their communications with colleagues or the news media.

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24 febbraio 2017
Yahoo reveals new details about security by Ali Breland, The Hill. Yahoo revealed extensive details about its cybersecurity measures for the first time Thursday in a letter sent to senators after the company suffered two massive breaches of user data in recent years.

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23 febbraio 2017
UK crime agency arrests suspect in Deutsche Telekom cyber attack by Maria Sheahan, Reuters. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested a suspect in connection with last year's cyber attack which infected nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom routers, German federal police said on Thursday.

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22 febbraio 2017
Facebook confusion over fake cancer babies U-turns by Leo Kelion, BBC NEWS. Facebook has apologised for repeatedly restoring an account that posted stolen photos of children falsely claiming they had cancer.

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21 febbraio 2017
Microsoft Faces European Privacy Probes Over Windows 10 by Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg. Microsoft Corp. faces a coordinated investigation by European privacy regulators after it failed to do enough to address their concerns about the collection and processing of user data with a series of changes to Windows 10 last month.

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20 febbraio 2017
Snap bets on hardware as Facebook threat looms by Heather Somerville, Reuters. Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook.

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15 febbraio 2017
Whitehall's identity crisis: HMRC and Verify by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC NEWS. Verify is the flagship of the Government Digital Service (GDS). It's an online identity system designed to let citizens securely access all sorts of public services with ease. But now it has competition from another branch of government, HMRC.

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15 febbraio 2017
Apple may replace iPhone home button with fingerprint-scanning screen by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian. Newly published patent describes a system that scans the surface of a finger through a screen, removing the need for a separate Touch ID sensor.

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15 febbraio 2017
Yahoo issues new warning of potentially malicious activity on accounts by Olivia Solon, The Guardian. Hackers potentially accessed accounts between 2015 and 2016, and the warning comes two months after saying data from 1bn users was compromised in 2013.

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15 febbraio 2017
Russia's cyber war: past, present, and future by David Batashvili, EUobserver. News reports about Russian hackers infiltrating one country or another are now a daily occurrence.

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14 febbraio 2017
Yahoo Grilled by Senators Over Hacking by Jonathan Vanian, Fortune. Two prominent senators are upset with Yahoo for the way the company has dealt with two huge data breaches.

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13 febbraio 2017
UN expert calls on Cameroon to restore net services, BBC NEWS. A UN expert has called on Cameroon to restore net access to English-speaking parts of the country.

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08 febbraio 2017
Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source by Jasper Jackson, The Guardian. Online encyclopaedia editors rule out publisher as a reference citing 'reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism'.

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08 febbraio 2017
Facebook Takes Steps To Combat Discriminatory Ads by Jonathan Vanian, Fortune. Facebook is testing new tools aimed at curtailing discriminatory ads on its social network.

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07 febbraio 2017
Twitter Plans to Hide Abusive Tweets, Block Repeat Offenders by Sarah Frier, Bloomberg. Twitter Inc. says it has come up with new ways to make abusive tweeters less effective: hiding their content and preventing banned users from creating new accounts.

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07 febbraio 2017
EU moves closer to removing barriers for online media subscriptions by Adrian Croft, Reuters. European Union institutions moved a step closer on Tuesday to letting consumers access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix or Sky when they travel across the bloc.

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06 febbraio 2017
Facebook, Google, others launch drive against fake news in France by Dominique Vidalon and Andrew Heavens, Reuters. Social media companies Facebook, Google and a group of news organizations launched an initiative on Monday to tackle fake news stories in France, with the media in the spotlight as the country's presidential election approaches.

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06 febbraio 2017
U.S. tech firms file legal brief opposing Trump's immigration ban by Simon Cameron-Moore, Reuters. Several technology giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, banded together on Sunday to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban, arguing that it "inflicts significant harm on American business."

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02 febbraio 2017
Facebook, Microsoft Circulate Immigration Open Letter by Brian Womack and Dina Bass, Bloomberg. U.S. companies including Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google, Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are circulating an open letter to President Donald Trump expressing concern about his recent order on immigration and offering help fixing it and other policies, according to people familiar with the plan.

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02 febbraio 2017
Fingerprint Cards fourth-quarter profit lags expectations, sees weak first- quarter revenue, Reuters. Swedish biometric firm Fingerprint Cards (FPC) on Thursday maintained its revenue guidance for 2017 as it reported a fourth-quarter operating profit below market expectations and expected weak first-quarter revenue.

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31 gennaio 2017
Apple iPhone sales beat estimates, Reuters. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) reported a bigger-than-expected rise in iPhone sales for the holiday quarter but forecast current-quarter revenue below estimates as customers hold back on phone upgrades in anticipation of the launch of the 10th-anniversary iPhone.

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31 gennaio 2017
Tech companies to meet on legal challenge to Trump immigration order by Dan Levine and Jeffrey Dastin, Reuters. A group of technology companies plans to meet on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging U.S. President Donald Trump's order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, said a spokesperson for a company organizing the gathering.

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28 gennaio 2017
FBI request for Twitter account data may have overstepped legal guidelines by Dustin Volz, Reuters. The FBI appeared to go beyond the scope of existing legal guidance in seeking certain kinds of internet records from Twitter (TWTR.N) as recently as last year, legal experts said, citing two warrantless surveillance orders the social media company published on Friday.

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28 gennaio 2017
Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order by Mark Bergen, Bloomberg. Alphabet Inc.'s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump: Get back to the U.S. now.

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25 gennaio 2017
Firefox bares teeth, attacks sites that collect personal data by Darren Pauli, The Register. If it wants a password and doesn't use HTTPS, Mozilla will breathe fire.

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25 gennaio 2017
Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored by Iain Thomson, The Register. This isn't going to end well.

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24 gennaio 2017
Yahoo beats Wall Street view, sees Verizon deal closing in second quarter by Anya George Tharakan, Reuters. Yahoo Inc on Monday reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, and said the sale of its core internet business to Verizon Communications Inc should be completed in the second quarter, allaying some investor concerns that the deal might collapse.

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24 gennaio 2017
Massive networks of fake accounts found on Twitter, BBC NEWS. Massive collections of fake accounts are lying dormant on Twitter, suggests research.

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24 gennaio 2017
How Slack Wants to Keep You From Getting Overwhelmed by Slack by Lisa Eadicicco, Fortune. Slack and similar workplace chat software may have changed how we communicate with our coworkers, but they haven’t necessarily cut down on how often we communicate with them.

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23 gennaio 2017
As attacks grow, EU mulls banking stress tests for cyber risks by Francesco Guarascio, Reuters. The European Union is considering testing banks' defenses against cyber attacks, EU officials and sources said, as concerns grow about the industry's vulnerability to hacking.

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19 gennaio 2017
Facebook to build third foreign data center in Denmark by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Reuters. Facebook will build a new data center in the Danish city of Odense, the California-based tech company said at a press conference with local authorities, only the third such facility outside of the United States.

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19 gennaio 2017
In the post-truth era Sweden's far right fake fact checker was inevitable by Jasper Jackson, The Guardian. A Swedish Facebook group called Mediekollen promises to debunk false information on the web. The twist? Mediekollen is faking its facts.

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19 gennaio 2017
Russia threatens retaliation over Facebook 'censorship' of RT by Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian. Government-backed network was temporarily banned from posting images, videos or live streams for about 20 hours, possibly over a copyright issue.

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16 gennaio 2017
Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany by Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard, Reuters. Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin.

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16 January 2017
WhatsApp vulnerability explained: by the man who discovered it by Tobias Boelter, The Guardian. Facebook denies it is deliberate loophole but Tobias Boelter sets out what the vulnerability is and why it matters.

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13 gennaio 2017
WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages by Manisha Ganguly, The Guardian. Exclusive: Privacy campaigners criticise WhatsApp vulnerability as a 'huge threat to freedom of speech' and warn it could be exploited by government agencies.

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13 gennaio 2017
It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily by Richard Chirgwin, The Register. Anonymity just got harder.

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12 gennaio 2017
U.S. appeals court revives antitrust lawsuit against Apple by Stephen Nellis and Dan Levine, Reuters. iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

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11 gennaio 2017
EU says U.S. explanation of Yahoo email scanning not enough by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. The United States has not satisfied the European Union's concerns about Yahoo's (YHOO.O) scanning of all customers' incoming emails for U.S. intelligence purposes, the bloc's justice chief told Reuters in an interview.

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10 gennaio 2017
EU privacy proposal could dent Facebook, Gmail ad revenue by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. Online messaging services such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail will face tougher rules on how they can track users under a proposal presented by the European Union executive on Tuesday which could hurt companies reliant on advertising.

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10 gennaio 2017
Facebook 'to launch ads within videos', BBC NEWS. Facebook is to test "mid-roll" video advertising - in which ads are played after a video has already started - the BBC understands.

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10 gennaio 2017
Google, Facebook Face Tighter EU Grip With New Privacy Law by Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg. Google, Facebook Inc. and other Internet companies will be covered by strict new European Union privacy rules that seek to limit access to consumers' data.

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09 gennaio 2017
US warns Europe on Russian election hacking by Andrew Rettman, EUobserver. US intelligence services have warned allies that Russia might try to hack their elections, with France and Germany already under attack.

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05 gennaio 2017
Uber drivers are employees 'eligible for company social security contributions': Swiss agency by Michael Shields, Reuters. Uber drivers are employees for which the company must pay social security contributions, a Swiss insurance agency has ruled, dealing a blow to the U.S. ride-hailing platform that says drivers are freelance contractors.

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05 gennaio 2017
Snapchat Has Reportedly Been Sued by an Ex-Employee, Fortune. A former employee has dragged Snapchat to court accusing the messaging app of misleading investors and trading partners to drive up its initial public offering, the Hollywood Reporter, said citing a court document.

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04 gennaio 2017
U.S. Labor department sues Google for compensation data by Aishwarya Venugopa, Reuters. The U.S. Department of Labor said on Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google unit seeking access to the company's compensation data and documents as part of a routine compliance evaluation.

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03 gennaio 2017
Older smartphones get locked out of WhatsApp by Manish Singh, Mashable. This New Year, WhatsApp was not an option for many people to send greetings to their friends and family. To add to their woes, alternative messenger apps were also not easy to find.

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01 gennaio 2017
Samsung Electronics to reveal Galaxy Note 7 probe results this month: JoongAng Ilbo by Se Young Lee, Reuters. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) will announce this month the results of an investigation into what caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on Monday citing unnamed sources.

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29 dicembre 2016
U.S. elections are more vulnerable than ever to hacking by Cory Bennet, Politico. America's political system will remain vulnerable to cyberattacks and infiltration from foreign and domestic enemies unless the government plugs major holes and commits millions of dollars in the coming years.

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28 dicembre 2016
Facebook safety check helped spread false reports of Thailand explosion by Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian. Company claimed one-man protest involving 'giant firecrackers' led to activation, but it also promoted a link to a false report of a major 'explosion'.

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28 dicembre 2016
U.S. accuses Chinese citizens of hacking law firms, insider trading by Nate Raymond, Reuters. Three Chinese citizens have been criminally charged in the United States with trading on confidential corporate information obtained by hacking into networks and servers of law firms working on mergers, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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20 dicembre 2016
EU accuses Facebook of providing incorrect info on WhatsApp buy by Kat Hall, The Register. Says ability to match FB IDs with WhatsApp ones was there in '14.

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20 dicembre 2016
Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results by Chris Baraniuk, BBC NEWS. Google has said it is "thinking deeply" about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results - including ones discussing the Holocaust - were ranked.

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16 dicembre 2016
Yahoo under scrutiny after latest hack, Verizon seeks new deal terms by Greg Roumeliotis and Jessica Toonkel, Reuters. Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) came under renewed scrutiny by federal investigators and lawmakers on Thursday after disclosing the largest known data breach in history, prompting Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) to demand better terms for its planned purchase of Yahoo's internet business.

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16 dicembre 2016
US hacking claims: Russia says 'indecent' without evidence, BBC NEWS. US claims that Russia hacked official emails, without evidence, are "indecent", the Kremlin has said.

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15 dicembre 2016
Facebook to roll out new tools to tackle fake news by Dustin Volz, Reuters. Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Thursday it will introduce tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on its platform, an about-face in response to rising criticism that it did not do enough to combat the problem during the U.S. presidential campaign.

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15 dicembre 2016
'One billion' affected by Yahoo hack, BBC NEWS. Yahoo has said more than one billion user accounts may have been affected in a hacking attack dating back to 2013.

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14 dicembre 2016
Trump meets Silicon Valley elite after mutual mistrust in campaign by Gina Cherelus and Dustin Volz, Reuters. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and some of Silicon Valley's most powerful executives met at his Manhattan tower on Wednesday, a summit convened to smooth over frictions after both sides made no secret of their disdain for each other during the presidential campaign.

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12 dicembre 2016
WhatsApp, Skype set to come under new EU security rules: draft by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. Messaging services such as Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's WhatsApp face stricter rules on how they handle customer data under new security laws due to be proposed by the European Union, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

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12 dicembre 2016
Senate Republican leader backs investigation into Russian hacking by Dustin Volz and Patricia Zengerle, Reuters. The top Senate Republican broke with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday over whether Russian hacking during the U.S. election merited closer scrutiny, a fissure between Trump and his party that appeared to grow as lawmakers pressed for a special investigation into the matter.

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07 dicembre 2016
Crims using anti-virus exclusion lists to send malware to where it can do most damage by Darren Pauli, The Register. When vendors tell you what to whitelist, crims are reading too.

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06 dicembre 2016
U.S. Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple by Andrew Chung, Reuters. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

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06 dicembre 2016
Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft team up to tackle extremist content by Olivia Solon, The Guardian. The tech companies plan to create a shared database of 'unique digital fingerprints' that can identify images and videos promoting terrorism.

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06 dicembre 2016
Blippar wants your face in its app by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News. Ever seen someone across a crowded room and struggled to remember who they are? Well now there's an app which would allow you to fit the face to a name.

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02 dicembre 2016
U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security by Joseph Menn, Reuters. The U.S. government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a U.S. presidential commission on cyber security recommended in a wide-ranging report issued on Friday.

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30 novembre 2016
FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails by Dustin Volz, Reuters. A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

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28 novembre 2016
Exclusive: Chinese government money backs buyout firm's deal for U.S. chip maker by Liana B. Baker, Koh Gui Qing and Julie Zhu, Reuters. Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a buyout fund that agreed to acquire U.S.-based chip maker Lattice Semiconductor Corp for $1.3 billion earlier this month, is funded partly by cash originating from China's central government and also has indirect links to its space program, Chinese corporate filings show.

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28 novembre 2016
Facebook Hit With Lawsuit Over Alleged Racial Discrimination by Jeff John Roberts, Fortune. Two African-American men filed a federal lawsuit against Facebook last week, citing patterns of discrimination and a series of racist acts that allegedly took place at a company data center in North Carolina.

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25 novembre 2016
Uber in landmark court battle on Tuesday to escape strict rules by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters. Uber [UBER.UL] will seek to convince Europe's top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies.

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25 novembre 2016
Facebook doesn't need to ban fake news to fight it by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media site doesn’t have to become a censor to help tackle false stories. It can do a lot by helping its own users with context.

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22 novembre 2016
Almost half the world will be online by end of 2016; poorer countries will lag, report shows by Nqobile Dludla, Reuters. By the end of 2016, almost half of the world's population will be using the internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

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22 novembre 2016
How Fake News Blew Up Into a Political Crisis for Facebook by Sarah Frier and Aki Ito, Bloomberg. On this week's Decrypted podcast, we do some soul-searching with Silicon Valley in the aftermath of the Trump's victory.

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22 novembre 2016
Cybersecurity experts write open letter calling U.S. hacking investigation by Colin Daileda, Mashable. A huge group of scholars is refusing to let the sophisticated hacks that marred the U.S. election be forgotten.

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21 novembre 2016
Irish data Commissioner steps up investigation into Yahoo email scanning by Tom Bergin, Reuters. Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said on Monday it was trying to ascertain if Yahoo! Inc's (YHOO.O) decision to scan clients' email accounts at the behest of the U.S. authorities last year broke European law.

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20 novembre 2016
Twitter accused of political bias in right-wing crackdown by Jessica Guynn, USA Today. As part of a renewed effort to crack down on harassment, Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the "alt right" movement.

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16 novembre 2016
Twitter suspends alt-right figureheads, BBC Technology. Twitter has suspended the accounts of several members of the American alt-right movement, including the leader of a white nationalist think tank.

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16 novembre 2016
UK Joins Russia And China In Legalizing Bulk Surveillance by Emma Woollacott, Forbes. The highly-intrusive Investigatory Powers Bill has been passed by the UK’s House of Lords, and will come into force within weeks.

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15 novembre 2016
Facebook won't block fake news posts because it has no incentive, experts say by Olivia Solon, The Guardian. Facebook's business model relies on people clicking content regardless of veracity, and preventing any of that sharing interferes with core user behavior.

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11 novembre 2016
WhatsApp working on making your accounts more secure by Manish Singh, Mashable. Earlier this year, WhatsApp made your chats more secure on its app with end-to- end encryption. Now the Facebook-owned company is looking into making it tougher for fraudsters to get hold of your account.

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10 novembre 2016
Cloud will account for 92 percent of datacenter traffic by 2020, by Natalie Gagliordi, ZDNet. According to Cisco's Global Cloud Index report, cloud traffic will rise 3.7-fold to 14.1ZB per year by 2020.

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09 novembre 2016
Trump election ignites fears over U.S. encryption, surveillance policy by Dustin Volz and Joseph Menn, Reuters. Donald Trump's surprise election victory has alarmed technology companies and civil libertarians fearful that a self-described 'law and order' president will attempt to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information.

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08 novembre 2016
Facebook agrees to pause unauthorised sharing of WhatsApp user advertising data in UK by Tas Bindi, ZDNet. Following a stern warning from the information commissioner's office, Facebook has agreed to halt its collection of WhatsApp user data in the UK.

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08 novembre 2016
Decoding the GDPR and its implications for UK children by Pascal Crowe, London School of Economics Media Policy Blog. The GDPR, which comes into effect in 2018, will have far reaching implications on children's use of 'information society services'; the most widely used and immediately affected of these services are social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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07 novembre 2016
China's Internet Controls Will Get Stricter, to Dismay of Foreign Business by Paul Mozur, New York Times. In August, business groups around the world petitioned China to rethink a proposed cybersecurity law that they said would hurt foreign companies and further separate the country from the internet.

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07 novembre 2016
Brexit May Heighten U.K. Corporate Cybersecurity Risks by Ali Qassim, Bloomberg BNA. Brexit may significantly increase U.K. companies' exposure to cybercrime, cybersecurity practitioners tell Bloomberg BNA.

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07 novembre 2016
Facebook pauses WhatsApp data sharing in the UK by Matt Burgess, WIRED. The Information Commissioner's Office is investigating the deal and could issue Facebook and WhatsApp with a fine.

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07 novembre 2016
ICO Welcomes UK's GDPR Commitment by Phil Muncaster, InfoSecurity Magazine. Denham argued in a blog post that adopting the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) would help to build consumer confidence in the protection of the information that's the lifeblood of the digital economy.

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04 novembre 2016
Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email bombshell by Duncan Campbell, The Register. 95 per cent of the 650,000 messages not relevant.

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02 novembre 2016
Facebook isn t looking out for your privacy. It wants your data for itself by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Don't be fooled by the social network's hostile response to Admiral's plan to price car insurance based on posts

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02 novembre 2016
Why Windows hack is being blamed on Russia-linked group by Leo Kelion, BBC NEWS. Microsoft's Windows chief has accused a notorious group of hackers - previously linked to Russia - of making use of an unpatched flaw in its operating system.

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02 novembre 2016
French privacy groups challenge US-EU pact in court by Ali Breland, The Hill. A nascent data-sharing pact between the United States and the European Union is facing another obstacle as privacy groups challenge the agreement in a European court.

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27 ottobre 2016
Angela Merkel: internet search engines are 'distorting perception' by Kate Connolly, The Guardian. A lack of transparency about algorithms is endangering debate, German chancellor tells media conference.

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27 ottobre 2016
Privacy Shield legal spat puts EU-US data flows at risk again by Glyn Moody, ArsTechnica. Digital Rights Ireland takes unusual route to challenge Safe Harbour replacement.

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27 ottobre 2016
Privacy shield data agreement challenged before EU court by Laurens Cerulus, Politico. Digital advocacy group attempts to get agreement annulled.

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26 ottobre 2016
Privacy group launches legal challenge against EU-U.S. data pact: sources by Julia Fioretti and Dustin Volz, Reuters. A widely expected legal challenge has been filed by an Irish privacy advocacy group to an EU-U.S. commercial data transfer pact underpinning billions of dollars of trade in digital services just two months after it came into force, sources said.

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24 ottobre 2016
Facebook to consider public interest before removal of posts violating guidelines by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Move comes after repeated criticism of Facebook from news organisations, charities and others over important posts being taken down without notice

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24 ottobre 2016
Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled, BBC NEWS. Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US.

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19 ottobre 2016
To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation by Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics. To meet the challenges of the era of "big data" and the expansion of sophisticated commercial tracking and profiling within digital environments, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed (on 15/12/15) on the new harmonised data protection rules which, they hope, will benefit both European business and European citizens.

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17 ottobre 2016
For the People and By the People: Shaping Norms for the Internet of Things by Susan Ariel Aaronson, Council on Foreign Relations. In 2012, then CIA Director General David Petraeus gave a disturbing speech on the internet of things (IoT).

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17 ottobre 2016
UK firms could face £122bn in data breach fines in 2018 by Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly. UK businesses could face up to £122bn in penalties for data breaches when new EU legislation comes into effect in 2018, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has warned.

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17 ottobre 2016
Facebook, WhatsApp cookies: Why the fight over your data privacy is far from over by Tina Amirtha, ZDNet. An earlier win in the Belgian courts suggested Facebook has the upper hand on cookies, but a German ruling shows Europe is sticking to its firm line on privacy.

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17 ottobre 2016
UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules by Alan Travis, The Guardian. Investigatory powers tribunal says secret collection of citizens’ personal data breached human rights law.

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12 ottobre 2016
The Administration's Report on the Future of Artificial Intelligence by Ed Felton & Terah Lyons, The White House. A new report from the Administration focuses on the opportunities, considerations, and challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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12 ottobre 2016
A Web of Trust: Toward a Safe, Secure, Reliable and Open Internet, Council on Foreign Relations. There is widespread recognition that the Internet also requires improved, if not new, governance arrangements to enhance its stock of eroding digital capital.

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12 ottobre 2016
APAC firms ill-prepared for new EU data protection laws by Eileen Yu, ZDNet. Effective from May 2018, European Union's General Data Protection Regulation remains largely unfamiliar among Asia-Pacific businesses, which face hefty fines if they lack compliance.

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12 ottobre 2016
UK tech committee: It's time to lay down the law on AI accountability by Emma Boyle, TechRadar. Questions need to be answered and decisions need to be made.

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11 ottobre 2016
U.K. gov't agrees to foreground privacy statement in surveillance bill by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. The U.K. government has agreed on an amendment to draft surveillance legislation aimed at strengthening the public perception of privacy safeguards by adding a statement of priority to the face of the legislation.

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11 ottobre 2016
EU regulators haven't extended scrutiny to Google tax deals by Foo Yun Chee, Irish Independent. Margrethe Vestager, who in recent months ordered Apple to pay up to €13bn in back taxes to Ireland and Starbucks up to €30m to the Dutch tax office, said Google was not on her radar for now.

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11 ottobre 2016
European Commission paralysed over data flows in TiSA trade deal by Catherine Stupp, EurActiv. European Commission officials have struck a deal that could put a clause guaranteeing international data flows into a trade agreement with 22 countries outside the bloc, including the United States and Australia.

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10 ottobre 2016
Samsung's burning issue by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC NEWS. As brand-damaging, consumer alienating PR disasters go, Samsung's issue with its latest phone takes some beating.

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10 ottobre 2016
Facebook rolls out business software, launches pricing war by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters. Facebook Inc (FB.O) launched a workplace version of its mobile app and website on Monday, marking the social networking company's first foray into the hotly competitive and crowded enterprise software arena.

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06 ottobre 2016
U.S. FCC to vote on revised broadband privacy regulations by David Shepardso, Reuters. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on Oct. 27 on a revised proposal for rules to safeguard privacy of broadband users.

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06 ottobre 2016
WhatsApp's data love-in with Facebook probed by Spanish watchdog by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Data protection authorities shake fist at WhatsApp's data-sharing U-turn.

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06 ottobre 2016
UK Telco Loses Appeal; Should Have Reported Data Breach Within 24 Hours Of Customer Complaint, Not Fuller Investigation by Philippe Bradley-Schmieg, National Law Review. On August 30, 2016, a major UK telecoms company (TalkTalk) lost its appeal against a fine imposed on it for failing to report a personal data breach to the UK national data protection authority (the Information Commissioner) within 24 hours of its receipt of a customer's complaint.

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05 ottobre 2016
Exclusive: Twitter to conclude sale deliberations this month - sources by Liana B. Baker and Jessica Toonkel, Reuters. Twitter Inc has told potential acquirers it is seeking to conclude negotiations about selling itself by the time it reports third-quarter earnings on Oct. 27, according to people familiar with the matter.

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04 ottobre 2016
U.S. subpoena tests privacy promise of encrypted messaging app Signal, Los Angeles Times. The company responsible for spreading top-of-the-line message encryption across the Internet has had a first legal skirmish with the U.S. government.

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04 ottobre 2016
Facebook checks in to Denmark, NewEurope. Denmark's third largest city is reportedly slated to become the home of Facebook's third data centre outside the United States.

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03 ottobre 2016
Fears of massive net attacks as code shared online, BBC Technology. Computer code used to mount one of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been released online.

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03 ottobre 2016
Facebook to build data center in Denmark: report by Louise Heavens, Reuters. Facebook is to build its third data center outside the United States in Denmark to store and manage the social media giant's growing data, such as photos and videos, a Danish news website reported.

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29 settembre 2016
Ansip: "Europe must not be afraid of data" by Irene Kostaki, New Europe. The European Commission will present an initiative before the end of the year aiming to remove unnecessary restrictions on the way that data is stored, tackle legal issues, and unleash the full potential of the digital single market.

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29 settembre 2016
Brexit: ICO Says GDPR Will Come Into Effect Before Britain Leaves The EU by Roland Moore-Colyer, TechWeekEurope. The UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect before Britain leaves the European Union.

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28 settembre 2016
Dropbox and Microsoft Join Privacy Shield by Phil Muncaster, InfoSecurity Magazine. Dropbox and Microsoft have become the latest big name US tech companies to announce they've signed up to the controversial US-EU Privacy Shield data transfer agreement, following Google.

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28 settembre 2016
EU data privacy rules fail to protect consumers' privacy by Christoph Hasselbach, Deutsche Welle. The new EU data protection law aims to improve consumers' legal situation when it comes to their personal information. But experts question whether the laws will have any real impact.

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27 settembre 2016
Facebook Told to Stop Taking Data From German WhatsApp Users by Karin Matussek & Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg. Facebook Inc., already under scrutiny in the U.S. and the European Union for revisions to privacy policies for its WhatsApp messaging service, was ordered by Hamburg's privacy watchdog to stop processing data of German users of the chat service.

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26 settembre 2016
Roaming: new "fair use" proposals are a good start, say Industry Committee MEPs, ITRE Press release - Free movement of services. Draft "fair use" safeguards to prevent mobile phone users from taking unfair advantage of EU rules on “roaming” charges were debated in the Industry Committee on Monday 26 September afternoon.

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26 settembre 2016
The Internet Is No Place for Elections by Mike Orcutt, MIT Technology Review. It's not safe to connect our voting infrastructure to the Internet, but some election boards are doing it anyway.

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25 settembre 2016
Swiss endorse new surveillance powers, BBC. Swiss voters have given a strong approval to a law on new surveillance powers for the intelligence agencies.

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21 settembre 2016
Silicon Valley Brits: 'We had to leave the UK behind' by Dave Lee, BBC NEWS. Wearing a lightly-coloured checked shirt, shorts, and with a soft English accent, Cal Henderson delivers a harsh truth.

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21 settembre 2016
Europeans Will Get Free Mobile Roaming After All by David Meyer, Fortune. But the complex system to allow this means there’s a catch.

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21 settembre 2016
After botched first attempt, Commission proposes new roaming bill with no time limit by Catherine Stupp, EurActiv. In a bid to save face after a wave of outrage, following a botched first attempt earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a new bill today (21 September) to get rid of mobile roaming charges by June 2017.

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21 settembre 2016
UK watchdog drops plans for review of Big Data use by insurers, Reuters. Britain's markets watchdog has dropped plans for a formal market review of whether Big Data might make it harder or more expensive for some customers to buy car and home insurance, saying there was no evidence of that so far.

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21 settembre 2016
End of roaming charges in the EU in 2017: Commission agrees on new approach to make it work for all Europeans, European Commission Press Release, Brussels. As announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Address, Members of the College today discussed a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017.

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19 settembre 2016
Hardware hack defeats iPhone passcode security, BBC NEWS. IPhone passcodes can be bypassed using just £75 ($100) of electronic components, research suggests.

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15 settembre 2016
EU targets Google in copyright reform by Aleksandra Eriksson, EUobserver. Google was in the firing line when the European Commission on Wednesday (14 September) laid out plans for how to fix the EU’s outmoded copyright rules.

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15 settembre 2016
FCC's Wheeler Aims to Wrap Business Data and Privacy Rules by Kyle Daly,Bloomberg BNA. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler intends to finalize new rules for business broadband and broadband provider privacy requirements in 2016, he said in testimony prepared for a Sept. 15 Senate hearing.

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14 settembre 2016
Sophisticated hackers 'aim to put net out of action', BBC NEWS. Unidentified hackers are carrying out a campaign to find out how to take down the net, warns a security expert.

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14 settembre 2016
Wide support for Commission's state aid verdict on Ireland's tax deal with Apple, European Parliament, PLENARY SESSION Press release. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager won wide support from MEPs, in a Wednesday afternoon debate, for the Commission’s state aid verdict that the tax benefits that Ireland granted to Apple Inc., enabling it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years, were illegal.

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14 settembre 2016
Juncker upsets Web firms with EU internet plan by Foo Yun Chee and Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced measures on Wednesday to rein in the world's technology giants, improve broadband speeds and cut the cost of internet access, trying to rally popular support for an EU battered by Brexit.

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14 settembre 2016
EU Announces Absolutely Ridiculous Copyright Proposal That Will Chill Innovation, Harm Creativity by Mike Masnick, TechDirt,. This is not a surprise given the earlier leaks of what the EU Commission was cooking up for a copyright reform package, but the end result is here and it's a complete disaster for everyone.

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14 settembre 2016
EU digital copyright reform proposals slammed as regressive by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. The European Commission's proposals to reform the region's copyright rules, published in draft form today, have been criticized by tech companies and digital rights groups as regressive and a missed opportunity to modernize hopelessly outdated rules.

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13 settembre 2016
Encryption backdoors weaken security says UK's new European Commissioner by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Julian King gives polished first performance, sits firmly on the fence on many issues.

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12 settembre 2016
Tesla Autopilot update seeks better safety by Dave Lee, BBC NEWS. Tesla will update its cars' Autopilot function with new safety features designed to prevent collisions, the company has announced.

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12 settembre 2016
The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Versus Other EU Data Transfer Compliance Options by Lothar Determann, Brian Hengesbaugh and Michaela Weigl, Bloomberg BNA. Privacy Shield and compare it to other options available for cross-border data transfers from the European Economic Area to the U.S.

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12 settembre 2016
Europe's top court to weigh in on Facebook privacy 'class action' by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. The suit kicked off in Austria back in 2014 with European privacy campaigner and lawyer Max Schrems calling for non-commercial Facebook users located outside North America to join the class action - thousands of whom quickly did so.

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12 settembre 2016
Austrian court refers Facebook privacy case to European court, Reuters. Austria's Supreme Court on Monday referred to the European Court of Justice a class action case brought against Facebook by an Austrian law student over privacy issues.

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09 settembre 2016
Privatizing the Internet s Domain Name System by Peter M. Watt-Morse and Cindy L. Dole, National Law Review. The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced that its agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to administer the internet's domain name system (DNS) is terminating on September 30, 2016.

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08 settembre 2016
EU- Canada PNR: legal opinion affirms Parliament s privacy concerns, European Parliament, LIBE Press release - Fundamental rights The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice on Thursday issued an opinion stating that the draft agreement on a Passenger Name Record between EU and Canada "cannot be entered into in its current form".

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08 settembre 2016
Microsoft s Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader by Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review. The No. 2 executive at Microsoft is fighting the U.S. government in a series of cases that will shape online privacy—and the cloud business.

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08 settembre 2016
Snowden: Privacy Shield won t stop US mass surveillance by Nikolaj Nielsen, EUObserver. The US government allegedly continues to engage in mass surveillance on EU citizens despite assurances under a new data-sharing pact with the EU.

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08 settembre 2016
EU-Canada passenger data deal infringes privacy: EU adviser by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. An agreement between the European Union and Canada to share airline passenger data that the two sides say is vital to fighting terrorism must be redrafted before it can be signed, an adviser to the top EU court said on Thursday.

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07 settembre 2016
Apple sets stage for iPhone 7, many already waiting for 8 by Julia Love, Reuters. The iPhone 7 is expected to make its global debut on Wednesday, but many consumers and investors are already setting their sights on Apple Inc's 2017 version of the popular gadget, hoping for more significant advances.

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07 settembre 2016
Apple affair casts pall over EU commissioner s visit by Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times. Andrus Ansip insists commission's ruling on Apple's tax arrangements is justified.

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07 settembre 2016
Court May Have Ushered in Uncertainty on Privacy Rules by Miriam Gottfried, Wall Street Journal. Recent decision may cloud rules for companies like AT&T, Verizon and Google.

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07 settembre 2016
The General Data Protection Regulation still stands, so businesses must prepare by Nicholas Ismail, Information Age. British businesses will not be safe from EU GDPR despite the Brexit vote.

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06 settembre 2016
Japan Voices Concerns on Post-Brexit Data Protection by Phil Muncaster, InfoSecurity Magazin. The Japanese government has expressed concerns to the UK and Europe that Brexit may impact the current level of data protection and the free flow of information across borders.

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06 settembre 2016
EU 72-Hour Breach Notice May Give Companies Headaches by George R. Lynch, Bloomberg BNA. A tight 72-hour window to report data breaches in the European Union is of concern to companies due to uncertainties over how the short new time frame will work in practice, privacy professionals told Bloomberg BNA.

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06 settembre 2016
Multinational Companies Remain Wary of U.S.-EU Data-Transfer Pact by Dana Heide, Wall Street Journal. Survey shows many are relying on contract provisions Europe's highest court could invalidate.

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05 settembre 2016
Cybersecurity directive not enough to protect digitising European industry by Nomi Byström, EurActiv. Cybersecurity rules have been patchy at best and lacking at worst. So the adoption of the NIS Directive on security of network and information systems is a landmark development.

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05 settembre 2016
High-stakes battles engulf FCC by David McCabe, The Hill. Policy battles that have been mounting for months are poised to engulf the Federal Communications Commission in the final months of the Obama administration.

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04 settembre 2016
EU s Juncker says Apple tax decision is clearly based on facts, rules by Robert Birsel, Reuters. An EU ruling that Apple Inc must pay a huge tax bill to Ireland was clearly based on facts and existing rules and was not a decision aimed against the United States, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday.

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04 settembre 2016
Analysis: How the world s biggest tech companies could wriggle out of privacy rules by Brian Fung, Chicago Tribune. Companies such as Google and Facebook thrive on your personal data - the bits of information that tell advertisers how old you are, what brands you like and how long you lingered on that must-see cat video.

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04 settembre 2016
Google, Apple, Twitter and others back Microsoft on gag orders fight by John Ribeiro, ComputerWorld. Microsoft is fighting in court the indiscriminate use of gag orders accompanying data requests by government.

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02 settembre 2016
Exclusive: Google shelves plan for phone with interchangeable parts - sources by Julia Love, Reuters. Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components, as part of a broader push to streamline the company's hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

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02 settembre 2016
Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries, BBC NEWS. Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire.

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02 settembre 2016
Microsoft, Salesforce, Google all sign up for EU-US Privacy Shield by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Adoption among firms seems far brisker than take-up of its predecessor Safe Harbour.

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01 settembre 2016
U.S. tax code may allow dramatic retaliation in EU Apple case by Jason Lange, Reuters. U.S. tax law gives the Obama administration power to double tax rates for European companies should it choose to dramatically escalate a dispute with the European Union over Apple's tax bill.

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30 agosto 2016
Facebook lets users prompt danger alert by Zoe Kleinman, BBC NEWS. Facebook is to enable members to trigger its Safety Check service themselves if a dangerous event occurs near them.

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30 agosto 2016
EU takes on Apple, Ireland and the United States by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC NEWS. How should we tax giant technology companies that are able to move money, operations, and often digital goods across borders with increasing ease?

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29 Agosto 2016
FBI: Look out - hackers are breaking into US election board systems by Iain Thomson, The Register. SQL injection attack used to slurp voters' info.

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29 agosto 2016
Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate by Thorsten Severin and Andrea Shalal, Reuters. Germany's interior minister visited Facebook's offices in Berlin on Monday and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform.

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29 agosto 2016
Apple Will Reportedly Be Hit With a Record-Breaking Tax Penalty by David Meyer, Fortune. EU competition authorities are about to hammer Apple and Ireland over old tax deals.

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26 agosto 2016
Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws, BBC NEWS. Flaws in Apple's iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target's device merely by getting them to click on a link.

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25 agosto 2016
Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs by Alexander J Martin, The Register. Committee says press should uncritically repeat what government tells it to say

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25 agosto 2016
WhatsApp privacy backlash: Facebook angers users by harvesting their data by Dan Tynan, The Guardian. Facebook is being accused of backtracking on its pledge not to use the data of the 1 billion users of the WhatsApp messaging app it acquired two years ago

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24 agosto 2016
South Korea delays decision on Google s request for mapping data by Kenneth Maxwell, Reuters. South Korea said on Wednesday it will extend a review of a request by Google Inc in June for permission to take government mapping data out of the country for use in servers worldwide, with a decision due by Nov. 23.

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24 agosto 2016
Apple accused of iPhone 6 touch disease defect by Leo Kelion, BBC NEWS. Apple has been accused of failing to address a "design flaw" said to be causing many iPhone 6 and 6S handsets' screens to flicker and become unresponsive to touch.

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23 agosto 2016
Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other U.S. media: CNN, Reuters. The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

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23 agosto 2016
Is Wikileaks putting people at risk?, BBC NEWS. Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks has been criticised for not doing enough to screen sensitive information found in documents released via the site.

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22 agosto 2016
Self-driving cars don't care about your moral dilemmas, by Alex Hern, The Guardian. As self-driving cars move from fiction to reality, a philosophical problem has become the focus of fierce debate among technologists across the world. But to the people actually making self driving cars, it's kind of boring.

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18 agosto 2016
5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need To Ditch, by Adam Levin, The Huffingtonpost. Pick a subject, any subject, and there are myths and pure nonsense that someone will buy into.

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12 agosto 2016
Millions of cars at risk as keyless entry systems can be hacked, report says, by Elena Cresci and agencies, The Guardian. Cars that use Volkswagen's remote keyless entry system are vulnerable to theft using equipment costing £ 30, researchers claim.

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10 agosto 2016
Google Fiber seeks to expand wireless tests, by Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY. Google Fiber plans to test wireless broadband technology in a bid to bring super-speedy Internet to more places faster.

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09 agosto 2016
Where in the world is my data and how secure is it? by Rob Crossley, BBC. When Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, requested to see his personal data that Facebook stored on its servers, he was mailed a CD-ROM containing a 1,222- page document.

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08 agosto 2016
Oracle hacked; POS clients affected, by Joe Uchill, The Hill. A hacking group that stole $1 billion from banks in 2015 appears to have hacked Oracle, including a customer service website for Oracles large Micros brand of point-of-sale products.

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06 agosto 2016
Fight breaks out over 'pay for privacy' internet plans, by David McCabe, The Hill. A fight is brewing over the future of internet plans that require customers to pay more to protect their privacy.

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05 agosto 2016
A look at Five Big Data acquisitions over the last five months shows Enterprise is the connective tissue, by Andrew Brust for Big on Data, ZD Net.

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03 agosto 2016
Microsoft, Ireland and a Level Playing Field for U.S. Cloud Companies by Paul M. Schwartz, Bloomberg BNA. After the recent Microsoft v. United States decision, the law faces the task of clarifying questions about the international reach of a variety of a legal authorities and processes.

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03 agosto 2016
Verizon-Yahoo deal piques privacy watchdogs' concern by Li Zhou, Politico. Verizon's $4.8 billion bid to buy Yahoo's internet properties is drawing scrutiny from Capitol Hill privacy hawks, who have long sought restrictions on how ISPs collect and use customer data, Tony and Alex report today.

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03 agosto 2016
The 28-Year-Old Activist Who Took on Facebook. And Won by Adam Satariano & Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg BNA. A new U.S.-European Union data-privacy accord that took hold this week could have been a reason to celebrate for Max Schrems, the 28-year-old whose successful landmark lawsuit against Facebook last year led to the new rules affecting more than 4,000 companies.

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02 agosto 2016
Who's signing up for Privacy Shield? by Li Zhou, Politico. The new transatlantic data transfer agreement is live, and the question now is: Which companies are signing up?

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02 agosto 2016
Privacy Shield certifications begin trickling in by Peter Sayer, PCWorld. Although several companies say they have self-certified under the Privacy Shield framework, the U.S. Department of Commerce did not immediately list their compliance.

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02 agosto 2016
Europe-US Privacy Shield comes into force by Patrick Edwards, Irish Independent. Companies are now able to sign up to new rules governing transatlantic data transfers.

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01 agosto 2016
Judge voids VirnetX's $625.6 million Apple verdict; VirnetX plunges by Jonathan Stempel and Andrew Chung, Reuters. A federal judge has thrown out a verdict requiring Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to pay VirnetX Holding Corp (VHC.A) $625.6 million for infringing four patents relating to Internet security technology, causing VirnetX's share price to plunge.

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01 agosto 2016
Uber to Sell to Rival Didi Chuxing and Create New Business in China by Paul Mozur and Mike Isaac, The New York Times. HONG KONG — Uber's future in China seemed to hold promise.

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01 agosto 2016
Privacy Shield: A victory for the transatlantic economy by Penny Pritzker, Vĕra Jourová, EurActiv. The EU-US Privacy Shield goes live today (1 August). Věra Jourová and Penny Pritzker argue that this is good for citizens, businesses and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

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01 agosto 2016
CAN THE INTERNET OF THINGS BE DEFINED? by Jimmy H. Koo, Bloomberg BNA. The internet of things (IoT) includes connect devices, smart homes, self-driving cars and other connected devices.

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01 agosto 2016
EU-U.S. Privacy Shield fully operational from today, European Commission. As of today, companies are able to sign up to the Privacy Shield with the U.S. Department of Commerce who will then verify that their privacy policies comply with the high data protection standards required by the Privacy Shield.

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30 luglio 2016
Russia cyber attack: Large hack 'hits government', BBC Technology. A "professional" cyber attack has hit Russian government bodies, the country's intelligence service says.

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29 luglio 2016
Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources by Joseph Menn, Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball, Reuters. The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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29 luglio 2016
Facebook Tax Bill Over Ireland Move Could Cost $5 Billion by Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg. Facebook Inc.'s future cash flows and results could suffer a major blow if it loses a battle over new U.S. tax liabilities related to the transfer of its global operations to Ireland in 2010.

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28 luglio 2016
Snowden and WikiLeaks clash over leaked Democratic Party emails by Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post. Two of the biggest names in government data leaks clashed over how to responsibly release information on Twitter on Thursday.

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26 luglio 2016
U.S. issues guidelines for responding to major cyber attacks by Dustin Volz and Karen Freifeld, Reuters. The White House issued new instructions on Tuesday on how government agencies should respond to major cyber security attacks, attempting to combat perceptions the Obama administration has been sluggish in addressing threats from sophisticated hacking adversaries.

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25 luglio 2016
The end of Yahoo: Why Verizon spent big by Dave Lee, BBC News. Yahoo was the first website I ever visited. My Dad took me and my brother to an internet cafe in central London, and there it was - an exciting portal to the world wide web. Without it we'd have been completely lost.

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25 luglio 2016
U.S. judge faults Uber, bans background check in NY lawsuit by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters. A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information from a background check on a passenger bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the investigative firm conducting the probe may have engaged in criminal conduct.

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24 luglio 2016
Facebook, Twitter co-operated with Brazil probe of alleged militants by Michael Perry, Reuters. The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects' use of both social networks.

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21 luglio 2016
EU Telecom, Cable Operators Blast Net Neutrality Regs by Joe Kirwin, Bloomberg BNA. European Union draft net neutrality regulations will hinder the roll out of next generation mobile phone services, deter investment in high-speed broadband networks and trigger legal challenges, EU-based telecom companies and cable network operators said in statements and interviews July 19 following the close of a consultation period the day before.

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21 luglio 2016
Microsoft ordered to stop tracking Windows 10 user behaviour-or face piddling fine by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. France's data watchdog also eyes Microsoft's clasp of discredited Safe Harbour scheme.

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21 luglio 2016
Tor used to secure IoT, SC Magazine. The Guardian Project, a Tor Project contributor, has developed a way to keep the army of devices from toasters and refrigerators to lawnsprinklers and HVAC systems, from rising up at the behest of hackers and spilling sensitive data or executing other cyber-attacks, by integrating Tor security into the Internet of Things.

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20 luglio 2016
Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after ruling party email dump by David Dolan, Reuters. Turkey has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website, the telecoms watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after it leaked thousands of ruling party emails just as Ankara grapples with the aftermath of a failed military coup.

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20 luglio 2016
Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter - and is wiped out by dying phone sales by Iain Thomson, The Register. Win some, you lose some: profit up, revenue down.

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20 luglio 2016
EU court backs limited data retention in serious crime cases by Adrian Weckler, Irish Independent. The European Court Of Justice's Advocate General, Henrik Saugmandsgaard, has said that bulk retention of data is only justified in cases of "serious crime".

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20 luglio 2016
Commission reluctantly approves controversial German telecoms rule by Catherine Stupp, EurActiv. The European Commission gave a feeble stamp of approval to a controversial German telecoms rule yesterday (19 July), putting a temporary stop to Brussels' fight with the German regulator.

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20 luglio 2016
Flaws Found In 'Right To Be Forgotten' Data Privacy Laws by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek. A study by privacy researchers finds that attempts to obscure online information can be defeated with a bit of effort.

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20 luglio 2016
The Turkish Internet Is a Battleground, and Erdogan Is Winning by Elias Groll, Foreign Policy. As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has in recent days consolidated power after being nearly ousted in a coup, the internet has emerged as one of his primary weapons against political foes real and imagined.

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19 luglio 2016
Legal opinion: EU can harvest private data, Deutsche Welle. A legal advisor to the EU's top court has said telecoms should be able to log individual's private data for law enforcement purposes. The advisory is non- binding and is part of a protracted fight over digital privacy.

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19 luglio 2016
Guidelines on processing personal information within a whistleblowing procedure, EDPS. These Guidelines provides practical guidance to the EU institutions and bodies both before and after implementation of a whistleblowing procedure to ensure that they comply with the data protection obligations as set out in Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.

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19 luglio 2016
High Court approves US bid to join data privacy case by Mary Carolan, Ciara O'Brien, Irish Times. Case was sparked by privacy campaigner Max Schrems’ complaint to data protection watchdog.

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19 luglio 2016
Judge Orders WhatsApp Restored in Brazil as Olympics Near by Fabiola Moura, Bloomberg. Brazil's chief justice ordered service restored for Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp, saying the government's decision to block the messaging app violated freedom of speech and communication in the country.

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18 luglio 2016
Microsoft Wins Landmark Email Privacy Case by Phil Muncaster, InfoSecurity Magazine. A US federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Microsoft in a major privacy case related to whether the government can demand access to data stored on servers outside the country.

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18 luglio 2016
EU Data Protection Law May End The Unknowable Algorithm by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek. Slated to take effect as law across the EU in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation could require companies to explain their algorithms to avoid unlawful discrimination.

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15 luglio 2016
Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018 by Iain Thomson, The Register. When Windows 10 launched, Microsoft claimed it would have the new operating system on a billion devices by mid-2018. That isn't going to happen, however, Redmond has now admitted.

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15 luglio 2016
POLITICO Pro Q&A: The U.S. Privacy Shield negotiators by Nancy Scola, Politico. The ink is just drying on Privacy Shield, the new agreement between the United States and European Union that allows companies to send digital data across the Atlantic.

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14 luglio 2016
Former FTC commissioner says Privacy Shield 'effective and essential' for data by Elaine Edwards, Irish Times. Julie Brill tells IIEA event in Dublin agreement will make Europe a 'vital hub' for digital information.

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14 luglio 2016
Privacy Shield Adopted, But Uncertainty Remains, National Law Review. Yesterday, the European Commission adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, a framework designed to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor program.

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13 luglio 2016
Business lacks certainty despite official adoption of EU-US Privacy Shield by Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly. The European Commission has adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield framework, but businesses still lack clarity and assurance on transatlantic personal data transfers

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13 luglio 2016
EU operators' 5G manifesto misses the point, The Register. Never before have events coincided so neatly to demonstrate the gap between mobile operators' thinking about 5G, and how future networks will really be deployed for disruptive effect.

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13 luglio 2016
U.S. Privacy Shield negotiators share their takes by Li Zhou, Politico. PRIVACY SHIELD'S U.S. NEGOTIATORS GO ON RECORD - Nancy has an exclusive Q&A from Brussels with Justin Antonipillai and Ted Dean, the two Commerce Department officials who hammered out details of the newly adopted transatlantic agreement protecting citizens' digital data.

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13 luglio 2016
UN extends human rights to online world by Max Metzger, SCMagazine. The United Nations has passed a resolution calling for human rights to be counted online as well as off, citing the internet as an important medium for free speech and free assembly.

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12 luglio 2016
Privacy Shield forced US to be 'transparent' about intelligence agencies by Catherine Stupp, EurActiv. The controversial Privacy Shield agreement, which was signed today (12 July), forced the United States to be unusually transparent about the operations of its intelligence agencies, a top American official has claimed.

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12 luglio 2016
Privacy Shield: The new EU rules on transatlantic data sharing will not protect you by Jan-Philipp Albrecht, Max Schrems, Irish Times. Albrecht and Schrems say new regime likely to fall foul of EU Court of Justice in same way as Safe Harbor.

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12 luglio 2016
EU-US Privacy Shield now officially adopted but criticisms linger by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. The European Commission has formally adopted a new framework for governing personal data transfers between the EU and the U.S., replacing the prior Safe Harbor agreement which was invalidated last fall, and aiming to end nine months of uncertainty.

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11 luglio 2016
Facebook launches Snapchat-style disappearing messages, again by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Disappearing messages launched alongside new encryption feature, 'secret conversations'

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11 luglio 2016
Week ahead: EU set to finalize new data pact by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. The EU Commission on Tuesday is expected to finalize a long-awaited data transfer pact with the United States.

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11 luglio 2016
Privacy Shield Passes Art. 31 Hurdle; European Parliament LIBE Committee Advisory Vote Later Today, National Law Review. The final version of Privacy Shield (which has not yet been officially published) passed the Article 31 Committee vote on July 8th and is being presented today to the LIBE committee of the European Parliament.

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11 luglio 2016
This Facebook Nemesis Says Businesses Will Shun U.S.-EU Privacy Deal by David Meyer, Fortune. A privacy advocate claims the Privacy Shield deal is sure to fail.

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11 luglio 2016
Brexit Sparks EU Single Market Privacy Conundrum by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. The post-Brexit U.K. faces a tough decision with privacy implications on whether it should continue to participate in the unified European economy despite voting to leave the European Union.

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10 luglio 2016
Obama says U.S. government must improve cyber security by Angus Berwick, Reuters. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the U.S. government has to improve its cyber security practices for the modern age of smart phones and other technology, saying that hackers had targeted the White House.

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08 luglio 2016
U.S. tax agency investigates Facebook's Ireland asset transfer by Nate Raymond and Tom Bergin, Reuters. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Facebook Inc (FB.O) may have understated the value of intellectual property it transferred to Ireland by "billions of dollars", unfairly cutting its tax bill in the process, according to court papers.

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08 luglio 2016
Privacy Shield data pact gets European approval, BBC News. A revised pact governing EU-US data flows has been approved by European governments.

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07 luglio 2016
Italy: Garante recovers fines totalling €3.3 million in 2015 by Cristina Ulessi, DataGuidance. The Italian data protection authority ('Garante') presented, on 28 June 2016, its 2015 annual report to the Italian Parliament ('the Report'). In particular, the Report highlights that the Garante received €3,345,515 from fines issued in respect of breaches of the Privacy Code 2003.

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04 luglio 2016
Last chance to have your say on new EU spam and cookie law by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. European Commission seeks help in reforming the ePrivacy Directive.

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04 luglio 2016
Paolo Balboni scrive per Lexology un articolo su "Data Security and Cybercrime in Italy".

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04 luglio 2016
Paolo Balboni scrive per Lexology un articolo su "Electronic marketing and internet use in Italy".

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04 luglio 2016
Paolo Balboni scrive per Lexology un articolo su "Collection, storage and transfer of data in Italy".

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04 luglio 2016
Paolo Balboni scrive per Lexology un articolo su "Data security and breach notification in Italy".

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03 luglio 2016
Facebook defends position on content standards after Israeli censure by Dan Williams, Reuters. Facebook is doing its share to remove abusive content from the social network, it said on Sunday in an apparent rejection of Israeli allegations that it was uncooperative in stemming messages that might spur Palestinian violence.

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03 luglio 2016
#Brexit + #fintech: What happens now? by Shefali Roy, TechCrunch. The British public recently voted to leave the European Union.

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03 luglio 2016
THE INVESTIGATORY POWERS BILL GOES UNDER THE RADAR AS BREXIT DOMINATES by Kristopher Wilson, Newsweek. The House of Lords must properly consider encryption and privacy issues as well as national security.

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01 luglio 2016
Brazil blocks Facebook funds in WhatsApp row, BBC News. A court in Brazil has frozen 19.5 million reais (£4.5m, $6.07m) of Facebook's funds in a dispute with secure messaging service WhatsApp over a criminal case.

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01 luglio 2016
Apple fires back at Spotify over music streaming claims by Julia Love and Mia Shanley, Reuters. Apple Inc fought back on Friday against Spotify's claims that the U.S. tech giant had hampered competition in music streaming by rejecting an update to the Swedish service's iPhone app.

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30 giugno 2016
U.S. opens investigation into Tesla after fatal crash in Autopilot mode by David Shepardson, Reuters. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors (TSLA.O) Model S cars after a driver of one of the vehicles was killed using the Autopilot mode.

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30 giugno 2016
Spanish tax investigators raid Google's Madrid offices by Simon Goodley, The Guardian. Internet company says it complies with Spanish laws and will cooperate with authorities

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30 giugno 2016
Facebook wins appeal against Belgian privacy watchdog over tracking by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian. Social network's base of operations in Ireland puts it out of Belgium's jurisdiction, appeals court rules.

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29 giugno 2016
Facebook offers limited detail on formula behind News Feed by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters. Facebook Inc on Wednesday offered a rare glimpse into how it ranks and shows content in its News Feed, part of an effort to provide more transparency about its operations as the social network's cultural and political influence continue to grow.

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28 giugno 2016
After Brexit Vote, U.S. Tech Giants Face Splintered Digital Future in Europe by Alex Webb & Ellen Huet, Bloomberg. Google and Facebook may grapple with multiple data privacy rules. EU may be tougher on U.S. tech without U.K. influence.

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27 giugno 2016
Google beats children's web privacy appeal, Viacom to face one claim by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters. Google and Viacom on Monday defeated an appeal in a nationwide class action lawsuit by parents who claimed the companies illegally tracked the online activity of children under the age of 13 who watched videos and played video games on Nickelodeon's website.

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27 giugno 2016
Companies Should Focus on EU Privacy Regime Post-Brexit by Ali Qassim, Bloomberg BNA. Companies that process or send data to European Union nations and the U.K. need to remain focused on upcoming changes to EU data protection laws despite Brexit, privacy attorneys told Bloomberg BNA June 24.

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27 giugno 2016
UK surveillance bill's logging of web activity a huge risk to privacy, peers warn by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. A former senior chief in the U.K.'s Met Police and now a Lib Dem peer in the House of Lords has warned about major risks to the privacy of web users' personal data from a provision in the Investigatory Powers bill that would require ISPs to retain information on the websites and services accessed by their users for a full 12 months - so called Internet Connection Records (ICRs).

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26 giugno 2016
Europe's Startups Reassess Britain After 'Brexit' by Sam Schechner, The Wall Street Journal. The U.K. will be seen as less attractive for startups when it leaves the EU, executive warns.

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26 giugno 2016
Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New "Big Brother" Surveillance Bill by David Z. Morris, Fortune. His new home is making some familiar moves.

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23 giugno 2016
The Ultimate Test of Your Faith in Apple Is Here by Mathew Ingram, Fortune. Is Apple ahead of the pack as usual, or is it making a horrible mistake?

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22 giugno 2016
Senate votes down proposal to expand FBI surveillance powers by Dustin Volz, Reuters. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down a Republican-backed proposal to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's secretive surveillance powers after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week.

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22 giugno 2016
Mark Zuckerberg masks Mac webcam and microphone, BBC News. A photograph of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shows tape has been used to cover his MacBook Pro's webcam and mic.

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21 giugno 2016
Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead. by Michael Corkery, The New York Times. The banking password may be about to expire - forever.

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20 giugno 2016
Europe's rude awakening to big data politics by Frédéric Simon, EurActiv. To many in the Brussels bubble, the big data revolution came as a rude awakening, with revelations of mass-scale eavesdropping by US intelligence.

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20 giugno 2016
European Union Privacy Shield Status Update by Susan L. Foster, National Law Review. While it's making few headlines, the European Commission is still working to finalize Privacy Shield, and it's even possible that Privacy Shield will pass a key hurdle by the end of this month.

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20 giugno 2016
Why most of London's tech sector believes Brexit will prove a disaster by James Silver, TechWeekEurope. Among the most fearful of a potential Brexit is big business, whose main lobby group, the Confederation of British Industry, which represents some 190,000 businesses, has warned of a "serious economic shock" should voters choose to quit the EU in the referendum on June 23.

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17 giugno 2016
Microsoft to help track legalised marijuana sales, BBC News. Microsoft has teamed up with California-based technology start-up Kind Financial, which helps businesses and government agencies track sales of legalised marijuana "from seed to sale".

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17 giugno 2016
Surveillance vote foreshadows bigger fight ahead by Tim Starks, Politico. Two days after the bombshell revelation that Russian hackers had been inside the Democratic National Committee's network, senior lawmakers aren't ready to hit the panic button.

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17 giugno 2016
Why most of London's tech sector believes Brexit will prove a disaster by James Silver, TechCrunch. A decision over the U.K.'s future membership in the European Union is now just days away, with latest polls indicating a race to the wire.

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17 giugno 2016
Europe's obsession with privacy rights hinders growth by Ulf Phersson, Politico. This mindset threatens Europe's path to prosperity in the digital age, argues the Ericsson VP.

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16 giugno 2016
Track record: wherever you go online, you are being followed by Marie Boran, Irish Times. When you visit websites or use apps, your habits are constantly being monitored.

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16 giugno 2016
INFORMATION SECURITY PROFESSIONALS DON'T THINK BREXIT WILL IMPACT CYBERATTACK DEFENSES, SURVEY SAYS by George R. Lynch, Bloomberg BNA. The economy might collapse, the U.K. may fracture into its constituent parts, trade with Europe will suffer, the government could fall and public spending will be slashed, but at least the U.K. will still be able to defend itself from cyberattacks in the event of Brexit, at least according to a group of information security professionals surveyed recently.

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15 giugno 2016
Is it time to treat Facebook as a traditional news publisher? by Eileen Culloty, Irish Times. There is no simple solution to save the news industry - or to safeguard journalism.

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14 giugno 2016
U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Obama net neutrality rules by David Shepardson, Reuters. A U.S. appeals court upheld the Obama administration's landmark net neutrality rules on Tuesday, dealing a blow to internet service providers in a ruling that could ensure unfettered access to the web.

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14 giugno 2016
Crunch time for Privacy Shield by Kate Tummarello, Li Zhou & Alex Byers, Politico. Our POLITICO Europe colleagues report that European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourová says she's only "a day away" from finishing up revisions to the EU-U.S. transatlantic data-transfer deal.

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14 giugno 2016
U.S. court backs landmark Obama internet equal-access rules by David Shepardson, Reuters. A U.S. appeals court upheld the Obama administration's landmark rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing down consumer access to web content on Tuesday, dealing a blow to big cable and mobile phone companies.

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14 giugno 2016
Microsoft acquisition of LinkedIn raises privacy questions by Teri Robinson, SCMagazine. The data from Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion will indeed be used to enhance business for the Redmond tech giant, including dynamic CRM, but the company has not yet said how it plans to protect the privacy of personal data of LinkedIn members.

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13 giugno 2016
In "an unusual move," US government asks to join key EU Facebook privacy case by Glyn Moody, ArsTechnica. Decision likely underlines pivotal importance of the case for transatlantic data flows.

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12 giugno 2016
Massive North Korea cyber attack thwarted after hacking South Korea: report by Michael Perry, Reuters. North Korea has hacked into more than 140,000 computers at large South Korean conglomerates and government agencies and planted malicious codes that may have been intended for a massive cyber attack that has been thwarted, a news report said on Monday.

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10 giugno 2016
Twitter locks accounts after log-ins go on sale, BBC Technology. Twitter has locked some accounts following reports that log-in details for millions of users were on sale.

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09 giugno 2016
French Court Convicts Uber of Violating Transport, Privacy Laws by Nick Kostov & Sam Schechner, Wall Street Journal. Courts also slaps fines on two of U.S. company's French executives.

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09 giugno 2016
Don't hold your breath on Privacy Shield deal-it'll be last minute, insider says by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. National representatives considering whether or not to approve the proposed Privacy Shield on EU-US data transfers are still waiting to see new text from the European Commission, Ars has learned.

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09 giugno 2016
Democracy, film review: How the EU's data protection law was made by Wendy M Grossman, ZDNet. This documentary is almost as extraordinary an achievement as the passage of the General Data Protection Regulation: it makes data protection law and legislative compromise engrossing. Who knew that was even possible?

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09 giugno 2016
Senators spar over expanding FBI's access to internet users' data by Andrea Noble, Washington Times. An email privacy bill that passed unanimously in the House has run into trouble in a Senate committee as a result of an amendment that would expand the FBI’s warrantless access to internet users' browser history.

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08 giugno 2016
Infosec 2016: ICO - GDPR Not The Only Option If Brexit Happens by Ben Sullivan, TechWeekEurope. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that if Britain votes to leave the European Union, the GDPR is not the only data regulation policy that it could enforce.

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08 giugno 2016
Self-driving cars: overlooking data privacy is a car crash waiting to happen by Ellen P. Goodman, The Guardian. US states are scrambling to regulate self-driving cars, but the focus on physical safety ignores the more complex issues of data privacy and security.

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07 giugno 2016
Accessing your internet browsing history is now the FBI's top legislative priority by Justin Yu, CNet. An amendment proposed by the Obama administration could grant the FBI access to your IP address and web browsing history without requiring a warrant.

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07 giugno 2016
Overnight Tech: US, India to boost cyber threat sharing | House panel reviewing internet privacy rules | Another Dem questions FCC cable box plans by David McCabe and Mario Trujillo, The Hill. President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new framework for cooperation on cybersecurity issues on Tuesday.

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07 giugno 2016
FACING DATA DELUGE, SECRET U.K. SPYING REPORT WARNED OF INTELLIGENCE FAILURE by Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept. SECRET REPORT WARNED that British spies may have put lives at risk because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, leading them to miss clues to possible security threats.

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07 giugno 2016
Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis' by Kieren McCarthy, The Register. Germany cracks the whip.

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06 giugno 2016
Mark Zuckerberg hacked on Twitter and Pinterest by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Facebook founder apparent victim of 2012 LinkedIn password dump.

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06 giugno 2016
New EU digital laws could boost specialised cybersecurity insurance, EurActiv. Newly passed EU laws on data protection and cybersecurity could be a boon for insurance companies, which could pick up more clients once the rules go into effect in 2018.

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06 giugno 2016
Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards? by Iain Thomson, The Register. Something to bear in mind as Snoopers' Charter looms.

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06 giugno 2016
EU net neutrality draft guidelines split the crowd-public told to wade in by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Digital rights activists spot loopholes, industry frets over regulatory meddling.

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06 giugno 2016
Data Localization Takes Off as Regulation Uncertainty Continues by Stephen Dockery, Wall Street Journal. Companies are putting the pedal to the floor to get data stored in European countries as the information environment becomes complicated by a new privacy law and threatened by the possible failure of a U.S.-EU data transfer agreement.

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06 giugno 2016
German privacy regulator fines three firms over U.S. data transfers by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. A German regulator has fined three companies for still relying on a Safe Harbour agreement to electronically transfer personal data to the United States, despite the deal being declared invalid by the EU's highest court last year on concerns about U.S. mass surveillance activities.

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03 giugno 2016
Facebook's Zuckerberg may lose majority voting control if he exits by Kenneth Maxwell, Reuters. Facebook Inc's (FB.O) board has proposed removing Mark Zuckerberg's majority voting control in the event of the social media giant's chief executive and founder deciding to exit management at some point in future.

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03 giugno 2016
Google pulls Chrome extension that tracked Jewish names by David McCabe, The Hill. Google on Thursday pulled a Chrome extension that allowed anti-Semites to track supposedly Jewish surnames across the web.

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02 giugno 2016
EU: EDPS asks Commission "to walk on water" in Privacy Shield negotiations, DataGuidance. The European Data Protection Supervisor ('EDPS'), Giovanni Buttarelli, issued, on 30 May 2016, his opinion on the EU-US Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision ('the Opinion'), in which he called for "significant improvements" to be made, should the European Commission ('the Commission') wish to adopt such a decision.

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01 giugno 2016
European Data Protection Supervisor Rejects Privacy Shield by Phil Muncaster, InfoSecurity Magazine. The likelihood of the new Privacy Shield data sharing deal between the EU and US being ratified this month diminished further after the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) claimed it was "not robust enough."

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01 giugno 2016
Why the World Is Drawing Battle Lines Against American Tech Giants by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times. Imagine you're a French lawmaker. For decades, you've protected your nation's cultural output with the diligence of a gardener tending a fragile patch against invasive killer weeds.

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31 maggio 2016
EU clamps down on online hate speech, Financial Times. Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have signed up to new EU rules on taking down illegal hate speech as regulators and internet giants try to cope with violent racist abuse and technically savvy terrorists online.

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31 maggio 2016
EU Watchdog: EU-US Privacy Shield Is 'Not Robust Enough' by Matthew Broersma, TechWeekEurope. The new transatlantic data transfer agreement is likely to be defeated in EU court just as Safe Harbour was, argues the European data protection supervisor.

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31 maggio 2016
HOW THE EU GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION WAS WON-THE MOVIE by Donald G. Aplin, Bloomberg BNA. The guy who shepherded the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), German Green Party Member of the European Parliament Jan Philipp Albrecht, and former European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding.

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31 maggio 2016
FTC: Different Privacy Rules for ISPs 'Not Optimal' by Lydia Beyoud, Bloomberg BNA. Regulating Internet service providers' data privacy practices differently than those of other online companies is not ideal and Congress should strengthen privacy protections across the board, the Federal Trade Commission said in a May 27 filing.

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30 maggio 2016
Data watchdog rejects EU-US Privacy Shield pact, BBC News. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs "significant improvements".

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30 maggio 2016
Privacy Shield: more robust and sustainable solution needed by PRESS RELEASE EDPS, Brussels. Privacy Shield: more robust and sustainable solution needed In his capacity as an independent supervisor of the EU institutions and advisor to the EU legislator, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today published his Opinion on the EU-U.S.

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30 maggio 2016
Privacy shield dead on arrival by Laurens Cerulus, Politico. The latest attempt at an EU-U.S. deal to protect data transfers of everything from family photos to payroll information appears to be on the same path as the last collapsed effort.

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27 maggio 2016
Problems for model clauses and Privacy Shield as MEPs and regulators flex their muscles by John Leonard, Computing. EU-US data transfer mechanisms look to be on shaky ground.

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27 maggio 2016
Euro agencies on encryption backdoors: Create 'decryption without weakening' by Tim Greene, NetworkWorld. Police, cyber security groups seek legislation that balances law enforcement and privacy needs.

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27 maggio 2016
Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet by Amar Toor, The Verge. Company begins displaying cookie warnings for European users after expanding ad network.

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26 maggio 2016
Privacy Shield must be Schremsproof, says one MEP-others wave it through by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Plus: Mr Privacy's EU-US data-sharing sunset clause snubbed by European Parliament.

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26 maggio 2016
EU-US "Privacy Shield" for data transfers: further improvements needed, MEPs say by Press release - Justice and home affairs, European Parliament. The EU Commission should go on negotiating with the USA to remedy "deficiencies" in proposed "Privacy Shield" protection for EU citizens' data transferred to the US for commercial purposes, Parliament says in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday.

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25 maggio 2016
BOOSTING E-COMMERCE IN THE EU, European Commission - Fact Sheet. Being able to buy and sell products and services online has generated many opportunities.

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25 maggio 2016
U.S. Privacy Safe Harbor-More Myths and Facts by Lothar Determann, Bloomberg BNA. On Oct. 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated a decision that the Commission of the European Communities issued 15 years ago.

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25 maggio 2016
Privacy whiz Max Schrems set to challenge other big firms by Nikolaj Nielsen, EUObserver. Tech industry be warned. Privacy campaigner Max Schrems plans on setting up an NGO to enforce people's rights.

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25 maggio 2016
French Data Protection Authority Orders Fine of 100,000 Euros Against Google Inc. for Violation of Right to Be Forgotten by Carol Umhoefer and Caroline Chancé, Bloomberg BNA. In March 2016, Peter Fleischer, Google Inc.'s Global Privacy Counsel, announced Google was adapting its approach to implementing data subjects' right to be forgotten, which is achieved by delisting from search results links to contested content.

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25 maggio 2016
Irish privacy watchdog refers Facebook's U.S. data transfers to EU court by Julia Fioretti & Conor Humphries, Reuters. Data transfers to the United States by companies such as Facebook and Google face a renewed legal threat after the Irish privacy watchdog said on Wednesday it would refer Facebook's data transfer mechanisms to the top EU court.

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24 maggio 2016
Ireland joins EU states in call for free data flows by Michael Cogley, Irish Independent. Ireland has joined other EU nations in calling for the removal of barriers to data flows both within and outside of the 28-nation bloc.

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24 maggio 2016
More hacking and undercover work: Police chiefs answer to strong encryption row by Steve Ranger, ZDNet. International police and cybersecurity agencies tackle the row over strong encryption -- but their answer is likely to cause almost as many headaches as government-ordered backdoors.

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24 maggio 2016
EU data protection chief: We have serious concerns about Privacy Shield by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Watchdog prepares to weigh in on EU-US data sharing, calls on robust improvements.

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23 maggio 2016
Toshiba to more than halve its capital base to about $1.8 billion by Makiko Yamazaki, Reeuters. Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Monday it would more than halve its capital base - a move that comes in the wake of a $1.3 billion accounting scandal last year.

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23 maggio 2016
EU digital ministers demand free data flows, no one-size-fits-all rules by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Regulation mustn't lead to barrier to data-driven technologies, ministers thunder.

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23 maggio 2016
Facebook beefs up Oculus VR team in London by Tom Mendelsohn, ArsTechnica. Tight-lipped Facebook recruits UK developers for its virtual reality project.

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23 maggio 2016
What Europe Tells Us About The Future Of Data Privacy by Alan M Usas, Darkreading. Recent initiatives offer new strategies for balancing technology, security, and organizational policy goals. Here are three approaches worth considering.

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23 maggio 2016
Britain, Sweden Urge Caution as EU Crafts Internet Regulations by Aoife White, Bloomberg. The U.K., Sweden and 12 other European Union nations are urging caution on any new rules on Internet services, lining up against earlier French and German calls for curbs on the growing power of Google and other online companies.

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23 maggio 2016
Week ahead in tech: Lawmakers focus on email privacy, internet transition by Mario Trujillo and David McCabe, The Hill. The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to pass a privacy bill that would ensure law enforcement gets a warrant before forcing technology companies to hand over their customers' emails.

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23 maggio 2016
EU members lobby for better rules to support data-driven technologies and businesses by Graeme Burton, Computing. Fourteen EU countries are lobbying the EU presidency - currently held by the Netherlands - to refrain from introducing more regulations that could act as a barrier to the development of data-driven technologies.

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23 maggio 2016
How Russia's New Facial Recognition App Could End Anonymity by Jonathan Frankle, The Atlantic. FindFace's technology may one day allow anyone to identify you with their phone.

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22 maggio 2016
EU countries call for the removal of barriers to data flows by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. Half of the European Union's member states on Monday called for the removal of barriers to the free flow of data both within and outside the 28-nation bloc to ensure the continent can benefit from new data-driven technologies.

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20 maggio 2016
Hong Kong regulator to begin review of data privacy laws by Michelle Price, Reuters. Hong Kong will begin a review of its data privacy rules over the next 18 months, with a view to potentially updating them in line with technological developments and changes in European regulation, the territory's privacy regulator said.

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20 maggio 2016
FBI Plots Its Next Move in the Encryption Battle by Chris Strohm, Bloomberg. The next frontier in the battle between the FBI and technology companies over encrypted communications will be more legally complicated -- and messy -- than trying to get into the iPhone of a dead terrorist.

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20 maggio 2016
EU-US data cooperation: Privacy and security not a trade-off, LIBE Press release - Justice and home affairs A delegation of seven Civil Liberties committee MEPs visited the US this week. In Washington DC the lawmakers met representatives from key departments of the US administration and Congress counterparts, including ten members of the Bipartisan working group on encryption.

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20 maggio 2016
Privacy Shield faces another setback after Eurocrats fail to agree on deal by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Work on hammering out Safe Harbour replacement is progressing, EC insists to Ars.

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19 maggio 2016
Google Appeals French Privacy Ruling by Mark Scott, New York Times. Google and French regulators are fighting another round over people's right to privacy.

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19 maggio 2016
Facebook faces off with conservatives by Alex Bybers & Kate Tummarello, Politico. Conservative leaders in media and politics have been critical of Facebook since reports first emerged that company workers suppressed right-leaning news sites from appearing in a portion of their daily feeds.

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18 maggio 2016
Millions of hacked LinkedIn IDs advertised 'for sale', BBC News. A hacker is advertising what he says is more than one hundred million LinkedIn logins for sale.

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18 maggio 2016
Europe adopts new cybersecurity rules for key players by Kieren McCarthy, The Register. New obligations on providers of essential services.

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18 maggio 2016
Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone, maybe not so much by Katherine Noyes, PCWorld. You're probably giving away more than you think.

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17 maggio 2016
Cybersecurity law given thumbs up by European Union's ministers by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Former adoption paves way for legislation at national level within next two years.

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17 maggio 2016
Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity by Shaun Walker, The Guardian. FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability.

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17 maggio 2016
Data protection: Civil Liberties MEPs visit the US by LIBE Press release, European Parliament. The "Privacy Shield" on commercial transfers of personal data to the US, implementation of the newly adopted EU data protection rules and counter terrorism measures are among the key issues that Civil Liberties MEPs will debate with US counterparts during their visit to Washington and Silicon Valley 16-20 May.

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16 maggio 2016
Week ahead: Robocalls, email privacy top agenda by David McCabe and Mario Trujillo, The Hill. The Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday to examine the impact of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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16 maggio 2016
EU's data privacy regulations put the pressure on IT by Cindy Waxer, ComputerWorld. European Union authorities are requiring companies that handle EU citizens' data to comply with some of the strictest data privacy regulations in the world -- or pay a steep price.

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16 maggio 2016
The Fight Over Privacy and Secrecy in Government Investigations by Peter J. Henning, New York Times. The debate over privacy has intensified since the battle between Apple and the Justice Department emerged over unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, a conflict that ended in March when the government said it found a way to unlock the device.

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14 maggio 2016
Challenging times for Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner by Derek Scally, Irish Times. For the second time in two years, the DPC's critics are asking: who is policing Ireland’s privacy police?

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13 maggio 2016
Dynamic IP addresses can be personal data, CJEU says, Privacy Laws. The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union ( CJEU) issued an opinion yesterday in the case Patrick Breyer v. Federal Republic of Germany which suggests that dynamic Internet Protocol (IP) addresses fall within the EU Data Protection Directive.

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13 maggio 2016
Why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to by Andrea Peterson, Washington Post. Nearly one in two Internet users say privacy and security concerns have now stopped them from doing basic things online - such as posting to social networks, expressing opinions in forums or even buying things from websites, according to a new government survey released Friday.

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13 maggio 2016
Lack of Trust in Internet Privacy and Security May Deter Economic and Other Online Activities by Rafi Goldberg, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Every day, billions of people around the world use the Internet to share ideas, conduct financial transactions, and keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues.

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12 maggio 2016
Europeans' right to surf anonymously online-top lawman to weigh in by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Website operators should cloak IP addresses, argues politician who brought case to CJEU.

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12 maggio 2016
It's not too early to start preparing for data protection changes by Ciara O'Brien, Irish Times. Companies will face stiffer penalties for data breaches under overdue new laws.

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12 maggio 2016
Device makers, telecoms face competing government demands on privacy by Alison Frankel, Reuters. For tech companies, there was a confounding juxtaposition in the news this week.

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12 maggio 2016
Sweden: Datainspektionen's "pragmatic approach to alleviate GDPR frictions" by Cristina Ulessi, DataGuidance. The Swedish data protection authority ('Datainspektionen') released, on 4 May 2016, a checklist to assist organisations in the assessment of the measures required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR') and 20 frequently asked questions ('FAQs') focusing on data processors, data protection officers ('DPOs') and breach notification.

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11 maggio 2016
Cybersecurity and Consumer Data Privacy in the Insurance Sector: The Current Framework and a Look Ahead by Daniel Vinish and Ellen Farrell, Bloomberg BNA. As companies have increasingly moved to electronic storage media and as the vulnerability of that media has become more apparent, Congress and state legislatures have enacted numerous laws to help protect the privacy and security of confidential and personal consumer information.

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11 maggio 2016
Zuckerberg called out to face reports by Jordan Graham, Boston Herald. Concerns mount on possible 'Trending' bias.

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11 maggio 2016
Police cooperation: MEPs approve new powers for Europol to fight terrorism, European Parliament Press release. The EU police agency Europol will soon be able to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences and respond faster to threats, thanks to new governance rules approved by Parliament on Wednesday.

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11 maggio 2016
FCC chair defends privacy proposal before lawmakers by David McCabe, The Hill. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler defended his proposal to enforce new privacy rules for broadband providers on Wednesday while sparring with opponents at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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11 maggio 2016
Facebook launches facial recognition app in Europe (without facial recognition) by Alex Hern, The Guardian. The social network wants you to share more pictures, and its new app Moments is how it’s going to encourage that - if it isn't scuppered by data protection law.

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10 maggio 2016
Overnight Cybersecurity: Twitter blocks intel agencies from data service by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. Twitter has barred U.S. intelligence agencies from accessing a service that monitors and sorts the entire worldwide volume of tweets in real time.

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10 maggio 2016
Privacy warriors take legal action over UK gov s right to hack by Katyanna Quach, The Register. Privacy International challenges the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (again).

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10 maggio 2016
Businesses and consumers increasingly concerned about data privacy: Deloitte by Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet. The latest survey from Deloitte has revealed businesses that respect the privacy of its customers are more likely to be trusted.

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10 maggio 2016
The European Cloud Initiative: A silver lining for data sharing? by Ian Stevens and Alan Nelson, Computer Weekly. The European Commission has published proposals for a new cloud initiative - part of a package of measures designed to enhance the EU's position in the global, data-driven economy.

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10 maggio 2016
Senators debate limits on NSA spy databases by Laura Hautala, CNet. Two surveillance programs, first revealed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden, are up for renewal in 2017.

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09 maggio 2016
Twitter tells US intel agencies to do their own data mining by David Kravets, ArsTechnica. Move comes as Silicon Valley publicly battles the US intelligence agencies.

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09 maggio 2016
The Internet of Things is a security nightmare, warns EFF by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. A panel discussion on finding a balance between security and privacy here at Disrupt New York 2016 touched on various aspects of a complex topic, including strategies for securing customer data and the big risks posed as more types of devices come online.

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09 maggio 2016
Privacy Counsel High Demand, Low Supply Raises Costs by Daniel R. Stoller, Bloomberg BNA. The demand for privacy and security guidance is high as companies increasingly realize the cybersecurity risks they face.

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09 maggio 2016
Facebook accused of censoring conservatives in newsfeed, report says by Nellie Bowles and Sam Thielman, The Guardian. The social media company's newsfeed algorithm purposely leaves out stories from rightwing sites, a former news curator has alleged.

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09 maggio 2016
The Clash of Privacy, Legislation and Software by Quentin Hardy, New York Times. Digital encryption, with its mind-numbing mathematics, is hard to do. It's almost as tough as the arguments on what to do with it.

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06 maggio 2016
Ransomware is now the biggest cybersecurity threat by Danny Palmer, ZDNet. Simple attacks plus user willingness to pay ransoms to get their files back means ransomware is on the rise, warn Kaspersky researchers.

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06 Maggio 2016
Grading the Cybersecurity National Action Plan by Time Starks, Politico. White House cyber czar Michael Daniel discusses President Barack Obama's ambitious Cybersecurity National Action Plan today at an event hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance that's closed to the press.

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06 maggio 2016
Facebook Must Face Privacy Claims Over Photo-Tagging Feature by Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg. Facebook Inc. users who say the social network's facial scanning flouts their privacy rights won the first round of a court fight.

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06 maggio 2016
Companies gun-shy on privacy shield by Laurens Cerulus, Politico. The Commission plans to finalize a new data agreement by June, but businesses are afraid to use it.

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05 maggio 2016
Exclusive: Big data breaches found at major email services - expert by Eric Auchard, Reuters. Hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters.

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05 maggio 2016
Over 150 data retention plans approved without finalised compensation model by Chris Duckett, ZDNet. Despite being legally bound to implement a warrantless data-retention scheme, the Australian Attorney-General's Department has maintained there is a 'spirit of cooperation' with industry.

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05 maggio 2016
Millions of email names, passwords hacked in giant data breach, report says by Marcus Gilmer, Mashable. More than 250 million email usernames and passwords have been breached and are being used by "Russia's criminal underworld," according to a Reuters report.

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05 maggio 2016
EU Policy Update: Digitising European Industry, Decarbonizing Transport Sector, Trade Secrets, National Law Review. On April 19, the European Commission launched its "Digitising European Industry" package, a series of industry related initiatives aimed at "updating Europe's digital infrastructure".

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04 maggio 2016
Instagram hacked by 10-year-old boy by Dave Lee, BBC News. A 10-year-old Finnish boy named Jani has been given $10,000 (£7,000) after he found a security flaw in image-sharing social network Instagram.

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04 maggio 2016
SO … NOW THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO HACK CYBERCRIME VICTIMS by Kim Zetter, WIRED. Three new changes in federal court rules have vastly expanded law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers around the world.

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04 maggio 2016
How flexible can the UK actually be on EU data protection law? By Amberhawk Training, The Register. It's certainly going to try to be a little bendy.

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04 maggio 2016
Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support by Jeremy Seth Davis, SC Magazine. The long-besieged Privacy Shield agreement proposed by US and European officials faces a new round of challenges following recent decisions by the US Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FSIC) and the Supreme Court.

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04 maggio 2016
D-Day for GDPR is 25 May 2018 by Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly. The European Parliament's official publication of the General Data Protection Regulation means it will become enforceable on 25 May 2018

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04 maggio 2016
Lack of EU Data Reg Guidance Has Companies Uncertain by Ali Qassim, Bloomberg BNA. Even while awaiting European Union member state individual rules to implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation and in the absence of official data protection authority guidance, companies must take steps to comply, privacy attorneys said.

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03 maggio 2016
Android App Pirates Plead Guilty In Groundbreaking Prosecution by David Meyer, Fortune. Alternative Android store Applanet distributed apps worth $17 million.

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03 maggio 2016
SEC cold on Email Privacy Act by Alex Byers & Kate Tummarello, Politico. The Securities and Exchange Commission is still fighting a House-passed bill to require law enforcement to get a warrant before obtaining messages from email providers.

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03 maggio 2016
Why your photos are the next big battleground in the fight for privacy by Andrew Dudum, The Next Web. Photos are the most personal digital artifacts that we possess in life today.

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02 maggio 2016
Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism by Julia Powles, The Guardian. Two bitter rivals have agreed to drop mutual antitrust cases across the globe. Why? To fend off the greater regulatory threat of democratic oversight

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02 maggio 2016
Internet Powers Open Up Their Wallets by Shira Ovide, Bloomberg. The Web's biggest spenders have mostly started splurging again.

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02 maggio 2016
Google, Europe and Privacy by Marc Rotenberg, New York Times. To the Editor: Re "The E.U.'s Dangerous Data Rules," by Daphne Keller and Bruce D. Brown (Op-Ed, April 25): The solution proposed by Google to the European privacy decision about delisting is bad for privacy, bad for freedom of expression and entirely upside down.

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02 maggio 2016
U.K. Parliament OKs Appointment of New Privacy Chief by Daniel R. Stoller, Bloomberg BNA. The U.K. Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee April 28 confirmed the appointment of Elizabeth Denham, current British Columbia information and privacy commissioner, as the next U.K. Information Commissioner.

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02 maggio 2016
High-Risk Processing Triggers EU Data Reg Obligations by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. When it comes to processing personal data in the European Union, companies will soon need to figure out whether it is “high risk” behavior or face significant fines.

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02 maggio 2016
WhatsApp Blocked in Brazil as Judge Seeks Data by Vinod Sreeharsh, New York Times. WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook, was shut down in Brazil on Monday after a court order from a judge who is seeking user data from the service for a criminal investigation.

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02 maggio 2016
THE EU S HARD LINE ON PRIVACY AND THE ENVIRONMENT MAY BE COMING TO AN END by Klint Finley, Wired. The EU HAS long taken a harder line on privacy and environmental regulations than the US.

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29 aprile 2016
FBI bought $1m iPhone 5C hack, but does not know how it works by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian. US law enforcement agency in possession of mechanism for unlocking iPhone 5Cs or older - but identity of hackers closely guarded secret.

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29 aprile 2016
US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers, BBC News. The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that would allow law enforcement to remotely search computers located anywhere in the US.

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28 aprile 2016
Global smartphone market shrank annually for first time in first quarter: Strategy Analytics by Se Young Lee and Kenneth Maxwell, Reuters. Global shipments of smartphones shrank 3 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier in the market's first year-on-year contraction on record, researcher Strategy Analytics said on Thursday, reflecting growing strains on the industry.

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28 aprile 2016
New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept. A newly published study from Oxford's Jon Penny provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression.

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28 aprile 2016
Senate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote by Mario Trujillo, The Hill. Lawmakers and tech advocates are calling on the Senate to quickly take up an email privacy bill that was overwhelmingly approved by the House this week.

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28 aprile 2016
The Future of Authentication by Arthur Baxter, Observer. Computers have a hard time verifying human identity, or even identifying machines that are posing as humans.

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28 aprile 2016
Italy orders Facebook to hand over fake user account data to its alleged victim by Glyn Moody, ArsTechnica. The Italian data protection authority has ordered Facebook to provide an Italian user with all their data, including the personal information, photos, and posts of a separate fake account set up in that person's name by somebody else.

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27 aprile 2016
Traffic to Wikipedia terrorism entries plunged after Snowden revelations, study finds by Joseph Menn, Reuters. Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarizing knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 percent after revelations of widespread Web monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency, suggesting that concerns about government snooping are hurting the ordinary pursuit of information.

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27 aprile 2016
Email Privacy Act Requiring Warrants From Feds Passes House, Flaws And All by Shelby Carpenter, Forbes. The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699). The good news: the bill would require the government to get a warrant to access your email or any information you have stored in the cloud. The bad: after getting a warrant, it could still look through your online correspondence without every notifying you.

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26 aprile 2016
Apple, Twitter and Facebook under scrutiny by Dave Lee, BBC News. Founded in the 80s, the company sold hardware and software to thousands of companies, and during the dot.com boom it was bringing in $5bn (£3.4bn) in revenue each quarter.

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26 aprile 2016
How to Say Privacy in U.S. and UK English by Noah Feldman, Bloomberg. Americans think they have a God-given right -- or least a constitutional one -- to the details of celebrity sex lives.

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26 aprile 2016
Twitter Narrows Loss, Adds Users and Misses Revenue Forecast by Mike Isaac, The New York Times. For all the issues that Twitter has grappled with over the last few years - the slowdown in user growth, a revolving door of executives and confusion over how to use the social media service - it has had one constant pillar of strength: a bulletproof advertising business.

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25 aprile 2016
Obama Stresses Need to Monitor Data in Fighting Terrorism by Mark Scott, New York Times. The trans-Atlantic debate over digital privacy rights versus the surveillance needs of intelligence agencies was put under a spotlight on Monday, as President Obama called for continued access by law enforcement officials to thwart terrorism, while some European privacy advocates urged greater restraint.

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25 aprile 2016
Europe s Web Privacy Rules: Bad for Google, Bad for Everyone by Daphine Keller & Bruce Brown, New York Times. IT'S been a rough few months for Google in Europe.

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25 aprile 2016
U.S. Subsidiary in Germany Faces Data Transfer Fines by Jabeen Bhatti, Bloomberg BNA. At least one of six Hamburg-based subsidiaries of U.S. companies being investigated for data protection infringement is set to receive a fine for unauthorized data transfer to the U.S., the north German state's data protection authority (DPA) told Bloomberg BNA April 20.

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24 aprile 2016
Facebook Aims to Drive Down Tech Prices to Expand Its Reach by Quentin Hardy and Mike Isaac, The New York Times. SAN FRANCISCO - Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and chief executive, is clear about his vision for his company: He wants to triple the size of his social network, which now has 1.6 billion members.

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22 aprile 2016
FBI paid more than $1.3 million to iPhone hackers, says it was worth it by Stan Schroeder, Mashable. Earlier this month, the FBI announced it managed to crack open the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters - by hiring contractor hackers. Now we know roughly how much that cost the U.S. taxpayers.

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22 aprile 2016
EU-US relations face tense times as trade deal looms by Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times. While the blocs are working closely on some issues they are far apart on others, in particular data privacy.

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22 aprile 2016
Legal view: What a Brexit could mean for data protection and UK businesses by James Castro-Edwards, V3. The referendum on Britain's continued membership of the European Union is to be held on 23 June.

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21 aprile 2016
UK report finds rising digital privacy concerns by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. A comprehensive study of Brits' usage of and attitudes to digital media, conducted annually by telecoms watchdog Ofcom, suggests there is growing concern among web and app users about the privacy of their personal data.

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21 aprile 2016
DOCUMENTS REVEAL SECRETIVE U.K. SURVEILLANCE POLICIES by Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept. Newly disclosed documents offer a rare insight into the secretive legal regime underpinning the British government’s controversial mass surveillance programs.

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21 aprile 2016
EU wants single-click police access to personal data by Nikolaj Nielsen, EUObserver. The EU plans to create a single access point for the authorities to look at people's personal data, including fingerprints and facial scans, by linking up to a dozen border and law enforcement databases, interior ministers said on Thursday (21 April).

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21 aprile 2016
Internet provider trade groups ask for more time for privacy comments by David McCabe, The Hill. Trade groups representing internet service providers are asking the Federal Communications Commission to give the public more time to comment on proposed rules governing the way providers handle customer data.

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21 April 2016
Denmark: GDPR s national exemptions not a good kick-off for harmonisation, Data Guidance. The Danish Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced, on 15 April 2016, that it has initiated a legislative review in collaboration with the Danish data protection authority (Datatilsynet) and the Danish Agency for Digitalisation of the data protection legislation in order to align it with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), following its recent adoption by the European Parliament (the Project).

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20 aprile 2016
Google.com is a partially dangerous website - according to Google by Stuart Dredge, The Guardian. Visitors warned about malware and cybercriminal links on search engine by the company's own Safe Browsing Site Status report.

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20 aprile 2016
Google faces EU charge over Android abuse of dominance by Kevin Rawlinson, BBC News. Google has been issued formal antitrust charges over claims that it abuses the dominant position of its Android operating system.

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20 aprile 2016
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others express deep concerns over controversial encryption bill by Amar Toor, The Verge. Coalitions representing major tech companies warn of 'unintended consequences' in letter to US senators.

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20 aprile 2016
UK s upper House urges privacy kitemark for online platforms by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. A report into the market power of large online platforms such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Airbnb has concluded that more needs to be done to bolster consumer trust in tech giants' handling of their data.

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20 aprile 2016
US wary of renegotiating data deal with Europe by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. The United States is reluctant to reopen negotiations on a pending data transfer deal with the European Union after European privacy regulators expressed reservations with the current draft, according to Reuters.

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19 aprile 2016
Margrethe Vestager to charge Google Wednesday: sources by Nicholas Hirst and Chris Spillane, Politico. The European commissioner set to accuse the tech giant of giving its own apps unfair advantage on the Android operating system.

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19 aprile 2016
Microsoft cites new EU personal data rules in support of email dispute by John Ribiero, PCWorld. Microsoft has refused to provide to the U.S. government emails stored in Ireland.

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19 aprile 2016
Bill Gates: No absolutists on privacy and government searches by Mario Trujillo, The Hill. Bill Gates says there are no "absolutists" when it comes to data privacy and government searches.

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19 aprile 2016
Viber Joins WhatsApp, Apple In Encrypting All Messages by Parmy Olson, Forbes. Viber has become the latest messaging app double down on user privacy by rolling out end-to-end encryption for all conversations between individual users and groups on its network.

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19 aprile 2016
Broadening the Oversight of a Free and Open Internet by Stephen Crocker, Wall Street Journal. Stewardship by the global community will guard against 'capture' by one group or government.

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18 aprile 2016
Teradata forms global IoT unit to tackle cloud-based analytics by Natalie Gagliordi, ZDNet. The group will focus on building new cloud-based analytic services that could automate data movement and database management for IoT applications.

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18 aprile 2016
EU not planning one-size rules for internet giants by Peter Teffer, EUObserver. The European Union is not going to draw up a single set of rules for internet services like Google, Facebook and Spotify, digital commissioner Andrus Ansip has said.

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18 aprile 2016
EU Parliament Finalizes Landmark Data Privacy Reg by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. The European Parliament April 14 approved the landmark European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), bringing the possibility of huge enforcement fines and stricter data subject consent and data breach notification requirements to the EU.

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18 aprile 2016
Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired. By Mark Scott, New York Times. Google is a top target for European regulators and privacy watchdogs, who openly fear and distrust its dominance.

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17 aprile 2016
Companies await fate of data sharing deal by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. A deal between the United States and the European Union on transferring data is facing another obstacle, with a key group of regulators demanding changes to the agreement.

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15 aprile 2016
Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests by Sarah McBride, Reuters. Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington.

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15 aprile 2016
Companies face huge fines under hard-hitting new EU data laws by Adrian Weckler, Irish Independent. The new laws, which mark a hardening EU attitude toward corporate use of personal data, also require companies to adhere to tighter rules on marketing, customer profiling and other areas where people's personal details are used.

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14 aprile 2016
Joint Statement on the final adoption of the new EU rules for personal data protection, European Commission. European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, and Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova made the following statement.

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14 aprile 2016
MEPs approve plan to collect and share air passenger data by Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian. Scheme will allow security services easier access to information about people flying into and out of Europe.

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14 aprile 2016
European Parliament adopts tough new data protection rules by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. The final vote on reforms to Europe's data protection laws has just taken place in the European Parliament, with MEPs agreeing the new data protection directive - bringing to a close some four years of work to update existing legislation which dates back to 1995.

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14 aprile 2016
New data protection rules fit for our digital age by Jan Philipp Albrecht, Marju Lauristin, Vera Jourova, EurActiv. Today (14 April), the European Parliament adopted a historic reform of EU data protection legislation, which will come into force in two years' time. It promises to bring real EU-wide benefits, write Jan Philipp Albrecht, Marju Lauristin and Vera Jourova.

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14 aprile 2016
Overnight Tech: House voting on Internet rate bill despite veto threat by Mario Trujillo and David McCabe, The Hill. LEDE: The House on Friday will vote on a bill to bar the Federal Communications Commission from setting or reviewing the rates companies charge for Internet service.

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14 aprile 2016
MEPs approve PNR, strengthen data protection by Cécile Barbière, EurActiv. After a series of delays and setbacks, MEPs today (14 April) adopted the controversial European air passenger data directive, though even its supporters accept it is no silver bullet for the EU’s fight against terrorism.

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12 aprile 2016
Box to Let Overseas Customers Store Files Locally in Privacy Bid by Diana Bass, Bloomberg. Box Inc., trying to lure more international customers, will offer overseas clients concerned about privacy the option to store information locally in cloud datacenters belonging to Amazon.com Inc. or International Business Machines Corp.

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12 aprile 2016
Europe consulting on new telecoms data privacy and cookie rules by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. The European Union has launched a public consultation on rules governing the use of personal telecoms data.

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11 aprile 2016
Cyberattackers botch integration of Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability in exploit kits by Charlie Osborne, ZDNet. Hackers seeking to leverage a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash made a mess of integrating the flaw into exploit kits, giving users more time to patch vulnerable systems.

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11 aprile 2016
Microsoft offers first major endorsement of new EU-U.S. data pact by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. Microsoft became on Monday the first major U.S. tech company to say it would transfer users' information to the United States using a new transatlantic commercial data pact and would resolve any disputes with European privacy watchdogs.

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11 aprile 2016
Week ahead: House turns to Internet rates, email privacy by Mario Trujillo and David McCabe, The Hill. The House will be busy on technology issues in the coming week, with legislation on email privacy, Internet rates and broadband subsides all on the agenda.

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11 aprile 2016
Until Privacy Shield, Look to APEC Data Transfer Rules by George R. Lynch, Bloomberg BNA. The inclusion of privacy and data security principles in trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), highlights the global importance of privacy issues in a trade context.

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11 aprile 2016
Member States Formally Approve EU Privacy Regulation by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. The Council of the European Union April 8 signed off on the bloc's landmark General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as a formality ahead of final adoption of the text by the European Parliament, which is expected to take place April 14 during a plenary session in Strasbourg, France.

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11 aprile 2016
European enforcers not sold on privacy shield by Zoya Sheftalovich, Politico. Tech companies in last-minute lobbying push to fend off European attack on data pact.

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11 aprile 2016
A Phishy Plan to Protect Privacy, Wall Street Journal. The FCC regulates private data use-except by Google or Amazon.

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08 aprile 2016
EU-US Privacy Shield may not pass muster, according to leaked extract by Glyn Moody, ArsTechnica. EU data authorities might go to court if Commission forges ahead anyway.

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08 aprile 2016
IPhone Backdoors Would Pose a Threat, French Privacy Chief Warns by Stephanie Bodoni and Gaspard Sebag, Bloomberg. One of Europe's top data privacy watchdogs sided with Apple Inc. and other technology firms opposing calls from security services for "backdoors" to gadgets such as iPhones and tablets to help them fight terrorists.

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08 aprile 2016
Data protection reform: Council adopts position at first reading, Council of the European Union. On 8 April 2016, the Council adopted its position at first reading on data protection reform, which paves the way for the final adoption of the legislative package by the European Parliament at its plenary session in April.

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08 aprile 2016
Why Global Online Trade Is Threatened by a Legal Arms Race by David Meyer, Fortune. How do we square national laws with a borderless Internet?

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07 aprile 2016
International: ICC policy inventory underlines complexity of the GDPR by Francisca Arguinarena, DataGuidance. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) published, on 4 April 2016, a policy inventory for the global business community ('the Tool'), which identifies aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that 'will benefit from business experience and expertise,' as well as the areas where further guidance and implementing regulations will be issued.

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07 aprile 2016
Adding End-To-End Encryption To WhatsApp Is Great...But Not Quite As Secure As People May Think by Glyn Moody, TechDirt. Techdirt has just written about WhatsApp finishing the roll-out of end-to-end encryption to its billion users worldwide, including for group chats.

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06 aprile 2016
Senators clash over WhatsApp's encryption update by Cory Bennett, The Hill. Two lawmakers issued dueling statements on Wednesday alternately praising and bashing the popular messaging platform WhatsApp for turning on default encryption for its billion users.

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06 aprile 2016
EU Poised to Formally Adopt New Data Protection Regulation, National Law Review. After three months of legal-linguistic checks and translations, the European Union is poised to formally adopt the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its sister law, the EU Policing and Criminal Justice Data Protection Directive (PCJ DPD).

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06 aprile 2016
Exclusive: White House declines to support encryption legislation - sources by Mark HosenBall & Dustin Volz, Reuters. The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law enforcement crack encrypted data, sources familiar with the discussions said.

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05 aprile 2016
Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People by Cade Metz, Wired. For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple's battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter.

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05 aprile 2016
Fight against terrorism: how Parliament is helping to tackle the threat, European Parliament. The terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March showed the need for better cooperation on counterterrorism in Europe. Parliament has been working for years on legislation to facilitate a common response, with joint measures and better information sharing.

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04 aprile 2016
Oculus Rift's privacy policy says it's not liable if it's hacked by Zack Whittaker, ZDNet. The company's privacy policy also permits the company to terminate the service of any account at any time for any reason, turning the $599 device into an expensive paperweight.

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04 aprile 2016
Overnight Regulation: FCC unveils nutrition-like labels for Internet service by Lydia Wheeler and Tim Devaney, The Hill. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is encouraging Internet providers to model their disclosures about product pricing and performance after nutritional labels on food products.

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01 aprile 2016
Made in Italy "doc": arriva il Qr-Code anticontraffazione by F.Me, Corriere delle Comunicazioni. Via libera della Camera alla proposta di legge: prodotti identificati tramite codici non replicabili, leggibili anche via smartphone.

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01 aprile 2016
Student data privacy and education research must be balanced by Michael Hansen, Brookings. Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on data privacy protections for students.

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01 aprile 2016
FCC advances privacy proposal by David McCabe, The Hill. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines Thursday to formally consider rules governing how customers can control the way their Internet service providers (ISPs) uses their personal data.

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31 marzo 2016
Consumer Privacy Protections Must Work For Everyone by Steve Pociask, Forbes. According to recent research, the average Internet user owns upwards of 6 devices that can be connected to the Internet.

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30 marzo 2016
EU cybersecurity agency slams calls for encryption backdoors by Catherine Stupp, EurActiv. The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA has spoken out against creating backdoors for law enforcement agencies to access encrypted communication.

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29 marzo 2016
Apple remains in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone without help by Tami Abdollah, Wral.com. The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they can't keep their most personal information safe.

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28 marzo 2016
FBI Unlocks San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone Without Apple's Help by Tami Abdollah & Brandon Bailey, The Time. It's not clear how the FBI cracked the phone's security. The FBI said Monday it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.'s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world’s leading technology companies.

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27 marzo 2016
Facebook Safety Check For Pakistan Bombing Accidentally Goes Worldwide by Kim Bellware, The Huffington Post. An apparent misfire with Facebook's safety check feature caused confusion on Sunday, when users worldwide were prompted to let their friends know they were safe after a suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan.

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25 marzo 2016
Internet delle cose, le tecnologie parlanti salveranno l'ambiente di Walter Ruffinoni, Huffingtonpost. Sapere in anticipo quale strada prendere per evitare il traffico, individuare rapidamente il parcheggio più vicino, adattare il livello di riscaldamento di casa alla temperatura esterna. Non sono le ultime creazioni nate dalla fervida fantasia di Philip K. Dick ma opportunità concrete rese possibili grazie alle nuove tecnologie dell'Internet of Things (IoT).

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24 marzo 2016
Google Fined by French Privacy Regulator by Mark Scott, The New York Times. Google is once again in trouble with Europe's authorities about privacy. The company was fined $112,000 on Thursday by France's data protection watchdog for failing to comply with demands to extend a European privacy ruling across its global domains, including Google.com in the United States.

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23 marzo 2016
Data protection through the lens of competition law: will Germany lead the way? by Inge Graef and Brendan Van Alsenoy, London School of Economics Blog. On 2 March 2016, the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, announced its decision to initiate proceedings against Facebook on suspicion that the social network provider had abused its dominant position by infringing data protection rules.

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22 marzo 2016
Brussels attacks fuel already fiery encryption debate by Andrew Blake, Washington Times. The top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was quick to suggest on Tuesday that the individuals responsible for carrying out deadly attacks across Belgium earlier that morning had relied on strong encryption to stay off the radar of authorities.

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21 marzo 2016
Report: Paris attackers relied on disposable phones by Cory Bennett, The Hill. The terrorists behind last November's Paris attacks relied on disposable phones to help plan their deadly assault, according to a published report.

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20 marzo 2016
No More Safe Harbor by Priscilla Guo, Harvard Politics. I accept the terms and privacy policy. The instant that my browser connected to a wifi network in London, I mindlessly proceeded to check this box as I had done countless times before.

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18 marzo 2016
WHISTLEBLOWING: segnalare le irregolarità sarà più facile, ma non facilissimo di Lucio Scudiero, Senior Associate di ICT Legal Consulting. Il termine whistleblowing è divenuto celebre, anche dal versante europeo dell’Atlantico, grazie alle "spifferate" su documenti e materiale segreto raccolte a partire dal 2006 dal sito Wikileaks, e alla controversa vicenda giudiziaria e diplomatica che ha coinvolto uno dei suoi fondatori, Julian Assange.

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16 marzo 2016
India's billion-member biometric database raises privacy fears by Sanjeev Miglani & Manoj Kumar, Reuters. India's parliament is set to pass legislation that gives federal agencies access to the world's biggest biometric database in the interests of national security, raising fears the privacy of a billion people could be compromised.

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15 marzo 2016
Oettinger: Privacy Shield should take effect in June, EurActiv. The Privacy Shield data transfer agreement with the US could go into effect this June, Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (14 March).

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14 marzo 2016
Data Protection at the Schengen borders after Paris by Diana Dimitrova, London School of Economics Blog. Diana Dimitrova of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law discusses the proposed amendment from December 2015 to the Schengen Borders Code (SBC), tabled in response to the Paris attacks that took place in November 2015. In this post, she examines some of the privacy and data protection issues that arise from the provisions of the proposal.

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11 marzo 2016
Where European countries stand on privacy versus security by Jennifer Strong, Public Radio International. In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings that left 14 people dead and 22 others wounded, the debate over encryption between tech companies and law enforcement has reached a fever pitch in the US.

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10 marzo 2016
UN Expert: British surveillance law bad example for the rest of the world, New Europe. UN expert Joseph Cannataci said that the British draft law instead of condemning the collection of bulk data as a tool for mass surveillance it makes the exact opposite, it legitimizes such practices.

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09 marzo 2016
Verizon Settlement May Signal FCC Broadband Privacy Stance by Lydia Beyoud, Bloomberg BNA. A $ 1.35 million settlement between Verizon Wireless and the Federal Communications Commission to resolve the agency's investigation into the company's use of unique identifier headers, known as "supercookies", could signal an agency preference for giving consumers more control over how their online data is shared by broadband providers.

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08 marzo 2016
GCHQ uses MIT speech to get chummy with tech industry over crypto backdoors by Glyn Moody, ArsTechnica. But dialogue is pointless unless Snooper's Charter is fully debated-write to your MP now.

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07 marzo 2016
Internet trust: integrating privacy and security by design by Ann LaFrance and Aline Doussin, The Telegraph. With a projected value of £ 1.45 trillion by 2022, the global internet of things (IoT) promises to deliver a new wave of innovation.

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04 marzo 2016
U.S. tech companies unite behind Apple ahead of iPhone encryption ruling by Jim Finkle & Dustin Volz, Reuters. Tech industry leaders including Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp, AT&T and more than two dozen other Internet and technology companies filed legal briefs on Thursday asking a judge to support Apple Inc in its encryption battle with the U.S. government.

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03 marzo 2016
US 'guarantees' show that proposed Privacy Shield will not protect EU data by Karlin Lillington, Irish Times. Renegotiated agreement between European Commission and US lacks substance.

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03 marzo 2016
The Privacy Shield is Riddled with Surveillance Holes by Danny O'Brien & Rainey Reitman, EFF. The European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce have finally announced the details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, an agreement designed to ensure that personal data can flow between Europe and the U.S. for commercial purposes while maintaining the privacy rights Europeans have come to love and expect.

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02 marzo 2016
Surveillance law: Revised plans to be set out in Parliament, BBC. Revised plans setting out powers for UK police and security agencies to monitor people's communications and internet usage are being published later.

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01 marzo 2016
Privacy Laws: How the US, EU and others protect IoT data (or don't) by Amy Talbott, ZDNet. Rules about data security can vary widely. Here's a look at laws in place in the US, the EU, Canada, APAC, and more.

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29 febbraio 2016
Driving the day: 'Privacy Shield' drops by Kate Tummarello & Alex Byers, Politico. Europe and the U.S. are this morning releasing the full, 128-page draft transatlantic data-transfer deal that was settled on by their negotiators earlier this month.

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28 febbraio 2016
Why a Push for Online Privacy Is Bogged Down in Washington by Natasha Singer,New York Times. In February 2012, the White House introduced a blueprint for the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, intended to give Americans the ability to exercise control over what personal details companies collected from them and how the data was used.

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26 febbraio 2016
Germany set to fine three US firms over data transfers by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. Germany's privacy watchdog is preparing to fine three companies for relying on the now-defunct Safe Harbor agreement to handle EU citizens' data, according to Fortune.

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25 febbraio 2016
Here Comes the Post-Safe Harbor EU Privacy Crackdown by David Meyer, Fortune. The first fines are being prepared, in the least surprising place possible.

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24 febbraio 2016
Think tankers: Skype and telcos should be regulated in the same way by Frédéric Simon, EurActiv.The EU should have just two sets of rules for telecoms: one for infrastructure, and one for services, argue Alexandre de Streel and Bruno Liebhaberg.

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23 febbraio 2016
UK watchdog in no rush to regulate blockchain technology, Reuters. Britain's financial watchdog won't for now directly regulate blockchain, the technology that underpins the bitcoin virtual currency, becoming the latest supervisor to hold fire as policymakers eye the sector for growth.

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22 febbraio 2016
The Spider That Crawls the Dark Web Looking for Stolen Data, by Kaveh Waddell,The Atlantic. When police officers respond to a theft or a mugging, they'll usually ask for the serial numbers of any valuable electronics that were taken.

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22 febbraio 2016
Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies, by Jacob Poushter, Pew Global Research. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, both economically and socially, technology adoption remains one of the defining factors in human progress.

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20 febbraio 2016
Apple Sees Value in Its Stand to Protect Security, by Katie Benner e Paul Mozur, The New York Times. It took six years for Apple to persuade China's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, to sell the iPhone. Apple's chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, made repeated trips to China to meet with top government officials and executives to woo them personally.

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19 febbraio 2016
Google and Apple, once enemies, unite thanks to the FBI, by Seth Fiegerman, Mashable.The fault lines dividing Silicon Valley's two most powerful technology companies shifted this week, however briefly, as Google was compelled to stand behind longtime rival Apple in its very public fight against the FBI.

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18 febbraio 2016
Apple Letter on iPhone Security Draws Muted Tech Industry Response, by Nick Wingfield & Mike Isaac, New York Times. After a federal court ordered Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by an attacker in a December mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., the company's chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, penned a passionate letterwarning of far-reaching implications beyond the case.

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17 febbraio 2016
Broadband Industry Getting Nervous That The FCC Might Actually Protect User Privacy, by Karl Bode, TechDirt. Back in 2008, Verizon proclaimed that broadband services didn't need additional consumer privacy protections because "public shame" would keep the broadband industry honest.

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16 febbraio 2016
The net neutrality fight is now about data collection, by Russell Brandom, The Verge. Last March, the FCC made the biggest telecom news in decades, voting to issue the Open Internet order and classify internet providers as carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

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16 febbraio 2016
A BUSY FORTNIGHT IN THE U.S. CYBERSECURITY WORLD, by Jimmy H. Koo, Bloomberg BNA. It's been a hectic couple of weeks in the privacy policy world.

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15 febbraio 2015
8 Ways To Secure Data During US-EU Privacy Fight, by Lisa Morgan, InformationWeek. After months of legal uncertainty over transatlantic data flows, the European Commission and the US have agreed on a new framework called the EU- US Privacy Shield.

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12 febbraio 2016
Big data privacy must be fixed before the revolution can begin, by Danny Palmer, ZDNet.There won't be a 'big data revolution' until the public can be reassured that their data won't be misused.

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11 febbraio 2016
Spy law needs significant changes, says parliamentary committee, BBC. Home Secretary Theresa May's internet monitoring plans need "significant work", a committee has ruled.

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11 febbraio 2016
Tech industry groups fire salvo in FCC privacy fight, by David McCabe, The Hill. Some of Washington's most prominent tech and telecommunications trade groups want to dissuade the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from significantly changing the way data privacy issues are regulated for Internet service providers.

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10 febbraio 2016
The internet of things: how your TV, car and toys could spy on you, by Sam Thielman, The Guardian. As our homes get 'smart', the US intelligence chief has said the data involved could be used for surveillance. Here's how that could affect us all.

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09 febbraio 2016
French Authorities Order Facebook User Data Changes, by Matthew Broersma, TechWeekEurope. The order is the first significant action since the end of 'Safe Harbour' data transfer rules last autumn.

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08 febbraio 2016
EC Announces Privacy Shield Timeframe, Conditions, by Lisa Brownlee, Forbes. The European Commission announced today via Commissioner Vera Jourová the time frame and remaining conditions for reaching agreement on Privacy Shield, the framework "agreement" to replace the invalid Safe Harbor EU-U.S. data transfers agreement.

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07 febbraio 2016
Net Neutrality Again Puts F.C.C. General Counsel at Center Stage, by Cecilia Kang, New York Times. Every day for one month last fall, Jonathan Sallet, the general counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, sneaked into a small, windowless office at the agency, its location undisclosed except to senior staff.

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05 febbraio 2016
Privacy board gives high marks to spying reforms, by Julian Hattem, The Hill. The government's privacy watchdog on Friday gave a positive assessment to the Obama administration's efforts to reform federal spying powers.

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03 febbraio 2016
EU Lawmakers Warn of Risks in Privacy Reg Transition, by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. The large number of issues left open in the final agreed text of the European Union's soon to be finalized General Data Protection Regulation shouldn't undermine the regulation's goal of creating a single, harmonized EU privacy regime, leading lawmakers involved in the reform said Jan. 27.

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02 febbraio 2016
EU Commission and United States agree on new framework for transatlantic data flows: EU.US Privacy Shield, European Commission. The European Commission and the United States have agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows: the EU-US Privacy Shield.

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01 febbraio 2016
MPs: Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 'Confusing', by Matthew Broersma, TechWeekEurope. The UK Government's draft investigatory powers bill is vague in its provisions and would require detailed codes of practice in order to ensure it doesn't prove a disastrous burden on the nation's IT industry, according to a committee of MPs.

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31 gennaio 2016
U.S. and Europe Fail to Meet Deadline for Data Transfer Deal, by Mark Scott, New York Times. American and European officials failed on Sunday to reach an agreement over how digital data — including financial information and social media posts — could be transferred between the two regions.

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28 gennaio 2016
Next steps in data protection, by Saviour Cachia, The Times of Malta. Rewinding the clock 35 years recalls the day when the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Automatic Processing of Personal Data, commonly known as Convention 108, was opened for signature in Strasbourg. Malta signed the convention on January 15, 2003 and ratified the following February 28.

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27 gennaio 2016
Facebook Fires Back In EU Privacy Dispute, by Lisa Brownlee, Forbes. Facebook continues to breach personal data privacy rights in Europe, says a group of human rights organizations, and it demands that Facebook's EU-US data transfers stop by February 6, 2016. Facebook has formally responded.

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26 gennaio 2016
The Morning Risk Report: Safe Harbor Solution in Doubt, by Stephen Dockery, Wall Street Journal. The man who was the driving force behind the invalidation of the Safe Harbor data-transfer agreement between the U.S. and EU is not optimistic that a new deal will offer a reliable solution for businesses looking to move data across the continents.

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25 gennaio 2016
Europe Raises Barriers to American Data Transfers, by Matt Mahoney, MIT Technology Review. Citing Snowden, a European court throws into doubt whether many U.S. companies can easily haul European data across the Atlantic.

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24 gennaio 2016
Europe's Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on U.S. Tech Giants, by Mark Scott, New York Times. The latest standoff between Europe and American tech companies runs through a quiet street just north of the Louvre Museum, past chic cafes and part of the French national library, to the ornate office of Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.

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22 gennaio 2016
New research shows staff the biggest risk to data, by Peter O’Dwyer, The Irish Examiner. Businesses' own employees are a bigger threat to the security of their data than external attackers, new research shows.

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21 gennaio 2016
Data Commissioner defends journalists' rights - and plans to audit gardaí, by Shane Phelan, The Irish Independent. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner will check again on concerns it previously expressed about the breach of controls surrounding gardai access to phone data.

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20 gennaio 2016
Groups want U.S. to adopt strong broadband privacy rules, by David Sephardson, Reuters. A coalition of U.S. groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to write sweeping privacy protections for the nation's broadband users.

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20 gennaio 2016
Facebook is taking aim at 'poorly designed regulation', by Rob Price, Business Inside UK. Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has taken aim at Europe in a new interview, criticising "poorly designed regulation" and calling for a "pro-innovation" environment.

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19 gennaio 2016
EU wants tougher privacy controls in new Safe Harbor, by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. The European Union wants to place strict limits on the U.S.’s power to request citizens’ personal information from companies in order to reach a new data transfer agreement between the two governments, a top EU official told Reuters.

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18 gennaio 2016
EU, U.S. Thrash Out New Data-Transfer Pact as Deadline Looms, by Sam, The Wall Street Journal. The European Union and the U.S. are racing to meet a deadline on a new commercial data-sharing accord to replace one struck down by the EU last year because of concerns over American surveillance practices.

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18 gennaio 2016
EU wants stricter controls over U.S. snooping powers in data pact talks, by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. The European Union wants guarantees of effective limits on U.S. authorities' power to request people's personal information from companies to conclude a new EU-U.S.

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15 gennaio 2016
Stolen, the people-trading app, shuts down, by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Stolen, the controversial online game that allows players to trade using representations of Twitter accounts, has closed doors, effective immediately.

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15 gennaio 2016
The Guardian view on snooping at work: bosses are one thing, but don’t forget Big Brother, by The Guardian. The most surprising thing to emerge from the European court’s judgment that employers have a right to look at an employee’s email is that this right is not absolute.

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14 gennaio 2016
Data case has huge implications for personal privacy, by Karlin Lillington, The Irish Times. The fate of emails sitting in a Dublin-based computer server will soon be determined by a US court in a critical case that will shape – and perhaps entirely recast – the fast-growing global cloud computing business.

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14 gennaio 2016
New Study Highlights Privacy Gap Between Consumers and Tech Vendors, by Elizabeth Dwoskin, WSJ. Americans are willing to share sensitive information with businesses in the name of safety and efficiency, a new study found.

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13 gennaio 2016
Companies can monitor workers' private online chats, European court rules, by Agence France-Presse, The Guardian. Employees in Europe might want to think carefully about using the internet to send private messages during office hours after Europe’s top rights court ruled on Tuesday that companies could monitor workers’ online communications.

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13 gennaio 2016
White House poised to issue encryption policy, by Cory Bennett, The Hill. The Obama administration is poised to unveil its long-term policy vision on encryption amid a global debate sparked by the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

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12 gennaio 2016
EU and US divisions over data protection threaten agreement, by Cécile Barbière, Euractiv. Persistent disagreements between the United States and the European Union over the treatment of personal data threaten to undermine international standards. EurActiv France reports.

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12 gennaio 2016
Encryption, Broadband Privacy, Data Security Enforcement Crowd 2016 Agenda, by Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security, BNA. Terrorist attacks in France and California may spur Congress to seek limits on consumer-encrypted communications.

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12 gennaio 2016
The Battle Over Internet Rate Regulation In The Net Neutrality War, by Fred Campbell, Forbes. Tomorrow the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on a communications bill that seems like a minor miracle.

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11 gennaio 2016
Data centre outfit Interxion admits to contact detail security breach, by John Leyden, The Register. A security breach at European data centre firm Interxion has exposed the contact details of thousands of its customers, although no financial information is thought to be involved.

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11 gennaio 2016
Who really owns your Internet of Things data?, by Jo Best. In an Internet of Things future, everything from your toothbrush to your car could be collecting data on you -- about your personal habits as well as the way your business works.

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11 gennaio 2016
​Facebook cookie case Why even the 'Like' button infringes EU informed consent privacy law, by Tina Amirtha, ZD Net. To maintain its citizens' right to privacy, the EU requires all websites with a European user base to inform visitors about the use of cookies. It's a process called obtaining 'informed consent'.

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08 gennaio 2016
ProPublica launches world's first major news site for dark web, by Jasper Jackson, The Guardian. The US investigative outlet ProPublica has launched the world’s first major news site designed for the dark web in a bid to provide absolute privacy for its readers.

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08 gennaio 2016
Snooper'As charter would be out of date in five years, says defence industry, by Alan Travis, The Guardian. The accelerating pace of technology means the government’s landmark snooper's charter bill will only have a limited shelf life and will need to be revisited within five years, Britain's defence and security industry has told MPs and peers.

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07 gennaio 2016
Insider Threats Give Security Execs Sweats, by John P. Mello Jr., TechNewsworld. Insider threats are becoming increasingly worrisome to corporate security executives.

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07 gennaio 2016
New Smart Cam Can Distinguish Between Cats, Cat Burglars and Cars, by John P. Mello Jr. , TechNewsworld. Netatmo on Monday announced a smart security camera and floodlight combo at CES 2016.

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21 dicembre 2015
Microsoft Band 2 review: The most powerful life tracker capturing a massive amount of data to help you improve your lifestyle, by By Matthew Miller for The Mobile Gadgeteer, ZDNet. Microsoft improved in the areas where I saw issues with the first Microsoft Band, making the Band 2 the ultimate activity tracker.

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21 dicembre 2015
EU data protection reform may promise more than it delivers, by Julia Foretti, Reuters. Implementing the biggest shake-up to Europe's fragmented data protection laws in two decades may fail to provide companies with the consistency and simplicity that had been promised across the 28-nation bloc.

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18 dicembre 2015
Will New Privacy Rules Make Europe An Information Island?, by Daniel Fisher, Forbes. Coverage of the European Community's proposed harsh new rules for data privacy has mostly focused on U.S. companies like Google and Facebook, which face fines of up to 4% of their global revenue if they violate a laundry list of regulations on storing and sharing personal information.

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17 dicembre 2015
After safe harbour: Navigating data sovereignty, by Danny Bradbury, The Register. Max Schrems has a lot to answer for. The Austrian is single-handedly responsible for bringing down a key transnational data agreement that has left cloud service providers scrabbling for legal counsel.

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17 dicembre 2015
EU Data Protection Deal Confirmed: Overview, Next Steps, by Lisa Brownley, Forbes. The European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee today confirmed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), by 48 votes to 4, with 4 abstentions.

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16 dicembre 2015
Breaking news: EU agrees 4% fines for breaching data protection regulations, by SC Staff,SCMagazine. The EU last night agreed new rules on data protection which mean organisations can be fined up to four percent of global turnover for breaching the new laws.

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16 dicembre 2015
EU will not raise social media age limit to 16, BBC. The European Union's member states will set their own age limits for social media use after they failed to agree on a uniform policy.

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15 dicembre 2015
What Can - Or Should- Internet Companies Do To Fight Terrorism? by Brian Naylor and Alina Selyukh, NPR. After the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, social media platforms are under pressure from politicians to do more to take down messages and videos intended to promote terrorist groups and recruit new members.

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14 dicembre 2015
Internet rules could require parental OK for millions of teens, by Alanna Petroff, CNN. Top political leaders and lawmakers across the European Union are in the midst of finalizing updated regulations to protect the personal data of people across the region.

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14 dicembre 2015
Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super Intelligent AI, by Jarno M. Koponen, TC. As humanity debates the threats and opportunities of advanced artificial intelligence, we are simultaneously enabling that technology through the increasing use of personalization that is understanding and anticipating our needs through sophisticated machine learning solutions.

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14 dicembre 2015
EU will have right to suspend data pact with US, by Greg Masters, SC Magazine. As the United States and the European Union (EU) negotiate terms for a replacement to the Safe Harbour agreement, a suspension clause has been inserted into the proposed revised document that would authorise the EU to suspend the transfer agreement should it suspect the US of not doing enough to guarantee the privacy of individuals' personal information.

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11 dicembre 2015
Surveillance and Silicon Valley Are ‘Destroying’ Europe’s Privacy Balance, by Amir Mizroch, WSJ. As European governments scramble to foil the next terror attack, in part by pushing for greater digital surveillance powers, 600-year-old KU Leuven University near Brussels is creating some of the hardest-to-crack encryption anywhere.

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11 dicembre 2015
GCHQ could 'grab' UK shopping data, committee told, by Brian Wheeler, BBC. Proposed new surveillance laws are so broad they could allow spies to monitor people's banking and shopping habits, MPs and peers have been told.

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10 dicembre 2015
It’s Senate’s Move for EU-US Data Transfers, by Jason M. Rodriguez, The National Law Review. With the invalidation of the US-EU Safe Harbor program and the passage of the Judicial Redress Act (JRA) in the House of Representatives, it is now the Senate’s turn to consider additional privacy protections for EU citizens.

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10 dicembre 2015
EU can suspend new data transfer pact with U.S. if worried about privacy: Official, by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. A new data transfer pact between the European Union and Washington will give the EU the right to pull the plug on the deal if it fears the United States is not safeguarding privacy enough, the EU Justice Commissioner said on Thursday.

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09 novembre 2015
The European Union's case of doublethink: New cybersecurity rules and backdoor dreams, by Charlie Osborne, ZD Net. EU lawmakers have agreed to enforce a set of cybersecurity rules across the bloc which demand that critical service providers can no longer brush data breaches under the carpet -- but contrary beliefs when it comes to backdoors and weakened cryptography threaten to completely negate all efforts.

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03 dicembre 2015
Da oggi potete ascoltare lo speech di Luca Bolognini su "Protezione dati e mercato: pratiche silenziose e scorrette?" al 5° Privacy Day Forum.

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03 dicembre 2015
Max Schrems demands Facebook stop EU to US data transfer due to snooping, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian. The Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems is demanding that Ireland, Germany and Belgium stop Facebook from transferring EU citizens’ data to the US.

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03 dicembre 2015
Are you ready for new European data laws?, by Stephen Porter, Telegraph. Next year’s introduction of new European data regulations will increase the stakes for protecting information.

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02 dicembre 2015
Internet of Things: many uses but what about rules?, by Peter Teffer, EU Observer. The European Union is expecting great benefits from the Internet of Things, but the online connection of physical devices via sensors is also a potential head-scratcher for policymakers.

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02 dicembre 2015
After Safe Harbour ruling, legal moves to force Facebook to stop sending data to US, by Glyn Moody, ArsTechnica. The Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has sent complaints to the data protection agencies in three EU countries—Ireland, Germany, and Belgium—asking them to suspend the flow of personal data from Facebook's operations in Ireland to the US.

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01 dicembre 2015
GCHQ accused of 'persistent' illegal hacking at security tribunal, by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian. UK government monitoring station admits hacking devices for the first time during case brought by Privacy International and internet service providers.

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30 novembre 2015
EU hopes for new 'safe harbor' deal with US by January, by Ginger Hervey, Politico. The United States and European Union will take stock December 17 on negotiations over data transfers across the Atlantic.

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28 novembre 2015
The terrorist in the data,The Economist. The vast stores of digital information generated by everyday lives-communications data, CCTV footage, credit-card records and much more-are yielding invaluable clues about the attack and are helping guide the hunt for the surviving plotters.

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27 novembre 2015
Government accused of 'rubber stamping' mass surveillance law, by Matt Burges, Wired. The government has been accused of 'rubber stamping' its proposed surveillance law, which will see spies get increased surveillance powers, after it set a February deadline for scrutiny of the draft.

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26 novembre 2015
UK ISP boss points out massive technical flaws in Investigatory Powers Bill, by Glyn Moody, Ars. The head of the UK ISP Andrews & Arnold, Adrian Kennard, has pointed out a number of major technical issues with the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the Snooper's Charter).

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25 novembre 2015
Glenn Greenwald: Why the CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after the Paris attacks, by Glenn Greenwald, LA Times. Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity.

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25 novembre 2015
Privacy watchdog: Don’t use Paris attacks to expand surveillance, by Julian Hattem, The Hill. This month’s terror attacks in Paris should not be used as an excuse to expand government federal surveillance powers, the head of a small privacy watchdog agency says.

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24 novembre 2015
These 3 judges hold the fate of the Internet in their hands, by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online.

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24 novembre 2015
Facebook privacy judgement 'waiting for translation', by Technoglogy, BBC. A judgement requiring Facebook to make major changes to privacy settings in Belgium has been delayed while the court document is translated into English, the BBC has learned.

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23 novembre 2015
Facebook ‘Class Action’ Privacy Lawsuit Moves To Austrian Supreme Court, by Natasha Lamas, TC. A privacy lawsuit filed against Facebook last year by Viennese lawyer and data privacy activist Max Schrems has moved up to Austria’s Supreme Court which will rule on whether the suit can be treated as a class action.

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22 novembre 2015
Pendulum swings to security, by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. Europe is quickly reassessing its approach to gathering and sharing intelligence a week after terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people.

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22 novembre 2015
The Guardian view on encryption: the problem is obvious but the answer is still elusive, by The Guardian. The use of social media by terrorists and their sympathisers is a serious problem. But it has attracted some poorly thought through solutions.

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18 novembre 2015
Paris Attacks Help Build Case for Stiffer U.K. Snooping Rules, by Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg. The terrorist attacks in Paris may make it harder for the technology industry and privacy advocates to resist proposed rules that would require Web, software and phone companies to aid in wide-ranging U.K. surveillance efforts.

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18 novembre 2015
Some common sense on data encryption, by Larry Downes, The Washington Post. In the wake of last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, U.S. law enforcement officials are predictably calling for wider ranging changes to electronic surveillance laws, including limitations on data encryption technologies, which can keep messages, conversations, and other digital exchanges undetected or undecipherable.

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17 novembre 2015
Will Big Data lead to Big Brother?, by Gordon Corera, BBC. Many countries are in the throes of a debate about the amount of surveillance a government should be allowed to carry out on its own people.

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17 novembre 2016
Facebook stops collecting WhatsApp user data in Europe after government pressure by Rich McCormick, The Verge. Facebook has stopped collecting WhatsApp user data across Europe, the Financial Times reports, bowing to pressure from privacy watchdogs across the continent.

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16 november 2015
EU Privacy Chiefs to Assess Safe Harbor Alternatives, by Stephen Gardner, BNA. The European Union's data protection authorities will use the period up to the end of January 2016 to assess in detail whether or not alternative mechanisms for data transfer from the EU to the U.S. remain valid, an Article 29 Working Party official said Nov. 10.

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13 novembre 2015
President Obama pitches Trans Pacific Partnership to eBay sellers, by Natalie Gagliordi for Small Business Matters, ZDNet. President Barack Obama is hoping to rally support from hundreds of thousands of eBay sellers as part of his campaign to promote the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

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13 novembre 2015
EU Justice Chief Vera Jourova Speaks on Negotiating New Safe Harbor Pact, by Natalie Drozdiak, WSJ. In a ruling that has created legal uncertainty for thousands of companies, the European Union’s top court last month scrapped a trans-Atlantic data-transfer framework, known as Safe Harbor, which allowed firms to transfer Europeans’ personal data to U.S.-based servers.

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11 novembre 2015
Microsoft Seeks To Dispel Cloud Mistrust In Europe With German Trustee Model, by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch. Microsoft has moved to dispel European mistrust of U.S.-operated cloud services by announcing a plan to offer cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, from data centers in Germany that are also operated by a third party company — in a so called trustee model.

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11 novembre 2015
Microsoft Offers EU Customers Option to Store Data in Germany, by Friedrich Geiger, WSJ. Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it would offer European customers the option of storing their cloud data in Germany, addressing concerns about the security of data centers in the U.S. following reports of surveillance by U.S. intelligence agents.

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10 novembre 2015
Why tech companies are really worried about the snooper's charter, by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Technology firms could be forced into a no-win situation if the UK government’s investigatory powers bill passes without substantial changes from its current draft form.

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10 November 2015
EU data protection official optimistic on successor to Safe Harbour, by Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly. A mechanism for the transfer of data between the European Union (EU) and the US to replace the Safe Harbour agreement is achievable, according to an EU data protection official.

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09 novembre 2015
Privacy will hit tipping point in 2016, by Harriet Taylor, CNBC. Concerns about online privacy will reach a tipping point in 2016, prompting regulators to crack down on companies, and consumers to demand greater protection, a new study by Forrester Research predicts.

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09 novembre 2015
The test of Apple's different political thinking, by Zoya Sheftalovich, Politico. Apple products are everywhere in Brussels. Now try to find an Apple lobbyist in the European capital.

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09 novembre 2015
Evaluating the demise of Safe Harbour: what next for privacy and consent? , by Chloe Green, Information Age. A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 6th October eroded the foundation of the EU-US ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement.

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06 novembre 2015
Commission issues guidance on transatlantic data transfers and urges the swift establishment of a new framework following the ruling in the Schrems case, European Commission - Press release. The European Court of Justice's ruling of 6 October on the Schrems case underlined the importance of the fundamental right to data protection, including where personal data is transferred to third countries.

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06 novembre 2015
E.U. tells U.S. it must make next move on new Safe Harbor deal, by Peter Sayer, ComputerWorld. Reaching a new Safe Harbor agreement is urgent, but the U.S. must make the next move, European Commissioners said Friday.

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05 novembre 2015
EU seeks to reassure companies about transatlantic data transfers, by Julia Fioretti, Reuters.The European Commission will on Friday seek to reassure firms operating on both sides of the Atlantic that they can continue to transfer Europeans' personal data to the United States after a court struck down a system used by over 4,000 companies to do just that.

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05 novembre 2015
Report finds apps regularly 'spy on users', BBC. Apps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users' information to third parties, research has suggested.

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04 novembre 2015
TalkTalk breach investigation leads to fourth arrest, by Peter Sayers, Pc World. Police investigating the data breach at U.K. telecommunications operator TalkTalk made their fourth arrest late Tuesday, as lawmakers launched their own inquiry into the case.

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04 novembre 2015
American firms scramble for answer to EU data dilemma, by Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams, The Hill. U.S. firms of all sizes are racing to find a way to keep handling foreign data after a European court struck down the international Safe Harbor legal framework over privacy worries.

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03 novembre 2015
If this was a test, nearly everyone failed: how tech giants deny your digital rights, by Sam Thielman, The Guardian. No one reads those interminable terms of service agreements on Instagram, WhatsApp and their like. But they could make the difference between life and death, according to Rebecca MacKinnon.

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03 novembre 2015
U.K. Government to Unveil Proposals for New Spying Powers, by Alexis Flynn and Jenny Cross, WSJ. The British government on Wednesday was set to unveil proposed legislation that would expand its spying powers, a move that is likely to flame already heated public debate about how much power the authorities should have to tap phones and hack computers to curb terrorism and other alleged threats to national security.

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03 novembre 2015
Dispute over website that posted false personal data splits Supreme Court justices, by Associated Press, U.S. News. The Supreme Court seems split along ideological lines as it considers whether websites that collect and sell personal data can be sued for posting false information if the errors don't cause any specific harm.

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03 novembre 2016
Slapped wrists for "privacy law breakers" Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, and Mio by Jennifer Baker, ArsTechnica. Apps should be bound by same rules as physical products, complains Norway watchdog.

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02 novembre 2015
Google services set for 'return' to China, by Technology, BBC News. Google is planning to expand its presence in China, Eric Schmidt, chairman of the search giant's holding company, has said.

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02 novembre 2015
The cyber angle on today’s Supreme Court arguments, by Tim Starks, Politico. The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in a case that could have wide- ranging implications on class-action lawsuits against tech companies.

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30 ottobre 2015
EU Citizens Still In Danger From Mass Surveillance, by Tom Jowitt, TechWeek. The EU Parliament has stepped into the controversy surrounding NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the protection of personal data belonging to EU citizens.

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30 ottobre 2015
Internet firms warn over police push for web history access, by Aisha Gani and Alex Hern, The Guardian. Internet service providers have warned that any new powers introduced by the government to allow broader surveillance of web browsing behaviour must come with adequate oversight to protect civil liberties.

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29 ottobre 2015
To do business in Digital Age, US and EU must compromise on privacy, by Daniel Castro, The Hill. It was only a matter of time before European objections to U.S. privacy standards reached some sort of breaking point, and when the European Court of Justice decided earlier this month to invalidate the longstanding legal agreement that allows companies to send customer records and other business information across the Atlantic, it signaled that the moment has officially arrived.

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29 October 2015
The protection of personal data: More than a “European” fundamental right, it is a right for "everyone", by European Commission, New Europe. Speech of Commissioner Jourová at the Amsterdam Privacy conference.

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29 ottobre 2015
The future is the Internet of Things. Deal with it, by Sean Gallagher, ARSTechnica. Even before there was a World Wide Web, there was an Internet of Things.

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27 ottobre 2015
European Parliament votes against net neutrality amendments, by Chris Baraniuk, BBC. The European Parliament has voted against a set of rules intended to safeguard "net neutrality" in the EU.

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27 ottobre 2015
Europe Is Spying on You, by Nils Muiznieks, NY Times. When Edward Snowden disclosed details of America’s huge surveillance program two years ago, many in Europe thought that the response would be increased transparency and stronger oversight of security services. European countries, however, are moving in the opposite direction. Instead of more public scrutiny, we are getting more snooping.

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26 ottobre 2015
US and EU scramble for new data-transfer deal, by DW. "It has been an earthquake, 7.8 on the Richter scale," US Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill said of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)'s October 6 ruling that voided the agreement used for the past 15 years to deal with the big variances between EU and US data privacy rules. Brill, speaking at a recent European Institute breakfast in Washington's Cosmos Club, added, "It is kind of like the abortion and gun-control debates here wrapped up in one."

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26 ottobre 2015
Why tech firms are scrambling against Europe's net neutrality bill, by Briang Fung, The Washington Post. The European Union is poised to vote on a critical package of Internet rules Tuesday that will determine how millions of European citizens access the Web. In many ways, the situation in Europe is similar to our own: The proposal is meant to ensure that all Internet traffic, from e-mail to online videos, gets treated equally by Internet providers.

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23 ottobre 2015
EU net neutrality up for a vote next week, by Glyn Moody, ArsTechnica. On Tuesday, October 27, the European Parliament will vote in Strasbourg on rules that are supposed to protect net neutrality in the EU. The proposed text emerged from the so-called "trilogue" meeting between the European Commission, European Parliament, and the EU Council held in June to reach a "compromise" text taking into account the differing views held by the three institutions.

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23 ottobre 2015
Max Schrems, Who Torpedoed Safe Harbor 1, Sees No Safe Harbor 2, by Natalie Drozdiak, WSJ. He’s just helped bring down a longstanding trans-Atlantic data- transfer pact used by thousands of businesses and Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is already pouring cold water on the framework’s impending replacement now being hammered out by European Union and U.S. officials.

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22 ottobre 2015
Safe Harbor was for EU privacy: But how safe is US data in Europe?, by Tina Amirtha, ZD Net. Ever since Europe's highest court ruled the Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and the US invalid, much of the focus has been on the security of European citizens' data at US companies. But a recent case involving Google in the Netherlands raises questions about privacy protections on US data in Europe.

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22 ottobre 2015
EU data chiefs failed to report US privacy complaints, by Nikolaj Nielsen, EUObserver. The US top privacy enforcer Jessica Rich on Wednesday (21 October) said EU national data protection authorities did little to help crack down on violations under Safe Harbour.

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21 ottobre 2015
Data chief promises speedy investigation of Facebook case, by Tim Healy, Independent. IRELAND'S Data Protection Commissioner has told the High Court she will speedily investigate a complaint by Austrian student Max Schrems alleging Facebook Ireland is making personal data available to US intelligence agencies.

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21 ottobre 2015
Privacy groups warn of 'dangerous' edit to cyber bill, by Cory Bennett, The Hill. Privacy advocates and security specialists are raising red flags about a potential "dangerous" amendment to the cyber bill currently under debate in the Senate.

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20 ottobre 2015
Microsoft's plan to avoid a 'return to the digital dark ages' in wake of Safe Harbor decision, by Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post. Tech companies are still reeling from a top European court's decision invalidating Safe Harbor, a trade agreement used by thousands of American companies to transfer European's data across the Atlantic.

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20 ottobre 2015
Facebook: Irish data watchdog to probe data transfers to US, by BBC News. The Data Protection Commissioner told the High Court in Dublin that she now intends to carry out a quick investigation, having previously argued that the matter was outside her remit.

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19 ottobre 2015
Privacy watchdogs give EU, US three months to negotiate new Safe Harbor deal, by, Peter Sayer, PC World. European data protection authorities have given the European Commission and national governments three months to come up with an alternative to the Safe Harbor agreement swept away two weeks ago by a ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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16 ottobre 2015
German parliament votes for new data retention law, by DW. Germany's lower house of parliament has voted to resume collecting and retaining metadata about phone calls and Internet use. Berlin says the new legislation is a balanced compromise.

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16 ottobre 2015
Tech giants warn cybersecurity bill could undermine users' privacy, by Sam Thielman, The Register. Some of the biggest names in tech including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and T-Mobile have come out against a controversial cybersecurity bill, arguing that it fails to protect users’ privacy and could cause "collateral harm" to "innocent third parties".

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14 ottobre 2015
The Snowden aftermath, by Josette Grech, Times of Malta. The revelations made by Edward Snowden have had significant impact on data privacy. In 2013, Snowden leaked to the media details of systematic phone and internet surveillance by American intelligence.

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14 ottobre 2015
GCHQ can spy on MPs, tribunal rules, by Tom Whitehead, Telegraph. MPs do not have special protection from having their communications monitored by Britain’s spy agencies, a tribunal has ruled.

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13 ottobre 2015
Digital Privacy, in the U.S. and Europe, by Katherine Taylor, NYTimes. Re "Mass Surveillance on Two Continents" (editorial, Oct. 9), about a court ruling invalidating an agreement between the European Union and the United States on the storage of personal data.

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13 ottobre 2015
Policies and regulation in the digital age: the new wave, by European Commission. Speech by Vice-President Ansip in charge of the Digital Single Market at the FT- ETNO summit in Brussels.

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13 ottobre 2015
Europe's Digital Strategy on Trial, by The Wall Street Journal. European leaders boast they have a strategy for creating a vibrant digital marketplace, but they forgot to tell the courts. The European Court of Justice, acting in concert with activist litigants, has become a threat to the e-economy Europe needs to create jobs and growth.

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12 ottobre 2015
The US government is still using a data sharing scheme that was struck down by Europe's top court, by Rob Price, Business Insider. The US government says it will continue to administer the "Safe Harbor" program, a framework for transferring citizens' data between Europe and the US - despite it being struck down by Europe's top court earlier this month.

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12 ottobre 2015
Telcos not ready, don't understand data retention: Comms Alliance, by Corinne Reichert, ZDNet. Australian telco industry group Communications Alliance has published a survey revealing "a low state of readiness" among telecommunications providers for the new data-retention laws, with only 16 percent expecting to be compliant in time.

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12 ottobre 2015
EU Digital Commish: Ja, we should have done more about NSA spying, by Jennifer Baker, TheRegister. Europe's outspoken digi Commissioner, Günther H-dot Oettinger has admitted that the European Commission did too little, too late in reaction to Edward Snowden's NSA spying revelations.

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09 ottobre 2015
EU Data protection reform on track: Commission proposal on new data protection rules in law enforcement area backed by Justice Ministers, by European Commission. October 9, Ministers in the Justice Council have sealed an overall agreement on the EU's Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector. Following the agreement reached in June 2015 on the Regulation (see IP/15/5176), today's agreement means the EU is fully on track to finalise its data protection reform by the end of this year, as called for by the European Council.

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09 ottobre 2015
Tech companies like Facebook not above the law, says Max Schrems, by Julia Powles, TheGuardian. The EU's safe harbour ruling is a "puzzle piece in the fight against mass surveillance, and a huge blow to tech companies who think they can act in total ignorance of the law," says Max Schrems, the man who brought the case.

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09 ottobre 2015
EU justice ministers agree on police data-sharing law, by Jennifer Baker, TheRegister. European justice ministers on Friday reached an agreement on a new EU law governing how police agencies share information.

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08 ottobre 2015
Siamo lieti di pubblicare le Linee Guida legali al Cloud per le PMI, sviluppate dai professionisti ICTLC all'interno del progetto CloudWATCH, finanziato dalla Commissione Europea nell'ambito del programma di ricerca FP7. ICTLC è partner del Consorzio CloudWATCH2, che riunisce esperti nei campi della standardizzazione, sicurezza, consulenza legale e pricing per garantire che i prodotti ed i servizi che la R&I Europea porta sul mercato siano i migliori possibili.

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08 ottobre 2015
Do we need a Bill of rights to protect our data?, by Marie Boran, Irish Times. "As of September 28th, 2015 at 01:52pm Eastern Standard Time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information."

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08 ottobre 2015
The Coming Collision Between EU Privacy Regulation And American Free Speech, by Mike Masnick, TechDirt. Earlier this week, we wrote about the EU Court of Justice's decision that the NSA's surveillance of the internet meant that the EU- US data protection safe harbor was invalid.

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07 ottobre 2015
Smaller U.S. businesses fear freeze from EU privacy ruling, by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Julia Fioretti, Reuters. U.S. businesses from online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc (SALE.O) to security software company Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) said a European change to rules governing transatlantic personal data transfers would hurt U.S. companies and called for a quick fix.

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06 ottobre 2015
Schrems data privacy ruling creates big headache for Ireland, by Derek Scally, Irish Times. If you knew a harbour was unsafe, would you anchor your boat there? Probably not.If the harbour authorities knew of safety issues yet kept silent and refused to act, are they liable if your boat was damaged, washed away or even stolen? Yes.

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06 ottobre 2015
Data Transfer Pact Between U.S. and Europe Is Ruled Invalid, by Mark Scott, New York Times. Europe's highest court on Tuesday struck down an international agreement that allowed companies to move digital information like people's web search histories and social media updates between the European Union and the United States.

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05 ottobre 2015
New EU privacy rules could widen the policy gap with America, by International, The Economist. LAWYERS who specialise in data protection have been much in demand in recent days. Their clients are scrambling to understand the possible implications of a ruling expected on October 6th from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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05 ottobre 2015
Data watchdog's 'blind trust' criticised by German regulators, by Derek Scally, Irish Times. German data protection regulators have attacked their Irish colleagues for placing "blind trust" in Facebook's promises that it processed EU citizen data in the US in line with European law.

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05 ottobre 2015
Intel moves to improve cyber security in cars, by Pamela Newenham, Irish Times. Forgetting to lock your car or the theft of the radio used to be the biggest security concerns for drivers. Now, as more cars connect to the internet, motorists’ physical safety could be at risk too, according to Intel Security general manager Chris Young.

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02 ottobre 2015
EU antitrust chief says Apple, Google cases show no U.S. bias, by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters. Europe's antitrust chief dismissed on Friday accusations of anti-U.S. bias over her decision to go after Google (GOOGL.O) for abusing its Internet search dominance and Apple (AAPL.O) over an Irish tax deal, saying such talk was a fallacy.

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02 ottobre 2015
Why is it so hard to convince people to care about privacy?, by Cory Doctorow, The Guardian. On September 13, 2001, four US Senators from both sides of the aisle introduced the first version of the USA Patriot Act, a sweeping, 342-page bill that overturned virtually all US privacy laws and led to the creation of the global, pervasive surveillance programs that Edward Snowden disclosed in June 2013.

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02 ottobre 2015
Landmark ECJ data protection ruling could impact Facebook and Google, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian. The European Court of Justice has ruled in favour of the Hungarian data protection authority in its case against Slovakian property site Weltimmo. It's a landmark ruling that could have big implications for companies such as Facebook and Google, operating across multiple EU countries.

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01 ottobre 2015
'Governments do not like freedom of information': the war on Australia's privacy and information watchdog, by Paul Farrel, The Guardian. When Australian's freedom of information and privacy watchdog was launched at federal parliament in November 2010 it was seen as the beginning of a new era of open government.

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01 ottobre 2015
Millions of T-Mobile customers exposed in Experian breach, by Jim Finkle, Reuters. Experian Plc (EXPN.L), the world's biggest consumer credit monitoring firm, on Thursday disclosed a massive data breach that exposed sensitive personal data of some 15 million people who applied for service with T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N).

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30 settembre 2015
Amid VW Scandal, Critics Want Access To Carmakers' Computer Code, by Brian Nailor, NPR. The revelation that Volkswagen rigged software to cheat on emissions tests got us wondering: What else is the software in your car doing that you don't know about?

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30 settembre 2015
Why abandoning Safe Harbour could 'stop the European operations of Facebook and Google in their tracks', by John Leonard, Computing. The future of Safe Harbour, the agreement that covers the transfer of personal data between the EU and the US, is in doubt.

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30 settembre 2015
Internet of Things and the Mobile Future, by Jonathan Spalter, Huffingtonpost. Every second, an average of 127 new things are connected to the Internet. This networked ecosystem of sensors and devices not only includes our smartphones and tablets, but virtually every part of our daily lives - from our cars, to smart appliances in our homes, and schools, to medical devices monitoring our health, to our traffic lights, factory parts, and even our sports equipment.

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29 Settembre 2015
US embassy defends 'invalid' EU data pact, by Nikolaj Nielsen, EUObserver. The United States has spoken out against a European Court of Justice opinion which invalidated a 15-year old data sharing pact.

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29 Settembre 2015
NSA? Illegal spying? EU top lawyer is talking out of his Bot - US gov, by Kieren McCarthy. At the heart of the matter is the so-called safe harbor agreement between the US and the EU. You cannot by law pipe people's private information out of Europe unless you can promise to keep that data safe. Under the safe harbor framework, America promises to do exactly that, and respect Europeans' privacy. That agreement is being renegotiated as you read this.

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28 Settembre 2015
EU data protection chief: Snaffling all air traveller data goes too far, by Jennifer Baker, The Register. Europe's data protection tsar has warned law-makers that collecting and storing information on all airline travellers risks breaching EU privacy laws.

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28 Settembre 2015
ICO warns over public WiFi data, by Alex Scroxton, ComputerWeekly.com. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a warning over the security of free public WiFi services in shops, hotels, stations and airports, following a review of providers.

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28 Settembre 2015
Tech companies claim Congressional letter did not endorse CISA, by Fahmida Y. Rashid, InfoWorld. Tech companies are claiming the letter sent to Congress earlier this month urging lawmakers to resume work on cyber security legislation did not endorse any specific bill.

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25 Settembre 2015
EU data chief says passenger information bill is unjustified, by Nikolaj Nielsen, EUObserver. The EU's top data protection guardian on Friday (25 September) spoke out against a bill that would hoover up the private data of anyone taking a commercial flight in and out of Europe.

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25 Settembre 2015
Five things you need to know about the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation, by Chloe Green, Information Age. European regulators are serious about data protection reform. They're inches away from finalising the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is a rewrite of the existing rules of the road for data protection and privacy spelled out in their legacy Data Protection Directive (DPD). A new EU data world is coming.

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25 Settembre 2015
Volkswagen Exposes Massive Flaw In The Internet Of Things, by Theo Priestley, Forbes. Gartner IT -2.48% analyst Doug Laney defined the 3 V's of Big Data (Volume, Variety, Velocity) in a 2001 MetaGroup research publication. Since then there have been revisions by various analysts and vendors, but this week another V exposed a severe weakness not only in Big Data but against the Internet Of Things: Volkswagen

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23 Settembre 2015
UPDATE 3 Court adviser deals major blow to EU-U.S. data share deal, by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. A deal easing the transfer of data between the United States and the EU is invalid, an adviser to the European Union's top court said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to a system used by Facebook, Google and thousands of other companies.

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23 Settembre 2015
Facebook case may force European firms to change data storage practices, by Owen Bowcott, TheGuardian. European companies may have to review their widespread practice of storing digital data with US internet companies after a court accused America's intelligence services of conducting "mass, indiscriminate surveillance".

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21 Settembre 2015
EU US data sharing deal faces major challenge in EU court, by Julia Fioretti, Reuters. A U.S.-EU commercial data sharing deal faces a major test on Wednesday when an adviser to the European Union's top court will say whether he believes it is still binding in light of allegations of mass U.S. spying.

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21 Settembre 2015
Right to delisting: Google informal appeal rejected, CNIL. Since the European Court of Justice ruling of 13 may 2014, which recognized the right to delisting, any individual may ask a search engine to remove one or more results displayed following a search made on the basis of his name.

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17 Settembre 2015
Vodafone strongly criticised by UN official for breaching journalist's data, by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. The United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of expression has criticised Vodafone's handling of a serious privacy breach of an Australian reporter's phone records, and said the unauthorised access showed "no respect" for source protection.

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17 Settembre 2015
AVGs new privacy policy is uncomfortably honest about tracking users, by Jared Newman. While anti-virus firm AVG congratulates itself over a new easy-to-read privacy policy, users are up in arms over what that policy spells out.The new policy, which takes effect on October 15, makes clear that AVG will collect non-personal data such as "Browsing and search history, including meta data." AVG says it collects this data "to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free."

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16 Settembre 2015
Taking online privacy into the 21st century, by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), The Hill. One week after the release of Apple's iPhone 6s, few Americans realize a law written two years after Steve Jobs gave us the first Macintosh computer is governing our digital privacy rights. Most are also not aware the law allows government officials to seize emails, documents, and other online communications without prior consideration from a judge.

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16 Settembre 2015
Senators want more cyber answers from automakers, by Cory Bennett, The Hill. Two senators are pressing automakers for more answers on their plans to protect cars from the looming threat of hackers. It's the second round of questions Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has sent automakers. His initial investigation was largely the basis for a bill known as the SPY Car Act, which would direct the government to set federal cybersecurity standards for car manufacturers.

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15 Settembre 2015
GCHQ data sharing with NSA challenged in court by members of the public, by Glyn Moody, Arstechnica. Three members of the public have joined with Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a legal challenge to establish whether their communications were among those collected by GCHQ and shared illegally with the NSA.

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15 Settembre 2015
EU's privacy high priest: Plans big on hyperbole, less clear on specifics, by Jennifer Baker, TheRegister. Fresh from preaching about data protection regulation, Europe’s high priest of privacy is planning to take on ethics.

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15 Settembre 2015
Facebook hoping court clicks 'like' on privacy settlement, by Howard MMintz, MercuryNews. Facebook is hoping a federal appeals court will click the "like" button on the $20 million settlement of a sweeping privacy challenge to its use of social media images in advertising features.

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14 Settembre 2015
Net neutrality advocate Tim Wu joins New York attorney general's office, by James Vincent, The Verge. Tim Wu, the writer and law professor best known for coining the term net neutrality, has joined the office of the New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman. According to a report from The New York Times, Wu will serve as a senior lawyer and special adviser to Schneiderman starting this week, focusing on issues surrounding technology, competition, and the protection of consumer rights

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14 Settembre 2015
Former bitcoin exchange boss charged in Japan, BBCNews. The former head of the collapsed bitcoin exchange MtGox has been charged in Japan with embezzlement. Mark Karpeles was arrested in August on charges that he falsified data about how many bitcoins MtGox possessed.

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14 Settembre 2015
Should take down mean stay down? EU's Big Internet quiz leaks, by Andrew Orlowski, The Register. Brussels wants to know if you think Silicon Valley’s giant internet plantations do business fairly in Europe – and is inviting views on Big Internet’s biggest legal loophole.

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10 Settembre 2015
Google won't have easy ride back into China, by Jeremy Wagstaff and Paul Carsten, Reuters. Google Inc CEO Sundar Pichai has made no secret that he wants to get back into China via Google Play, the app store for its Android mobile operating system.

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09 Settembre 2015
Microsoft urges U.S. court to block warrant for emails held abroad, by Joseph Ax, Reuters. Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to block the U.S. government from forcing the company to hand over a customer's emails stored on an Irish server, warning that the precedent would create a "global free-for-all" that eviscerates personal privacy.

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09 Settembre 2015
Pentagon chief to protect funds for cyber, space, electronic warfare, by Andrea Shalal, Reuters. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday vowed to invest aggressively in innovative research programs and protect funding for new space, cyber and electronic warfare weapons, despite what he called a "terribly disgraceful era of budget turmoil."

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08 Settembre 2015
US tech industry fight over email privacy heads to appeals court, by Joseph Ax, Reuters. A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday will consider whether U.S. law enforcement can make American technology companies hand over customers' emails held overseas, in a case closely watched by privacy advocates, news organizations and business groups.

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07 Settembre 2015
Campaigners call for revenge porn victims to be given anonymity, by Press Association, The Guardian. Campaign groups have called on the government to grant anonymity to revenge porn victims amid concern publicity surrounding convictions only causes more people to search for explicit images.

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03 Settembre 2015
Wikipedia's biggest scandal: Industrial scale blackmail, by ndrew Orlowski, The Register. No media mogul in history has ever matched the power of Wikipedia, which is capable of damaging reputations on an industrial scale. But with no checks in place to identify contributors, it was only a matter of time before fraudsters and blackmailers took advantage of Wikipedia to use it systematically, for profit.

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02 Settembre 2015
Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told, by Mark Hosenball, Reuters. The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

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02 Settembre 2015
Hundreds of British businesses have been targeted by a Wikipedia extortion racket, by Rob Price, BusinessInsiderUK. Wikipedia's greatest strength is also one of its greatest weaknesses.

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01 Settembre 2015
Indian government accuses Google of unfair and uncompetitive practices, by Daniel Van Boom, CNet. The Competition Commission of India has accused Google of allegedly rigging search results for the benefit of its own brands and those of sponsoring businesses.

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31 Agosto 2015
To stop next spam king, Facebook program helps firms share security info, by Laura Hautala, CNet. Last week, a hacker pleaded guilty to his crimes. The self- described "spam king," Sanford Wallace of Las Vegas, acknowledged in court his history of breaking in to Facebook accounts and sending millions of unwanted messages to other users over a period of three months.

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31 Agosto 2015
Gadget Ogling: Smart Bikes, Contactless Cards, and Roll-Up Keyboards, by Kris Holt , TecnNewsWorld. Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that sifts through the latest gadget announcement for nuggets of gold.

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28 agosto 2015
Zuckerberg: one in seven people on the planet used Facebook on Monday, by Stuart Dredge, The Guardian. Social network hit 1bn user milestone on Monday, but Mark Zuckerberg maintains it is still 'just the beginning of connecting the whole world'.

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27 Agosto 2015
Drone no-fly zone in California will stifle innovation, say industry advocates, by Halima Kazem, The Guardian. California lawmakers have sided with privacy advocates to pass a bill that bans drones from flying lower than 350ft (106m) over private property.

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26 Agosto 2015
Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open Source Software, by Jack M. Germain, TechNewsWorld. The Core Infrastructure Initiative last week announced a program that will offer badges to open software developers who follow best practice software development and security procedures. CII announced the free Badge Program at LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America.

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25 Agosto 2015
Police want white hat hackers to catch Ashley Madison criminals, by Liat Clark, WIRED.co.uk. Toronto police have appealed to the 'white hat' hacker community for help in tracking down Impact Team, the perpetrators of the Ashley Madison data breach, after revealing two people may have taken their own lives due to the leaks.

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25 Agosto 2015
Spotify CEO apologizes for super-creepy new privacy policy, by David Goldman and Hope King, CNN. The new policy allows Spotify to track your location, collect your photos and thumb through your contacts. It can view your Facebook posts and share some of the information it collects with advertisers.

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24 Agosto 2015
Twitter blocks accounts that tracked deleted tweets of politicians, by James Temperton, WIRED. Twitter has blocked access to more than 30 accounts that tracked and archived the deleted tweets of politicians and diplomats around the world.

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21 agosto 2015
Spotify faces user backlash over new privacy policy, by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Music streaming service asks to access contacts, photos and GPS locations from user mobiles, as company focuses on personalisation and discovery.

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20 agosto 2015
Google datacentre tussles with lightning, comes off second best, by Liam Tung, ZDNet. Four successive lightning strikes and a massive power outage was enough to wipe out data in Google's European Compute Engine datacentre.

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19 agosto 2015
China summons Western tech firms, revives bank cyber rules, by Gerry Shih, Michael Martina, Matthew Miller and Ian Geoghegan, Reuters. China has resumed work on a set of banking cyber security regulations it suspended earlier this year, reviving a potential source of friction with the United States just weeks before Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Washington as China's president, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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18 agosto 2015
Google releases final preview and SDK 6.0 for Android Marshmallow, by Liam Tung, ZDNet. Developers can now upload their Marshmallow apps to Google Play for testing ahead of the final public release of the OS around October or November.

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17 agosto 2015
We will see you, anon, The Economist. Can big databases be kept both anonymous and useful?

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14 agosto 2015
The internet of things: who wins, who loses?, by Maria Farrell, The Guardian. IoT is helping make privacy and autonomy the preserve of the powerful. As technology's glare increases, it's imperative we question who benefits from it.

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13 agosto 2015
Windows 10 sends identifiable data to Microsoft despite privacy settings, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian. Operating system contacts OneDrive, MSN and other services even if a user has activated privacy-protecting options, report discovers.

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12 agosto 2015
Twitter says government requests for your data jumped 52%, by Jp Mangalindan, Mashable. Governments want your data now more than ever. That's according to Twitter, which released its twice-yearly transparency report on Tuesday, revealing that the number of times governments requested user account information jumped about 52% from 2,871 requests during the second half of 2014 to 4,363 requests during the first half of this year.

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11 agosto 2015
Alphabet could be Berkshire Hathaway of tech, say analysts, by By Larry Dignan or Between the Lines, ZDNet. The holding company structure deployed by Google could improve transparency and better value the various side ventures going on a the company.

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10 agosto 2015
Report: Chinese hackers breached top U.S. officials' private emails, by Sergio Hernandez, Mashable. Chinese hackers have been reading "many" private emails of top U.S. officials since at least 2010, according to a new report.

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07 agosto 2015
American Airlines, travel firm possibly hacked, by David McCabe, The Hill. The same hackers who breached systems at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) struck a major clearinghouse for travel reservations and may have attacked systems at American Airlines, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

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06 agosto 2015
Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU, by Brad Stone & Vernon Silver,Bloomberg. Why the search leader's antitrust deal fell apart.

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06 agosto 2015
Internet of Things brings terrifying potential security threats, by John Holden, Irish Times.US and EU taking measures to protect drivers' privacy and security from hackers.

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05 agosto 2015
GEs New Cloud May Be the Most Tempting Hacker Bait Ever, by Klint Finley, WIRED. SECURITY FEARS SURROUNDING the so-called Internet of Things are reaching new levels of anxiety.

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04 agosto 2015
Your smartphone and laptop battery life could endanger your privacy, by Stan Schroeder, Mashable.Think your private browsing session is really private? A new paper shows how your smartphone or laptop's battery can be used to compromise your privacy.

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01 agosto 2015
Right to be forgotten: Swiss cheese internet, or database of ruin? by Julia Powles, The Guardian. Posturing over Google and the 'right to be forgotten' detracts from larger issues about respect for individuals v overreaching economic rights in digital space.

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31 luglio 2015
European regulation shakes up online payments security, by Stephen Hancock, ComputerWeekly. Payment service providers and merchants should lose no time in assessing the affect of proposed European security regulations.

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31 luglio 2015
Ad group urges FTC to reject right to be forgotten in US, by Grant Gross, PC World. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should reject a privacy group's push to extend the E.U.'s controversial right to be forgotten rules to the U.S. because such regulations would have a "sweeping" negative effect on many U.S. companies, a trade group said.

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29 Luglio 2015
Italy: Human rights are so old hat. The future's in internet rights, by Jennifer Baker, TheRegister. Access to the internet is a fundamental right of all persons. So says a new Italian Declaration of Internet Rights, which incorporates a 14- point manifesto drawn up by a parliamentary committee following a public consultation.

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29 Luglio 2015
How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers? by JOSH KELLER, K.K. REBECCA LAI and NICOLE PERLROTH, The New York Times. Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers last year alone. In a recent attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people.

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29 Luglio 2015
Facebook loses battle over users' fake names in Germany, BBC. Facebook has been prevented from stopping users in Germany creating accounts under false names. The Hamburg data protection authority said the social network could not change people's chosen usernames or ask them to provide any official ID.

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28 Luglio 2015
EU Privacy Watchdog Backs Strict Fines for Firms Abusing Data, by Natalia Drozdiak, The WSJ. Europe's data-protection watchdog is advising European Union lawmakers to slap strict fines on businesses violating new data-privacy rules that will tighten guidelines on how companies - including U.S. firms operating in Europe - manage their customers' data.

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28 Luglio 2015
Facebook's Use of Facial-Recognition Tool Draws Privacy Ire, by Rachel Adams- Heard, BloombergBusiness. When you are identified in a picture on Facebook, biometric software remembers your face so it can be "tagged" in other photographs.

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27 Luglio 2015
Tech groups welcome Labor's call for data-retention review, by Corinne Reichert, ZDNet. Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) and Internet Australia have applauded Labor's move to call for a review of the recently passed data-retention legislation, saying the retention period, cost, and provision of warrantless access all need to be revisited.

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27 Luglio 2015
Watchdog releases own version of data regulation, by David Meyer, Politico. The European data protection supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, has taken the unprecedented step of publishing his own draft of the European Union’s new general data protection regulation.

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24 Luglio 2015
France approves 'Big Brother' surveillance powers despite UN concern, by Kim Willsher, The Guardian. France's highest authority on constitutional matters has approved a controversial bill that gives the state sweeping new powers to spy on citizens.

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24 Luglio 2015
Progress on EU GDPR Reform - International Aspects Debated re: General Data Protection Regulation, by Philippe Bradley, The National Law Review. A second round of "trilogue" negotiation on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on July 14th, has addressed the law's territorial scope and rules relating to international data transfers.

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24 Luglio 2015
The CEO of Hacking Team tells how his surveillance company is recovering from the hack that stole all its data, Alastair Stevenson, Business Insider UK. Very few companies are officially listed by Reporters Without Borders as an "enemy of the internet."

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22 Luglio 2015
New data protection rules threaten vital health research, by Barry O'Sullivan, The Irish Times. Patient data is like blood: life-saving and harmless to the donor when responsibly gathered.Blood donors enter into a contract with the blood transfusion service; they give blood for the purposes of supporting the health services and saving lives.

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21 Luglio 2015
TPP Likely To Force Canada To Repeal Local Data Protection Laws, by Glyn Moody, TechDirt. Techdirt has written a couple of times about European sensitivities regarding data protection, in particular when it comes to privacy rules requiring local storage of personal data. It turns out that Europe is not alone in its concern that agreements like TAFTA/TTIP and TISA could jeopardize this approach.

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21 Luglio 2015
Senate Bill Seeks Standards For Cars’ Defenses From Hackers, by ANDY GREENBERG. Wired. A FEW YEARS ago, the notion of hacking a car or truck over the Internet to control steering and brakes seemed like a bad plot point from CSI: Cyber.

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20 Luglio 2015
UK data retention scheme ruled unlawful, by Claire Reilly, CNet. Britain's Data Retention and Investigative Powers Act has been ruled unlawful by the UK's High Court of Justice, after the digital surveillance scheme was deemed "inconsistent with European Union Law."

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16 Luglio 2015
Google Wins Bid to Toss Suit Claiming Privacy Violations, by Joel Rosenblatt, BloombergBusiness. Google Inc. users were blocked from suing over alleged privacy violations by a judge who said they failed to show any of their information had been disclosed.

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15 Luglio 2015
U.S. has yet to notify 21.5 million data breach victims: officials, by Mark Hosenball, Yahoo Tech. Two months after discovering that sensitive personal information on 21.5 million Americans was compromised in a hack of government databanks, none of those affected has been officially notified, government officials said on Tuesday.

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15 Luglio 2015
Progress made as EU aims to get new data protection laws ASAP, by Jennifer Baker, The Register. The second round of negotiations on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) saw real movement on Tuesday, according to negotiators.

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14 Luglio 2015
Barclays Compensates Customers Over Latest Data Breach, by Matthew Broersma, Techweek.Barclays has confirmed it is is offering compensation to 2,000 Barclays customers after their detailed personal data was discovered on a USB memory device in a flat on the south coast of England.

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14 Luglio 2015
Transparent you: From data collection to data protection, by Gianna Grün, DW.com.2.3 trillion gigabytes of data are currently produced around the world every day - the equivalent of 1.15 trillion 2GB USB sticks, which laid down lengthwise next to each other would circle the earth almost 1.5 million times.

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14 Luglio 2015
Google Evaluates 1m ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Links, by Matthew Broersma, DW.com. Google has evaluated more than 1 million links submitted in "right to be forgotten" requests since last year’s landmark European Court of Justice ruling.

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13 Luglio 2015
Kremlin to address firms concerns over personal data law, Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Writing by Maria Kiselyova, Editing by Timothy Heritage, Reuters. Russia will address Internet firms concerns about meeting a deadline to comply with a law forcing them to move the personal data of Russian citizens onto servers inside the country, a Kremlin spokesman said on Monday.

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13 Luglio 2015
Data commissioner eyes up improvement in an ever changing world, by Erin McGuire, The Irish Times. "I think the Irish data protection authority (DPA) performs its statutory role in a very unique context, given the presence of so many data-rich multinationals that service the entire European market from here.

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12 Luglio 2015
‘Smart Cities’ Will Know Everything About You, by Mike Weston, WSJ. From Boston to Beijing, municipalities and governments across the world are pledging billions to create "smart cities".

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12 Luglio 2015
Encryption if this is the best his opponents can do, maybe Jim Comey has a point, by Stewart Baker, The Washington Post. "We share EPA's commitment to ending pollution," said a group of utility executives.

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08 Luglio 2015
China's draft cybersecurity law could up censorship, irk business, by Gerry Shih, Reuters. China's parliament has published a draft cybersecurity law that consolidates Beijing's control over data, with potentially significant consequences for internet service providers and multinational firms doing business in the country.

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08 July 2015
Obama administration policies exacerbate spectrum exhaust, by Lawrence J. Spiwak, The Hill. According to just-released survey evidence, the demand for mobile data continues to rise unabated.

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07 Luglio 2015
The U.N.'s New Digital Privacy Investigator Should Have Been Estonian, by Emily Tamkin, Future Tense. Katrin Nyman-Metcalf seems like the perfect person to serve as the United Nations’'first digital privacy investigator, a position proposed by Germany and Brazil and approved unanimously by the U.N. Human Rights Council last March

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06 Luglio 2015
Head of EU data protection says trading privacy for security is a "false fad", by Glyn Moody, arstechnica. The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, who is responsible for ensuring that the machinery of EU government respects the privacy of a citizen's data when processing their data, says that it is time to "move beyond the false fad of discussing security vs. privacy."

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06 Luglio 2015
A Hacker Is Hacked: Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company Is Targeted, by Eyder Peralta the two way. A controversial cyber espionage company called Hacking Team is reeling this morning after hackers gave it a taste of its own medicine by breaking into its systems, downloading hundreds of gigabytes of data and throwing it all on the open Internet.

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02 Luglio 2015
Facebook wins first round in European privacy battle, by Warwick Ashford, ComputerWeekly.com. Facebook has won the first round in a legal challenge by European users led by Austrian law graduate and privacy campaigner Max Schrems, but the case is far from over say legal experts.

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02 Luglio 2015
Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half, by Kat Hall, The Register. The total value of fines issued by the UK Information Commissioner's Office has halved compared with last year - despite the watchdog receiving roughly the same number of complaints about data protection.

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01 Luglio 2015
America's cyber sentinel asleep on guard duty, by Paul Callan, CNN. During the past few weeks, much of the nation was mesmerized by the daring escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York.

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01 Luglio 2015
It's goodbye to roaming bills as EU finally takes some action, by Adrian Weckler, Independent.ie. The move means that Irish phone users will save an average of €100 per year on extra fees from using European mobile networks when abroad.

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30 Giugno 2015
Court sets schedule for net neutrality case, by David McCabe, The Hill. A federal court has set a schedule for the legal case over the Federal Communications Commission's controversial net neutrality rules.

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30 Giugno 2015
EU plans to destroy net neutrality by allowing Internet fast lanes, by Glyn Moody, Ars Technica. A two-tier Internet will be created in Europe as the result of a late-night "compromise" between the European Commission, European Parliament and the EU Council.

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29 Giugno 2015
France arrests Uber executives, by David Meyer, POLITICO. Two of Uber's top executives in France were arrested Monday over the alleged illegality of the car- booking service.

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29 Giugno 2015
What Washington really knows about the Internet of Things, by Mario Wagner, POLITICO. President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to "give each of us information that allows us to stay healthier."

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28 Giugno 2015
Net neutrality rules off to a smooth start; FCC sets sights on broadband privacy, by Steven Overly, TWP. In the weeks before their implementation, the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations were rebuked by critics as the end of the Internet.

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28 Giugno 2015
What Washington really knows about the Internet of Things, by Darren Samuelsohn, POLITICO. President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to "give each of us information that allows us to stay healthier."

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24 Giugno 2015
European Parliament negotiators finalise talks on EU data protection regulation, by Cliff Saran, ComputerWeekly.com. Negotiators have finalised talks on the proposed European Union (EU) data protection legislation, paving the way to a single EU digital market worth up to €415bn a year.

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24 Giugno 2015
From drugs to killers: Exploring the Deep Web, by Nyshka Chandran, CNBC. It may be known to hackers and coders worldwide but for most internet users, the so- called 'Deep Web' remains shrouded in mystery, a supposed morass of drugs, deviancy and stolen credit card details.

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24 Giugno 2015
Officials Masked Severity Of Hack, by Devlin Barret and Damian Paletta, The Wall Street Journal. The Obama administration for more than a week avoided disclosing the severity of an intrusion into federal computers by defining it as two breaches but divulging just one, said people familiar with the matter.

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23 Giugno 2015
China says up to United States to resume cyber security talks, by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Reuters. It is up to the United States to create conditions to resume regular talks on cyber security, China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, as the two countries began three days of high-level meetings in Washington.

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23 Giugno 2015
Commissioner says Data Protection Office effective, RTE News. The Data Protection Commissioner has dismissed ongoing criticism of the effectiveness of her office, saying it is well placed to regulate with the full efficacy that its stakeholders deserve.

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22 Giugno 2015
Uber's Customer Tracking Draws FTC Complaint From Privacy Group, by Rachel Adams- Heard, Bloomberg. Uber Technologies Inc. shouldn't track customers when they aren't using the ride-sharing application, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission on Monday by a digital-privacy group.

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22 Giugno 2015
EU Privacy Probes Could Hurt Facebook's Bottom Line, by Amir Mizroch, WSJ.D. The mounting probes of Facebook's privacy policies could soon be more than a regulatory and reputation issue.

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18 Giugno 2015
Europeans could get data protection rights in U.S., by David Meyer, Politico. Europeans would be able to take legal action against U.S. agencies that misuse their private data, under legislation introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate.

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18 Giugno 2015
Facial-Recognition Concerns Keep Facebook 'Moments' From Europe, by Deepa Seetharaman, WSK.D. Facebook is not offering its new photo-sharing app Moments in Europe because of regulators' concerns about its facial-recognition technology, the company's European policy chief said Thursday.

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17 Giugno 2015
Obama administration knocks net neutrality riders in funding bill, by Mario Trujillo, The Hill. The Obama administration on Tuesday night poked holes in a House appropriations bill that includes language to temporarily prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing new Internet rules.

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16 Giugno 2015
EU states agree to overhaul regulation of data protection, by Suzanne Lynch, The Irish Times. Negotiations between European Union member states and the European Parliament will begin as early as next week ahead of sweeping new data-protection regulations, as the EU's 28 countries agreed in Luxembourg yesterday to overhaul 20-year-old rules.

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16 Giugno 2015
Internet privacy bill gets initial approval in Russian assembly, by Maria Kiselyova, Reuters. Russian parliament gave initial approval on Tuesday to a law that would require Internet search sites to remove outdated or irrelevant personal information from search results on request from users.

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15 Giugno 2015
EU endorses sweeping overhaul of data protection rules, by Published, Indipendent.ie. European Union member states endorsed a sweeping overhaul of the 28-country bloc's data protection laws on Monday, bringing a web of national laws into one set of rules that could see companies fined when they break them.

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15 Giugno 2015
Belgian privacy watchdog sues Facebook, by Peter Teffer, EUobserver. Belgium's national privacy watchdog is taking US internet company Facebook to court, arguing that the way the social network website tracks the behaviour of both members and non-members is illegal under Belgian and European law.

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15 Giugno 2015
More data protection is better than less, by Viviane Reding, Euractiv. Following today's agreement in the Council on Data Protection, in an exclusive op-ed, MEP Viviane Reding reminds us that the EU countries' position seems to substantially water down the Commission's proposal.

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12 Giugno 2015
Five reasons why the tech industry cares about the trade debate, by Steven Overly, The Washington Post. Edward Snowden's revelation that the U.S. government had been secretly collecting reams of consumer information made it decidedly more difficult for American tech companies to expand abroad, as countries raised concerns about privacy and security.

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12 Giugno 2015
France latest court to order Google to dump personal data on request, Euronews. France's data regulatory authority has ruled US giant Google must scrub European users' data from its servers worldwide and not just in Europe, if a consumer requests the right to be "forgotten".

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11 Giugno 2015
Data privacy: You may call it personal data but who actually owns it?, by Toby Wolpe, ZD Net. As a major report emerges today on surveillance and individual privacy, experts continue to argue over the rights of states and businesses to access personal data - and who actually owns it.

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11 Giugno 2015
Surveillance laws need rethink, but bulk collection of web data will continue, by Nick Heath, ZD Net. UK security services should be allowed to continue bulk collecting data on people's web browsing, emails, and other communications, an official review has found.

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10 Giugno 2015
Correction: Google Is Ready to Support European Digital Innovation, Says Eric Schmidt, by Dow Jones Business News, Nasdaq. Google chairman Eric Schmidt said self-driving cars could save the lives of some 1.2 million people who die on the world's roads every year. In a previous version of the article published June 10, 2015, it was reported that Mr. Schmidt said 1.2 million people died every year on Europe's roads.

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09 Giugno 2015
Austria becomes battleground in fight over mobile mergers, by Shadia Nasralla and Leila Abboud, Reuters. When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe.

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08 Giugno 2015
'No back doors here': Microsoft opens site to let governments check out its source code, by Jo Best for Benelux, ZDNet. Microsoft has opened a Transparency Center in the Belgian capital, offering European governments a look at its source code.

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08 Giugno 2015
Week in tech: Internet rules slated to take effect, by Mario Trujillo and David McCabe, The Hill. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules are slated to take effect on Friday.

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08 Giugno 2015
GCHQ continues to use data techniques outlawed in US, say campaigners, by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian. GCHQ, the Cheltenham-based monitoring agency, is collecting "bulk personal datasets" from millions of people’s phone and internet records using techniques now banned in the US, according to Privacy International.

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08 Giugno 2015
What Can We Learn From The Largest US Government Data Theft?, by Duncan Macrae, TechWeek. China has been blamed for a hack in which huge amounts of US Government officials’ data was stolen. China has denied it, but the whole world can learn from it.

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05 Giugno 2015
China in focus as cyber attack hits millions of U.S. federal workers, by Matt Spetalnick e David Brunnstrom, Reuters. Hackers broke into US government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China, US officials said on Thursday.

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05 Giugno 2015
Snowden: balance of power has shifted as people defy government surveillance, by Rebecca Ratclliffe, The Guardian. A "profound difference" has occurred over the past two years, following the leaking of NSA documents that led to revelations about US surveillance on phone and internet communications, whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.

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04 Giugno 2015
Mapping The Regulations Protecting Childrens Privacy Online, by Josh Yaker, Techcrunch. The Internet can seem like a place without adult supervision, but in a space where minors are a growing segment of the online audience, companies are subject to a complex landscape of laws, regulations, and codes of conduct attempting to protect young users.

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04 Giugno 2015
MPs David Davis and Tom Watson in court challenge over surveillance act, by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian. Two MPs - the Conservative David Davis and Labour’s Tom Watson - have joined forces for a combined challenge against emergency surveillance legislation introduced by the coalition last year.

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03 Giugno 2015
Tim Cook attacks tech rivals that mine and sell personal data, by Rhiannon Williams, The Telegraph. Apple chief executive Tim Cook has heavily criticised tech companies which attempt to monetise customer data for advertising purposes, saying such a trade comes at "a very high cost".

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03 Giugno 2015
EU governments in disagreement over data breach liability rules, by Out-Law. EU governments are in disagreement over whether consumers should be able to sue businesses for damage they suffer as a result of a data breach even where those businesses are not responsible for the damage caused.

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02 Giugno 2015
Prime Minister Sobotka is against trading in personal data, Praghe Daily Monitor. The personal data people provided to various databases or through social networks should not be sold without their consent, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said at the conference on the 15th anniversary of the Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) Tuesday.

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02 Giugno 2015
Secret report urges treaty forcing US web firms cooperation in data sharing, by Alan Travis, The Guardian. A top secret report to the British prime minister has recommended that a new international treaty be negotiated to force the cooperation of the big US internet companies in sharing customers personal data, the Guardian has learned.

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28 Maggio 2015
Most Irish companies fall foul of IT cyberlaw and face new fines, by Adrian Weckler, Independent. A majority of Irish businesses are not adhering to legal requirements around IT security, according to a new Red C survey. The research, commissioned by A&L Goodbody, says that the legal lapses are leaving Irish companies open to legal action and potential fines.

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27 Maggio 2015
What the 'snooper's charter' means for business and the public, by ames Castro- Edwards, The Guardian. Online campaigners have already started fighting Conservative plans to introduce new surveillance powers.

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27 Maggio 2015
Google Wages Free-Speech Fight in Mexico, by Laurence Iliff, The Wall Street Journal. Free-speech advocates are challenging a ruling against Google Mexico that they say would allow politicians and business moguls to abuse the so-called right to be forgotten by wiping out Internet links that cast them in a negative light.

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26 Maggio 2015
Mass surveillance makes us subjects of the state. That's chilling, by Richard Ackland, The Guardian. In the 1980s there existed in Sydney something called the Free Speech Committee. It was mainly comprised of hairy lefties who believed free speech should be absolute - even broader than the first amendment.

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25 Maggio 2015
Who's the Watchdog? In Europe, the Answer Is Complicated, by Mark Scott, That question lies at the heart of a growing fight here after many of Europe's privacy watchdogs opened investigations into how the social network obtains and uses individuals' online data.

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21 Maggio 2015
America's for-profit private surveillance fiasco, by Christopher Moraff, Aljazeera America. Since former National Security Agency contractor-turned- whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the curtain on the agency's domestic surveillance program, Americans have justifiably become obsessed by the idea that Big Brother is watching them.

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21 Maggio 2015
Europe Seeks a Model to Repel U.S. Internet Giants, by Stephen Fidler, Nasdaq. The European Union has woken up from one nightmare to find itself in another. After a five-year economic crisis, which Greece's travails suggest might not yet be over, European policy makers now worry that their most successful job generators are at the mercy of U.S.-owned digital companies.

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21 Maggio 2015
Taking cues from the U.S., Europe expands its surveillance states, by Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post. From this side of the Atlantic, developments in the government surveillance debate look a little disorienting.

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20 Maggio 2015
Pro's Morning Tech Uber keeps trying - Digital divisions - Google Glass, by David Meyer, Politico. In their first debate about the Commission's digital single market strategy, political alliances within the European Parliament on Tuesday raised concerns along party lines.

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19 Maggio 2015
Twitter declares Ireland as its global legal centre, by Adrian Weckler, Independent.IE. Twitter's self-declared legal switch to Ireland may be a peremptory move ahead of a change in European law spurred by US spying, according to data protection experts.

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19 Maggio 2015
ICO calls for practical approach to data protection, by Warwick Ashford, ComputerWeekly.com. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has called for a more practical approach to data protection regulation.

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19 Maggio 2015
Survey GCs Ability to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks Remains Top Concern, by Gabe Friedman, Bloomberg BNA. Managing cybersecurity remains the biggest challenge for most general counsel, according to a new report.

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18 Maggio 2015
"Facebook is gathering personal information without consent" says Belgian privacy watchdog, by Martin Gijzemijter for Benelux, ZD Net. The Belgian data watchdog has warned that Facebook is tracking European internet users without their consent, following the introduction of a new privacy policy earlier this year.

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18 Maggio 2015
Irish data commissioner taking charge of policing Twitter privacy from today, RTE News. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner will today assume responsibility for ensuring the privacy and data of around 300 million people outside the US who use Twitter each month is adequately respected.

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18 Maggio 2015
Drone rules hover into view, by Zoya Sheftalovich, POLITICO. The European Commission plans to draft regulations for commercial drones this fall in an effort to keep up with the rapidly growing industry and new legislation in member states.

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14 Maggio 2015
Dear Google: open letter from 80 academics on 'right to be forgotten', by Jemima Kiss, The Guardian. It is one year since the European Court of Justice ruled that citizens have the right to request that Google remove links to information about them if these are out of date, misreprentative or irrelevant.

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14 Maggio 2015
Megaupload founder: Clinton an 'adversary' of Internet freedom, by Mark Hensch, The Hill. Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom blasted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a foe of online liberty.

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14 Maggio 2015
Google's Vint Cerf Warns Against Fragmentation of Internet, by Steve Rosenbush, The Wall Street Journal. Internet pioneer Vinton G. Cerf warned Thursday that political and technological forces threaten universal access and integrity, which he described as the foundation of the Internet’s value.

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13 Maggio 2015
A year after the "right to be forgotten" ruling, Google is not very likely to forget about you, by Loek Essers, PC Advisor. A year after the European Union's top court gave Europeans a right to be forgotten by search engines, it is most likely that Google will still remember you after you filed a request to disappear from its search listings.

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13 Maggio 2015
Europe's Search Delisting Ruling Is Mostly About Social Media Privacy Invasions, by Natasha Lomas, Techcrunch. It's one year since the European Court of Justice made Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales spit out his breakfast crumpet and spew crumbs of outrage all over the Internet.

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13 Maggio 2015
House votes to end spy agencies' bulk collection of phone data, by Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1.

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13 Maggio 2015
House votes to end spy agencies' bulk collection of phone data, by Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball, Reuters. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1.

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12 Maggio 2015
OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY: House to vote on NSA reform, by Cory Bennett and Elise Viebeck, The Hill. OBAMA'S ALL IN: The White House threw its weight behind a surveillance reform bill expected to get a House vote tomorrow.

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11 Maggio 2015
Ansip: 'Cybersecurity publi-private partnership to launch early next year', by Jeremy Fleming, Euractiv. Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, following his launch of the Digital Single Market plan last week, says that the Commission's proposed public private partnership on cyber security will be launched early next year.

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11 Maggio 2015
Children's online privacy in spotlight, by Hamish Barwick, Computerworld. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) this week will be assessing the privacy controls of 44 websites and mobile apps aimed at children aged 12 and under.

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08 Maggio 2015
Commission dilutes copyright reform in digital strategy, by Aline Robert, Euractiv. Rights holders breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday (6 May), when the European Commission unveiled its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy.

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07 Maggio 2015
The Last Time We Made Data Laws Zuck Was 11, Says EU Lawmaker, by Amir Mizroch, WSJ. A top European Commission official in charge of data policy shed some light into the thinking of European lawmakers drafting a new set of data privacy laws.

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07 Maggio 2015
NSA's Bulk Collection of Telephone Data Is Ruled Illegal, by Bon Van Voris, Bloomberg. The National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone data isn’t legal, a federal appeals court said just weeks before the law the government used to justify the program is set to expire.

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06 Maggio 2015
EU data protection resolution unlikely before the end of the year, by Julie Levy- Abegnoli, The Parliament. The European commission has been hard at work on a new data protection package since 2012, but parliament's rapporteur on the issue Jan Albrecht has warned that it was unlikely a resolution would be adopted "before the end of the year".

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06 Maggio 2015
An end to geoblocking? Europe presents border-busting strategy for online world, by Liam Tung, ZD Net. European Commission launches new investigation into barriers to online trade and plan to update everything from copyright to cloud privacy rules.

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05 Maggio 2015
How Ireland's Data Protection Czar Views Global Tech Firms, by Lisa Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal. The new data protection commissioner for Ireland, Helen Dixon, has a big job ahead of her. The office is the privacy watchdog for some of the world's biggest tech companies.

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04 Maggio 2015
Internet pioneer opposes efforts to mandate 'backdoor' into data, by Erin Kelly, USA TODAY. Internet pioneer and Google vice president Vinton Cerf said Monday that he opposes efforts by federal officials to force tech companies to give them access to customers' emails, texts and other personal data.

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04 Maggio 2015
Customers' Trust About Personal Data Can't Be Bought, by Rasmus Wegener and Eric Almquist, Forbes. With more companies offering up customers' personal data for sale, governments are moving to intervene more deeply. In the U.S., for example, the Obama administration has proposed a wide-ranging bill intended to provide Americans with more control over the information that companies collect about them.

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04 Maggio 2015
OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY: Companies lobbying hard for cyber bill, by Cory Bennett and Elise Viebeck. Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY, your daily rundown of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We're here to connect the dots as leaders in government, policy and industry wrap their arms around cyberthreats.

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30 Aprile 2015
France wants to make les citoyen's health data available to world dog, by OUT- LAW.com, The Register. Plans to centralise the storage of health data in France are being considered by the French parliament.

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30 Aprile 2015
The Ars Technica guide to digital policy in the UK's 2015 general election, by Glyn Moody, Ars Tecnica. As the passage of the UK's technologically illiterate Digital Economy Act in 2010 demonstrated, many UK politicians are completely at sea when it comes to modern technology. But even they recognize that the digital world forms a crucial part of modern life, and that any political party hoping to enter government needs to have policies for issues the Internet raises.

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29 Aprile 2015
New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION, by Jennifer Baker, The Register. "It is unacceptable that a Kalashnikov can be bought easily on the internet,"* thundered European Commission number two Frans Timmermans yesterday, as he presented the Commission's plans to combat terrorism. So what's he going to do about it? That's right, hold a consultation.

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28 Aprile 2015
"Internet delle cose": il Garante privacy avvia consultazione per definire regole e tutele, by Garante Privacy. Impianti di riscaldamento che si accendono da remoto con lo smartphone, frigoriferi che segnalano la scadenza dei cibi, sistemi di trasporto in grado di aumentare automaticamente il numero delle corse sulla base degli accessi registrati ai tornelli, orologi intelligenti che segnalano al nostro medico eventuali anomalie corporee. Sono solo alcuni degli innumerevoli servizi offerti oggi da quello che è stato definito "Internet delle cose"

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27 Aprile 2015
EU data protection regulation will drive privacy by design, says KuppingerCole, by Warwick Ashford, ComputerWeekly.com. The coming EU data protection regulation will make privacy by design important for all companies who have European customers, according to Karsten Kinast, analyst at KuppingerCole.

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24 Aprile 2015
Tom Cotton prepares for Patriot Act battle, by Manu Raju e Burgess Everett, Politico. Tom Cotton is preparing for battle against Sen. Rand Paul and the GOP's libertarian wing over the USA Patriot Act and the power of government to conduct spying operations domestically and abroad.

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23 Aprile 2015
Strong data protection laws better for EU than sniping, by Karlin Lillington, Irish Times. Do multinational technology companies come to Ireland because they believe it has a "lax" data protection environment and a deliberately underfunded Office of the Data Protection Commissioner?

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23 Aprile 2015
AMAZON Europe We're Not Targeting Silicon Valley, and Here's Data to Prove It, by Amic Mizroch, WSJ.D. Despite a recent regulatory crackdown against the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook, the European Commission wants to say it loud and clear: we're not going after American tech firms.

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23 Aprile 2015
U.S. House passes second 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill, Patricia Zengerle, Reuters. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill that extends liability protection for companies that share information about cyber attacks, if they give the data to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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22 Aprile 2015
Can anything curb the dominance of the internet's big guns?, by Doctorow, The Guardian. The European anti-trust action against Google uses a silly rubric to get at a serious underlying problem.

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22 Aprile 2015
House Passes Cybersecurity Bill After Companies Fall Victim to Data Breaches, by Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times. Responding to a series of computer security breaches in government and the private sector, the House passed an expansive measure Wednesday that would push companies to share access to their computer networks and records with federal investigators.

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21 Aprile 2015
Federal data breach bill would replace dozens of stronger state laws, by David Lazarus, LA Times. It's called the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, and, if passed into law, it would be the first federal rule requiring businesses to let consumers know that their personal information may be in the hands of hackers.

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21 Aprile 2015
Is this the last hurrah for online freedom?, by Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY. Given the relentless and increasing barrage of cyber attacks, it might seem odd to call this a golden age for Internet freedom.

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20 Aprile 2015
Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules, by Loek Essers, PC World. Twitter revised its privacy policy over the weekend, changing where it handles the account information of users outside the U.S. and clarifying some points.

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20 Aprile 2015
Commission report shows that SMEs stand to make significant gains from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (WTIP) between the EU and the US, by The European Commission. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has significant potential for small and medium sized enterprises, according to a report released in Brussels today.

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17 Aprile 2015
Cybercrime a growing threat, says insurer Zurich, by Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner. Cybercrime is a growing threat with criminals attacking business, individuals and governments, says the head of insurance company Zurich which based in Dublin.

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16 Aprile 2015
Uber becomes talking point in net-neutrality debate, by Julian Hattem, The Hill. Uber might be one of the better analogies for explaining new federal rules for the Internet - for both critics and supporters of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regulations.

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16 Aprile 2015
Big Data Looms as Next Battle in Europe, by Tom Fairless, The Wall Street Journal. As Google Inc. prepares to fight charges that it has violated Europe's competition rules, lawyers here are already limbering up for the next battle: big data.

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15 Aprile 2015
TechBits: Analyzing Medical Data, Breaking Smartphones, by The Associated Press, The New York Times. Your smartphone could be a valuable tool for medical research - and for treating a variety of ailments.IBM wants to use the power of its Watson computing system - which famously won TV's "Jeopardy" a few years back - to analyze mountains of data collected from individuals who use health-related smartphone apps, fitness bands and other gadgets.

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15 Aprile 2015
Social media being increasingly used by police, conference told, by Elain Edwards, Irish Times. Social media is increasingly being used by police authorities and citizens are essentially being used as tools to enable their own surveillance, a conference on digital rights and privacy has heard.

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15 Aprile 2015
Google Joins Its U.S. Peers Under Europe's Scrutiny, by Vindu Goel, Quentin Hardy and Mark Scott, The New York Times. Over the last few decades, Europe's regulators have challenged the practices of some of the titans of American technology, including Microsoft, Intel and now Google.

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14 Aprile 2015
EU Digital Chief Urges Regulation to Nurture European Internet Platforms, by Tom Fairless, Nasdaq. The European Union should regulate Internet platforms in a way that allows a new generation of European operators to overtake U.S. firms like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc the blocs digital czar said, in an unusually blunt assessment of the risks that U.S. Web giants are viewed as posing to the continents industrial heartland.

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14 Aprile 2015
Google's antitrust woes in Europe, explained. By Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post. Prominent Google critics are cheering numerous media reports that the European Union may issue a statement of objections against the search giant, after years of investigation. That document outlines specific charges against the company that the regulatory body believes violate antitrust law.

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14 Aprile 2015
OVERNIGHT TECH: Net neutrality lawsuits represent industry who's who, by Mario Trujillo and Julian Hattem, The Hill. The four trade groups fighting net neutrality rules in court represent a who's who of the cable and mobile industries.

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13 Aprile 2015
Telecom Industry Sues to Overturn Net Neutrality, by Ryan Knutson and Thomas Gryta, The Wall Street Journal. Industry trade group United States Telecom Association filed a lawsuit Monday to overturn the government’s net neutrality rules, the first of what will likely be a wave of legal challenges.

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13 Aprile 2015
Why Amazon's new EU data centres are just as vulnerable to NSA surveillance as their US ones, by Alexander Hanff, Computing. On 5 June 2013, Edward Snowden initiated a cascading exposé that would open the eyes of the world to the surreptitious and wholesale surveillance of digital communications by the NSA in the US and GCHQ in the UK.

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10 Aprile 2015
Global Threats to Net Neutrality, by The Editorial Board, The New York Times. The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted strong net neutrality rules that should prevent cable and phone companies from creating fast and slow lanes on the Internet.

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10 Aprile 2015
Can Africa fight cybercrime and preserve human rights?, by Tom Jackson, BBC News. Think cybercrime and Africa, and most people in the developed world think of the notorious 419 email scam.

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09 Aprile 2015
Facebook risks fresh trial in Austrian court, by Eric Maurice, Euobserver. The legal battle against Facebook in Europe could reach a new stage on Thursday (9 April), when an Austrian court hears a civil suit filed against the American firm by Austrian citizen Max Schrems.

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07 Aprile 2015
How can privacy survive in the era of the internet of things?, by Danny Bradbury, The Guardian. Amazons new Dash button, which will order replacement products at the touch of a button, might well usher us further towards the internet of things (IoT), in which a variety of connected devices talk to each other, quietly doing our bidding.

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07 Aprile 2015
Australian Court Rules Against Internet Providers in Piracy Case, by Rob Taylor, The Wall Street Journal. CANBERRA, Australia-With its wrenching tale of an AIDS- afflicted cowboy who smuggled drug treatments into the U.S. to treat fellow HIV/AIDS patients, "Dallas Buyers Club" wowed cinema goers and took several accolades at last year’s Academy Awards.

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06 Aprile 2015
White House Privacy Protection Proposal Sets An Ominous Tone For Future Action, by Glenn G. Lammi, Forbes. Since its release in late February, the White House's "Discussion Draft: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015" has drawn a significant amount of friendly fire from privacy activists and even federal privacy regulators.

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04 Aprile 2015
Not-so-private lives, The Economist. Can America and Europe ever get over their differences on data protection?

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04 Aprile 2015
Lucio Scudiero ospite a RaiGiornale24 parla della raccomandazione del Consiglio D'Europa sulle norme per il controllo dei lavoratori nei luoghi di lavoro. Intervista al minuto 16.50.

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02 Aprile 2015
The EU General Data Protection Regulation-Council is Moving Forward in Great Strides, by Monika Kushewsky, The National Law Review. The Council, which represents the 28 EU Member States, reached a partial general approach on the so-called "one stop shop" mechanism (Chapters VI and VII) and principles for protecting the personal data (Chapter II).

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01 Aprile 2015
Singapore Launches New Cybersecurity Agency, by Newly Purnell, Wall Street Journal. The latest sign of growing global concerns over cybersecurity: Singapore has established a new ministry to combat bad guys lurking in the Internet's shadows. The wealthy city-state on Wednesday opened the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, or CSA, a new body that will focus on national cybersecurity strategies.

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31 Marzo 2015
G20 summit data breach: what are the security risks for world leaders?, by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. Security experts discuss how the leaked leaders' personal details could be used and whether Australia's immigration department was right not to inform those affected.

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30 Marzo 2015
Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers, by Paul Farrell,The Guardian.Obama, Putin, Merkel, Cameron, Modi and others kept in the dark after passport numbers and other details were disclosed in Australia's accidental privacy breach.

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29 Marzo 2015
Five things that could kill Internet rules, by Julian Hattem, The Hill. The tough net neutrality rules adopted by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are under attack on a variety of fronts.

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26 Marzo 2015
Yahoo updates transparency report; promises to scale new email encryption by end of year, by Rachel King, ZD Net. On the financial side of the spectrum, Yahoo's board also approved a new multi-billion stock buyback program.

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23 Marzo 2015
News from the European Union, Germany and the United Kingdom, by Rachel De Souza, The National Law Review. European Council Agrees Partial General Approach to One- Stop Shop Mechanism in Draft Data Protection Regulation.

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20 Marzo 2015
Brussels makes overture on 'data flow' agreement in TTIP, by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv.com. Negotiations on the free flow of data could be considered as part the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but only after an agreement is reached on the EU's data protection regulation, EU officials said yesterday (19 March).

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19 Marzo 2015
REPEAT-U.S. trade groups seen leading lawsuits against new Internet rules, by Alina Selyukh and Malathi Nayak, Reuters. Trade associations representing large U.S. Internet service providers are expected to take the lead in suing the Federal Communications Commission over its new web traffic regulations, according to several people familiar with the plan.

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18 Marzo 2015
Tony Abbott signals he is unlikely to let journalists fight metadata warrants, by Daniel Hurst, The Guardian. Abbott concedes access to journalists' metadata to help uncover a confidential source needs court approval, but baulks at permitting them to argue against it.

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18 Marzo 2015
Debate: Should The U.S. Adopt The 'Right To Be Forgotten' Online? NPR. People don't always like what they see when they Google themselves.

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17 Marzo 2015
After Edward Snowden, few have made changes to protect their privacy, by Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post. Nearly two years after revelations that National Security Agency programs were collecting huge amounts of data from Internet and cellphone companies, Americans are of a mixed mind when it comes to questions of privacy.

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17 Marzo 2015
Delayed EU Data Protection proposals still playing catch up three years later, by Ben Rossi, Information Age. A lot has changed in the world of information management since the yet-to-be- deployed EU data rules were initially announced.

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16 Marzo 2015
OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY: Playing the waiting game on cyber sharing, by Cory Bennett and Elise Viebeck, The Hill. The eagerly awaited final text of the Senate Intelligence Committee's major cyber bill is expected Monday night or Tuesday morning, Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told The Hill.

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15 Marzo 2015
Ghostery Plugin, Blackphone Smartphone Team Up for Privacy, by Marshall Honor, Tom's Hardware Guide. Those who keep an eye on their online privacy are probably already familiar with Ghostery, a browser plugin that identifies which companies track you on every site you visit.

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13 Marzo 2015
Concern over Ireland's data protection responsibilities, RTE News. The German interior minister appears to have criticised Ireland's approach to data protection oversight by drawing comparisons with the lack of regulation leading to the banking collapse.

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12 Marzo 2015
UK says comms metadata can kill personal privacy, by Simon Sharwood, The Register. Post-Snowden Parliamentary inquiry calls for tighter safeguards on spooks' access to metadata.

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11 Marzo 2015
Ireland accused of weakening data rules, by Derek Scally, Irish Times. Privacy campaign group Lobbyplag puts Ireland one of top three offenders in pushing for changes to EU privacy law.

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11 Marzo 2015
We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting, by Julia Powles The Guardian. The deal we have struck with the information society over the extent to which our lives are shaped and our privacy invaded requires urgent renegotiation.

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10 Marzo 2015
EU Seeks to Tighten Data Privacy Laws, by Elizabeth Dwoskin, Wall Street Journal. The U.S. and Europe are growing further apart when it comes to data privacy. Rattled by the ongoing Snowden revelations, the European Union is putting finishing touches on a bill that would dramatically change the way U.S. companies that operate in Europe could handle consumer data.

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09 Marzo 2015
Consumer Protection Official Blasts White House Privacy Proposal, by Elizabeth Dwoskin, Wall Street Journal. The White House's proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, released on Feb. 27, drew immediate fire from both tech companies and privacy advocates. Now it's taking heat from closer to home.

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08 Marzo 2015
Cybersecurity Law a Priority This Year: Top Official, by Eva Dou, Wall Street Journal. Chinese leaders have made the passage of a cybersecurity law a priority for this year, despite protests from the U.S. against the country's growing restrictions on technology firms.

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06 Marzo 2015
Outcome of EU privacy debate will affect lives for decades, by Derek Scally and Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times. European institutions are in the process of replacing existing data rules from 1995 to ensure citizens are better protected.

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05 Marzo 2015
Closing the gaps in EU cybersecurity: Let's get it right, by Thomas Boué, EurActiv. An unhelpful patchwork exists in Europe when it comes to cyber protections, writes Thomas Boué. But EU member states would be ill-advised to extend the scope of the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive beyond critical infrastructure, he says.

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04 Marzo 2015
Europe's Digital Chief Vows to Intervene on Technology Abuses, by Mark Scott, New York Times. For many American technology companies, it often feels as if Europe is out to get them.

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03 Marzo 2015
China defends cybersecurity demands, amid complaints from U.S., by Michael Kan, Computerworld.Proposed security rules from China would demand U.S. tech companies hand over sensitive technology to the country's government.

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02 Marzo 2015
Consumer-Privacy Companies Woo Business Customers, by Elizabeth Dwoskin, Wall Street Journal. Vendors of privacy products geared toward consumers are broadening their efforts to address the business market.

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26 Febbraio 2015
Ireland faces challenges from privacy ruling, by Julia Fioretti, Irish Examiner. Ireland will not retain sole control over privacy disputes involving companies such as Facebook and Apple under new rules agreed yesterday allowing any of its European peers to challenge Irish rulings.

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25 Febbraio 2015
Data is key to IoT value: Microsoft, by Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet. An Internet of Things strategy can help reduce daily cost operations for businesses, but only if it's extracting the right data, new research from Microsoft and Telsyte has revealed.

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24 Febbraio 2015
Europe's digital chief takes on Facebook, Google, by Jessica Guynn, USA Today. Europe's digital economy chief Guenther Oettinger says the European Union should create a single law to protect the data of citizens across Europe from Google and Facebook.

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23 Febbraio 2015
Facebook's new terms of service violates EU law, Belgian groups say, by Don Reisinger, CNet. The groups, which analyzed the social network's new terms of service and data policy at the request of Belgium's Privacy Commission, say Facebook is placing too great a burden on its users.

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22 Febbraio 2015
President Obama's cyber pitch misses mark in Silicon Valley, by Cory Bennett, The Hill. The Obama administration is stumbling in its cybersecurity message to Silicon Valley, according to tech executives and a former White House official.

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20 Febbraio 2015
Google si adeguerà alle misure richieste dal Garante a tutela della privacy. Approvato dall'Autorità il protocollo di verifica, garanteprivacy.it. Google adotterà tutte le misure a tutela della privacy degli utenti italiani prescritte dal Garante per la protezione dei dati personali e, per la prima volta in Europa, dovrà assoggettarsi a verifiche periodiche che monitorino l'avanzamento dei lavori di adeguamento della propria piattaforma ad una normativa nazionale.

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19 Febbraio 2015
Hackers May Have Taken Customer Data From Morgan Stanley Broker, by Matthew Goldstein, New York Times. There's been little dispute that a former Morgan Stanley broker, Galen Marsh, violated the firm's rules when he downloaded information about 350,000 customers onto his personal computer.

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18 Febbraio 2015
How Google determined our right to be forgotten, by Julia Powles and Enrique Chaparro, The Guardian. Mario Costeja González spent five years fighting to have 18 words delisted from Google search results on his name.

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17 Febbraio 2015
Microsoft adopts international cloud privacy standard, by Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet. Microsoft has committed to adhering to ISO/IEC 27018, developed by the International Organization for Standardization, to ensure that personally identifiable information stored in its public cloud is protected.

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16 Febbraio 2015
Cloud, the great equalizer of data analytics, by Joe McKendrick,ZDNet. Is cloud computing finally opening up the doors to analytics? Everyone wants advanced data analytics, but the bar to achieving these capabilities has been high--requiring high-level skills, as well as highly scalable data management and storage.

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15 Febbraio 2015
For Net Neutrality, Political Theater, by Alex Wilhem, TechCrunch. The FCC is moving on net neutrality. And past internal dissension at the agency, Congressional forces are lining up to mostly kick up dust and whine as the Commission readies to vote on stringent rules in under two weeks.

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14 Febbraio 2015
Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware, by David E.Sanger and Nicole Perlrot, New York Times. In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day.

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13 Febbraio 2015
Obama, Apple Seek Tech Detente at Cybersecurity Summit, by Tom Risen, US News and World Report. White House faces challenges on privacy and security from industry, lawmakers at tech summit.

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12 Febbraio 2015
Parliament's alliance against passenger data provisions crumbles, by Jeremy Fleming,EurActiv. Parliament's alliance set against adopting the controversial Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal fragmented yesterday in Strasbourg (11 February) as Socialists and Liberals signaled they would agree to the package with conditions, leaving only the Greens opposed as a group.

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11 Febbraio 2015
Devil in the details on data breach legislation, by Pete Olson, The Hill. It's almost impossible to pick up a newspaper without reading about a new breach of data that impacts individuals or a large corporation.

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10 Febbraio 2015
Will privacy breaches spell the end of username and password security? By Andy Meek,The Guardian. US regulators are considering mandating that companies ramp up online protections, but analysts warn there is no immediate cure-all.

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10 Febbraio 2015
The state of privacy: It will get worse before it gets better, by Steve Wilson ZDNet. Constellation Research identifies seven digital privacy trends of which you should be aware in order to protect your customer's information.

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09 Febbraio 2015
Congress sees security risk in 'Internet of Things', by Erin Kelly, USA Today. The "Internet of Things" has become the latest big thing on Capitol Hill.As more Americans connect to the Internet through everything from fitness bracelets to coffee makers, Congress is looking at ways to spur innovation while ensuring that hackers don't exploit the growing number of smart gadgets to steal personal data.

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08 Febbraio 2015
If you want our metadata, show us yours, by Chris Duckett, ZDNet. With many governments around the world looking to consolidate communications surveillance as a central tenet of society, security expert Mikko Hyppönen has put forward the idea of transparency reports on what governments do with metadata.

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08 Febbraio 2015
Report Sees Weak Security in Cars' Wireless Systems, by Aaron M. Kessler, New York Times. Serious gaps in security and customer privacy affect nearly every vehicle that uses wireless technology, according to a report set to be released on Monday by a senator's office.

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06 Febbraio 2015
German Data Protection Commissioners Take Action Against EU Data Transfers To US Under 'Safe Harbor' Program, by Glyn Moody, TechDirt. We pointed out last year that one of the knock-on effects of Edward Snowden's revelations about massive NSA (and GCHQ) spying on Europeans was a call to suspend the economically- critical Safe Harbor program.

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05 Febbraio 2015
Data protection must be front and centre in information age, by Karlin Lillington, Irish Times. Minister must ensure tech firms keep doing business here while also protecting privacy. When Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy, was promoted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to a ministerial role last July, the position had a special twist.

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04 Febbraio 2015
Facebook faces fight in Europe over new privacy policy, by David Meyer, GigaOm. Last week Facebook rolled out a new privacy policy that allows the sharing of data between its various services, such as Instagram and the Atlas ad unit, and the tracking of users across much of the web.

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02 Febbraio 2015
Data protection reform: Why it matters for ethnic and religious minorities, by Andreas Hieronymus, EurActiv. A large amount of data is collected in the EU in contradiction with data protection safeguards and legal standards, writes Andreas Hieronymus.

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01 Febbraio 2015
FCC To Consider New Net Neutrality Proposal, by Anne Flaherty, Huffington Post.Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

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31 gennaio 2015
Internet access: Gordian net, The Economist. THE idea that certain businesses are so essential that they must not discriminate between customers is as old as ferries. With only one vessel in town, a boatman was generally not allowed to charge a butcher more than a carpenter to move goods. This concept, called "common carriage", has served the world well, most recently on the internet.

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29 gennaio 2015
Vodafone unwraps anti-snooping app for businesses by Jo Best, ZDNet. Vodafone has launched a secure messaging app for privacy-minded companies. The app, available to Vodafone's enterprise customers in Germany, is being touted as a way to prevent industrial espionage and snooping on corporate calls. Vodafone will provide end-to-end encryption for calls made over the VoIP-based app, called Vodafone Secure Call. The app will work for both wi-fi and mobile calls carried over Edge, UMTS, or LTE networks, and will work both in Germany and abroad.

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29 gennaio 2015
The Switchboard: Inside Obama's big privacy bill by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. Google says it fought gag orders in WikiLeaks investigation. Facebook now has over 3B video views per day. New rules in China upset Western tech companies. White House preps expansive online privacy bill. Netflix deals with broadband providers said to get oversight.

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29 gennaio 2015
New EU data protection law to arrive in 2015 by Doug Drinkwater, SC Magazine. In a lengthy blog post issued yesterday, which was the ninth European Data Protection Day, vice president Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Vera Jourova said that the reforms would bring EU's data protection practices into the modern era.

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28 Gennaio 2015
European counter-terror plan involves blanket collection of passengers' data, by Alan Travis, The Guardian. A new European commission counter-terror plan will require the blanket collection and storage for up to five years of personal data records of all passengers flying in and out of Europe, the Guardian can reveal.

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27 Gennaio 2015
Opinion: The unnecessary cost of net neutrality, by Keertan Kini, The Tech on line edition.The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on new rules to enforce net neutrality on Feb. 26 since a federal court struck down its previous rules a year ago. However, the FCC may not get the chance if Congress preempts the vote.

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27 Gennaio 2015
Germany's privacy leaders gather to discuss suspending US Safe Harbor, by Sara Zaske, ZDNet. On Wednesday, German data privacy commissioners will meet in Berlin for their annual conference. On the agenda will be discussions on one thing: whether the Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and the US should be scrapped.

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26 Gennaio 2015
Google, Cablevision Challenge Wireless Industry's Business Model, by Ryan Knutson,Alistair Barr and Shalini Ramachandran, The Wall Street Journal. Google Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. are preparing new cellphone services that would turn the wireless industry's business model on its head, increasing pressure on companies already dealing with an intensifying price war.

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26 Gennaio 2015
EU Officials, Lawmakers Prepare to Debate Terror Measures With Privacy Implications, by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. European Union officials are set to start discussions Jan. 27-30 on potential anti-terrorism measures with implications for privacy.

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25 Gennaio 2015
Verizon's Mobile Supercookies Seen as Threat to Privacy, By Natasha Singer and Brian X.Chen,The New York Times. For the last several months, cybersecurity experts have been warning Verizon Wireless that it was putting the privacy of its customers at risk.

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22 Gennaio 2015
Tech giants fear being captured by data retention legislation, by Josh Taylor, ZDNet. AIMIA, the digital policy group representing tech giants including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and eBay, has said that the government's mandatory data-retention legislation would be a disproportionate breach of the privacy of all Australians.

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21 Gennaio 2015
Obama plans for cybersecurity aim to make internet safer place, by Dominic Rushe and Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian.Obama's recent proposals have failed to win the support of privacy groups, who warn that legislation would expand US government's reach into private data.

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20 Gennaio 2015
Surveillance, privacy, and security: Europe's confused response to Snowden, by Anthony Dworkin, European Council on Foreign Relations. The reaction to the recent Paris attacks has shown that digital communications are at the centre of debates about security and human rights. There have been calls to give European governments greater surveillance powers against terrorism, but any policy decisions must also address unresolved questions about the legitimacy and democratic oversight of large-scale data collection.

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19 Gennaio 2015
US tapped N Korean networks years ago, providing proof of Sony hack-reports, The Guardian. The US National Security Agency began tapping into North Korean computer networks in 2010, an effort that ultimately helped provide evidence that Pyongyang was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

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19 Gennaio 2015
Surveillance of social media not way to fight terrorism-Minister, by Barry Roche, Irish Times.Blanket surveillance of social media is not the solution to combating terrorism and the rights of the individual to privacy must be protected, Data Protection Minister Dara Murphy said on Monday.

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19 Gennaio 2015
Europe to Legislate Level Tech Playing Field Says European MP Reding, by Amir Mizroch and Ellen Emmerentze Jervell, The Wall Street Journal.European legislators will seek to finalize negotiations on a digital single market, aimed at leveling the playing field for European technology companies, European Parliament member and former European Commissioner for the Information Society, Viviane Reding, said Monday.

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18 Gennaio 2015
UPDATE 2 Ex-spy chief says outdated UK anti-terrorism laws are not fit for purpose, by William James, Reuters. Britain's ability to prevent terrorist attacks is hampered by outdated laws that are "no longer fit for purpose", a former MI5 chief said in an interview published on Sunday, as the government considers new powers to monitor the Internet.

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16 Gennaio 2015
Ansip: "Digital Single Market strategy will be ready in May", by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. SPECIAL REPORT: Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, says he will launch a new digital strategy this Spring, including milestones and methods for monitoring progress effectively in the member states.

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15 Gennaio 2015
Net Results: Hacking Pentagon account a big win on the cyber-battlefield, by Karlin Lillington, Irish Times. In the wake of the hacking of official US military social media accounts – believed to be by Islamic State militants or sympathisers – the US government was quick to claim the incidents were little more than an embarrassment. No meaningful data breach had occurred, and no sensitive documents had been hacked, it was stated.

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15 Gennaio 2015
Germany's Merkel urges new EU law on data tracking, BBC. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will press for new EU rules soon on data retention, to help in the fight against terrorism. An EU directive on data retention was made invalid by a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling last April.

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14 Gennaio 2015
Ericsson Files Complaint Against Apple Over Mobile Technology by Olof Swahnberg, Reuters. STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish telecom equipment supplier Ericsson on Wednesday said it has filed a complaint against Apple Inc after the iPhone maker sued Ericsson.

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14 Gennaio 2015
EU Security Agency Calls for Stronger Privacy Technology, by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity. EU security agency Enisa has released a new paper recommending that policy-makers promote "privacy friendly" services – a move that appears to set it at odds with British PM David Cameron. The UK leader pledged yesterday to ban the use of strong encryption in communications.

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14 Gennaio 2015
Still Waiting for Strong Privacy Laws, by THE EDITORIAL BOARD, The New York Times. President Obama this week proposed privacy laws that could give Americans greater control over their personal information. But Republicans in Congress will likely undermine or ignore many of the measures.

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13 Gennaio 2015
UK declares war on privacy under the facade of "national security", by Zack Whittaker, Zdnet. It often takes just an hour or two for world leaders following an act of terrorism (particularly countries nearby) to denounce "cowardice" and "evil" in the world. They say the "terrorists must not win," and that we should "protect our freedoms and ideals to the very end." And yet by the time they finish their sentence, they will have half-a-dozen proposals on their desk in anticipation of a full-on assault against the freedoms they were elected to protect.

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13 January 2015
Britain debates whether security agencies need increased surveillance powers, by Karla Adam, The Washington Post. LONDON — The Paris attacks have sparked a heated debate in Britain over the need for broader surveillance authority by security agencies to intercept messages from potential terrorists, including a possible ban on messaging applications like Apple's iMessage or WhatsApp.

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12 gennaio 2015
Trade winds buffet Digital Single Market by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The European Commission faces an uphill battle implementing its keystone objective whilst finding its feet on existing digital policies, such as the Grand Coalition on Growth and Jobs – a proposal designed to capitalise on the digital economy launched last year, which is yet to be allotted to a Commissioner in the new executive.

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12 Gennaio 2015
Obama to propose legislation to protect firms that share cyberthreat data, by Ellen Nakashima and Katie Zezima, The Washington Post.President Obama plans to announce legislation Tuesday that would shield companies from lawsuits for sharing computer threat data with the government in an effort to prevent cyber­ attacks.

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12 Gennaio 2015
David Cameron pledges anti-terror law for internet after Paris attacks, by Nicholas Watt, Rowena Mason and Ian Traynor, The Guardian. Britain's intelligence agencies should have the legal power to break into the encrypted communications of suspected terrorists to help prevent any Paris-style attacks, David Cameron proposed on Monday.

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11 gennaio 2015
EU response to free speech killings? More internet censorship by David Meyer, GIGAOM. In the wake of this week's terrorist attacks in Paris, which began with the killing of 12 people at the offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, the interior ministers of 12 EU countries have called for a limited increase in internet censorship.

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11 gennaio 2015
Why tort liability for data breaches won't improve cybersecurity by Stewart Baker, The Washington Post. Government policymakers have been hoping for twenty years that companies will be driven to good cybersecurity by the threat of tort liability. That hope is understandable. Tort liability would allow government to get the benefit of regulating cybersecurity without taking heat for imposing restrictions directly on the digital economy.

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08 gennaio 2015
At CES, privacy is a growing business by Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post. Whenever I say the word "privacy" to many of the presenters at International CES, there's a little sigh before they answer. The thing to get excited about at this year's show, after all, is the connection of everything to the internet, so you can track how much energy your lightbulbs use or how you hold your toothbrush.

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22 dicembre 2014
The best innovations of 2014 by Dominic Basulto, The Washington Post. It was the year that we landed on a comet and launched a new era in NASA space exploration, turned to science to find a possible cure for Ebola, made robots and drones topics of everyday conversation and watched as Silicon Valley continued its rapid transition to the wearable computing revolution.

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21 dicembre 2014
Lawmaker calls for strong U.S. response to Sony hack, including sanctions by Doina Chiacu, Reuters. The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday called for a "very serious" U.S. reaction, including sanctions, to a North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures, saying it was not enough for the United States to restrict that country's cyber capability.

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19 December 2014
Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards by Yashaswini Swamynathan, Reuters. Office-supply retailer Staples Inc (SPLS.O) said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October.

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17 dicembre 2014
Le Autorità privacy ai Big delle app: gli utenti vanno informati sull’uso dei loro dati, Garante per la protezione dei dati personali. Le Autorità per la privacy, raggruppate nella rete internazionale del Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), hanno chiesto alle piattaforme che propongono app su smartphone e tablet di obbligare gli sviluppatori ad informare gli utenti, prima che questi scarichino le app, sugli eventuali dati personali che verranno raccolti e sul loro uso.

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16 dicembre 2014
Should privacy regulation be more than just data protection? by Inga Kroener, The Guardian. On 3 October 2014 Google was fined 2,250 Canadian dollars (£1,230) for publishing an image on its Street View feature that showed a woman’s cleavage. Despite blurring her face, her car registration number and house were clearly recognisable in the photo, negating any attempts at anonymisation.

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16 dicembre 2014
NSA to defend Internet collection in court by Cory Bennett, The Hill. Digital rights advocate the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is taking the National Security Agency (NSA) to court on Friday over the agency's Internet data collection program.

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15 dicembre 2014
Chilean Government to Introduce Bill To Establish Data Protection Authority by Tom Azzopardi, Bloomberg. The Chilean government will soon introduce legislation to create an autonomous body to oversee data protection issues, Deputy Economy Minister Katia Trusich said during a Dec. 9 event.

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10 Dicembre 2014
Personal data protection is a "fundamental right" in Europe, by Cécile Barbière (translated from French by Samuel White), EurActiv. Europe's data protection authorities have laid down their guiding principles for the use of European citizens' personal data, in a joint statement that describes data protection as a fundamental right. EurActiv France reports.

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09 dicembre 2014
NSA's surveillance a 'trade barrier' for EU companies, EurActiv. The US National Security Agency's mass surveillance is a trade barrier for European Internet companies trying to provide services in the United States, a top EU official said yesterday (8 December).

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09 Dicembre 2014
Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law, by Julia Fioretti, Reuters.Internet companies like Cisco (CSCO.O) and Google (GOOGL.O) are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

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08 dicembre 2014
France Wants EU Data Privacy Rules to 'Balance' U.S. Web Giants' Power by Sam Schechner, The Wall Street Journal. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a message for big tech companies: Europe is beefing up its privacy laws for you.

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03 dicembre 2014
The Internet, Politics, and the Politics of Internet Debate by Evgeny Morozov, Technology Review. To reflect on the “political implications of the Internet” today is both arrogant and futile. What we call the Internet—computers and routers but also smartphones and the Internet of Things—is invading our existence. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; properly designed and governed, it could actually be a healthy development for democracy.

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03 dicembre 2014
Cybersecurity Breaches Raise Questions by Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times. The attacks at Sony are what United States officials have long feared — an attack designed to sabotage data. We saw this kind of attack play out two years ago at Saudi Aramco, when Iranian hackers destroyed data on 30,000 Aramco computers and replaced it with an image of a burning American flag.

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02 dicembre 2014
FCC presses Netflix on question of Internet 'fast lanes' by Ted Johnson, Boston Herald. FCC commissioner Ajit Pai is calling on Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to explain whether the streaming service is seeking its own preferential Internet "fast lanes" to consumers while pressing the agency to adopt strict net neutrality rules.

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02 dicembre 2014
Hackers Pirate Sony Films and Leak Studio Salaries by Brooks Barnes and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times. Just as Sony Pictures Entertainment appeared to be recovering from a crippling online attack last month, the studio found itself confronting new perils on Tuesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned United States businesses of a similar threat, and additional Sony secrets were leaked online.

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01 dicembre 2014
The FCC Takes a Seat at the Cyber-Regulation Table, The National Law Review. The FCC recently slid up its chair to the fiscal feast that is cyber security and data breach regulation and took a hefty piece of the pie. In late October the FCC announced that it charged a record $10 million fine against two telecommunication companies after the telecoms reportedly posted the private information of nearly 300,000 people in a manner making the people eligible for identity theft.

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01 dicembre 2014
Snowden calls on UN to protect privacy and human rights, DW. Former CIA analyst Edward Snowden has called on the United Nations to take steps to ensure individual privacy and promote human rights. The whistleblower was honored with the Right Livelihood award on Monday.

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30 novembre 2014
In NSA spying probe, Germany discovers it can spy on its own citizens, CBC News. German lawmakers probing the surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency have uncovered a legal loophole that allows the country's foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens.

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30 november 2014
European Commission Finds Existing Technology Neutral Regulations Adequate For Drone Privacy by Gregory S. McNeal, Forbes. The European Commission published a comprehensive report evaluating the privacy impact of drones (referred to in the report as RPAS or remotely piloted aircraft systems), finding that Europe’s existing regulatory framework is adequate to address the emergent technology.

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25 novembre 2014
Europe Takes Another Look at Net Neutrality by Mark Scott, The New York Times. Just as the United States takes steps to secure people's unfettered access to the Internet, Europe may soon backtrack on its own proposals. The idea of so-called net neutrality — or the concept that everyone should have equal access to all online content — will again take center stage on Thursday as politicians from the 28-member bloc meet to discuss how the rules should be put into effect across the region.

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25 novembre 2014
Regin day 2: Sophisticated malware ID'd in NSA/GCHQ hack — Sony Pictures shuts down computers in wake of company hack by Joseph Marks, Politico.

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25 novembre 2014
EU funds airline data-sharing despite legal concerns by Nikolaj Nielsen, EUObserver. The European Commission has awarded €50 million to member states to set up airline passenger data sharing systems, despite an upcoming EU Court analysis on the probity of similar schemes.

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24 novembre 2014
Big data: managing the legal and regulatory risks by Chloe Green, Information Age. In the rush to embrace the opportunities that big data brings, we must not forget history. One characteristic of the dotcom boom (and bust) was that many new Internet businesses did not address the basics of doing business.

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24 novembre 2014
How to weed out the next Heartbleed bug: ENISA details crypto worries by Liam Tung, ZDNet. The cryptographic protocols used to secure data moving across the web are putting users at risk due to design flaws that date back many years. Given the current push to encrypt everything in response to revelations of government surveillance, it's important that the protocols being used to do the job are actually secure.

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24 novembre 2014
UK plans to introduce new Web snooping law by Loek Essers, PC World. A U.K. counterterrorism bill would require ISPs to retain IP addresses in order to identify individual users of Internet services. The proposed law is meant to bridge a “capabilities gap” that authorities face when trying to obtain communications data, said U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May, who introduced the bill, in a speech on Monday.

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24 novembre 2014
New NSA Privacy Chief Promises Transparency by Denver Nicks, Time. The National Security Agency’s newly appointed Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer Rebecca Richards said Monday in an online Q& A she hopes to inject a sense of transparency into the secretive spy agency.

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23 novembre 2014
Cybersecurity lapses leave government agencies vulnerable to hackers by Kellan Howell, The Washington Times. Even though there have been at least two dozen mass breaches of government computer systems since 2013, many federal agencies continue to have a lax culture and poor security provisions to repel the growing threat from hackers and cyberattacking states such as Russia, Iran and China, internal investigative reports show.

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22 novembre 2014
Luca Bolognini intervistato da Debora Rosciani ed Enrico Pagliarini di Radio24 su social networking, uso e abuso, conseguenze legali e non solo.

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20 novembre 2014
FCC Delays Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015 by Tom Risen, US News. The Federal Communications Commission will not vote on new net neutrality rules before 2015, with commission Chairman Tom Wheeler caught between the wishes of President Barack Obama and Internet providers like Comcast on how the agency can best ensure all Web traffic is treated equally.

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20 novembre 2014
Uber hires privacy expert to review data practices by Brett Molina, USA TODAY. Uber has hired the former chief privacy officer at IBM to conduct a review of its data policies after a report that an executive was tracking the movements of a user of the ride-sharing service.

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19 novembre 2014
N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Could Go On, Even if a Law Expires by Charlie Savage, The New York Times. A little-known provision of the Patriot Act, overlooked by lawmakers and administration officials alike, appears to give President Obama a possible way to keep the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records program going indefinitely — even if Congress allows the law on which it is based to expire next year.

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19 novembre 2014
MIT wants to set drone cybersecurity policy by Cory Bennett, The Hill. A former top Obama administration official is hoping to help establish cybersecurity policy for driverless cars, delivery drones, and health and financial data.

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18 novembre 2014
Protecting Data From Its Snatchers by Katrin Bennhold, The New York Times. When Ted Nelson published “Computer Lib,” a manifesto for putting computing power into the hands of the people, it was a radical proposition. In 1974, computers cost $5 million, were mostly funded by the Pentagon and filled an entire room.

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18 novembre 2014
One-third of German internet users would pay for data protection, survey finds by Erika Körner, EurActiv. German internet users strongly oppose the sale and misuse of their personal data, according to a recent study, and are willing to pay €900 million for data protection. EurActiv Germany reports.

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18 novembre 2014
NSA reform bill dies in Senate by Julian Hattem and Ramsey Cox, The Hill. The Senate on Tuesday rejected a measure to reform the National Security Agency's surveillance program in a 58-42 vote. Sixty votes were needed to end debate on a motion to procced to the USA Freedom Act sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

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17 novembre 2014
Fix your security, don't cover up breaches: Privacy commissioner by Stilgherrian, ZDNet. Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has issued a strong warning to companies that attempt to cover up data breaches, or have failed to take a proactive approach toward ensuring that personal data is kept secure.

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17 novembre 2014
Americans' privacy worries, DHS: it's not 2003 anymore, spies in the sky by David Gewirtz, ZDNet. ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

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17 novembre 2014
Obama backs passing of NSA reform legislation by Senate by John Ribeiro, PC World. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama urged the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, which would curb the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency in the wake of widespread concerns about potential violations of privacy.

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17 novembre 2014
Driving Marketing Results with Big Data by MIT Technology Review Custom, Technology Review. For marketers trying to maximize their return on investment, predictive analytics based on big data is an exciting new tool. In the digital world, predictive analytics based on big data holds the promise of creating a detailed view of what works, providing guidance that has never been available before for the fine tuning of advertising campaigns.

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16 novembre 2014
Will the U.S. Break the Internet? by Andrea Giuricin, New Europe. Driving the digital economy has been a popular topic across our European countries for several years as we look for ways to correct our slow economic growth.

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14 novembre 2014
Data-retention Bill an 'intrusion of privacy': Human rights committee by Leon Spencer, ZDNet. The government's move to force telcos and ISPs to retain customer metadata for two years has been branded 'intrusive of privacy' by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, in a new report calling for the government to define the types of data to be retained and review the two-year retention period.

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13 novembre 2014
Exclusive: U.S. FTC asking Apple about health data protection by Christina Farr and Diane Bartz, Reuters. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is seeking assurances from Apple Inc (AAPL.O) that it will prevent sensitive health data collected by its upcoming smartwatch and other mobile devices from being used without owners' consent, two sources told Reuters.

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13 novembre 2014
Net Neutrality, The New York Times. Re "President Tells F.C.C. to Ensure Open Internet" (front page, Nov. 11): Bravo to President Obama for taking on big corporations and advocating that the Internet be treated like a utility, not a luxury. We deserve a world where Internet service providers can’t limit or slow our access to information. The Internet is the new printing press or television, and now is the moment to start harnessing it for the public good.

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12 novembre 2014
Google calls for U.S. to extend Privacy Act protections to EU citizens By Hayley Tsukayama, the Washington Post. Google on Wednesday called on the federal government to allow European citizens to challenge the misuse of their data by the U.S. government in U.S. courts, a right already enjoyed by Americans in the European Union

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12 novembre 2014
Internet of Things rich with folly, ripe with concerns By John Fontana, ZDNet.The future may be an interconnected Web of devices known as the Internet of Things, but today we are stuck with a haphazard collection of "things on the Internet" that are bleeding personal and other data.

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11 novembre 2014
Obama raises stakes on net neutrality by Julian Hatten and Mario Trujillo, The Hill. President Obama's call for the strongest possible rules on Internet service providers breathed new life into a debate that had been roiling for months.

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11 novembre 2014
European IT Teams Are Woefully Unprepared for General Data Protection Regulation by Duncan Macrae, Tech Week Europe. New study reveals a worrying lack of awareness of the European Commission’s draft bill that unifies and simplifies data protection across 28 countries within the EU starting late 2014/early 2015.

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11 novembre 2014
How To Neuter the Net Revolution by Thomas W. Hazlett, time. The Internet can't innovate living under the rules of a 1970s telephone company. “The Internet revolution has ended just as surprisingly as it began,” writes Professor Lawrence Lessig. “None expected the explosion of creativity that the network produced; few expected that explosion to collapse as quickly and profoundly as it has.”

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10 novembre 2014
Gillian Triggs: some Coalition FOI and privacy reforms 'unworkable' by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. Parts of the government's freedom of information and privacy reforms are "unworkable", says the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, and legal and advocacy groups have roundly condemned the changes.

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10 novembre 2014
Mozilla attacks 'lack of transparency' for iPhone and Android smartphones by Tom Fox-Brewster, The Guardian. Mozilla is celebrating the Firefox browser's 10th birthday, but it's going on the offensive in the mobile market rather than resting on its laurels. Chief technology officer Andreas Gal claims that the company’s Firefox OS mobile operating system will bring much-needed change to the smartphone market by highlighting the transparency – or lack of it – from the software of industry leaders Google and Apple.

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10 novembre 2014
Obama Asks F.C.C. to Adopt Tough Net Neutrality Rules by Edward Wyatt, The New York Times. In his most direct effort yet to influence the debate about the Internet’s future, President Obama said on Monday that a free and open Internet was as critical to Americans’ lives as electricity and telephone service and should be regulated like those utilities to protect consumers.

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09 novembre 2014
Berlin's digital exiles: where tech activists go to escape the NSA by Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian. With its strict privacy laws, Germany is the refuge of choice for those hounded by the security services. Carole Cadwalladr visits Berlin to meet Laura Poitras, the director of Edward Snowden film Citizenfour, and a growing community of surveillance refuseniks

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09 novembre 2014
A New Agenda for Tech Freedom by L. Gordon Crovitz, The Wall Street Journal. With the midterm elections’ rearrangement of Washington, technology policy is a good test of whether anything will get done during the rest of the Obama administration. Technology issues are less partisan than most, but in recent years lawmakers and regulators have fallen far behind the pace of innovation.

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07 novembre 2014
UK intelligence agencies spying on lawyers in sensitive security cases by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian. The intelligence services have routinely been intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients in sensitive security cases, according to internal MI5, MI6 and GCHQ documents.

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06 novembre 2014
Contractors face new mandate for privacy training by Lydia Wheeler, The Hill. Contractors with access to government records might soon have to train their employees on how to properly handle sensitive personal information. The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA are seeking to safeguard personal data information like Social Security, tax ID and passport numbers in federal records without having to use agency resources to train contracted employees.

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06 novembre 2014
Is new EU digital chief H-dot Oettinger starting a war with his boss? by Jennifer Baker, The Register. Things not to do in the first week of your new job: slag off the boss. It seems this memo bypassed the EU's new digital chief Gunther H-dot Oettinger. The new European Commission structure is different to the one Oetti is used to. The new Commission, which took over on 1 November, has seven senior vice presidents in charge of 20 commissioners.

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05 novembre 2014
Facebook's government user data requests up 24%, BBC News. Requests by governments for Facebook's user data are up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year compared with the previous six months.

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04 novembre 2014
Security contractor breach not noticed for months by Associated Press, The Washington Post. A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government’s leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told The Associated Press.

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04 novembre 2014
Court hears arguments on constitutionality of NSA collection of phone records by Ellen Nakashima and Victoria St. Martin, The Washington Post. A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia heard oral arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's mass collection of data about millions of Americans' phone calls.

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03 novembre 2014
Big Data vs. Privacy, The Wall Street Journal. Big data is a concept that's reshaping how companies and governments do business. What it means for privacy can be tough to understand.

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03 novembre 2014
GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice' by Ben Quinn, James Ball and Dominic Rushe, The Guardian. Privacy has never been “an absolute right”, according to the new director of GCHQ, who has used his first public intervention since taking over at the helm of Britain’s surveillance agency to accuse US technology companies of becoming “the command and control networks of choice” for terrorists.

 

02 novembre 2014
Europe Shifts on Priorities for Telecoms by Mark Scott, The New York Times. Poor cellphone and Internet service is a fact of life in many parts of Europe. Less than a quarter of Europeans can connect to high-speed cellphone networks, compared with about 90 percent of Americans. And broadband connections are often painstakingly sluggish.

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02 novembre 2014
Berlin Weighs Possible Hit to U.S. Tech Firms by Chase Gummer, The Wall Street Journal. German politicians are debating a new Internet-security law that could exclude U.S. technology companies from Germany’s digital economy, a sign Berlin is beginning to press its commercial advantage after revelations of spying by the NSA.

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31 ottobre 2014
'Smart' television watches you, BBC News. A review of the best commentary on and around the world...

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30 ottobre 2014
How one man's private files ended up on Apple's iCloud without his consent by Craig Timberg, The Washington Post. After security researcher Jeffrey Paul upgraded the operating system on his MacBook Pro last week, he discovered that several of his personal files had found a new home – on the cloud. The computer had saved the files, which Paul thought resided only on his own encrypted hard drive, to a remote server Apple controlled.

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30 ottobre 2014
Do you know how much your personal data is worth? by Duncan Macrae, TechWeek Europe. Today the Internet is powered by naivety. We reveal something private about ourselves every time we go online, without even realising it. It's in what we Google, in what we hashtag; every day we use dozens of 'free' online services, not really understanding what their true cost is.

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29 ottobre 2014
Hungary Internet-Tax Demonstrations Spread as Orban Unmoved by Marton Eder, Bloomberg. Hungarians rallied for the second time in three days in Budapest to force the government to scrap a plan to tax Internet data as demonstrations spread around the country, raising pressure on Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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29 ottobre 2014
L'era del web 2.0 accelera viralizza la comunicazione, ma la privacy è minacciata di Federprivacy, Data Manager. Sempre più aziende ed enti, anche non profit o pubblici, utilizzano i social network come piattaforme per promuoversi e interagire con i propri utenti-consumatori-donatori-cittadini. La dinamica relazionale 2.0 favorisce la viralizzazione, consente un dialogo più proficuo e fa sentire partecipi tutti i soggetti coinvolti.

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28 ottobre 2014
Focus on NSA surveillance limits turns to courts by Eric Tucker, New Observer. While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA's collection of Americans' telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are looking to legal challenges already underway in the courts to limit government surveillance powers.

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28 ottobre 2014
The FTC is suing AT&T for throttling its unlimited data customers by Brian Fung and Craig Timberg, The Washington Post. Federal officials on Tuesday sued AT&T, the nation's second-largest cellular carrier, for allegedly deceiving millions of customers by selling them supposedly "unlimited" data plans that the company later "throttled" by slowing Internet speeds when customers surfed the Web too much.

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27 ottobre 2014
FCC "secret" tax plan a threat to the Internet by Erik Telford, The Detroit News. Earlier this year, Congress extended the Internet Tax Freedom Act to prevent new state and local taxes on Internet broadband access. But now, a push by the progressives to implement so called "Net Neutrality" may undermine that effort by imposing a huge new fee on interstate broadband that would drastically hinder broadband providers' ability to provide affordable, quality Internet access to consumers.

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27 ottobre 2014
Will Breaches and Privacy Concerns Lead to the Rise of the Personal Cloud? by Allen Fung, Wired. Cloud technology has introduced a new level of convenience to our lives, making our files available from whatever device is most handy at the moment. In a world where only a few years ago people fretted over how to transfer large files across computers, and had no options but to carry laptops everywhere because that was where their data lived, the cloud is a force for freedom, severing those cumbersome connections.

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27 ottobre 2014
FTC Needs to Make Sure Companies Aren't Using Big Data to Discriminate by Rachel Goodman, ACLU. The ACLU filed comments today with the FTC urging it and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate whether big data is being used in online marketing in ways that are racially discriminatory. If companies are in fact engaging in this kind of racial discrimination, we urge the agencies to take enforcement action against them.

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26 ottobre 2014
U.S. Fights Critiques of How Web Is Managed by Drew Fitzgerald, The Wall Street Journal. U.S. officials are fighting off another upswell of dissent from countries irked by the way the Internet is managed. The latest debate at the International Telecommunication Union’s conference in Busan, South Korea, could eventually determine whether the U.N. agency in charge of radio and telephone standards claims a role in setting rules for the Internet, too.

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26 ottobre 2014
Russia's Cyber Power by Greg Austin, New Europe. In just two weeks, Russia has returned to the news as a military cyber power in three separate reports: one about its superior stealth, a second about its nuclear missiles, and a third reporting a deeper cyber alliance with China. Meanwhile, as important as these issues are to international and individual security, diplomacy between Russia and the European Union (EU) on the issues is only weakly developed.

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23 ottobre 2014
RPT-China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns by Gerry Shih, Reuters. Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.

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23 ottobre 2014
Amazon's New German Data Center Will Benefit From Stronger Data Protection Laws by Lucian Armasu, Tom's Hardware. Today, Amazon announced the launch of its second European AWS data center in Frankfurt, Germany. The first European data center, or "region" as Amazon calls them, is situated in Dublin, Ireland. That's where many other U.S. technology companies have their headquarters and data centers, too, as a way to lower their international taxes (although that may be changing soon).

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22 ottobre 2014
One-Third of Top Websites Restrict Customers' Right to Sue by Jeremy B. Merrill, The New York Times. Walk into the grocery store, and you can sue if a clumsy clerk drops a box on your head. But what happens if a website leaks your personal data? Or if an online retailer misleads you about the cost of a purchase? Depending on the site you're visiting, your legal rights are murkier.

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22 ottobre 2014
Italian-Polish partnership to safeguard personal data in EU by Cécile Barbière, EurActiv. Giovanni Buttarelli is to become the new European Data Protection Supervisor, with Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski as his second in command. This discreet institution will play an increasingly powerful role in European policy.

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20 ottobre 2014
Net neutrality and nude celebrity selfies: Are Europe's digital challenges in safe hands? by Michael Filtz, ZDNet. Think of it as a case of buy one, get one free. The European Commission — the EU's executive body — used to have only one digital commissioner, but starting in November, it will have two.

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20 ottobre 2014
Neelie Kroes on 'right to be forgotten' and Europe's digital future by Liat Clark, Wired UK. Departing vice-president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes dodged a few of the harder questions put to her at TechCrunch Disrupt in London about the relative success or failure of the so called "right to be forgotten", but asserted that parents and children must be educated on the facts: "Once you put something on a device and push that button, it's gone."

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20 ottobre 2014
World's Data Protection Leaders Highlight Internet of Things, Big Data Privacy Risks by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. Data protection officials at the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Balaclava, Mauritius, Oct. 15 adopted a declaration on the Internet of things and a resolution on big data analytics, warning that they may fundamentally threaten the independence of individuals to make free decisions.

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17 ottobre 2014
Asylum seekers’ personal details stolen in second immigration data breach by Ben Doherty, The Guardian. The personal details of hundreds of asylum seekers on Nauru have been stolen in a second major data breach within Australia’s immigration detention system.

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16 ottobre 2014
The Dark Market for Personal Data by Frank Pasquale, The New York Times. THE reputation business is exploding. Having eroded privacy for decades, shady, poorly regulated data miners, brokers and resellers have now taken creepy classification to a whole new level. They have created lists of victims of sexual assault, and lists of people with sexually transmitted diseases. Lists of people who have Alzheimer’s, dementia and AIDS. Lists of the impotent and the depressed.

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16 ottobre 2014
James Comey, F.B.I. Director, Hints at Action as Cellphone Data Is Locked by David E. Sanger and Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times. The director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, said on Thursday that the "post-Snowden pendulum" that has driven Apple and Google to offer fully encrypted cellphones had "gone too far." He hinted that as a result, the administration might seek regulations and laws forcing companies to create a way for the government to unlock the photos, emails and contacts stored on the phones.

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15 ottobre 2014
Brazen Chinese company tried to beat the NSA at its own game…by hacking into the spy agency by Bill Gertz, The Washington Times. Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies sought to gain access to National Security Agency computer networks this year in a failed cyberespionage attack, U.S. officials said.

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15 ottobre 2014
Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims by Owen Bowcott and Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian. Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is "corrosive of online privacy" and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.

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14 ottobre 2014
New e-Signature rules: Shouldn't WE be using it? – Steelie Neelie by Jennifer Baker, The Register. After 15 years, the EU is finally updating its e-Signature rules — designed to establish a legal framework for the use of data signatures — although they won't apply to EU institutions themselves, much to the chagrin of outgoing Digital Agenda Commissioner Steelie Neelie Kroes.

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14 ottobre 2014
The Right Way to Fix the Internet by George Anders, MIT Technology Review. If you’re like most people, your monthly smartphone bill is steep enough to make you shudder. As consumers’ appetite for connectivity keeps growing, the price of wireless service in the United States tops $130 a month in many households.

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13 ottobre 2014
Government expected to increase data protection budget by Suzanne Lynch, The Irish Times. The Government is expected to increase funding for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in tomorrow’s budget, as it prepares to step-up investment in the body charged with regulating some of the world’s largest internet companies.

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12 ottobre 2014
Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits by Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian. The UK authorities are operating a surveillance system where "anything goes" and their interceptions are more intrusive to people's privacy than has been seen in the US, Edward Snowden said.

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09 ottobre 2014
Telecoms: Commission to cut number of regulated markets in Europe, European Commission Press release database. Today the European Commission – in agreement with Member States - decided that two telecom markets should no longer be subject to regulation in Europe, and that two more should be redefined to reflect market and technology developments. The rules take effect immediately.

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08 ottobre 2014
Facebook Is Basing Ads on Where You've Been Recently by Todd Wasserman, Mashable. Facebook not only knows what you did last summer, but also where you went — and is sharing that information with advertisers, though only with your blessing.

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08 ottobre 2014
AT&T Mobility to Pay $105 Million to Settle Unlawful Billing Claims by Edward Wyatt, The New York Times. AT&T’s wireless business will pay $105 million in penalties and refunds to consumers for unlawfully billing cellphone accounts of customers, the biggest fine yet for such practices, federal and state regulators announced on Wednesday.

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08 ottobre 2014
Google chief on NSA: 'We're going to end up breaking the Internet' by Julian Hattem, The Hill. The integrity of the Internet could be at risk if Congress does not act to rein in the National Security Agency, Google head Eric Schmidt warned on Wednesday.

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07 ottobre 2014
Twitter sues U.S. Justice Department for right to reveal surveillance requests by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters. Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) sued the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, intensifying its battle with federal agencies as the Internet industry's self-described champion of free speech seeks the right to reveal the extent of U.S. government surveillance.

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06 ottobre 2014
EU Justice Nominee Notes Data Protection, U.S.-EU Safe Harbor at Nomination Hearing by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. The European Union's incoming commissioner with responsibility for data protection Oct. 1 said she would press for rapid completion of the bloc's data protection overhaul and would “not make any concession” in discussions with the U.S. on protecting privacy in the transfer of EU citizens' data for law enforcement purposes.

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06 ottobre 2014
Europe Digital Nominee Demands Stronger U.S. Data Rules by Mark Scott, The New York Times. Europe may suspend data-sharing agreements with the United States if American policy makers do not improve how Europeans’ online information is protected, according to Andrus Ansip, the nominee to lead Europe’s digital agenda.

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03 ottobre 2014
Hackers' Attack Cracked 10 Financial Firms in Major Assault by Matthew Goldstein, Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger, The New York Times. The huge cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase that touched more than 83 million households and businesses was one of the most serious computer intrusions into an American corporation. But it could have been much worse.

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02 ottobre 2014
Leaked: Mobile operators' SCARE campaign against net neutrality by Jennifer Baker, The Register. Europe’s mobile phone operators are so worried about the effects of a proposed net neutrality law on their businesses that they appear to have planned to scare politicians out of passing it.

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02 ottobre 2014
J.P. Morgan Says About 76 Million Households Affected By Cyber Breach by Emily Glazer and Danny Yadron, The Wall Street Journal. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said about 76 million households were affected by a cybersecurity attack on the bank this summer in one of the most sweeping disclosed breaches of a financial institution.

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01 ottobre 2014
For European Telcos, Parting From Kroes Is No Sweet Sorrow by Frances Robinson, The Wall Street Journal. European telecommunications operators represented by ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association, gathered in Brussels Wednesday to hear from outgoing European Commission digital agenda chief Neelie Kroes. Mostly, they wanted to see the back of her.

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01 ottobre 2014
German Regulator Warns Google Over Collecting Users’ Data by Mark Scott, The New York Times. A German privacy regulator has ordered Google to give its users greater control over how their online data is used, in the latest privacy case that challenges how the search giant operates in Europe.

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30 settembre 2014
Gunther Oettinger: 'We are in the midst of a revolution' by Daniel Tost, EurActiv. German Commissioner-designate for the Digital Economy and Society portfolio, Gunther Oettinger, was grilled by MEPs on Monday (29 September) in the European Parliament, where he called on the EU to catch up with international competitors and commented on leaked celebrity "selfies". EurActiv Germany reports.

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29 settembre 2014
EU Data Protection Body Publishes Opinion On Safeguarding Privacy in Internet of Things by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. Companies and organizations developing Internet of things (IoT) applications should go beyond current European Union compliance requirements to ensure that personal privacy is safeguarded, the Article 29 Working Party of EU data protection commissioners said in an opinion made public Sept. 23.

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29 settembre 2014
Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime - Europol by Eric Auchard, Reuters. Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report published on Monday.

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28 settembre 2014
Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights to ensure greater privacy by Agence France-Presse, The Guardian. The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

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28 settembre 2014
EU home affairs chief secretly worked with US to undermine new privacy laws, campaigners claim by David Meyer, Gigaom. The allegations are based on an email from early 2012, in which U.S. commerce officials say EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was concerned about new European data protection proposals and kept them updated about timing and other details.

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26 settembre 2014
Storing metadata would cost 'tens of millions of dollars', says Vodafone by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. The cost of establishing a scheme to retain Australian’s web and phone data would run into “tens of millions of dollars”, according to Vodafone. A Senate hearing on Friday into Australia’s telecommunications interception laws was told by Vodafone that retaining the type of data the federal government was pushing for would come at a substantial cost.

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25 settembre 2014
E-commerce: vincono internet e il negozio fisico. Meno strategici i social di L.Tre., Il Sole 24 Ore. I consumatori sono sempre meno guidati dai giudizi social network nei loro acquisti. E' questa la conclusione di un report globale realizzato da Capgemini realizzato intervistando oltre 18.000 acquirenti digitali di 18 Paesi per capire i cambiamenti intervenuti nelle abitudini degli acquisti online.

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25 settembre 2014
Apple Pay's uncertain debut in Europe by Carsten Kociok, The Guardian. After Apple has announced the launch of its near field communication (NFC) based mobile payment system in the US in October, questions have arisen as to whether and when Apple Pay will be launched in Europe and which additional obstacles the company would need to tackle to prepare a market entry in Europe. Rumours predict an Apple Pay European launch in 2015, following a successful rollout in the US.

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24 settembre 2014
43% of companies had a data breach in the past year by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today. "Particularly beginning with last quarter in 2013, and now with all the retail breaches this year, the size had gone exponentially up," Bruemmer said.

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24 settembre 2014
Luca Bolognini è stato intervistato da Alessandra Flora su social media nella PA, Forum PA.

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24 settembre 2014
The Morning Download: Facebook Faces Merchant Backlash Over Use of Data by Steve Rosenbush, The Wall Street Journal. Good morning. Fearing Facebook Inc.’s ever-expanding power, some publishers and retailers are reprogramming their websites to share less of their user data with the social network, the WSJ’s Reed Albergotti reports. In order to access Facebook, users must agree to a lengthy terms of service contract that outline everything Facebook has permission to do.

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24 settembre 2014
FCC Dems eye strong 'fast lane' rules by Julian Hattem, The Hill. Two Democratic members of the Federal Communications Commission are pushing for strong rules banning Internet service providers from adjusting users’ speeds depending on which websites they visit.

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23 settembre 2014
The FCC wants to police your Internet provider. But so does the FTC. by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. The story of Washington is often told from the halls of Congress — how Republicans keep throwing bombs at the president, why Obama can't get anything done except by executive order, which party has raised the most money, and so on. Few people, except perhaps political scientists, are interested in the power politics playing out within the executive branch.

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22 settembre 2014
National parliaments raise the pressure on data protection by Cécile Barbière, EurActiv. Parliamentary delegations from 16 different EU member states have called upon the EU to rapidly adopt the legislative package on the protection of personal data.

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22 settembre 2014
Wolff: Nobody's neutral in net neutrality debate by Michael Wolff, USA Today. Net neutrality, the FCC's effort to govern broadband providers who supply Internet access, enters a new chapter as the commission, closing its heated comment period last week, tries again to formulate rules acceptable to the courts and to a set of vehement antagonists.

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21 settembre 2014
Luca Bolognini è stato intervistato Fabio Chiusi nell'articolo "iOS 8 e Android L: più sicuri, ma non 'a prova di NSA'". Da quando Apple, seguita a stretto giro da Google, ha annunciato nuove misure a difesa della privacy dei propri utenti la reazione è stata duplice.

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21 settembre 2014
Sharing Economy Faces Patchwork of Guidelines in European Countries by Raphael Minder and Mark Scott, The New York Times. Start-ups like Uber and Airbnb want European consumers to embrace their companies. Yet when it comes to persuading policy makers, these companies have run into regulatory hurdles that have exposed the European Union’s uneven response to technological innovation.

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17 settembre 2014
Senators hear calls on the FCC to step back from net neutrality rules, PC World. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should abandon its efforts to pass net neutrality rules because new regulations would hurt investment and the deployment of broadband, a parade of Republican senators and advocates said Wednesday.

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17 settembre 2014
Apple Says iOS 8 Update Keeps Data Private, Even From the Police by Brian X. Chen, The New York Times. Apple wants to make clear that it wants nobody snooping around in your device, not even the police. The company said Wednesday night that its latest software system, iOS 8, included deep protection of the information stored on Apple mobile devices.

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16 settembre 2014
Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal by James Bamford, The New York Times. IN Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

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16 settembre 2014
Germany Has Asked Google to Reveal Its Search Algorithm, but That's Not Going to Happen by James Cook, Slate. German justice minister Heiko Maas is calling on Google to become more transparent by disclosing exactly how it ranks search results. This, of course, will simply never happen. The algorithm is the heart of Google, the source of all its wealth and power as the planet's best index of knowledge. Google is just never going to give that up. CEO Larry Page will fight to the death.

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15 settembre 2014
Google Cloud Platform, centomila dollari di credito per le startup di Red Nova, Il Sole 24 Ore. Al Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit, Urs Hölzle, vice presidente Technical Infrastructure & Google Fellow ha annunciato Google Cloud Platform for Startups.

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15 settembre 2014
German Panel to Question Executives Over NSA Spy Report by Patrick Donahue, Cornelius Rahn and Naomi Kresge, Bloomberg. German parliamentary investigators plan to question executives of telecommunications operators about reports that U.S. and U.K. intelligence gained direct access to networks of companies including Deutsche Telekom AG.

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14 settembre 2014
While NSA 'maps' the Internet landscape, German tech companies want Cloud cover, DW. Microsoft Germany wants Cloud services to be regulated at home in a bid to protect data from foreign espionage. The announcement coincides with a new report pointing to NSA activities targeting German telecommunications.

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14 settembre 2014
In Yahoo Versus NSA, Hypocrisy Wins, Bloomberg View. Yahoo! Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn't tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was "pleased to announce" that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents released that detail its battle to prevent the National Security Agency from collecting data about some of its users.

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11 settembre 2014
Helen Dixon appointed as Data Protection Commissioner by Donal O'Donovan, Independent. She has been Registrar of Companies since 2009. She previously worked in senior roles at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and before that worked at two US multinationals that had their Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) bases in Ireland, the Government said in a statement.

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11 settembre 2014
Data collection rules for students violate constitutional rights – PN by Matthew Agius, Malta Today. Nationalist MP Paula Mifsud Bonnici has criticised the government for asking heads of school to disclose “very sensitive” data on individual students’ medical conditions.

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10 settembre 2014
Net neutrality: Faux go-slow by M.H., The Economist. DEAR reader, what kept you? Perhaps you were visiting film-streaming service Netflix, discussion forum Reddit, blogging site WordPress or any of dozens of other popular websites where users are halted at an endlessly spinning "loading" icon. If your first thought was to send an angry missive about your internet provision, the stunt has worked.

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09 settembre 2014
Two Top Democrats Push Back Against FCC's Net Neutrality Plan by Gautham Nagesh, The Wall Street Journal. Two senior congressional Democrats have taken steps to push back against the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality plan, bringing high-profile opposition to the proposal by President Barack Obama’s top telecommunications regulator.

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08 settembre 2014
The Snowden effect: How it's still denting business confidence in cloud security by Toby Wolpe, ZDNet. After falling in 2013, concerns about cloud security and data privacy jumped upwards again this year — even though cloud-related breaches remain rare for most businesses.

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08 settembre 2014
Facebook's WhatsApp Takeover Faces Speedy Review by EU by Aoife White and Flavia Rotondi, Bloomberg. Facebook Inc. (FB) won't face a lengthy European Union antitrust probe of its planned $19 billion purchase of messaging service WhatsApp Inc., EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.

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08 settembre 2014
Google hosts meetings across Europe on privacy rights by Leila Abboud, Reuters. A panel appointed by search engine Google will hold the first of a series of meetings on Tuesday to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information after a May court ruling reinforced Europeans' "right to be forgotten".

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07 settembre 2014
Personal data stores found leaking online by Mark Ward, BBC News. At risk are photographs, home videos and music collections as well as scans of documents such as passports, tax forms and other sources of personal data. In some cases, back-up files are being made available that, if downloaded and restored, could let attackers take over a victim's online life.

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05 settembre 2014
Tim Cook Says Apple to Add Security Alerts for iCloud Users by Daisuke Wakabayashi, The Wall Street Journal. Apple Inc. said it plans additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but denied that a lax attitude toward security had allowed intruders to post nude photos of celebrities on the Internet.

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04 settembre 2014
Time to pay attention to those cookies by Elaine Edwards, The Irish Times. Compliance or lack thereof with the law on cookies is coming under fresh attention from Europe’s data protection authorities – five years after an amended EU eprivacy directive governing the use of cookies came into force.

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03 settembre 2014
ALRC proposes privacy laws, drops safe harbour for internet intermediaries by Claire Reilly, CNET. The ALRC has proposed new legal protections against "invasions of privacy" in the digital era, holding companies such as Facebook and Google to account for their involvement in breaches.

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03 settembre 2014
Verizon failed to tell 2 million people it was using their personal info for marketing. Now the FCC is making it pay. by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. Verizon has agreed to pay a $7.4 million penalty after the company failed to tell 2 million customers they could opt out of having their personal information used for marketing purposes, according to federal regulators.

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02 settembre 2014
Data retention: Telstra reports jump in access requests by government by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. Government requests to Telstra for warrantless access to Australians’ phone, internet and email logs jumped by 3,000 in the past six months, the company’s latest transparency report reveals. The report comes as the federal government pushes for a mandatory data retention scheme to force telecommunications companies to retain personal data from phone and web users.

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02 settembre 2014
Data retention: Telstra reports jump in access requests by government by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. Government requests to Telstra for warrantless access to Australians’ phone, internet and email logs jumped by 3,000 in the past six months, the company’s latest transparency report reveals.

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01 settembre 2014
Mobile operators to get exclusive use of 700 MHz UHF spectrum band by 2020 by James Crisp, EurActiv. Mobile broadband should have exclusive use of the 700 MHz band of the European Union’s Ultra High Frequency spectrum by 2020, the European Commission was told today (1 September).

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01 settembre 2014
Luca Bolognini è stato intervistato da Cristina D'Antonio di GQ Italia nell'articolo "Jennifer Lawrence nuda e lo scippo dei selfies: come non fare la stessa fine".

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01 settembre 2014
Apple Investigating Reports of iCloud Vulnerabilities by Daisuke Wakabayashi, The Wall Street Journal. Apple Inc. said it is investigating reports that vulnerabilities in its iCloud service were exploited to hack the accounts of celebrities, leading to the publication of nude photos and videos.

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24 agosto 2014
How the web lost its way – and its founding principles by Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian. When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web 24 years ago he thought he'd created an egalitarian tool that would share information for the greater good. But it hasn't quite worked out like that. What went wrong?

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31 luglio 2014
Financial groups renew cybersecurity push by Julian Hattem and Kate Tummarello, The Hill. A dozen organizations including the American Bankers Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and Credit Union National Association made an 11th-hour bid for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) to the floor on Thursday.

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31 luglio 2014
The 'right to be forgotten' simply doesn't exist by Usha Prashar, Telegraph. Most people have moments in their past that they would prefer not to be in the spotlight. What if, when you enter your name in Google, the first thing that comes up is a link to an episode that you would like to be forgotten. Can it be forgotten? If it can, should it be? Should you have a right to have the link deleted? And based on what procedure?

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24 luglio 2014
Paolo Balboni è stato intervistato da Julia Fioretti per il suo articolo "Google under fire from regulators on EU privacy ruling", Reuters.

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24 luglio 2014
Senate NSA compromise likely to come next week by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is close but not yet ready to unveil a negotiated measure to rein in government surveillance.

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23 luglio 2014
US warned: surveillance reform hinges on change to Reagan executive order by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian. John Napier Tye is not Edward Snowden. He says he has no surveillance documents to disclose to journalists. He takes a nuanced position on Snowden's disclosures.

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23 luglio 2014
Dutch spy agencies can receive NSA data, court rules by Loek Essers, PC World. Dutch intelligence services can receive bulk data that might have been obtained by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) through mass data interception programs, even though collecting data that way is illegal for the Dutch services, the Hague District Court ruled Wednesday.

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22 luglio 2014
EU Cracks Down On In-app Purchases, Infosecurity Magazine. The EU has put Apple and Google on notice when it comes to mobile and online gaming. Following a large number of complaints in EU countries concerning in-app purchases in online games and in particular inadvertent purchases by children, national authorities joined forces with the European Commission to enact fraud prevention best practices.

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22 luglio 2014
How The EU's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Rule Is Backfiring Completely by Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post. When the European Union's so called "right to be forgotten" policy was instituted in May, news outlets worried that the ruling could have a negative impact on the media. But according to journalism.co.uk, some publishers are finding the opposite.

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21 luglio 2014
Asio spy chief defends surveillance network and argues for broader powers by Daniel Hurst, The Guardian. Australia’s top spy has strongly defended the nation's surveillance framework, dismissing claims of mass snooping on the basis that that only "a few thousand" people come to the notice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) each year.

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21 luglio 2014
Personal data removed from Irish Genealogy site over security fears by Alex Hern, The Guardian. The Irish government closed part of its genealogy website on Friday, after the country's data protection commissioner warned that potentially sensitive personal details were available to all.

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21 luglio 2014
DHS 'dos and don'ts' on cybersecurity by Meg King, The Hill. Is a cyber-attack on America’s electric grid imminent? Or will hackers sabotage a major chemical plant this year? Answers to these questions may surprise you because they’re slightly counterintuitive.

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20 luglio 2014
The Senate should reject a flawed cybersecurity bill by Patrice McDermott, The Washington Post. The Post is correct that cyber threats are real but wrong in describing this as sufficient reason to support the flawed Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA), which recently passed the Senate intelligence committee ["The cyber threat," editorial, July 14].

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18 luglio 2014
FCC commissioner weighs in on net neutrality by Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe. Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel knows how to make her way through Boston. During a visit Thursday, she used the Red Line to get around town. It’s just as well she wasn’t recognized. Our city’s tech-savvy commuters would have bombarded her with hot-button questions.

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17 luglio 2014
Big investors see cybersecurity as opportunity by Luciana Lopez, Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Jennifer Ablan, Reuters. Cyberattacks on U.S. businesses could be an opportunity for investors as companies spend money to upgrade their infrastructures, big-name money managers said on Wednesday at a conference geared to sharing potential blockbuster ideas.

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17 luglio 2014
Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications by Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian. The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.

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16 luglio 2014
Cloud computing services could be subject to extra data protection checks in Europe by Loek Essers, InfoWorld. Cloud providers seeking business from EU institutions could become subject to more scrutiny from the EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor). The supervisor is preparing guidance on the use of cloud computing and mobile devices for data transfers by EU institutions to non-EU countries and international organizations.

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16 luglio 2014
Google and cyber-security: Zeroing in by M.G., The Economist. IN OUR special report on cyber-security in this week’s issue of The Economist, we highlighted the threat posed by so-called “zero-day vulnerabilities” in software. Spooks and cyber-criminals love to get their hands on these flaws because they are not yet widely known and so no “patch”, or fix, is available for them.

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15 luglio 2014
F.C.C. Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules by Steve Lohr, the New York Times. From legal briefs to pithy one-liners, the public is having its say on the proposed rules that guide how digital bits flow across the Internet.

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15 luglio 2014
Record number of data protection complaints made in last year by Chris Baraniuk, Wired UK. A report published today has revealed that a record number of data protection complaints were dealt with by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the last year.

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14 luglio 2014
Spies Will Be Spies in War, Peace and Cyberspace by Lothar Determann and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Huffington Post. On July 11, Germany's former Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told the mass circulation paper Bild that "anti-Americanism is already flourishing alarmingly" in Germany as a result of the spy scandals.

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14 luglio 2014
Minister Says U.K. Government Opposes Right to Forget Principle in EU Regulation by Ali Qassim, Bloomberg. The U.K. government is against the inclusion of a right to be forgotten principle in the proposed European Union data protection regulation, U.K. Justice and Civil Liberties Minister Simon Hughes told a U.K. Parliament subcommittee July 9.

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14 luglio 2014
Net-Neutrality Proposal Faces Public Backlash by Gautham Nagesh, The Wall Street Journal. The Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules are giving Janet Jackson and her infamous "wardrobe malfunction" a run for its money. The agency has received more than 677,000 comments so far on its proposed rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks.

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13 luglio 2014
Edward Snowden condemns Britain's emergency surveillance bill by Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian. The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the UK's parliament this week, expressing concern about the speed at which it is being done, lack of public debate, fear-mongering and what he described as increased powers of intrusion.

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11 luglio 2014
Berlin tells CIA station chief to leave in spy scandal, EurActiv. Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country on Thursday (10 July) in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behaviour of a close ally after officials unearthed two suspected US spies.

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11 luglio 2014
Telling stories about ourselves through big data and wearable technology by Eric Boam, The Guardian. In the autumn of 1803 John James Audubon tied a string around the leg of a migrating bird in order to test whether it would return the following spring.

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10 luglio 2014
Scholars warn of NSA loopholes by Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe. A report from researchers at Harvard University and Boston University warns that the National Security Agency could freely monitor the electronic communications of American citizens by rerouting Internet traffic through overseas networks.

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10 luglio 2014
Russian data law set to hinder Irish firms by Jj Worrall, The Irish Times. A new law passed by the Russian parliament requiring the personal data of their citizens to be stored on Russian soil will "no doubt have an effect" on Irish companies providing web services to businesses there.

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08 luglio 2014
The Privacy Prospect by Mark Whitby, Huffington Post. As shown by this week's debate around Google and the "right to be forgotten", data is becoming one of the most valuable commodities and a question of critical importance to both brands and consumers today. Over the last few years, the public conscience has become increasingly aware (and wary) of how our personal information is being used.

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08 luglio 2014
EU data protection authorities to agree approach to 'right to be forgotten' appeals by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, The Irish Times. EU data protection authorities will meet next week to discuss how to handle complaints from those who had requests to delete information about them refused by Google. Following a European Court of Justice ruling in May on the “right to be forgotten”, search engines have been required to consider requests from people who want links to pages that mention them hidden when someone searches their name.

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07 luglio 2014
Some people do deserve 'right to be forgotten' – but law's power shouldn't rest with Google by Adrian Weckler, Independent. Last week, Google started deleting search results for some Irish search queries. It won't say how many it has deleted, but it has received 562 removal requests in Ireland, relating to 1,962 different web links.

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07 luglio 2014
Merkel Says Alleged U.S. Spying Would Breach Allied Trust, Bloomberg. Chancellor Angela Merkel said allegations that a member of Germany’s foreign-intelligence agency sold documents to the U.S. risk undermining trust between the two allies. If the reports are correct it would be a “serious case,” Merkel said in her first public comments on the matter at a press briefing with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing today.

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06 luglio 2014
Officials Defend N.S.A. After New Privacy Details Are Reported by David E. Sanger, The New York Times. The Obama administration on Sunday sought to play down new disclosures that the National Security Agency has swept up innocent and often personal emails from ordinary Internet users as it targets suspected terrorists in its global surveillance for potential threats.

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06 luglio 2014
Deny the Merger: The Collusion of Verizon-Wired & Verizon Wireless with Comcast and Time Warner by Bruce Kushnick, Huffington Post. There are relationships and financial ties between Verizon's wired-business and Verizon Wireless, as well as Verizon's deal with Time Warner and Comcast that are complicated, twisty, multi-layered and reveal a nasty underbelly -- and it is just another reason why the Comcast-Time Warner merger will harm all of the states where Verizon is the incumbent phone company that controls the wires.

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03 july 2014
The Internet's perfect storm by Steve Pociask, The Hill. As the first hurricane moves along the U.S. coast, there is another potential catastrophe coming and it’s not really on anyone’s radar. On the one hand, the FCC is looking to impose net neutrality regulations in the name of protecting the open Internet, even if it means reclassifying the Internet as a regulated public utility.

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03 luglio 2014
E-commerce: the legal stuff you need to know before selling online by Guy Wilmot, The Guardian. Retail insolvencies have recently hit a five-year high, partly due to the increasing popularity of internet shopping, and more bricks and mortar retail businesses are moving into online selling. Many startups that might once have chosen to launch their business with a physical retail premises may now start with an online presence.

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02 luglio 2014
U.S. Privacy Panel Backs N.S.A.’s Internet Tapping by David E. Sanger, The New York Times. The federal privacy board that sharply criticized the collection of the phone records of Americans by the National Security Agency has come to a starkly different conclusion about the agency’s exploitation of Internet connections in the United States to monitor foreigners communicating with one another abroad.

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02 luglio 2014
Latest cyber security bill riddled with Net neutrality loopholes by Serdar Yegulalp, Info World. The latest cyber security information sharing bill being considered in the Senate strikes many as overly broad and in need of revision. In fact, say some it's worded vaguely enough that it could be used by ISPs to sidestep Net neutrality provisions in the name of public safety.

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01 luglio 2014
Report: NSA Authorized to Spy on 193 Countries by Dan Kedmey, Time. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allowed information to be intercepted in all but 4 of the world's countries, according to a new report

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30 giugno 2014
New NSA chief says damage from Snowden leaks can be contained by Heyley Tsukayama, The Washington Post. National Security Agency head Adm. Michael S. Rogers said he believes that in the long run, the damage from information leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden can be contained.

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30 giugno 2014
Government can learn from private sector cyber security, says Ernst & Young by Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly. UK government could learn from the private sector’s approach to cyber security, says Mark Brown, UK & Ireland cyber security assurance leader, Ernst & Young (EY).

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29 giugno 2014
Au Revoir to the Open Internet, The Wall Street Journal. When the Obama administration announced that the U.S. would end its stewardship of the open Internet, critics warned that Russia and China would take advantage of the American surrender. We didn't anticipate that supposed friends of the multistakeholder system of self-governance would also be eager to grab control.

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29 giugno 2014
FCC moves to caption the Web by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. The Federal Communications Commission is taking another step to make the Internet more accessible, voting next month on rules for closed captioning online video clips. The vote, planned for the FCC’s July meeting, is the result of a years-long push — and Chairman Tom Wheeler's personal interest — to increase accessibility online.

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27 giugno 2014
Google removing 'right to be forgotten' search links in Europe by Charles Arthur, The Guardian. Google has begun removing search links to content in Europe under the "right to be forgotten" ruling, which obliges it not to point to web pages with "outdated or irrelevant" information about individuals.

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27 giugno 2014
Cloud computing, ecco le nuove linee guida Ue di Antonio Dini, Corrieri delle Comunicazioni. Accordo tra fornitori di servizi per dare agli utenti dei servizi una normativa uniforme e non ambigua. Il commissario Kroes: "Ne beneficieranno le piccole imprese quando cercheranno i servizi di cloud sul mercato"

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26 giugno 2014
Snowden Leaks Cost Nation’s Cyber Security Efforts, Former NSA Official Says by Felicia Schwartz, The Wall Street Jornal. A former deputy National Security Agency director said intelligence secrets leaked by Edward Snowden last June derailed legislative attempts to encourage the public and private sectors to share information about vulnerabilities in cyberspace, and said the government must do more to encourage such collaboration.

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26 giugno 2014
Luca Bolognini intervistato da Corriere della Sera su strumenti didattici online e privacy.

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23 giugno 2014
Study: 7 in 10 concerned about security of Internet-of-Things by Tony Bradley, PC World. The Internet-of-Things is a thing. If you haven’t heard about it yet, get ready because we’re in the early stages of an explosion of technology that will connect, monitor, and in some cases share almost every aspect of our lives. Fortinet conducted a survey of consumers to find out what people think about the security and privacy concerns of the Internet-of-Things.

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23 giugno 2014
Report: 300,000 Websites Are Still Vulnerable to Heartbleed by Christina Warren, Mashable. Two months after Heartbleed, 300,000 web servers are still vulnerable to the OpenSSL vulnerability. That's according to an updated report from security researchers at Errata Security. Errata published updated findings, found by simply scanning port 443 on servers across the web looking for vulnerabilities, to its blog on Saturday.

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22 giugno 2014
Compliance of Legal Notice 76 withEU Data Protection legislationstill to be assessed: Metsola by Duncan Barry, The Malta Independent. The issue of whether Legal Notice 76 is in line with the EU Data Protection legislation is still to be assessed since the new legislation has not yet been implemented, PN re-elected MEP candidate Roberta Metsola has told The Malta Independent on Sunday.

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22 giugno 2014
Nato Cyber: Defence to offence? by Greg Austin, New Europe. Around Europe, the cyber battle fronts are heating up. Attacks on networks and information have been in play in the Ukraine crisis in several directions beginning as early as November last year. There are fresh calls for NATO to do more about the cyber threats.

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19 giugno 2014
Cybercriminals Zero In on a Lucrative New Target: Hedge Funds by Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times. Computer security experts say hedge funds, with their vast pools of money and opaque nature, have become perfect targets for sophisticated cybercriminals. Over the past two years, experts say, hedge funds have fallen victim to targeted attacks. What makes them such ripe targets is that even as hedge funds expend millions in moving their trading operations online, they have not made the same investment in security.

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19 giugno 2014
Online surveillance undermines trust in intelligence services, says Tory peer by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian. The UK government's legal justification for mass surveillance of the internet risks undermining public confidence in the intelligence services, a former Conservative security minister has warned.

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18 giugno 2014
Cybercrime Thrives Amid Lack of National Data Security Standards for Retailers by B. Dan Berger, Huffington Post. Six months ago, the nation first learned of what is one of the largest breaches of consumer data in American history when news broke of a massive data breach at Target stores during the holiday shopping season. In the time since, the absence of action to create national data security standards for retailers has allowed cybercriminals to enjoy an open season on consumer data.

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17 giugno 2014
Cyber security an economic opportunity, says UK government by Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly. "Cyber security should not be seen as a necessary evil," says Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office. "It is a growth business in its own right and can be a strength for the UK," he told the opening session of IA14, the government's annual cyber security and information assurance event in London.

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16 giugno 2014
The big question: do we want sharing culture or is privacy our priority? by Adrian Weckler, Independent. When does a company's tendency to monitor your preferences cease being 'handy' and start to become a 'threat to privacy'? That's one of the big questions likely to determine how much we find ourselves being tracked every day.

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15 giugno 2014
The Net Neutrality Battle May Be Headed To Your Phone by Alina Selyukh and Marina Lopes, Reuters. A surge in mobile Internet usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for such a change.

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13 giugno 2014
FCC unveils 'new regulatory paradigm' for defeating hackers by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. In recent months, the Federal Communications Commission has quietly worked to expand its role among federal agencies charged with protecting the nation's networks from cyberattack. On Thursday, the agency sought to take the lead again, unveiling a new regulatory model aimed at helping phone companies and other telecommunications firms defend themselves from malicious hackers.

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12 giugno 2014
The Privacy Paradox, a Challenge for Business by Steve Lohr, The New York Times. People around the world are thrilled by the ease and convenience of their smartphones and Internet services, but they aren’t willing to trade their privacy to get more of it.

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12 giugno 2014
The Switchboard: Mobile location data can’t be seized without a warrant, court rules by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. AT&T, DirecTV merger could make it harder to cut the cord. "AT&T and DirecTV on Wednesday said in a federal application that their combined companies would be able to offer lower prices for bundles of satellite television and high-speed Internet, puting pressure on cable companies to also cut fees," the Post's own Cecilia Kang reports.

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11 giugno 2014
Yes: Net Neutrality Moves Forward by Michael Fertik, Forbes. Between John Oliver’s hilarious net neutrality rant and the comments that briefly crippled the Federal Communications Commission to Netflix’s slightly cheeky (and on point) notice to users experiencing service interruptions, net neutrality may finally be getting its day.

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11 giugno 2014
The Era of Cloud Computing by Quentin Hardy, The New York Times. SynapDx searches hundreds of thousands of genetic markers, looking for clues about autism in 880 children across 20 states. A few years ago, this would be the task of a major company or research institution. Thanks to cloud computing, the start-up in Lexington, Mass., does it with 22 people, a few laptops and an Internet connection.

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04 giugno 2014
Garante, stop ai cookie senza consenso, ANSA. Stop all'installazione dei cookie per finalita' di marketing senza consenso: chi naviga on line potra' decidere se far usare o no le informazioni raccolte sui siti visitati per ricevere pubblicita' mirata. Lo ha stabilito il Garante privacy con un provvedimento pubblicato sulla Gazzetta ufficiale, adottato al termine di una consultazione pubblica.

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04 giugno 2014
EU commissioner: right to be forgotten is no harder to enforce than copyright by Alex Hern, The Guardian. If Google can handle the millions of requests it gets to take down content that infringes copyright, it should be able to handle the few requests it gets to enforce the EU's "right to be forgotten", according to Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship.

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03 giugno 2014
Google will now name and shame e-mail providers that don't support encryption by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. Security obsessives will know that although Google has begun encrypting the links between its own servers — so the National Security Agency can't hack our e-mails as they're traveling across the company's systems — we risk losing those protections as soon as our messages leave Google's walled garden.

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02 giugno 2014
EU Silicon Valley faces many challenges, The Irish Times. Europe needs to sort out its fragmented telecoms market and regulatory imbalances if it is to spur a new generation of technology start-ups and create its own version of America’s Silicon Valley.

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02 giugno 2014
Report: NSA collects millions of images for facial recognition by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. The National Security Agency (NSA) sifts through online communications to find millions images for its facial recognition surveillance programs, according to a report from The New York Times. The agency uses software to grab facial images found in emails, text messages, video conferences and social media, The New York Times reported, based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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31 maggio 2014
Google Gets Removal Requests After EU Privacy Ruling by Brian Womack, Bloomberg. Google Inc. (GOOG), complying with a top court ruling that backs European citizens’ right to delete personal information on the Internet, received 12,000 requests in the first day of offering an online removal form.

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29 maggio 2014
House Republican unveils bill to limit FCC's net neutrality plans by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. A new House Republican bill would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from going forward with a proposal for stronger regulations on Internet service providers.

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29 maggio 2014
U.S. officials, Snowden clash over e-mail records by Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman, The Washington Post. The Obama administration and former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden offered divergent accounts Thursday of his efforts to raise concerns about National Security Agency activity more than a year ago, as each side tried to shape the debate over whether the massive leak of classified information was avoidable.

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28 maggio 2014
Edward Snowden 'was trained as a spy,' he tells NBC by Dana Ford, CNN. Edward Snowden sought to bolster his credentials during an interview with NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams. The one-hour interview, Snowden's first with a U.S. television network, is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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28 maggio 2014
Data Brokers Lack Transparency, Privacy Regulator Says by Todd Shields and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg. Data brokers lack transparency and Congress should consider laws giving consumers more control over personal information, the Federal Trade Commission said after studying companies including Acxiom Corp. (ACXM:US) and CoreLogic Inc. (CLGX:US)

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27 maggio 2014
China accuses US of internet surveillance on its leaders, BBC News. A report released by a government agency said that China had been a main target for US spies, who had focused on government officials, businesses and mobile phone users. It called the behaviour "brazen" and a "gross violation of human rights".

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27 maggio 2014
Information security is even more vital for the internet of things era by Mark O'Neill, The Guardian. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term in vogue for the technology sector, referring to internet-connected devices from fitness wristbands to connected cars. But once we're fully connected, who is responsible for governing the flow of data between our linked-up devices?

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26 maggio 2014
Europe defies Big Data’s right to All Data by Maureen Dowd, The Irish Times. The Right to Be Forgotten. It sounds like the title of a classic novel about desire and memory, perhaps Marcel Proust’s sequel to Remembrance of Things Past.

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26 maggio 2014
What does the new EU Parliament mean for tech? by Jennifer Baker, PC World. As the tally for the European Parliament election draws to a close, dozens of candidates pledging to support data privacy and net neutrality initiatives appear to have been elected.

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25 maggio 2014
New European Parliament has no time to waste by Andreas Noll, DW. Once the next president of the European Commission is chosen, the newly elected members of parliament will be able to get to work. They won't have much time to get used to their new jobs: important decisions lie ahead.

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25 maggio 2014
NSA reform to be 'fight of the summer' by Julian Hattem, The Hill. Civil libertarians who say the House didn’t go far enough to reform the National Security Agency are mounting a renewed effort in the Senate to shift momentum in their direction. After compromises in the House bill, the NSA’s critics are buckling down for a months-long fight in the Senate that they hope will lead to an end to government snooping on Americans.

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23 maggio 2014
ICANN urges IPv6 adoption as global address shortage looms by Leon Spencer, ZDNet. The organisation that coordinates the internet's global domain name system is urging network operators around the world to adopt IPv6 as the global supply of IPv4 addresses begins to dwindle.

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23 maggio 2014
Boot up: Facebook v privacy, what is Surface?, HP's 'Slatebook', eBay v AdWords, and more by Charles Arthur, The Guardian. Plus the ICO on ECJ-Google, graphics card sales drop (guess why), how Netscape started, and more.

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22 maggio 2014
Ebay reveals cyber attack on database by Sarah Mishkin and Hannah Kuchler in San Francisco and Shannon Bond in New York, Financial Times. EBay is asking all of its nearly 150m registered users to reset passwords after revealing that hackers were able to access passwords, phone numbers, addresses and other personal data on the online retail site.

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22 maggio 2014
Entrepreneurs picking Silicon Valley over EU, says Barroso by James Crisp, EurActiv. European digital entrepreneurs are moving to Silicon Valley rather than set up their business in the EU, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso today (22 May) told delegates at the Lisbon Council’s Europe 2020 Summit.

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22 maggio 2014
Transatlantic divide on digital policy by Karlin Lillington, The Irish Times. In the wake of recent European Court of Justice decisions on privacy, and ongoing, divergent debates in the US and EU over net neutrality and copyright, are we about to end up with two markets divided by legislative approaches to the internet?

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21 maggio 2014
What did the media miss with the 'right to be forgotten' coverage? by Julia Powles, The Guardian. The fallout from the recent European court of justice ruling on the "right to be forgotten" has reached far and wide in the past week, prompting an international discussion about how personal information is used online.

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21 maggio 2014
White House's late changes to NSA spying bill shake support by Lisa Mascaro, The LA Times. Carefully crafted legislation that would end the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is under fire after the White House requested last-minute changes that critics say would water down its protections.

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20 maggio 2014
China Halts Cybersecurity Cooperation After U.S. Spying Charges by Ting Shi and Michael Riley, Bloomberg. China’s decision to suspend its involvement in a cybersecurity working group with the U.S. after being accused of commercial spying threatens to undo efforts aimed at finding common ground to tackle hacking.

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20 maggio 2014
Apple e Samsung: niente armistizio per chiudere la guerra sui brevetti di Gianni Rusconi, Il Sole 24 Ore. I rumor sono di ieri e recitavano quanto segue: dopo la tregua sottoscritta con Google, la casa di Cupertino è intenzionata a trovare un accordo extra giudiziale con l'acerrima rivale in campo smartphone e tablet. Notizia, quella della pace fra Apple e Samsung, più volte rimbalzata sui media tecnologici e non in questi ultimi 18 mesi.

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16 maggio 2014
Paolo Balboni intervistato da Michele Neri sulla Sette di Corriere della Sera, numero 20.

 

16 maggio 2014
Paolo Balboni intervistato da Michele Neri su Privacy per Sette di Corriere della Sera, Numero 20 del 16 maggio 2014.

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16 maggio 2014
Online advertising poses significant security, privacy risks to users, US Senate report says by Lucian Constantin, CSO. The current state of online advertising endangers the security and privacy of users and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should force the industry to offer better protections through comprehensive regulation, the U.S. Senate said in a report.

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15 maggio 2014
Data mining your children by Stephanie Simon, Politico. The NSA has nothing on the ed tech startup known as Knewton. The data analytics firm has peered into the brains of more than 4 million students across the country. By monitoring every mouse click, every keystroke, every split-second hesitation as children work through digital textbooks, Knewton is able to find out not just what individual kids know, but how they think. It can tell who has trouble focusing on science before lunch — and who will struggle with fractions next Thursday.

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14 maggio 2014
Diritto all'oblio, Bolognini: "Sentenza Ue non al passo con l'evoluzione tecnologica" di F.Me., Corriere delle Comunicazioni. L'Istituto italiano per la Privacy scettico sul provvedimento della Corte di Giustizia. Il presidente: "Tema sensbile che non si può affrontare basandosi su una direttiva del 1995 quando il Web non esisteva".

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14 maggio 2014
Google Faces Demands as Court Backs Right to Be Forgotten by Aoife White, Bloomberg. Google Inc. (GOOG) risks being ordered to remove search results where citizens’ fundamental rights are harmed by personal information posted online and where there is no public interest in publishing it, the EU Court of Justice said yesterday.

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13 maggio 2014
Power struggles delay EU data protection reform by Ralf Bosen, DW. The reform of the EU's data protection laws should have been settled before the elections. But political power plays have delayed an amendment meant to protect European consumers from Internet data breaches.

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13 maggio 2014
Justice Dept. Criticized on Spying Statements by Charlie Savage, The New York Times. Two Democratic senators accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of seeking to "ignore or justify" statements it made to the Supreme Court about warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency, contributing to what they called a "culture of misinformation" by the executive branch.

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09 maggio 2014
MPs: Snowden files are 'embarrassing indictment' of British spying oversight by Alan Travis, The Guardian. Edward Snowden's disclosures of the scale of mass surveillance are "an embarrassing indictment" of the weak nature of the oversight and legal accountability of Britain's security and intelligence agencies, MPs have concluded.

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08 maggio 2014
Objections from inside, outside FCC shake net-neutrality proposal by Cecilia Kang and Brian Fung, The Washington Post. The government’s plan to let Internet providers charge Netflix, Google and others for faster access to customers has been thrown into turmoil, as the agency responsible for the rule has been riven by internal dissent and faces mounting opposition from the country’s most powerful tech companies.

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08 maggio 2014
Regulators reprimand Snapchat over false claims about messaging service by Dominic Rushe, The Guardian. US regulators have slapped Snapchat, the mobile messaging service, for falsely promising its users that their messages “disappear forever”. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Thursday that the fast-growing service had deceived people about the privacy of the messages sent through its service and secretly collected sensitive information about its users.

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05 maggio 2014
Big Data Report to Obama Urges Reforms On Breach Notice, ECPA, Consumer Rights by Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg. The White House May 1 released a report on big data, calling for progress on national data breach notification legislation, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and the Obama administration's proposed consumer privacy bill of rights.

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05 maggio 2014
Commission measures progress on e-skills flagship initiative by Henriette Jacobsen, EurActiv. A little over one year after the European Commission launched a partnership to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe and hundreds of thousands of unfilled ICT-related vacancies, almost 50 organisations have become involved in the initiative and made pledges.

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05 maggio 2014
Privacy matters in 'internet of things' innovation race by Stephen Ollerenshaw, The Telegraph. Issues of privacy and security are a growing concern for consumers and manufacturers as we progress towards the "internet of things, writes Stephen Ollerenshaw, director at Technology Law Alliance

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05 maggio 2014
Mozilla joins Netflix in calling for stronger net neutrality by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. The maker of the popular Firefox browser is urging federal regulators to adopt tighter limits on broadband providers.

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04 maggio 2014
Theodore Roosevelt on net neutrality by Michael Wolraich, Reuters. "Above all else," President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Congress in 1905, "we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms." Roosevelt could not have imagined digital computers and fiber-optic cables. He was talking about railroads, the highways of commerce in his day.

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02 maggio 2014
Italian presidency to support Parliament-backed telecoms reform, EurActiv. The incoming Italian presidency of the European Union is ready to support the European Parliament-backed overhaul of EU telecoms rules, despite widespread criticism of the plan from governments and leading operators.

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02 maggio 2014
White House raises concerns about data discrimination by Aamer Madhani, USA Today. In recent years, government and businesses have made huge advances in collecting, storing and analyzing data quickly and relatively cheaply. Data on consumers are collected from an increasingly broad array of sources, sometimes using algorithms that give companies real-time information (think navigational apps) based on users' behaviors.

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01 maggio 2014
Tech industry wants surveillance focus after 'Big Data' report by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. The tech industry is calling on the Obama administration to focus on limiting government access to online data after a White House report focused on commercial users of consumer data.

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30 aprile 2014
Supreme Court considers cellphone searches, right to privacy by Robert Barnes, The Washington Post. The Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to find the proper balance between law enforcement’s power to search cellphones seized during an arrest and an individual’s right not to reveal the vast amount of information that can be stored there.

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29 aprile 2014
Russian Parliament Approves New Law Restricting the Internet by Olga Razumovskaya, The Wall Street Journal. Russia's parliament approved a package of sweeping new restrictions on the Internet and blogging. The bills drew wide criticism from local technology companies and pro-democracy activists.

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29 aprile 2014
Franken says FCC Net neutrality proposal would "destroy" open Internet by Charles Cooper, CNet. Minnesota senator warns against creating an Internet fast lane for deep-pocketed corporations, says rules drafted by FCC's chairman would not preserve the open Internet.

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29 aprile 2014
White House report on big data and privacy: Too little, too late by Violet Blue, ZDNet. With Facebook and Google cited by consumers as "worst abusers" of private data, is this week's White House report on big data and privacy -- and its discrimination concerns -- too little, too late?

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28 aprile 2014
Chinese cyber-attack on Australia 'wider than previously thought' by Reuters in Sydney, The Guardian. A cyber-attack on the Australian parliamentary computer network in 2011 may have given Chinese intelligence agencies access to politicians' private emails for a year, according to a report in the Australian Financial Review.

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28 aprile 2014
FCC's new net neutrality proposal: What do we really know? by Grant Gross, PC World. When the U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced its proposal to reinstate new net neutrality regulations that would allow broadband providers to engage in commercially reasonable traffic management, the agency set off a firestorm of protest from digital rights groups, Internet commentators and bloggers.

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28 aprile 2014
Brazil and Germany must lead on free Internet by Thorsten Benner, DW. Germany should capitalize on Brazil’s emergence as a key voice for digital rights. The two countries should lead by example and build global coalitions toward an open, free and secure Internet, argues Thorsten Benner.

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27 aprile 2014
ZDNetGovWeek: Net neutrality gets neutered (again), more NSA, and Russia clamps down on Facebook and Gmail by David Gewirtz, ZDNet. ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

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27 aprile 2014
Supreme Court Weighing What Privacy Means In The Digital Age by Mark Sherman, Huffington Post. Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American's virtual home?

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24 aprile 2014
Only EU can take a stand on privacy by Karlin Lillington, Irish Times. Jan Philipp Albrecht is the European parliamentary politician most closely identified with the politics of the digital era. At a time when data privacy and data surveillance are regularly in the headlines, the German Green Party MEP is the person most sought out by international media for comment on EU policy debates, legislative proposals and court decisions in this area.

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23 aprile 2014
Brazilian Congress passes Internet bill of rights by Anthony Boadle, Reuters. Brazil's Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.

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23 aprile 2014
Brazil passes online privacy law as Web governance conference starts in Sao Paulo, DW. The legislation, which was passed by parliament late on Tuesday, puts limits on the storage of Brazilian Internet users' metadata. It also makes Internet service providers not liable for content published by their users and requires them to comply with court orders to remove offensive material.

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23 aprile 2014
Net-Neutrality Advocates Angered by FCC’s Planned New Rules by Sam Gustin, Time. Internet service providers could strike special deals with Internet companies like Netflix or Skype for preferential treatment, under proposals by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, violating the ideal of equal access for all consumers

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22 aprile 2014
The Hot War Between Netflix and Comcast Is Escalating by Sam Gustin, Time Magazine. Netflix and Comcast are wrangling over whether their controversial interconnection pact should be covered by U.S. net neutrality rules.

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22 aprile 2014
Future of the internet debated at NetMundial in Brazil by Leo Kelion, BBC News. The country's president, Dilma Rousseff, organised the two-day NetMundial event following allegations the US National Security Agency (NSA) had monitored her phone and emails. Last month the US announced plans to give up its oversight of the way net addresses are distributed.

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22 aprile 2014
Crime Commission pushes for communications data to be stored by Katharine Murphy, The Guardian. The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has launched a strong pitch for telecommunications companies to collect data on the private communications of ordinary Australians and store it for two years to assist intelligence and police investigations.

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21 aprile 2014
Big risks for small businesses who ignore data security by Nicholas Tufnell, BBC News. There you are thinking all your online customer data is safe, thanks to popular open-source encryption software called OpenSSL, and it turns out to be anything but. This small vulnerability has potentially compromised two-thirds of all websites.

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17 aprile 2014
Tor may be forced to cut back capacity after Heartbleed bug by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Tor, the secure networking service, may have to close down an eighth of its capacity as a result of the Heartbleed flaw. The service, which allows users to access the internet untraceably and securely, runs on a network of donated servers.

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16 aprile 2014
Kroes slams Belgium for banning taxi reservation app, EurActiv. Neelie Kroes, the Commission Vice President responsible for the Digital Agenda, slammed Tuesday (15 April) the decision of a Belgian court to ban Uber, a US-owned taxi-service application, and lashed out at a Belgian minister for taking this initiative with the aim of “protecting a cartel” of Brussels taxis.

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16 aprile 2014
La Cassazione: anche gli insulti su Facebook sono diffamazione, Il Sole 24 Ore. Gli insulti su Facebook, anche se indirizzati a una persona di cui non viene fatto il nome e letti da una cerchia ristretta di iscritti, possono portare ad una condanna per diffamazione.

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15 aprile 2014
The world's first Internet governance plan: what do you want to know? by Angelica Mari, ZDNet. Later this month, the Brazilian government will present its suggestions for a global Internet governance model, which will set out provisions around net neutrality, right to privacy and freedom of expression online.

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15 aprile 2014
1 in 5 Web users report personal info theft, study says by Marco Santana, USA Today. Nearly 1 in 5 Internet users say they've had their personal information stolen as a result of online activities, according to a Pew Research Center study. The research, released Monday, comes as Internet users reel from last week's Heartbleed attack, which affected some of the largest websites in the world, including Facebook, Google and Yahoo.

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15 aprile 2014
Legalmail Enterprise, ecco come la Pec "efficienta" le aziende, Il Corriere delle Comunicazioni. La piattaforma di Infocert offre funzionalità adattabili alle specifiche esigenze di business e ai diversi ruoli interni all’organizzazione. Più efficienza operativa e maggiori risparmi.

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11 aprile 2014
Goodlatte: NSA reform can't dodge Judiciary Committee by Josh Gerstein, Politico. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) declared Thursday that he'll fight any effort to move National Security Agency surveillance reform legislation to the House floor without going through his panel.

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11 aprile 2014
Heartbleed soul-search: regulation proposed for critical crypto code by Stilgherrian, ZDNet. Was OpenSSL's memory management code a disaster waiting to happen? While Heartbleed is being blamed on buggy source code that was submitted shortly before midnight on 31 December 2011, a time not associated with good judgement, there are deeper concerns.

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10 aprile 2014
Neelie Kroes: mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, EurActiv. Mobile health apps that measure your blood pressure or remind you to take your medication could save the EU 99 billion euros in healthcare costs by 2017, according to the European Commission. Aiming to boost the app economy, the Commission is now asking developers, industry and users how mobile phones can make EU healthcare systems more efficient.

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10 aprile 2014
US set to boycott Brazil's anti-surveillance plans by Angelica Mari, ZDNet. A document released by WikiLeaks this week revealed that spying activities carried out by the United States will be condemned at Brazil's upcoming global Internet governance event - but the proposals to change the current set-up will face strong opposition from the United States.

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09 aprile 2014
Cryptography Could Add Privacy Protections to NSA Phone Surveillance by Tom Simonite, Technology Review. Since several large-scale U.S. surveillance programs were revealed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden last summer, many companies and individuals have made an effort to make wider use of encryption. Now one Microsoft researcher says cryptography tools could also be used inside intelligence agencies to rein in surveillance, by making data stores and data searches more respectful of privacy and resistant to misuse.

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09 aprile 2014
'Heartbleed': for hundreds of thousands of servers at risk around the world from catastrophic bug by Alex Hern, The Guardian. Hundreds of thousands of web and email servers worldwide have a software flaw that lets attackers steal the cryptographic keys used to secure online commerce and web connections, experts say. They could also leak personal information to hackers when people carry out searches or log into email.

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08 aprile 2014
EU top court rules EU data retention law invalid by Jan Strupczewski, Reuters. The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that an EU data retention directive, requiring telecoms companies to store communications data of EU citizens for up to two years, was invalid.

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08 aprile 2014
Software security flaw could expose Australians' personal and financial data by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. The personal and financial details of thousands of Australians held by companies and government departments could be leaked after the discovery of a security flaw in a widely used encryption service.

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08 aprile 2014
Calls for technological neutrality in Financial System Inquiry by Leon Spencer, ZDNet. The government has published the submissions it has received for the 2014 Financial System Inquiry. Over 200 industry stakeholders, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ, Westpac, Eftpos, and PayPal, have weighed in on the discussion.

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08 aprile 2014
European Court Rejects Data Retention Rules, Citing Privacy by James Kanter, The New York Times. A top court on Tuesday struck down a European Union law, adopted in response to deadly terrorist attacks, that required telecommunications companies to retain information about calls and emails for up to two years.

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07 aprile 2014
Encryption: the key to online privacy by Sean Sinico, DW. As more details of systematic, global government surveillance come to light, maintaining online privacy appears increasingly difficult. But there are some steps that are still effective at protecting privacy.

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07 aprile 2014
High court won't take up NSA case by Julian Hattem, The Hill. The Supreme Court on Monday declined an initial challenge to the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk collection of information about the public's telephone calls. The high court passed on a chance to review a lower court ruling that found the controversial program “almost Orwellian,” which means the case will go through the normal appeals process as lawmakers battle over reform proposals.

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06 aprile 2014
Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis, The New York Times. BIG data is suddenly everywhere. Everyone seems to be collecting it, analyzing it, making money from it and celebrating (or fearing) its powers. Whether we’re talking about analyzing zillions of Google search queries to predict flu outbreaks, or zillions of phone records to detect signs of terrorist activity, or zillions of airline stats to find the best time to buy plane tickets, big data is on the case.

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06 aprile 2014
U.S. Self-Restraint in Cyberspace by Greg Austin, New Europe. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has declared a new doctrine of self-restraint in cyberspace. This is an historic milestone in the evolution of cyber diplomacy in an environment marked by rising concern over American supremacy in military and intelligence uses of cyber assets.

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04 aprile 2014
MEPs strengthen Net Neutrality in telecoms overhaul, EurActiv. The European Parliament approved yesterday (3 April) a reform of rules governing telecoms and the Internet, enhancing guarantees for consumers to freely access online services, compared to the original text proposed by the Commission.

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03 aprile 2014
Ue, votata abolizione del roaming. Tariffe mobili più basse entro il 2015, La Reppublica. IL PARLAMENTO europeo ha votato a favore dell'abolizione delle tariffe di roaming entro Natale 2015, nell'ambito di una votazione più ampia a sostegno della proposta della Commissione relativa al regolamento per realizzare un continente connesso (mercato unico delle telecomunicazioni).

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03 aprile 2014
EU Parliament Backs Tighter Internet Traffic Rules by Frances Robinson, The Wall Street Journal. European Union lawmakers voted Thursday to adopt a more forceful position on ensuring all online traffic is treated equally, a move that could make it harder for Internet providers to charge more for certain services.

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01 aprile 2014
EU Consumer Summit 2014: Ensuring that consumers reap the benefits of the digital economy, European Commission Press Release. Completing the digital single market would benefit EU consumers by on average €400 a year, some €200 billion Europe wide. The digital economy brings real benefits for consumers, but it also raises important questions about consumers’ rights online. This year’s Consumer Summit will focus on how we can ensure that consumers reap the full benefits from the digital sector.

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31 marzo 2014
German chancellor on NSA’s “high-value targets” list by Joe Silver, ARSTechnica. Secret files newly published by the German magazine Der Spiegel and The Intercept provide a glimpse into the scope and nature of US and UK intelligence agencies' targeting of world leaders. Such spying appears more pervasive and intrusive than previously reported.

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31 marzo 2014
Taking ownership of the internet by Benny Avni, Irish Examiner. US governments have essentially had command over the web since the 60s, but who will step in once the US shortly cedes control, asks Benny Avni Turns out, the internet doesn’t run itself. Until mid-March, a branch of the US government was responsible for such duties as assigning and managing domain names.

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31 marzo 2014
Privacy's False Teeth and Promising Business Smile by Mark Weinstein, Huffington Post. If 2013 marked a watershed year for heightened privacy concerns, then 2014 may be the game changer. According to research by Internet and security software firm ESET, Internet privacy will emerge as the top IT security concern among businesses and Internet users in 2014. Is this the next great business opportunity online?

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31 marzo 2014
Telecoms firms brace for EU 'net neutrality' vote to limit service fees by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters. European lawmakers will vote on proposals this week that could severely curtail the ability of telecoms operators to mine a potentially lucrative source of revenue - charging content providers more to deliver their services at faster speeds.

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31 marzo 2014
US promises to protect personal data transfers from Europe by Liat Clark, Wired UK. The US has promised to strengthen the so-called Safe Harbour Framework that ensures personal data transfers leaving the EU follow the latter's data protection laws.

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30 marzo 2014
Connections Between Communications Networks: Should The FCC Breathe Life Into Internet Middlemen? by Hal Singer, Forbes. The Netflix NFLX -1.44%-Comcast CMCSA +0.92% arrangement has brought fresh accusations of so-called “net neutrality” violations. The flames were stoked when Netflix’s CEO, in a blog posting, bemoaned the plight of “intermediaries” such as Akamai, Cogent, and Level 3; he advocates new “net neutrality” rules to prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from charging a toll for interconnection to these Internet middlemen.

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29 marzo 2014
Brazil's internet law: The net closes, The Economist. “THE best possible birthday gift for Brazilian and global web users” is how Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the world wide web, which turned 25 this month, described Brazil’s “internet bill of rights” in an open letter on March 24th. The next day legislators in the lower house of Congress duly approved it.

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28 marzo 2014
Data Protection Commissioner: Key issue is getting a fair trial by Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner. Mr Hawkes confirmed he was contacted by letter by former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on March 19 seeking “urgent advice” on the issue of the discovery order made in relation to Garda recordings. This was four days before the Taoiseach was informed of the Garda recording system.

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27 marzo 2014
Q&A: What are the legal implications? by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times. Is it illegal to record a phone call? What form of authorisation is needed? In what circumstances can gardaí legally intercept calls? What is the penalty for unlawfully intercepting communications? What about data protection law?

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27 marzo 2014
We're heading for a decentralized Internet, but will we get there by 2015? by Zulfikar Abbany, DW. It was all talk in Singapore. But with the US withdrawing from ICANN, the body that governs the Internet, in 2015, doubt is rife. The world's digital community may not get a new "world stewardship" model in time.

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27 marzo 2014
Brazil's 'Marco Civil' Internet Civil Rights Law Finally Passes, With Key Protections Largely Intact by Glyn Moody, Tech Dirt. We first wrote about Brazil's 'Marco Civil' back in October 2011, when we described it as a kind of "anti-ACTA". That's because it was designed to protect online rights, not diminish them, and was the product of a democratic and transparent process, not of secret corporate lobbying.

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27 marzo 2014
Turkey attempts to block YouTube after leaked conversation on Syria, DW. Turkish authorities have moved to block local access to YouTube. The action came after a recording of Turkish officials discussing Syria's security situation was posted on the website.

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26 marzo 2014
Recording phone calls could have implications for data protection by Finona Gartland, Irish Times. Taping and recording of phone calls in Garda stations could have serious implications for data protection and for the legal privilege of discussions between people detained at Garda stations and their solicitors, legal experts have said.

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26 marzo 2014
Brasile, approvata la Carta dei diritti di Internet di Fabio Chiusi, Wired Italia. Dopo un iter lungo cinque anni, e un voto posticipato 30 volte dalla sua prima presentazione in Aula nel 2011, la Camera dei deputati del Brasile ha approvato il Marco Civil, ovvero una prima Carta dei diritti online per i cittadini nel Paese. Il testo ora passa al vaglio del Senato per l’approvazione definitiva.

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25 marzo 2014
Digital Regulation and the 'Puppy Effect' by Luigi Gambardella, The Wall Street Journal. What has net neutrality to do with puppies? More than you would imagine. Recently, while exchanging views with an acute and well-informed observer of European politics, I was told: "I share most of the telecom industry's concerns on how the debate is evolving, but net neutrality is like puppies. You can only say that you love them."

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25 marzo 2014
Obama: US must 'win back the trust of ordinary citizens' over data collection by Spencer Ackerman and Julian Borger, The Guardian. Barack Obama confirmed on Tuesday that the US plans to end the National Security Agency's systematic collection of Americans’ telephone records, as leaders of a key committee in Congress insisted they were close to a deal with the White House to revamp the surveillance program.

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21 marzo 2014
Intelligenza artificiale, privacy, sanità: il futuro secondo Google di Federico Guerrini, La Stampa. Un Larry Page a ruota libera, quello che è apparso sul palco della conferenza Ted a Vancouver, ieri. Il co-fondatore di Google, intervistato da Charlie Rose ha discettato un po' di tutto: privacy, intelligenza artificiale, responsabilità sociale della aziende, auto che si guidano da sole, palloni aerostatici per portare Internet negli angoli più sperduti nel globo.

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20 marzo 2014
Brazil to drop requirement that Internet firms store data locally by John Ribeiro, PC World. Brazil’s lawmakers have agreed to withdraw a provision in a proposed Internet law, which would have required foreign Internet companies to host data of Brazilians in the country. The provision was backed by the government in the wake of reports last year of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency, including on communications by the country’s President Dilma Rousseff.

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20 marzo 2014
Consumer protection high on MEPs' agenda by Nicholas Hirst, European Voice. MEPs on Tuesday (18 March) backed a proposal to overhaul Europe's telecoms sector. Yet MEPs appeared to be more interested in bolstering consumer protection than in reforming Europe's telecoms markets. The European Union's telecoms sector is divided into 28 national markets and will need an estimated €110 billion-€170bn of investment by 2020.

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20 marzo 2014
Barack Obama to meet again with tech CEOs about NSA by Tony Romm, Politico. President Barack Obama will huddle with “tech CEOs” on Friday to “continue his dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence,” according to a White House official.

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20 marzo 2014
Turkish Web Watchdog Blocks Twitter by Emre Peker and Yeliz Candemir, The Wall Street Journal. Turkey's Internet watchdog blocked Twitter Inc. TWTR 0.00% on Thursday, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to shut down the social-media site that has become a vehicle for allegations of government corruption ahead of elections. The move, confirmed by the telecommunications regulator and the state news agency, sent shock waves across Turkey, which is one of the top 10 users of Twitter world-wide with millions of users.

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19 marzo 2014
Telecoms reform passes first Parliament hurdle by Francesco Guarascio, EurActiv. A proposed shake-up of the EU telecoms sector passed its first hurdle in the European Parliament yesterday (18 March) but may stumble over so-called 'Net neutrality' in a final plenary vote scheduled for the beginning of April.

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19 marzo 2014
NSA records all calls in targeted foreign nation: report by Will Dunham, Reuters. The U.S. National Security Agency has created a surveillance system that is recording all the phone calls in an undisclosed foreign country, allowing it to play back any conversation up to 30 days later, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

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19 marzo 2014
Comcast: Net neutrality is good business by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. Comcast has business motivations to follow the Obama administration's now-defunct net neutrality rules, according to CEO Brian Roberts. Comcast, which announced its plans last month to merge with Time Warner Cable in a deal that would combine the country's biggest cable companies, will continue to treat all Internet traffic the same, the company's CEO said in an interview with USA Today.

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18 marzo 2014
The principle of privacy is worth fighting for by Christian Payne, The Guardian. I once heard of a TV journalist who kept the names and addresses of his Syrian sources in a little black book, and all the video he shot of activists, complete with faces, on an open harddrive.

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18 marzo 2014
In the Age of the Selfie, Privacy Still Paramount by Ann Burroughs, Huffington Post. As Americans and people around the world grow increasingly wary of the U.S. government's mass surveillance program, it is our obligation to speak up.

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17 marzo 2014
European Parliament Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor of Data Protection Reform Proposal by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. The European Parliament March 12 adopted its position on the reform of the European Union's data protection regime, with lawmakers as expected voting overwhelmingly in favor of a version of the draft data protection regulation previously approved by the Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE).

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17 marzo 2014
US government set to give up net oversight powers, BBC News. The US Commerce Department has announced its "intent" to hand control over to the wider net community. It has asked net overseer Icann to work out how to shift control from the US government to an alternative body. It said it wants the successor controlling body to be made up of both private companies and government representatives.

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17 marzo 2014
House Republican decries 'hostile step' on Internet freedom by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. The Obama administration's move to relinquish control over Internet infrastructure is a threat to freedom of speech, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said Monday. "Giving up control of ICANN will allow countries like China and Russia that don't place the same value in freedom of speech to better define how the Internet looks and operates," Blackburn, the vice chairman on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a statement.

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14 marzo 2014
Privacy commissioner seeks better surveillance guidelines by Katharine Murphy, The Guardian. Australia’s privacy commissioner says reforms are needed to ensure law enforcement agencies act proportionately when they access people’s private communications.

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13 marzo 2014
Imagine if Companies Had to Ask Before Using Your Data by Vikas Bajaj, The New York Times. If you’re worried about Internet companies using-and-abusing your data, you might want to consider moving to Europe, where privacy legislation is much further along than in the United States.

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13 marzo 2014
Europe steps up its IT security, EurActiv press release. Binding security standards for IT networks are on the way. The European Parliament has adopted its position on the future Network and Information Security Directive (NIS). "The EU must step up its efforts to fight attacks and espionage. This is also about the security of data on all of us. A joint EU approach is the right way forward", said European Parliament Rapporteur Andreas Schwab MEP.

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13 marzo 2014
Strasbourg comment: Personal data protection by Dimitrios Droutsas, The Parliament. This is a historic vote for the European parliament. Our institution, after two years of diligent work, is showing today European citizens, and in fact the whole world, that we mean business when we champion ourselves as protectors of their fundamental rights.

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12 marzo 2014
Tim Berners-Lee Calls For 'Online Magna Carta' To Protect Net Neutrality On 25th Anniversary by Paul Vale, Huffington Post. The World Wide Web must remain accessible to everyone, according to Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the Internet 25 years ago this week.

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11 marzo 2014
N.S.A. Nominee Promotes Cyberwar Units by David E. Sanger, The New York Times. All of the major combat commands in the United States military will soon have dedicated forces to conduct cyberattacks alongside their air, naval and ground capabilities, Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, President Obama’s nominee to run the National Security Agency, told the Senate on Tuesday.

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11 marzo 2014
Making the EU Data Protection Reform irreversible by Viviane Reding, European Commission Press Release. In May 2011, this House called for a reform of Europe's data protection rules. The Commission delivered the proposals requested by the Parliament in January 2012, a package that the EP has strongly called for in the Voss resolution of May 2011. Now, it is time for this House to act again.

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10 marzo 2014
Snowden Provides Answers to LIBE Ahead Of EU Parliament Privacy, Surveillance Votes by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. The privacy rights of European Union citizens are being undermined by “many other undisclosed programs” similar to the PRISM Web surveillance and other publicly revealed mass electronic surveillance initiatives, according to prepared testimony provided March 7 to the European Parliament by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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10 marzo 2014
APEC, EU Data Protection Authorities Group Release Data Transfer Interoperability Map by Donald G. Aplin , Bloomberg. The European Commission's Article 29 Working Party of data protection officials from the European Union member states and the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies March 6 made public a document aimed at helping companies navigate the similarities and differences between the two blocs' cross-border data transfer mechanisms.

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06 march 2014
EU privacy rights derided in land of the free access by Karlin Lillington, The Irish Times. After sitting through days of presentations, discussion panels and keynotes last week at the world’s largest security industry gathering, I came away startled by the obvious disjunct between mainstream American and European views on privacy.

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05 marzo 2014
Facebook Is in Talks to Buy Drone Maker by Rolfe Winkler, The Wall Street Journal. The battle to bring the Internet to remote parts of the world may be fought in the sky. Facebook Inc. is in advanced discussions to buy Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based maker of solar-powered drones, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

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05 marzo 2014
OVERNIGHT TECH: FTC chief, NSA civil liberties officer to talk privacy by Kate Tummarello and Julian Hattem, The Hill. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Rebecca Richards, privacy and civil liberties officer at the National Security Agency, will speak during separate sessions at Thursday’s privacy summit, hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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04 marzo 2014
Gearing up for the changes to the Privacy Act by Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet. In a week's time on the 12 March 2014, reforms to the privacy laws will come into effect, which will apply to Australian government agencies, private sector businesses, and not-for-profit organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988.

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04 marzo 2014
Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google by Simon Sharwood, The Register. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) and the NHS Information Centre are riding out a three-pronged privacy storm. The first privacy incident starts with this PA Consulting document titled “Placing the patient at the centre of healthcare: PA report on the future of healthcare.”

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04 marzo 2014
Le sette chiavi che governano Internet di Claudio Leonardi, La Stampa. Internet è protetta da sette chiavi, non digitali, non virtuali, ma autentici prodotti di ferramenta. Gli appassionati della saga fantasy “Il signore degli anelli” sobbalzeranno, ricordando il poema che parlava dei sette anelli destinati ai principi dei nani, nel mondo fantastico creato da Tolkien. Ma qui siamo nel mondo reale, nel cuore della più importante infrastruttura di comunicazione e di transazione del pianeta: la Rete.

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04 marzo 2014
N.S.A. Director Says Snowden Leaks Hamper Efforts Against Cyberattacks by David E. Sanger, The New York Times. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, said Tuesday that the leaks by the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden had slowed the effort to protect the country against cyberattacks on Wall Street and other civilian targets.

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04 marzo 2014
The EU data protection Regulation: Promoting technological innovation and safeguarding citizens' rights by Viviane Reding, European Commission Press Releases Database. First of all, I would like to thank the Greek Presidency for having included the data protection package among its priorities. This reflects the calls of the Moraes report adopted on 12 February by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament for the conclusion of the reform in 2014. The plenary of the European Parliament will vote on the data protection package on 12 March.

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03 marzo 2014
Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good? by Julia Angwin, The New York Times. LAST year, I spent more than $2,200 and countless hours trying to protect my privacy. Some of the items I bought — a $230 service that encrypted my data in the Internet cloud; a $35 privacy filter to shield my laptop screen from coffee-shop voyeurs; and a $420 subscription to a portable Internet service to bypass untrusted connections — protect me from criminals and hackers.

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03 marzo 2014
UK Set to Continue its Filibuster of EU General Data Protection Regulation, InfoSecurity. European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers will meet in Brussels this week. Top of the agenda will be discussions on reforming EU data protection rules. Viviane Reding (justice commissioner) and Cecilia Malmström (home affairs commissioner) will represent the European Commission; Theresa May (home secretary) and Chris Grayling (justice minister) will represent the UK.

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28 febbraio 2014
Friend or foe? The rise of online advertising aimed at kids by Rachael Post, The Guardian. Today's children grow up in world saturated with technology and advertising. Pictures of mothers' bellies on Facebook begin a child's social media profile. Coupons for diapers arrive before the baby comes home from the hospital.

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28 febbraio 2014
Mobile streaming in the spotlight at World Congress by Francesco Guarascio, EurActiv. Video streaming devices, apps and infrastructure featured high in this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress as the sector is expected to exceed 80% of global internet traffic in the next few years. EurActiv reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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28 febbraio 2014
Steelie Neelie eats crow, welcomes mere €1bn Euro broadband fund by Simon Sharwood, The Register. A year after Neelie Kroes expressed severe displeasure at budget cuts that reduced funding for the Connecting Europe Facility project from €9.2bn to €1bn, the vice-president of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda has welcomed formal allocation of the smaller sum.

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27 febbraio 2014
Companies forced to clarify NSA links after Snowden leak claims by Karlin Lillington, Irish Times. The fallout from the ongoing leaks of secret documents by Edward Snowden have dominated keynote talks and many of the major presentations at the world’s largest annual security conferences this week. At the RSA conference, which has seen record attendance, keynote presenters with companies accused of facilitating access to data for the US National Security Agency (NSA) were forced into addressing the issue.

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27 febbraio 2014
Europe tries to move towards an open and safe cloud, EurActiv. As digital data piles up, protection and access to mass information have become the two keywords of European industry and governments in shaping the future of cloud computing. EurActiv reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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27 febbraio 2014
New chapter begins in net neutrality fight by James O'Toole, CNN. On one side, federal regulators and content providers are trying to preserve competition and keep all websites equally accessible. On the other, Internet service providers want to hold down their costs while keeping up with Americans' ever-increasing demand for digital content.

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26 febbraio 2014
Will the Supreme Court save us from software patents? by Timothy B. Lee, Washington Post. If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a new pill or a better mousetrap, you can get a patent on it. But for the last two decades, software has had the distinction of being potentially eligible for both copyright and patent protection.

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26 febbraio 2014
Snowden to Testify Before European Parliament's LIBE Committee, InfoSecurity. The question over whether direct testimony from US whistleblower Edward Snowden will be heard by the European Parliament (EP) has finally been settled. On Monday the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) voted to accept testimony in relation to the parliament's inquiry into mass surveillance.

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25 febbraio 2014
Kroes' future? "I'm not going to grow roses" by Francesco Guarascio, EurActiv. European Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes aims at getting a green light for the establishment of a genuine EU single market for telecoms before the end of her mandate and does not rule out staying in business. “I’m not going to grow roses,” she told EurActiv in an interview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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24 febbraio 2014
Ecco come funzionerà la cyber strategy italiana di Michele Pierri, Formiche. Dopo essere stati approvati dal Comitato interministeriale per la sicurezza della Repubblica lo scorso dicembre, e adottati dall'ex presidente del Consiglio dei ministri, Letta, sono ora disponibili i testi completi dei due documenti che contengono gli obiettivi strategici e operativi della cyber security italiana.

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24 febbraio 2014
Q&A: Daniel Ellsberg on US surveillance by Sadie Luetmer, Aljazeera. n 1971, US military analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked thousands of pages of a top-secret study on the Vietnam War to the American press. The Pentagon Papers, as the leak would come to be called, revealed previously shrouded layers of deception on the part of the US executive branch regarding decades of military involvement in Indochina.

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24 febbraio 2014
NSA accused of further spying on Germans by Sabine Siebold, Irish Examiner. The NSA has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag reported yesterday.

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24 febbraio 2014
Here's why the government wants a national data breach law by Danielle Douglas, Washington Post. Attorney General Eric Holder has a message for Congress: America needs a national standard for notifying consumers and law enforcement of data breaches.

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23 febbraio 2014
A Second Front in the Privacy Wars by the Editorial Board, The New York Times. More than a year before Edward Snowden exposed the vast reach of government surveillance, President Obama proposed a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to protect Americans from the prying eyes of Internet companies, advertisers and other businesses.

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23 febbraio 2014
EU net neutrality vote addresses fate of Internet by Sean Sinico, DW. The European Parliament is preparing to vote on net neutrality legislation that has divided Internet activists and companies that bring the Net into people's homes and to their phones.

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17 febbraio 2014
Pubblicate le nostre linee guida in materia di Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), uno strumento pratico per redigere la relativa policy aziendale.

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17 febbraio 2014
Germany and France to hold talks on protecting EU data from NSA by Andrew Rettman, EUObserver. German leader Angela Merkel has said she will hold talks with France on creating "safe communication networks" in the EU in the wake of the US spy scandal.

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17 febbraio 2014
Kroes calls roaming charges within EU 'economic madness', EurActiv. 94% of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their mobile phone use because of roaming charges. This figure comes from a survey with 28.000 EU citizens published by the European Commission on Monday. Calling the results 'economic madness', EU Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes urged mobile networks to scrap extra fees for cross boarder mobile use.

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16 febbraio 2014
NSA reform stalls in committee by Julian Hattem, The Hill. Legislation to rein in the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs has stalled in the House and Senate. More than 130 House lawmakers in both parties have signed on as co-sponsors to legislation that would prevent the NSA from collecting bulk records about people’s phone calls. In the Senate, companion legislation has won 20 co-sponsors.

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16 febbraio 2014
Merkel Backs Plan to Keep European Data in Europe by Alison Smale, The New York Times. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has embraced proposals to create European data networks that would keep emails and other communications on the European side of the Atlantic, farther from prying American eyes, and said she would raise the matter this week with President François Hollande of France.

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13 febbraio 2014
Media freedom watchdog defends the Guardian against government pressure, EurActiv. Europe's main media freedom watchdog told Britain today (12 February) it believed that political pressure applied to the Guardian newspaper over its handling of leaked intelligence data could have a "chilling effect" on independent journalism.

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12 febbraio 2014
EU celebrates another Safer Internet Day as cybercrime grows by Francesco Guarascio, EurActiv. The European Commission rewarded yesterday (11 February) the best creators of online content for kids as part of the celebrations of the tenth Safer Internet Day, yet cybercrime is growing and is increasingly targeting children.

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12 febbraio 2014
Internet, Kroes: "No al controllo Onu, rafforzare l'approccio multistakeholder" di Patrizia Licata, Corriere delle Comunicazioni. La Commissione europea adotta una comunicazione sull'Internet governance che punta a creare una posizione negoziale unitaria da parte della Ue. Fra le proposte la globalizzazione dell'Icann e l'istituzione di un Osservatorio sulle policy.

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12 febbraio 2014
Stop the NSA while we still can by Rand Paul, Matt Kibbe and Ken Cuccinelli, CNN. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. This is the beginning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and defines one of the most important rights we have against a potentially tyrannical government.

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12 febbraio 2014
Cybersecurity guidelines for companies are unveiled by Kathleen Hennessey and Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times. The White House has released guidelines aimed at prodding companies that run some of the nation's most essential services such as utilities, cellphone towers and banks to better protect themselves from cyberattacks.

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11 febbraio 2014
New age of cybercrime: Live child rapes, sextortion, and advanced malware by Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner. The rape-to-order of children online, the hacking of customs to hide illegal drugs shipments, cloned cards stealing €45m in two hours — the new world of clever crime is outlined in the first report of the EU’s cybercrime centre.

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11 febbraio 2014
Industry readies for cyber framework by Kate Tummarello and Julian Hattem, The Hill. On Wednesday, the Obama administration will unveil its voluntary cybersecurity framework, aimed at increasing cyber standards for critical infrastructure networks such as telecommunications companies.

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11 febbraio 2014
The Day the Internet Didn’t Fight Back by Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times. So much for mass protest. A consortium of Internet and privacy activists had long promoted Feb. 11 as the day the Internet would collectively stand up and shout down surveillance by the National Security Agency.

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10 febbraio 2014
Is it good to share? Tackling Europe’s spectrum shortage by Tom Phillips, EurActiv. Given the increase in mobile traffic, EU policymakers are looking towards spectrum-sharing to free under-used bands and meet demand. But spectrum exclusively dedicated to the provision of mobile broadband is still the long-term solution of choice, argues Tom Phillips.

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10 febbraio 2014
White House urged to open up review into big data and privacy threats by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian. A coalition of 25 consumer, civil liberties and privacy groups have written to the White House calling for President Obama’s review of “Big Data and the Future of Privacy” to be opened up for participation by the public.

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10 febbraio 2014
Crossing the line – an ad man's adventure in EU law-making by Tim Sleath, The Guardian. I've been working in online advertising for five years now. For much of that time, I've had an involvement with the legal and regulatory aspects of how our industry works, but, a couple of months ago, I had the chance to get a bit closer to the European machine that affects all of our daily lives – a machine that I believe is trying to unravel what is right, fair, commercially reasonable and generally appropriate in the world of data rights.

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07 febbraio 2014
Why sharing data is for greater good by Prof Peter Johnson, BBC News. The recent announcement that data from individuals' GP records would be shared with researchers inside the NHS - and potentially outside - was controversial. In this week's Scrubbing Up, Prof Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK's chief clinician, says while the decision is up to each of us, population data like this is crucial for making progress in tackling diseases.

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06 febbraio 2014
EU data protection reform by David Casa, Times of Malta. Data protection is a fundamental right for EU citizens. Hence, the EU has always been committed to maintain the highest levels of protection. Currently, there are proposals for an EU data protection reform. This reform is believed to enhance data protection and also increase confidence in the use of online services and help SMEs to have better access to the single market.

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06 febbraio 2014
Turkish MPs endorse Internet control law, Aljazeera. Turkey's parliament has adopted a new Internet bill roundly criticised as an assault by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on freedom of expression, access to information and investigative journalism. After hours of debate, the measures were adopted late on Wednesday where Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) dominates with 319 of the 550 seats.

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06 febbraio 2014
Rivals rubbish Google deal to open up search results by Murad Ahmed, The Times Technology. Google has promised to promote rival services within its search results more clearly in an attempt to end a four-year European investigation into its business that could have resulted in fines worth billions.

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06 febbraio 2014
Knowledge and understanding key to online safety of young people by Neelie Kroes, The Parliament. The internet is a great place for kids to be - somewhere to play and learn, interact and explore. Of course it is not 100 per cent risk-free – no environment is, on- or off-line – but we are continually finding ways to make the internet a better place for kids.

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06 febbraio 2014
Europe warns of Turkey Internet censorship by Jacob Resneck, USA Today. Europe is voicing concern Thursday over new Turkish legislation that would tighten government controls over the Internet. Turkey's Parliament on Wednesday approved measures allowing the government to block websites without seeking permission from a court and require Internet providers to keep records on Web users' activities for two years for authorities.

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06 febbraio 2014
U.S. regulator calls for better data-breach disclosures by Emily Stephenson, Reuters. A top U.S. financial regulator on Thursday told lawmakers that retailers and other companies that deal with customer payments should have the same obligation as banks to report data breaches.

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05 febbraio 2014
Verizon denies using net neutrality victory to sabotage Netflix, Amazon by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. After a federal court said last month that the government couldn't prohibit Internet providers from slowing or blocking Web traffic, at least one ISP is being accused of taking advantage of the ruling.

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04 febbraio 2014
Democrats introduce net neutrality legislation in Senate and House by Iain Thomson, The Register. In a coordinated move, Congressional Democrats have introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to enshrine network neutrality principles in law until the Federal Communications Commission rules on the matter.

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04 febbraio 2014
Web companies give first look at secret government data requests by Kai Pfaffenbach, Reiters. Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google on Monday began publishing details about the number of secret government requests for data they receive, hoping to show limited involvement in controversial surveillance efforts.

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04 febbraio 2014
Congress, not the FCC, should set Internet policy by Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), The Hill. Today, Americans access broadband Internet almost everywhere. We are using it to talk, view, tweet, post and pin at home, at work, in our cars and on the move. As much as broadband is changing the way we live, it also challenges the decades-old assumptions behind the regulation of communications networks in the United States.

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04 febbraio 2014
Lawmakers warn 'clock is ticking' on surveillance reforms by Doina Chiacu, Reuters. U.S. lawmakers warned on Tuesday that time is running out to make specific reforms to the National Security Agency's telephone surveillance program and promised Congress would act if the Obama administration does not.

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04 febbraio 2014
Time to Give Up the Net-Neutrality Quest by Richard Bennett, The Wall Street Journal. When the D.C. circuit court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's quixotic "net neutrality" rules on Jan. 14, the court left the agency with a way forward despite two straight court losses. The court ruled that one way the agency could regulate the Internet would be to simply reclassify it as a "common carrier," no different from 19th-century telephone networks.

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03 febbraio 2014
US spied on UN climate summit, Snowden leaks show by Henriette Jacobsen, EurActiv. EU commissioners and experts expressed bewilderment after "worrying" revelations on Thursday (30 January) that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on heads of state during the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in late 2009.

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03 febbraio 2014
EU antitrust czar nears end of term with dragons to slay by Paul Taylor, Reuters. The clock is ticking for the European Union's antitrust czar, whose extensive powers put him in the front line of battles with some of the titans of the global economy. European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia aims to take landmark decisions on the alleged abuse of dominant market positions by U.S. search engine king Google and Russian gas monopoly Gazprom in his remaining time.

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03 febbraio 2014
Legislators hope for speedy data privacy law by Julian Hattem, The Hill. Several lawmakers in Congress are optimistic that a new law to protect consumers’ data from being stolen can be passed quickly, weeks after major hacks dominated the headlines. The retail and banking industries have begun to face off over potential new legislation, with each worried that new provisions could unduly affect their businesses.

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03 febbraio 2014
EU's copyright do-over delayed a month by Jennifer Baker, PC World. The planned overhaul of the European Union’s copyright laws has been set back by a month as a public consultation was extended. The European Commission had asked for feedback by Feb. 5, but following strong lobbying from all sides, has decided to extend that to March 5. The internal market department said that some interested parties had asked for more time to finalize and submit their contributions.

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02 febbruary 2014
Disruptions: Paying to Travel in the Internet’s Fast Lanes by Nick Bilton, The New York Times. For a subject that sounds mind-numbingly dull, “network neutrality” is the most important issue facing the Internet since, well, the Internet. The idea behind net neutrality is that the web material we see on our laptops and smartphones, whether from Google or a tiny little blog, should flow freely through the pipes of the Internet, regardless of origin, destination or content. No one gets special treatment.

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02 febbruary 2014
European court of human rights privacy criteria hampers media – legal experts by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian. The introduction of privacy criteria into freedom of expression cases at the European court of human rights is in danger of undermining the media's ability to pursue the truth, legal experts have warned.

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30 gennaio 2014
It's high time that app permissions were overhauled by Chris Duckett, ZDNet. Smurfs references aside, the news at the start of this week that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) possessed an arsenal of tools targeting information from leaky apps should not be surprising.

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30 gennaio 2014
It looks like 2014 will be a good year for data protection by Karlin Lillington, Irish Times. Tuesday was International Data Protection Day, recognised around Ireland with events to raise awareness among businesses and consumers on an issue that has an increasingly high profile.

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30 gennaio 2014
Paolo Balboni è stato citato al "Privacy This Week" di DataGuidance sul discorso della Vice-Presidente della Commissione Europea Viviane Reding.

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29 gennaio 2014
Data watchdog fears that public bodies 'leak' our private information by Adrian Weckler, Independent. THE Data Protection Commissioner has said he is "entirely unsatisfied" with the Department of Social Protection's handling of citizens' personal data. Billy Hawkes also said that he remained "particularly concerned" about how many government departments – and some public sector bodies – were allowing personal data of members of the public to be shared and "leaked" in an improper fashion.

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29 gennaio 2014
Angela Merkel warns US over surveillance in first speech of third term by Philip Oltermann, The Guardian. Angela Merkel has used the first, agenda-setting speech of her third term in office to criticise America's uncompromising defence of its surveillance activities.

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29 gennaio 2014
EU threatens suspension of data deal with US, EurActiv. The European Commission raised the stakes in the confrontation with the US over data protection, and menaced suspending the bilateral deal on access to data, known as Safe Harbour, if Washington did not strengthen its security provisions by the summer.

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28 gennaio 2014
EU justice chief attacks European "hypocrisy" on spying by John O'Donnell, Reuters. Some EU countries that have criticized U.S. cyber surveillance are "hypocritical" as they themselves are failing to protect citizens' private information, the European Union's top justice official said on Tuesday.

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28 gennaio 2014
Garante Privacy: nel 2014 sotto la lente colossi di call center e marketing di Nicola Bernardi, Assodigitale. Nel corso di una tavola rotonda organizzata presso il Garante della Privacy per fare il punto della situazione sul regolamento europeo sulla protezione dei dati personali, venerdì scorso la vice presidente dell’authority Augusta Iannini di Piazza Montecitorio ha anticipato quali saranno gli obiettivi del piano delle ispezioni per il primo semestre 2014...

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28 gennaio 2014
Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data by James Ball, The Guardian. The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

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28 gennaio 2014
A data protection compact for Europe by Viviane Reding, European Commission Press release. Main messages of the speech: On Safe Harbour: [W]e kicked the tyres and saw that repairs are needed. For Safe Harbour to be fully roadworthy the U.S. will have to service it. This summer, we will see how well those repairs were carried out. Safe Harbour has to be strengthened or it will be suspended. On President Obama's speech on the review of U.S. intelligence: It is a window of opportunity for restricting the powers of intelligence services and completin...

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28 gennaio 2014
Privacy vs. hackers and spies by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. Privacy concerns top President Obama’s full plate of tech issues, as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday. Privacy groups are hopeful Obama will use the speech, which happens to fall on International Privacy Day, to discuss commercial privacy and surveillance issues.

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27 gennaio 2014
MEPs: Specialised services? Oui. 2-speed internet? Nein, The Register. MEPs have called for greater restrictions on content producers' ability to set minimum internet service provider (ISP) service levels for their content. Producers and ISPs themselves need to be more restricted than is planned under new EU telecoms rules, they said.

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27 gennaio 2014
After Snowden: How vulnerable is the internet? by Adam Blenford & Christine Jeavans, BBC News. The technology pioneers who designed the net's original protocols saw their creation as a way to share information freely across a network of networks. Yet Edward Snowden's leaks of classified documents from the US National Security Agency have revealed that American spies - and their British counterparts at GCHQ - now use that very same internet to sweep up vast amounts of data from the digital trail we leave every day.

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27 gennaio 2014
Edward Snowden tells German TV that NSA is involved in industrial espionage, The Guardian. The National Security Agency is involved in industrial espionage and will take intelligence regardless of its value to national security, the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has told a German television network. In a lengthy interview broadcast on the public broadcaster ARD TV on Sunday, Snowden said the NSA did not limit its espionage to issues of national security and cited the German engineering firm Siemens as one target.

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24 gennaio 2014
Istituto Italiano Privacy: "Serve responsabile protezione dati per enti e aziende" di E.L., Corriere delle Comunicazioni. Introdurre anche in Italia un responsabile protezione dati per enti e imprese. La proposta è avanzata dall'Istituto Italiano per la Privacy e la Valorizzazione dei Dati in occasione del convegno sulla figura del Responsabile della Protezione dei Dati (Data Protection Officer o Privacy Officer, all'estero) nel prossimo Regolamento Ue, organizzato a Roma presso la Sala convegni del Garante della Privacy.

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23 gennaio 2014
China tightens regulations for online films by Louise Watt, Salon. Chinese authorities are requiring makers of online films to gain licenses and report their content before it is posted, tightening regulation of what in recent years has been a more freewheeling genre than China’s traditional film industry.

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23 gennaio 2014
Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End by Charlie Savage, The New York Times. An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.

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22 gennaio 2014
Net neutrality nightmare unlikely, Netflix says by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. Internet providers are likely to keep an open Internet, despite the recent fall of the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, Netflix said in a letter to investors Wednesday. Last week, a federal court overturned critical parts of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, which prohibited Internet providers from blocking or slowing access to specific websites.

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21 gennaio 2014
Obama’s surveillance reforms face big hurdles by Stephen Braun, The Boston Globe. Several of the key surveillance reforms proposed by President Obama face complications that could muddy their lawfulness, slow their momentum in Congress, and saddle the government with heavy costs and bureaucracy, legal analysts warn.

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20 gennaio 2014
Brussels welcomes Obama's review of US spying programs, EurActiv. The European Commission has welcomed President Barack Obama's remarks and presidential directive on the review of US intelligence programmes. Obama banned US eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Thursday (16 January).

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20 gennaio 2014
Here comes the Internet of Things Gone Wild by Barry Levine, Venture Beat. Did last week mark the end of the Internet of Things and the beginning of the Internet of Things That Can Turn Hostile If You’re Not in the Right Group? Several recent news events suggest it did.

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20 gennaio 2014
The internet's rub by L.S., The Economist. THE Economist has always championed free trade, open markets and vigorous competition in the physical world. And we have argued that the same principles should be applied on the internet. Yet whereas research on trade barriers in the offline world abounds, much less is known about what slows the free flow of information online and the effect this has on economic growth. A new study by the Boston Consulting Group, to be presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, sheds some light on the issue.

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19 gennaio 2014
Obama NSA Reform Draws Congressional Criticism by Libby Quaid, Huffington Post. A chief element of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress' intelligence committees said Sunday, pushing back against the idea that the government should cede control of how Americans' phone records are stored.

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19 gennaio 2014
Turkey protests over government's internet usage law, BBC News. Turkish police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters in Istanbul and Ankara. The demonstrations were over a proposed government law to increase controls on internet usage. The controversial bill will give the government the authority to keep records of all user activities for up to two years. Tim Allman reports.

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19 gennaio 2014
Privacy e spionaggio dati, le regole per difendersi di Giovanna Faggionato, Lettura 43. Il programma di spionaggio della National security agency (Nsa) è destinato a essere ridimensionato. Una parziale vittoria per Edward Snowden, la talpa dello scandalo Datagate. Ma basta una stretta sui servizi segreti Usa per dire che la privacy è protetta? Certo, il passo avanti è importante: forse addirittura una pietra miliare per le battaglie del futuro. Ma non sono solo le istituzioni a spiare.

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15 gennaio 2014
JPMorgan urges better data protection by Ken Sweet, Herald Sun. JPMorgan has replaced two million credit and debit cards as a result of the breach, said Dimon in his first public comments about the event. The bank has replaced nearly all the affected cards. JPMorgan is the world's largest issuer of credit cards. Dimon expects that cybercrimes such as the Target breach will become more common if retailers and banks do not work on security, he said.

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14 gennaio 2014
Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules by Marguerite Reardon, CNET. A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday struck down the Federal Communications Commission's rules for Net neutrality. The 2-1 ruling upheld the FCC's right to regulate broadband access, but the court called into question the FCC's authority to impose rules that dictate how broadband providers manage traffic on their networks.

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14 gennaio 2014
How to cope with the Internet of Things' dark side by Christophe Fabre, USA Today. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to usher in exciting new ways of enhancing our lives, doing our jobs, conducting business, and more – simply by connecting everyday objects to the Internet.

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14 gennaio 2014
A Victory for an Unfettered Internet by Robert McDowell, The Wall Street Journal. A federal appeals court in Washington slapped the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday for overstepping its legal authority by trying to regulate Internet access. The FCC is now a two-time loser in court in its net-neutrality efforts. Has the government learned its lesson, or will the agency take a third stab at regulating the Internet? The answer to that question will affect the Internet's growth in the 21st century.

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09 gennaio 2014
Paolo Balboni è stato citato sull'articolo "How business can shed light on the dark net" di Holly Ellyatt, CNBC.

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08 gennaio 2014
How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet by Steven Levy, Wired. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An exclusive look inside their year from hell—and why the Internet will never be the same.

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08 gennaio 2014
Bitcoin Woos Washington to Ensure Lawmakers Don’t Kill It by Julie Bykowicz and Carter Dougherty, Bloomberg. Bitcoin advocates entered Washington a year ago with the shadow of a federal criminal investigation cast over the virtual currency industry. Their first mission: Win over, or at least not alarm, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, called Fincen.

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08 gennaio 2014
Clickable Consent at Risk in Internet Privacy Lawsuits by Linda Sandler, Bloomberg. The world’s biggest Web companies are lining up at the courtroom of a California federal judge whose rulings could further inflame the widening debate over online privacy and how the Internet giants use personal data.

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08 gennaio 2014
How cloud computing is transforming problem solving by Pete Baxter, The Guardian. The world is changing. Massive urbanisation, aging infrastructure, inadequate transportation systems and increasingly limited energy resources are all affecting how we live today and in the future. It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention, and there is no greater necessity than creating a world where all 7 billion of us (and growing) can live well while minimising the impact on the planet.

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08 gennaio 2014
Google Data Chief Says EU ‘Flawed’ Privacy Overhaul Is Dead by Stephanie Bodoni, Business Week. Google Inc. (GOOG:US)’s top privacy official said the European Union’s “flawed” attempt to overhaul data-protection rules is “dead” and urged politicians to go back to the drawing board.

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07 gennaio 2014
Why New Zealand and UK are leading the public sector digital revolution by Francis Maude and Chris Tremain, The Guardian. At the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit in London in November 2013, New Zealand became the 61st member of a rapidly expanding global movement.

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07 gennaio 2014
2013 was the year of cybersecurity by Max Fisher, The Washington Post. Cybersecurity came up so many times in 2013 that it was easy to miss how quickly and completely it became a central feature of how we think about U.S. foreign policy and national security. Partly, this was an inevitable result of technology becoming more pervasive. And partly it was just an extension of things that had begun in earlier years, such as the U.S. use of cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear program, which started in 2010.

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07 gennaio 2014
Public concern about access to personal data on rise in Ireland by Elaine Edwards, Irish Times. While the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden about the surveillance activities of the United States National Security Agency (NSA) extended tentacles into the related area of data protection in 2013, regulators in the European Union spent most of the year wrestling with proposals to harmonise the law across 28 member states.

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19 dicembre 2013
5 major NSA spying task force recommendations, Washington Post. Five major recommendations from the 46 proposals by the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology to change National Security Agency surveillance programs and other intelligence and counterterrorism operations:

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18 dicembre 2013
Crescono i Big Data in Italia, ma scarseggiano ancora governance e competenze by Luca Indemini, La Stampa. Come già evidenziato dalla ricerca condotta da EMC lo scorso novembre, l’indagine “BIG DATA: come orientarsi nel labirinto? ” recentemente presentata dall’Osservatorio Big Data Analytics & Business Intelligence del Politecnico di Milano conferma il boom di Big Data in Italia. Anche se non mancano ancora ostacoli e criticità, soprattutto in tema di governance e competenze.

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18 dicembre 2013
EU To Vote On Scrapping 'Safe Harbor' Data Rules by Emma Woollacott, Forbes. Europe should suspend its Safe Harbor agreement with the US, the EU’s Civil Liberties Committee says, and renegotiate from scratch the way data is transferred between the two regions.

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18 dicembre 2013
Data 'Safe Harbour' under threat as US castigates EU Parliament over Snowden by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The 'Safe Harbour' agreement allowing ease of data transfers by US and EU companies should be scrapped pending a more rigorous data umbrella agreement between the two in the wake of the NSA scandal, an influential parliamentary report will recommend.

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17 dicembre 2013
What will happen if countries carve up the internet? by Eugene Kaspersky, The Guardian. Twenty years ago, there was nothing like the internet we have today, the global all-connecting network that has become an integral part of our lives. Over the last few decades, we have all witnessed how it has grown exponentially and come to change our everyday existence – keeping most of us online all the time (with accompanying frustrations as well as benefits) and making communications and information exchange unprecedentedly seamless and fast.

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16 dicembre 2013
A European telecoms market for citizens by Edward Zammit Lewis, The Malta Independent. Malta, earlier this year, has together with other EU Member States proposed to the EU Commission to present concrete measures to establish the single market in information technology and telecommunications.

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16 dicembre 2013
Roam Free, Data! by Diarmuid Mallon, ZDNet. As we all rely more on our phones, and increase our connections to the cloud, the more data we consume. Fast networks are also increasing usage. A recent report from the GMSA revealed that LTE users consume 1.5GB of data per month on average, which is almost twice the average amount consumed by non-LTE users.

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16 dicembre 2013
US NSA debates amnesty for Edward Snowden by John Ribeiro, Computer World. The person running a U.S. National Security Agency task force to assess the damage of the leaks by Edward Snowden told a TV network that granting him amnesty is "worth having a conversation about." The NSA may be willing to do a deal with Snowden as reports suggest that the agency is not clear yet as to how much information its former contractor was able to collect from classified government computers.

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16 dicembre 2013
NSA's Creative Interpretations Of Law Subvert Congress And The Rule of Law by Jennifer Granick, Forbes. In the wake of today’s tremendously important ruling by the District Court for the District of Columbia that bulk collection of telephone metadata violates the Fourth Amendment, it is more important than ever that Congress end this misuse of section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

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16 dicembre 2013
U.S. Officials Respond to EU Concerns Over Safe Harbor Data Transfer Program by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. U.S. administration representatives at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Europe Data Protection Congress 2013, in Brussels Dec. 11-12, defended the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program in the face of recent criticism from the European Union and cautioned that not all of the EU's recommendations to reform the program might be workable.

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16 dicembre 2013
How will data protection and cloud computing develop in 2014? by Joanne Frears, The Guardian. Data protection is coming of age. 2014 means it's 16 years since the Data Protection Act was enacted, but the technical environment has evolved almost beyond recognition in that time.

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15 dicembre 2013
Disruptions: Internet’s Sad Legacy: No More Secrets by Nick Bilton, The New York Times. Anyone who can watch you will watch you. In technology, that is one of the big lessons of 2013. The National Security Agency and who knows who else have been tracking this or hacking that. China has been breaking into our computers. Google has been sifting through our home networks. Facebook has been tinkering with its privacy settings.

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13 dicembre 2013
"Data Retention", per la Corte di Giustizia Ue vìola la privacy di L.M., Corriere delle Comunicazioni. La “Data Retention Directive”, direttiva dell’Unione europea che impone alle compagnie telefoniche di conservare i dati di traffico telefonico per eventuali finalità a carattere giudiziario, vìola il diritto alla privacy dei cittadini: lo ha stabilito il rappresentante dell’Avvocatura generale della Corte di Giustizia europea, Pedro Cruz Villalon.

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13 dicembre 2013
Data retention interferes with privacy – European Court opinion by Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, The Irish Times. An EU directive that requires telecoms and internet providers to store data on phone and email traffic for two years is a serious interference with citizens’ right to privacy, the European Court of Justice has said in a legal opinion.

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12 dicembre 2013
Venerdì 29 novembre Paolo Balboni è stato intervistato da Teri Schultz di National Public Radio (NPR) sull’Autorità per la protezione dati personali olandese (Dpa) vs. Google per presunta violazione della privacy.

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12 dicembre 2013
We Need To Restore Internet User Trust After Surveillance by Edward J. Black, Huffington Post. This week the Senate Judiciary Committee examined ways to reform government surveillance programs that have made headlines in recent months. During my testimony, I asked for limits to better protect Internet users here and around the world.

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12 dicembre 2013
Advocate-general says data retention rules breach fundamental rights by Toby Vogel, European Voice. An advocate-general of the European Court of Justice has found the European Union's data retention directive of 2006 to be incompatible with the Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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12 dicembre 2013
Brussels finally gets 4G after politicians relent on tough mobile radiation cap by Martin Gijzemijter, ZDNet. The Brussels parliament has approved a proposal to raise the maximum allowed radiation levels for mobile antennas, finally allowing telcos to begin rollout of high-speed 4G networks in the Belgian capital.

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11 dicembre 2013
Sicurezza e privacy, le linee guida di Microsoft, Linea EDP. Nell’ambito della presentazione del report “2013 Italian Report on Cyber Security: critical infrastructure and other sensitive sectors readiness”, realizzato dall’Università La Sapienza in collaborazione con la Presidenza del Consiglio (Dis), Microsoft ha illustrato le linee guida e le iniziative realizzate a livello mondiale e nazionale sul fronte sicurezza e privacy.

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11 dicembre 2013
Silicon Valley, not Washington, needs to lead on privacy reform by John Shinal, USA Today. If the largest U.S. Internet companies want to win back the trust of consumers who care about online privacy, they should start not with appeals to Washington but with reform of their own data-collection technologies and practices.

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10 dicembre 2013
World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft by Matthew Taylor and Nick Hopkins, The Guardian. More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter.

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10 dicembre 2013
Let the NSA spy on us -- we're still moving to the cloud by David Linthicum, InfoWorld. Guess what? The NSA scandal might have freaked out a few CIOs, but it isn't delaying their move to cloud computing. I'm not surprised: They really have no choice in the shift to the cloud, considering the alternatives are not as effective.

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10 dicembre 2013
Web giants hit back at US surveillance, EurActiv. Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call yesterday (9 December) for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furore over online surveillance.

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10 dicembre 2013
Maude: UK is digital 'world leader' - despite 'inconsistencies' by Derek du Preez, Computer World UK. Governments across the world are looking to the UK as an exemplar for how to execute digital transformation, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.

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10 dicembre 2013
Why the TPP matters to the Internet and IP by Bryan Tan, ZDNet. We've seen some news that the Trans-Pacific Partnership won't be in place at the year's end as previously intended. What does that mean? Is the TPP a concern for intellectual property rights?

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09 dicembre 2013
EU losing power struggle with national telecoms bodies by Francesco Guarascio, EurActiv. The European Commission will this week issue a rebuttal against the Italian telecoms regulator for its proposed reduction of broadband fees. The move comes after several similar actions aimed at asserting EU powers against national authorities, but it risks proving ineffective.

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09 dicembre 2013
Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users by Edward Wyatt and Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times. Eight prominent technology companies, bruised by revelations of government spying on their customers’ data and scrambling to repair the damage to their reputations, are mounting a public campaign to urge President Obama and Congress to set new limits on government surveillance.

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09 dicembre 2013
Data protection reform in peril as Germany stymies deal by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The prospects of agreeing a proposed Europe-wide data privacy rules by spring next year, a key objective of the European Commission, look in doubt after EU ministers last week failed to agree on the concept of a one-stop-shop for data protection.

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09 dicembre 2013
Tech giants' demand for NSA reform 'a major game-changer', advocates say by Paul Lewis, The Guardian. Senior figures behind efforts to curtail the powers of American spy agencies have seized on the decision by the world’s largest tech companies to call for radical surveillance reform, saying the unexpected intervention is a potential “game-changer”.

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09 dicembre 2013
Outgoing Deutsche Telekom chief blasts EU and German leaders over surveillance inaction by David Meyer, GigaOM. René Obermann, the chief executive of German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom, has attacked the European Commission and the German government for “pussy-footing” around the U.S. on the subject of mass surveillance.

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09 dicembre 2013
Justice Ministers' Impasse Slows Progress Of EU Data Protection Reform Negotiations by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. The chance of agreement on the European Commission's proposed general data protection regulation before European Parliament elections in May 2014 has receded, with an inconclusive meeting of EU justice ministers in Brussels Dec. 6 held up by disagreement on jurisdictional issues.

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09 dicembre 2013
Alleanza delle aziende hi-tech per riformare la sorveglianza globale di Luca Dello Iacovo, Il Sole 24 Ore. Una riforma della sorveglianza globale: le aziende hi-tech hanno pubblicato un documento per chiedere di cambiare in profondità le modalità del monitoraggio digitale dopo le rivelazioni che hanno dimostrato la vastità e la capillarità della raccolta di dati mediante internet. Insieme hanno sviluppato princìpi comuni che possono costruire un tavolo di lavoro condiviso con Washington.

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08 dicembre 2013
Big data pushes enterprises to automated integrations, says panel by Dana Gardner, ZDNet. Creating big-data capabilities and becoming a data-driven organization are near the tops of surveys for the most pressing business imperatives as we approach 2014. These improved business-intelligence (BI) trends are requiring better access and automation across data flows from a variety of sources, formats, and from many business applications.

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05 dicembre 2013
JPMorgan warns 465,000 card users on data loss after cyber attack by David Henry and Jim Finkle, Reuters. JPMorgan Chase & Co is warning some 465,000 holders of prepaid cash cards issued by the bank that their personal information may have been accessed by hackers who attacked its network in July.

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05 dicembre 2013
Snowden documents show NSA gathering 5bn cell phone records daily by Paul Lewis, The Guardian. The National Security Agency is reportedly collecting almost 5 billion cell phone records a day under a program that monitors and analyses highly personal data about the precise whereabouts of individuals, wherever they travel in the world.

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05 dicembre 2013
Senate debate heats up on issue of individual’s right to privacy by Lenore Taylor, The Guardian. A fiery and divisive Senate debate on Wednesday night about the central policy questions raised by the leaks of intelligence material by Edward Snowden repeatedly referred to a bipartisan committee report which has already recommended domestic intelligence oversight be strengthened.

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04 dicembre 2013
Germans want greater state control of internet, The Local. More than half of Germans want greater state control over websites, but about the same share are worried about surveillance of their own online activity, a survey on Tuesday revealed.

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04 dicembre 2013
Tech, privacy groups commit to administration’s facial recognition talks by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. Tech groups and privacy advocates are signing on to work with the Obama administration on privacy concerns related to facial recognition technology. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would begin examining facial recognition technology early next year.

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04 dicembre 2013
Oscar-Winner Leads Telecoms Ministers to Uncanny Valley by Frances Robinson, The Wall Street Journal. After all this excitement, it turns out ministers won’t be enjoying film time at Justus Lipsius Thursday afternoon. Ms. Kroes’ spokesman attributed this to “protocol kill-joys.” A spokesman for the European Council declined to comment; one official said the reason might just have been timing.

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03 dicembre 2013
Google Joins a Heavyweight Competition in Cloud Computing by Quentin Hardy, The New York Times. Google already runs much of the digital lives of consumers through email, Internet searches and YouTube videos. Now it wants the corporations, too.

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03 dicembre 2013
Italy Attempting To Have Copyright Enforced By Regulators, Not Courts by Mike Masnick, TECHDIRT. A year and a half ago, we thought this plan was dead in the water, but apparently while we weren't paying attention, a plan moved forward in Italy to take significant copyright enforcement powers out of the courts and, instead, give it to the Italian regulator AGCOM. If you want to see a recipe for a bad idea, this is it.

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03 dicembre 2013
Eight ways to protect your privacy online by Jon Lawrence and Sean Rintel, The Guardian. There are some ways you can take to protect your privacy in this climate of mass surveillance – and here we offer eight. Nothing, however, beats collective action and a bill of digital rights.

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03 dicembre 2013
Otto modi per proteggere la propria privacy online di Alessandro Martorana, International Business Times. Molti recenti casi di cronaca, in primis lo scandalo-Datagate (nato dalle rivelazioni dell'ex-collaboratore NSA Edward Snowden) hanno scatenato un forte dibattito sul tema della sicurezza dei propri dati personali quando si naviga su internet, e fatto nascere un'ovvia domanda: come è possibile proteggersi?

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03 dicembre 2013
WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age by Pierre Omidyar, Huffington Post. This week, fourteen people charged by the Department of Justice in connection with a coordinated denial of service attack on PayPal's services in 2010 will appear in Federal Court. The "PayPal 14," as they have been dubbed, are charged with participating in an attack orchestrated by Anonymous to retaliate against PayPal's suspension of its relationship with WikiLeaks.

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03 dicembre 2013
Deep thought on big data by M.S.L.J., The Economist. An Economist debate starts today on whether smart cities are in fact as clever as they’re cracked up to be. Some companies, such as IBM, see huge value in collecting and analysing the vast quantities of data people produce.

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03 dicembre 2013
5 Reasons Why Big Data Will Crush Big Research by Peter Daboll, Forbes. We all are hearing a lot these days about “big data.” But there is much confusion about what “it” is and what it means for marketers. Last year, Gartner defined big data as “high volume, high-velocity, and/or high-variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery and process optimization.”

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03 dicembre 2013
EU Data-Privacy Overhaul in Limbo as Some States Drag Feet by Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg. Plans to beef-up the European Union’s data-protection rules face months of delays after some nations demanded more time to sign off on a law that would fine companies as much as 100 million euros ($136 million) for privacy violations, a senior EU official said.

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02 dicembre 2013
From Turing to Snowden: how US-UK pact forged modern surveillance by Nick Hopkins, The Guardian. There haven't been too many moments of levity over the past four months for those intimately involved in the story of Edward Snowden. It hasn't been a laughing matter for the man himself, who is now stuck in Russia, the intelligence agencies whose secrets he has disclosed, or the governments that have had to deal with the consequences.

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02 dicembre 2013
Online privacy: how secure are you? by Jemima Kiss, The Guardian. Expert advice on deterring both government spies and ordinary fraudsters – plus some help from five well-known netizens, including Sheila Hancock, Philippa Perry and Will.i.am.

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02 dicembre 2013
Work and surveillance in a post-Snowden world by Ross Anderson, The Guardian. How does spying affect us all? Security expert Ross Anderson puts on different hats and imagines what it's like to work in this new world.

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02 dicembre 2013
Data seizures a 'gross intrusion' into privacy, civil liberties groups say by Paul Farrell, The Guardian. Civil liberties groups are calling for sweeping changes to limit warrantless phone and email data seizures by Australian enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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01 dicembre 2013
Privacy board springs to life after NSA revelations by Shaun Waterman, The Washington Times. A small federal panel that oversees privacy issues has been catapulted from a bureaucratic backwater into the political maelstrom roiled by leaks about the National Security Agency’s domestic snooping. For most of the nine years since President George W. Bush signed the legislation creating it, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board did not have any members, let alone an office or staff.

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30 novembre 2013
Move over, Siri, The Economist. THE idea of artificially intelligent personal assistants—digital secretaries, made of software, that take dictation, manage contacts, book lunches and arrange transport—has been around for many years. But truly successful examples have proved as elusive as flying cars. Perhaps the best known example is Siri, the personal assistant built into Apple’s iPhones and iPads, which can understand complex spoken sentences such as “Please reschedule tomorrow afternoon’s meeting from 4pm to 3pm”.

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29 novembre 2013
Privacy, Google sotto accusa in Olanda di L.M., Corriere delle Comunicazioni. L'azienda avrebbe vìolato la legge nazionale non informando "in modo adeguato" gli utenti sull'uso dei loro dati. In vista la convocazione dei dirigenti, poi potrebbero scattare sanzioni.

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29 novembre 2013
Child online protection made paramount by UNICEF and the ITU, The Guardian. The Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 gathered together youth from all over the world to convene on using technology for social good, and gave them a chance to influence UN decisions.

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28 novembre 2013
German tech giant rejects calls for a pan-European IT champion, EurActiv. Germany's biggest tech company, SAP, has rejected calls by domestic politicians for European IT firms to band together to better compete against US tech groups in the wake of spying allegations.

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28 novembre 2013
How to Improve Your Mobile Marketing Strategy by Stephanie Walden, Mashable. A catchy Facebook ad has sucked you in yet again — you're just a couple clicks away from owning another completely impractical pair of stilettos. Except you're on the go during this particular shopping spree; you're navigating the site on your smartphone — and it just isn't displaying correctly.

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28 novembre 2013
The Internet Is Already Open by Roslyn Layton, The Wall Street Journal. Net-neutrality rules would only be needed if there were evidence of consumer harm on the Internet. Otherwise, they'll just stifle innovation. A number of European Commission officials and European national regulators think that net-neutrality rules will be good for consumers and competition.

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28 novembre 2013
China's rumor crackdown has 'cleaned' Internet, official says by Megha Rajagopalan, Chicago Tribute. China's campaign against online rumors, which critics say is crushing free speech, has been highly successful in "cleaning" the Internet, a top official of the country's internet regulator said on Thursday.

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27 novembre 2013
Datagate, anche Microsoft cripterà i dati. Muscular avrebbe spiato il traffico di Messenger, La Reppublica. Redmond dichiara non avere prove ma che se fosse vero, il caso rappresenterebbe una violazione dei diritti costituzionali. Come Google e Yahoo!, anche l'azienda di Gates investirà in protezione.

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27 novembre 2013
Vivendi to Spin Off Its Internet and Mobile Unit by Chad Bray and Mark Scott, Deal Book. The French conglomerate Vivendi has announced plans to spin off its mobile and Internet unit as early as next year, after a wave of deals that has increased the value of its European telecommunications rivals.

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27 novembre 2013
Microsoft, suspecting NSA spying, to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic by Craig Timberg, The Washington Post. Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans.

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27 novembre 2013
UN advances Internet privacy resolution by Peter James Spielmann, Bloomberg. The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance, following months of reports about U.S. eavesdropping abroad.

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27 novembre 2013
US off the hook as EU drops investigation into spying claims by Arjun Kharpal, CNBC. The European Union's executive body has decided to ax its investigation into the allegations that the U.S. spied on EU citizens, angering lawmakers in the bloc's Parliament who called for tougher actions against America's surveillance regime.

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27 novembre 2013
Datageddon: il futuro anteriore della privacy di Luca Bolognini, Strade Online. Se saremo "assediati" e "immersi" nella registrazione costante di tutto ciò che ci riguarda, che ne sarà di queste informazioni? Chi le userà? Non verrà "fame" agli Stati, all'idea di potere sapere ogni minima azione fatta dal contribuente-cittadino? La battaglia dei dati riguarda la vita e la libertà di ognuno di noi.

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26 novembre 2013
EU demands protection against U.S. data surveillance by John O'Donnell, Reuters. The European Commission called on Tuesday for new protection for Europeans under United States' law against misuse of personal data, in an attempt to keep in check the U.S. surveillance revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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26 novembre 2013
UN, EU push for greater Internet privacy, Al Jazeera America. The United Nations General Assembly's human rights committee on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance, following months of reports about U.S. eavesdropping abroad.

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26 novembre 2013
Could privacy-protecting software become a new Internet standard?, SALON. Following NSA surveillance revelations, talks advance on making the privacy-protecting tool Tor an Internet standard. The Internet’s main engineers have asked the architects of Tor—networking software designed to make Web browsing private—to consider turning the technology into an Internet standard.

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26 novembre 2013
NSA surveillance: Europe threatens to freeze US data-sharing arrangements by Ian Traynor, The Guardian. The EU executive is threatening to freeze crucial data-sharing arrangements with the US because of the Edward Snowden revelations about the mass surveillance of the National Security Agency.

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24 novembre 2013
In Bitcoin’s Orbit: Rival Virtual Currencies Vie for Acceptance by Nathaniel Popper, Deal Book. For many people, bitcoin seems like something from the day after tomorrow. For Lawrence Blankenship, it’s already a thing of the past. A software engineer from Springfield, Mo., Mr. Blankenship is putting his money on PeerCoin, one of the biggest of the virtual currencies that are being promoted as alternatives to bitcoin.

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24 novembre 2013
Zuckerberg says US 'really blew it' on surveillance programs by Steven Musil, CNET. Mark Zuckerberg believe the US "really blew it" on surveillance programs that have recently drawn criticism as lacking respect for citizens' privacy.

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24 novembre 2013
Analysis of huge data sets will reshape health care by Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY. Insurers will soon reassess how they predict costs; patients will let doctors know what medications won't work with their particular genomes; and researchers will look at hospital records in real time to determine the cheapest, most effective ways to treat patients — all because of developments in what is known as big data.

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22 novembre 2013
Ue: italiano nuovo direttore media e dati a Commission, ANSA.it. L'italiano Giuseppe Abbamonte è stato nominato nuovo direttore per i media e i dati nella direzione generale 'Connect' della Commissione europea che fa capo al commissario all'agenda digitale Neelie Kroes.

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22 novembre 2013
EU Parliament investigating hacking of MEPs’ personal email, EurActiv. A Parliament spokesperson said the institution was concerned about how easily an anonymous hacker broke into MEPs’ personal emails, as was revealed yesterday (21 November) by French investigative journal Mediapart.

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22 novembre 2013
EU-US trade deal offers hope on reporting convergence by Jeremy Flemming, EurActiv. EU trade negotiators are optimistic that they can secure a place for financial services regulation within key trade talks next week (27 November), offering some hope that this will help spur the US towards more convergence in international corporate reporting.

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21 novembre 2013
Redditometro, dal garante Privacy un «sì» che complica il debutto di Antonello Cherchi e Giovanni Parente, Il Sole 24 Ore. Il Garante della privacy sblocca il redditometro ma mette dei paletti all'agenzia delle Entrate sull'utilizzo dei dati dei contribuenti da controllare. Il provvedimento approvato dall'Authority guidata da Antonello Soro indica la rotta da seguire nell'utilizzo dei dati e nella profilazione dei contribuenti, vale a dire nella loro classificazione per poi attribuire le spese medie Istat.

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21 novembre 2013
Domenico Converso è stato citato su «Italy: Garante to have stronger and broader controls over outsourced call centres» in DataGuidance.

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21 novembre 2013
Claudio Partesotti è stato intervistato da Ninja Marketing su pubblicità ingannevole.

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21 novembre 2013
European Threat to Net Neutrality Getting Closer, InfoSecurity. Neelie Kroes has always championed and guaranteed net neutrality in Europe. But critics argue that her definition of net neutrality is diametrically opposite to the standard industry definition and understanding of the term. In short, by guaranteeing net neutrality, Neelie Kroes will eliminate net neutrality.

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21 novembre 2013
The Quest to Build an NSA-Proof Cloud by Michael Scaturro, The Atlantic. If Germany’s special parliamentary session on U.S. surveillance this week was any indication, European politicians are still worked up about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks. Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that the revelations had “tested” U.S.-German relations.

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19 novembre 2013
U.S., EU Officials Seek Data-Protection Plan by Mid-2014 by Laurie Asseo & Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg. U.S. and European Union officials agreed to try to complete an agreement by mid-2014 to protect individuals’ private data while sharing information for law enforcement, weeks after Europeans were angered by allegations that the U.S. eavesdropped on some world leaders.

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18 novembre 2013
Paolo Balboni è stato intervistato da WIRED su "EU Emerging as Leader in Data Privacy".

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18 novembre 2013
ECJ Rules Exceptions to Obligation to Notify Data Subjects of Processing Are Optional by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg BNA. European Union member statesaren't obliged to allow exceptions to the requirement that data processors inform data subjects about the processing of their personal data, notwithstanding a list of circumstances in the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) in which exceptions can be permitted, according to a ruling of the European Union Court of Justice.

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18 novembre 2013
Why Regulate Bitcoin? by Brian Patrick Eha, The New Yorker. “We do not think that it is in anyone’s best interest for digital currency to become an offshore industry or an industry dominated by China,” said Jeremy Allaire, the founder of a startup called Circle Internet Financial, in written testimony provided as part of his appearance, on Monday, at a hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the risks and benefits of digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

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18 novembre 2013
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014 by Werner Vogels, The Guardian. Looking back at 2013 we can say the cloud has become the driver for tremendous innovation in all companies. From the world's fastest growing startups, like Dropbox, Instagram, Spotify, Pinterest and Shazam, through to some of the world's largest enterprises, like Samsung, Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever, through to governments and education and research institutes, all are using cloud computing technologies to innovate and better serve their customers...

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16 novembre 2013
Il Garante Privacy detta regole sui call center delocalizzati in paesi Extra-UE di Domenico Converso, Persona e Danno. L’incremento delle attività di assistenza e marketing svolta dai call center e le criticità dovute al trasferimento di dati verso call center situati in Paesi non appartenenti all’Unione Europea (dove non sono spesso assicurate le adeguate garanzie per i diritti degli interessati previsti dalla normativa comunitaria) hanno indotto il Garante Privacy italiano a dettare le regole...

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16 novembre 2013
Paolo Balboni è stato citato da The Economist su "The people's panopticon".

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16 novembre 2013
The people’s panopticon, The Economist. ABOUT halfway through Dave Eggers’s bestselling dystopian satire on Silicon Valley, “The Circle”, the reader meets Stewart, a bald, silent, stooped 60-year-old who has “been filming, recording, every moment of his life now for five years”. Stewart is the first of the novel’s characters to make all his actions visible to anyone with a computer who cares to look—the first “transparent man”.

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15 novembre 2013
Nsagate: Cia e Fbi spiano trasferimenti internazionali denaro, AGI. Cia ed Fbi spiano i trasferimenti internazionali di denaro, e raccolgono sistematicamente una serie di elementi sensibili destinati a confluire in un gigantesco database finanziario, compresi i dati personali ed economici di milioni di cittadini statunitensi e le operazioni di compagnie del settore, dalla 'Western Union' in giu'.

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14 novembre 2013
TV, film industry pledge easier cross-border copyright by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. European consumers should find it easier to access television and films from their home state when travelling through the continent if pledges made by the audiovisual sector to the Commission yesterday (13 November) are honoured.

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14 novembre 2013
More firms to be named in personal data breach by Conor Pope, Elaine Edwards and Conor Lally, The Irish Times. A fresh wave of companies caught up in the massive data breach affecting Loyaltybuild will be identified later today or tomorrow but the Co Clare based firm last night refused to say who they were or how many more people’s personal data will be put at risk as the crisis continues to widen.

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14 novembre 2013
Internet architects propose encrypting all the world’s Web traffic by Dan Goodin, ARS Technica. A vastly larger percentage of the world's Web traffic will be encrypted under a near-final recommendation to revise the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that serves as the foundation for all communications between websites and end users.

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14 novembre 2013
New FCC chairman seeks to stoke competition by Mike Snider, USA TODAY. The new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler oversees his first meeting at the agency today. But he's no stranger. A past president of both the National Cable Television Association and Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, Wheeler is a familiar face at the agency.

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14 novembre 2013
Europe Moves to Keep Its Corporate Trade Data Secret by Danny Hakim, The New York Times. The European Union plans to propose rules this month aimed at creating its first broad protection of trade secrets and setting penalties for those who try to profit from them illegally.

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14 novembre 2013
Internet: Boldrini, social media non siano territorio di rapina, Agenzia Stampa Quotidiana Nazionale. ''Internet e' il piu' grande spazio pubblico mai esistito. E' una occasione senza precedenti di conoscenza, di informazione, di esercizio di diritti civili e politici. Ma, come in ogni spazio pubblico, anche in questo si esercita un conflitto tra diritti delle persone e poteri che si organizzano.

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13 novembre 2013
Samsung, Apple, Hyundai, Tardis: Intellectual Property by Victoria Slind-Flor, Bloomberg. Apple Inc. (AAPL) is set for a replay of a court fight against Samsung Electronics Co. in which the iPhone maker may seek to recoup more than the $411 million in damages a judge cut from a $1.05 billion jury award in 2012 over patents.

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13 novembre 2013
The FTC: a Tough Data Security Cop by David Balto, Huffington Post. Protecting data security is the most important consumer protection issue for the economy. Each year the Federal Trade Commission receives a flood of identity fraud complaints. Efforts to diminish the problem by noting the limits on consumer liability are just plain wrong. There are liability protections but the external costs can be overwhelming. Consumers must pay for credit repair services or insurance against credit fraud which cost over $7.5 billion annually.

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12 novembre 2013
Commission claws back up to €200 million broadband funding in budget breakthrough by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The EU executive hailed victory in winning back vital funding for its European broadband funding rollout programme following trilogue talks last week that saw up to €200 million in spending secured over the 2014-2020 budget period.

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12 novembre 2013
Weighing Chat-Room Ban, U.K. Fraud Spies: Compliance by Carla Main, Bloomberg. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), the largest U.S. bank by assets, is weighing whether to ban traders from using electronic chat rooms to communicate with peers at other firms as the forums draw scrutiny from global regulators, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

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12 novembre 2013
EU, US return to trade talks under spy scandal cloud, The Nation. The EU and United States began a second round of talks Monday on the world’s largest free-trade accord despite damaging revelations of US spying on its allies. Chief negotiators, the EU’s Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Dan Mullaney for the United States, stepped before the cameras for an official handshake but made no statement as they began a weeklong round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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12 novembre 2013
Brazil debates internet law in wake of NSA scandal by Bruce Douglas, BBC. Along with Russia, China and Iran, Brazil was one of the countries of most interest for US intelligence agencies, according to the leaks from the US National Security Agency (NSA).

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12 novembre 2013
Decline in US BitTorrent traffic, says study, BBC News. The protocol, used by many pirate sites as well as legal services, allows people to download files bit by bit. It saw its share of total internet traffic fall to 7%, a drop of 20% in the past six months. However, in Europe traffic continues to grow.

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12 novembre 2013
FTC wading into 'Internet of things' by Erin Mershon, Politico. As an array of everyday objects such as thermostats, toasters and even sneakers gets connected to the Internet, the FTC is taking a first stab at examining this vast and emerging area of technology, sparking concern from trade groups that fear regulation could harm innovation.

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12 novembre 2013
You Are Your Data by Sara M. Watson, Slate. We are becoming data. Every day, our smartphones, browsers, cars, and even refrigerators generate information about our habits. When we click “I agree” on terms of service, we opt in to systems in which we are known only by our data. So we need to be able to understand ourselves as data, too.

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11 novembre 2013
EU and US to resume trade deal talks, BBC News. Talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) had been set for October, but were postponed because of the US government shutdown. Relations have become strained after claims that the US listened to German leader Angela Merkel's mobile calls.

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11 novembre 2013
What's the role of data scientists on online advertising? by Tony Evans, The Guardian. Nick just joined our advertising company as a data scientist. In fact, he's one of the 50% of staff who are data scientists. But what's happened to the chain-smoking, Martini-swilling folk we see in Mad Men, who used to be the driving force behind advertising? Data – and it has completely changed the way that the online advertising industry works.

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11 novembre 2013
Greater urgency needed in fight against cybercrime by Eugene Regan, Irish Times. The Edward Snowden affair has drawn worldwide attention to information security and protection of personal data online. While the information and communication technology of the digital age has transformed our lives for the better and remains vital to economic growth and our future prosperity, the security of that technology is of fundamental importance to the individual, to businesses and to the State.

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10 novembre 2013
NSA: our analogue spying laws must catch up with the digital era by Kenneth Roth, The Guardian. News that US intelligence services tapped the phones of allied leaders has generated understandable outrage in Europe. But far more significant is the American government's practice of monitoring the communications of millions of ordinary people, who have no legal redress in the United States because they are foreigners.

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07 novembre 2013
Personal data: Who’s willing share it, and when by Christina Medici Scolaro, Yahoo Finance. Big data is everywhere ... and whether consumers like it or not, their user habits, lifestyle and even healthcare data is being collected, used and analyzed on a daily basis. While all that information can be useful, many consumers are still not comfortable with the idea of sharing.

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07 novembre 2013
U.S. weighs proposal to end dual leadership role at NSA, Cyber Command by Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post. The Obama administration is considering ending a controversial policy that since 2010 has placed one military official at the head of both the nation’s largest spy agency and its cyber-operations command, U.S. officials said.

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06 novembre 2013
Germany ‘sees no reason’ to offer asylum to Snowden, EurActiv. An increasing number of German public figures are calling for Edward Snowden to be offered asylum in the country, but Berlin maintains that the conditions for granting the whistleblower refuge remain unfulfilled, EurActiv Germany reports.

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06 novembre 2013
Up to 43,000 customers could be hit after loyalty card cyber attack by Paul Melia and Nicola Anderson, Independent.ie. UP to 43,000 customers who booked getaway breaks could be affected by a security breach at a company which operates a loyalty scheme on behalf of major retailers. Credit and debit card details belonging to customers of Super Valu, Axa and Stena Line may have been compromised following a cyber attack at a Co Clare firm.

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06 novembre 2013
US urges EU not to halt trade talks over spy affair by Benjamin Fox, EU Observer. US secretary of state John Kerry has urged European leaders not to let the NSA snooping scandal derail EU-US trade talks. Speaking in Warsaw on Tuesday (5 November) after meeting his Polish counterpart, Radek Sikorski, Kerry said the trade talks "should not be confused with whatever legitimate questions exist with respect to NSA [National Security Agency] or other activities."

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06 novembre 2013
Tech ‘safe harbor’ under fire in Europe — Twitter getting privacy pass from D.C. ahead of IPO — Apple backs tech brethren at FISA Court by Alex Byers, Politico. Our own Erin Mershon has the story for Pros: “U.S. regulators are urging their EU counterparts to preserve a more than decade-old data transfer agreement amid mounting European anger over NSA spying.

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06 novembre 2013
The Top Three Cybersecurity Threats You Aren't Considering by Vick Vaishnavi, Forbes. Ten years ago, in an effort to highlight the increasing danger of digital threats, the Department of Homeland Security established October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In the time since, the threat landscape has changed significantly, as sophisticated, state-sanctioned “hacktivists” and online organized crime syndicates have emerged from relative obscurity to become a major impediment to enterprise vitality.

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05 novembre 2013
Tory MP adds to calls for improved oversight of UK intelligence services by Ben Quinn, The Guardian. Parliament's intelligence and security committee (ISC) should always be chaired by a member of the opposition to ensure its independence and be freely elected by MPs, the Conservative MP Rory Stewart said on Monday night at a debate aimed at fostering public discussion about mass surveillance.

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05 novembre 2013
US Privacy Board 'is unique in the world' by Gero Schließ, DW. How can US surveillance be both more effective and more accountable? DW spoke to David Medine, chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board, which is charged with protecting US civil liberties.

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05 novembre 2013
Friends Spying on Friends -- The View From Europe by Allan Topol, Huffington Post. Last week, French officials I interviewed in Paris for a new novel were seething. All they wanted to discuss was U.S. spying on Europe. On condition of anonymity, they explained that the U.S. behavior was outrageous.

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05 novembre 2013
New F.C.C. Chairman Outlines His Vision by Edward Wyatt, The New York Times. Few people who have engaged the maw of regulation that has historically characterized the Federal Communications Commission would be likely to call it the “Optimism Agency.”

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05 novembre 2013
The Internet and the Rule of Law by Jonathan Kulick, The New York Times. To reconcile freedom and security within our open societies has been at the heart of the constitutional process of the West for centuries, and now the time has come to do the same in the rapidly developing online world.

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04 novembre 2013
The cost of the Internet: Our freedom by Harry Boulter, The Hill. Last week I visited the U.S. capital and had the pleasure of meeting so many people – members of Congress, leaders of technology corporations and associations, concerned citizens - who understand the Internet risks of today.

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04 novembre 2013
Big data blues: The dangers of data mining by Cindy Waxer, Computer World. More than simply bits and bytes, big data is now a multibillion-dollar business opportunity. Savvy organizations, from retailers to manufacturers, are fast discovering the power of turning consumers' ZIP codes and buying histories into bottom-line-enhancing insights.

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04 novembre 2013
Surveillance Concerns Put EU-U.S. Trade Agreement at Risk, EU Privacy Official Says by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. U.S. lawmakers should renew their efforts to adopt privacy legislation that will “rebuild trust” with the European Union in the wake of revelations about alleged U.S. spying and access by the U.S. National Security Agency to customer data held by high-profile online companies, European Commission Justice Commissioner and Vice-President Viviane Reding said Oct. 29.

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03 novembre 2013
Why the FCC needs to get with the times, finally by Randolph J. May, CNet. We are in the midst of a transition away from copper wire-based communications services to broadband Internet-based services -- a transition that then-FCC commissioner Michael Powell called the "Great Digital Broadband Migration" way back in the year 2000.

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31 ottobre 2013
Stress on data protection by David Casa, Times of Malta. On October 21, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties voted in favor of a directive that would strengthen data protection laws within the European Union and replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive that the Union is operating under.

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30 ottobre 2013
Employees' mobile phone use poses security risk: Study, EurActiv. Europe's biggest companies are leaving themselves open to potentially serious security and legal threats by employees' improper use of their corporate mobile phones, according to new research by the University of Glasgow.

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30 ottobre 2013
Reding warns data protection could derail US trade talks by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding yesterday (29 October) issued a stark warning that data protection should be kept off the agenda of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But EurActiv understands that US pressure is mounting to keep the debate open on data issues.

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30 ottobre 2013
Copyright levy for ISPs violates EU regulation, Belgian government says by Loek Essers, PC World. A plan by the Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers to make ISPs pay copyright levies for offering access to copyright-protected material online violates the European e-commerce directive, a Belgian government spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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30 ottobre 2013
Privacy Chief Warns EU Over Data-Law Delay Amid U.S. Spying by Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg. European Union nations should stop dragging their feet over an “urgent” overhaul of data protection rules that would foist tough constraints on U.S. tech companies, the bloc’s top privacy watchdog said.

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30 ottobre 2013
US NSA chief denies collecting intelligence on EU citizens, EurActiv. The US intelligence chief has fought back against claims that the US was allegedly tapping the phones of EU citizens and leaders, including Angela Merkel. In a snap hearing in the US Congress on Tuesday, General Keith Alexander said that the US had not collected information on European citizens, hinting that it was EU governments who handed over the data. “Data was provided to NSA by foreign partners”, Alexander said.

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29 ottobre 2013
Cloud computing: the hype risks obscuring the true business benefits by Keith Tilley, The Guardian. Over the last few years excitement around cloud computing has reached fever pitch with many providers seemingly trying to outdo each other with the level of rhetoric and hyperbole they can throw around.

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29 ottobre 2013
EU to D.C.: Friends 'do not spy on each other' by Tony Romm and Erin Mershon, Politico. European regulators stormed into Washington this week furious that the National Security Agency had spied on world leaders and determined to enact strict new privacy rules that U.S. officials and businesses have long tried to tamp down.

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28 ottobre 2013
Fresh claims emerge in US-Germany spying row, EurActiv. Barack Obama knew his intelligence services were eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, according to a report published yesterday (27 October) by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, which claims the US president did not trust her handling of the eurozone crisis.

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28 ottobre 2013
EU to push ahead on data protection despite UK opposition by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The European Commission is set to ignore attempts to delay the implementation of a proposed new data protection regulation (DPR) suggested at last week’s EU summit, claiming that the meeting's conclusions have been misinterpreted.

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27 ottobre 2013
State health care exchanges demand heightened cybersecurity by John Slye, The Washington Post. As state health insurance exchanges begin operation, there is a new awareness of potential cybersecurity issues, as a flood of personally identifiable information flows through the system. Within hours of the exchanges going live, security firms warned that hackers might try to create look-alike sites or deploy other tactics to trick people into handing over their personal information.

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27 ottobre 2013
NSA spying: 'People are getting concerned' by Martin Kuebler, DW. "We are the people, defend the Bill of Rights!" At the Stop Watching Us rally, communication scientist Lindsay H. Hoffman spoke with DW about changes in the land of the free and the current American mindset.

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25 ottobre 2013
Data protection rules delayed at EU summit talks by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. rance and Germany responded to escalating rows over espionage by the US by announcing a review of security relations to be completed by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the adoption of a proposed EU data protection regulation was delayed until 2015.

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25 ottobre 2013
Tech vendors have role in Internet governance by Bryan Tan, ZDNet. At the Internet Governance Forum 2013 in Bali this week, I caught up with Joe Alhadeff, chair of the ICC Commission for digital economy, and who is also Oracle's privacy lead. Joe is leading 41 members of ICC Basis (Business Action to Support the Information Society) initiative under the International Chamber of Commerce, to IGF.

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25 ottobre 2013
Bugging row threatens to re-open divisions on EU data protection by Suzanne Lynch, The Irish Times. Claims that the US spied on German chancellor Angela Merkel dominated yesterday’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels, reopening divisions among member states about the scope of European data protection laws.

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24 ottobre 2013
Schulz: EU should reconsider free trade negotiations with US, EurActiv. As socialists leaders meet on Thursday ahead ahead of the EU Summit in Brussels, European Parliament's president Martin Schulz said that the EU should reconsider holding free trade talks with the US following allegations that the US intelligence system has been spying on European leaders.

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24 ottobre 2013
Paolo Balboni was interviewed by CNCB | Germany summons US over Merkel phone-tapping claims by Arjun Kharpal, CNBC. Germany has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin to answer questions over whether America may have monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls.

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24 ottobre 2013
Il garante della privacy tuona contro gli americani. Ma il messaggio è rivolto al governo italiano di Luca Bolognini, Strade Online. Il Segretario di Stato Kerry ha incontrato il nostro Presidente del Consiglio Letta e la Ministro degli Esteri Bonino: durante il colloquio, Letta ha chiesto a Kerry di fare verifiche sul fatto che gli USA abbiano o meno intercettato cittadini italiani sul web e nelle loro comunicazioni elettroniche.

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23 ottobre 2013
Digital summit seeks to move away from snooping debate by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. Heads of government meeting tomorrow (24 October) for the first European-level summit dedicated to the digital agenda will seek to focus on single market issues and steer the debate away from the controversial NSA snooping scandal and data protection.

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22 ottobre 2013
EU to tighten data protection by Martin Koch, DW. Data protection on the Internet is to become stricter and more uniform Europe-wide, which is a difficult undertaking with 28 member states. Many companies are fighting against the new measures.

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22 ottobre 2013
Strasbourg round-up: MEPs agree 'breakthrough for data protection rules in Europe' by Brian Johnson, The Parliament. The European parliament's civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) committee has backed a package of proposals aimed at introducing sweeping reform of EU data protection rules.

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22 ottobre 2013
MEPs tighten up draft data privacy rules after Snowden revelations by Ian Traynor and Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian. Members of the European parliament have overwhelmingly backed draft rules on data privacy in the first concrete EU response to the revelations of mass digital surveillance by the Americans and the British. The new regime would curb the transfer of personal data to US corporations.

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21 ottobre 2013
IGF 2013 delegates to discuss governance issues by Bryan Tan, ZDNet. The annual Internet Governance Forum kicks off in Bali today, bringing together regulators, policy makers, academics, civic groups, and other delegates who will discuss issues. But, has the landscape changed?

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21 ottobre 2013
Europe pushes ahead with stricter data privacy rules by Luke Baker, Reuters. The European Parliament voted to strengthen Europe's data protection laws on Monday, including plans to impose fines of up to 100 million euros on companies such as Yahoo!, Facebook or Google if they break the rules.

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21 ottobre 2013
How to manage data protection and disaster recovery in the cloud by Mark O'Neill, The Guardian. Cost savings are often cited as the primary attraction of cloud computing. The case is particularly compelling for cloud-based storage services. Rather than buying expensive storage infrastructure and maintaining a physical data centre to house it all, why not take advantage of cloud storage for pennies a gigabyte?

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21 ottobre 2013
European privacy regulation advances fueled by surveillance revelations by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. After a summer of revelations about U.S. surveillance, the European Union Parliament is moving ahead with privacy regulation that would restrict how Internet companies share user data with third parties, including government entities.

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21 ottobre 2013
Civil Liberties MEPs pave the way for stronger data protection in the EU, posted by Natalia da Silva, European Parliament / News. A major overhaul of current EU data protection rules, to put people in control of their personal data while at the same time making it easier for companies to move across Europe, was voted by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. Responding to mass surveillance cases, MEPs inserted stronger safeguards for data transfers to non-EU countries.

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20 ottobre 2013
NSA hacked Mexican president's email, according to latest leaks by Chris Welch, The Verge. The United States has for years carried out extensive surveillance and eavesdropping operations targeting Mexico's government, according to new evidence obtained by Spiegel Online. The German publication says its information comes directly from classified intelligence leaked by Edward Snowden. Chief among the allegations is that the NSA successfully infiltrated the public email account of Mexico's former president, Felipe Calderon.

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20 ottobre 2013
EU states urged to cooperate on drones, cyber defense by Adrian Croft, Reuters. European Union states should work together in four areas of defense technology, including developing drones, the bloc's foreign policy chief said in a report on Tuesday.

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20 ottobre 2013
Your right to roam. Your rights online. Your rights to your data by Roberta Metsola, The Malta Independent. I realise that most people believe politicians prefer to draft a law as a way for them to be “remembered”, but over the coming weeks in the European Parliament we will continue the discussion towards a comprehensive set of data protection rules that will allow people to demand the erasure of their personal data, stop its dissemination and essentially be “forgotten” online.

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18 ottobre 2013
Snowden says he took no secret documents with him to Russia, DW. Whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he didn't take any secret US documents with him when he went to Russia. He made the announcement in a rare interview with the New York Times newspaper.

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18 ottobre 2013
EU states urged to cooperate on drones, cyber defense by Adrian Croft, Reuters. European Union states should work together in four areas of defense technology, including developing drones, the bloc's foreign policy chief said in a report on Tuesday.

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17 ottobre 2013
New EU rules to curb transfer of data to US after Edward Snowden revelations by Ian Traynor, The Guardian. Regulations will make it harder to move European data to third countries, with fines running into billions for failure to comply. New European rules aimed at curbing questionable transfers of data from EU countries to the US are being finalised in Brussels in the first concrete reaction to the Edward Snowden disclosures on US and British mass surveillance of digital communications.

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17 ottobre 2013
Strong data protection rules key condition to providing high quality patient care by Katrín Fjeldsted, The Parliament. The European parliament's civil liberties and home affairs committee will vote on the general data protection regulation next week in Strasbourg on October. MEPs in the LIBE committee will be voting on more than 4000 amendments to the highly controversial package, which aims to provide European citizens with more control over their personal data.

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17 ottobre 2013
'Breakthrough' on EU data protection bill by Nikolaj Nielsen, EU Observer. After 18 months of intense negotiations, MEPs spearheading the European Data Protection regulation have reached a compromise. The heavily lobbied draft bill, which included a record-breaking 4,000 amendments, is now set for a committee orientation vote in the next plenary session in Strasbourg.

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16 ottobre 2013
India opposed to controls over Internet for cybersecurity by Ryan Huang, ZDNet. India is opposed to regulating the Internet in the name of cybersecurity, and is more worried about a future where private arrmies will control information in cyberspace. indiawebthumbIndia is opposed to controlling the Internet for cybersecurity.

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16 ottobre 2013
Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance? by Tom Gjelten, NPR. Many governments around the world have expressed outrage over the National Security Agency's use of the Internet as a spying platform. But the possible response may have an unforeseen consequence: it may actually lead to more online surveillance, according to Internet experts.

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16 ottobre 2013
Keep Your Mitts Off the Internet by Robert Miraldi, Huffington Post. Pick your poison: Do you more object to Big Government or Big Business? After all, neither of those two institutions gives us much reason these days to be particularly comfortable. And the collision, and need for choice, is staring us in the face when it comes to the Internet where the Federal Communications Commission, the keeper of our electronic media, is squaring off against the mega-companies that bring both television and Internet to most American homes.

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16 ottobre 2013
Europe, the World’s Trusted Cloud Region by Bruce Sterling, Wired. *Apparently certain post-PRISM issues must be addressed. *I may have missed the Brussels memo in which PRISM somehow became “post.” However, business opportunity beckons. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-898_en.htm What does the Commission mean by secure Cloud computing services in Europe? Europe should aim to be the world’s leading ‘trusted cloud region’.

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16 ottobre 2013
Big data and marketing: an inevitable partnership by Danny Bradbury and Tim Anderson, The Guardian. "One of the key messages we're trying to land with our clients is about the value of data. Everyone is running around a bit crazily at the moment just trying to have as much data as they possibly can," says Matthew Bayfield, group director of data for marketing agency Ogilvy EMEA.

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15 ottobre 2013
Report: NSA collecting e-mail and IM contacts globally by Melanie Eversley & Byron Acohido, USA Today. The National Security Agency has been collecting contacts from people's personal e-mail address books and instant messaging accounts in an effort to detect relationships that might be crucial to government security, the Washington Post is reporting.

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15 ottobre 2013
We Can’t Let the Internet Become Balkanized by Sascha Meinrath, Slate. This article originally appeared in the New America Foundation’s Weekly Wonk. Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff’s recent indictment of the United States’ cyberspying practices has profound global repercussions for the U.S vision of a borderless, open Internet.

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15 ottobre 2013
EU regulation: red lines for red tape, The Guardian. Red tape or regulation? The two things are very different and the distinction between them matters. No one is in favour of red tape. That there is too much of it is hardwired into the very words. Regulation is different. Unlike red tape, regulation is not inherently one thing or the other. Some is good. Some is bad. Most is a mix of both. Everything depends on the regulation and on what is being regulated.

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15 ottobre 2013
Edward Snowden’s unintended Internet revolution by Andrew Leonard, Salon. How’s this for some doubled-barreled Edward Snowden NSA irony? The massive U.S. government surveillance overreach into all nooks and crannies of the Internet may end up undermining American control over the Internet. But despite the fact that a weakening of U.S. authority over cyberspace is exactly what many Internet independence advocates are hoping for, the crumbling of U.S. hegemony might not turn out to be the greatest thing ever for the future of the free Internet.

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15 ottobre 2013
EU states urged to cooperate on drones, cyber defence by Adrian Croft, Reuters. European Union states should work together in four areas of defence technology, including developing drones, the bloc's foreign policy chief said in a report on Tuesday. In a report commissioned ahead of an EU summit in December, Catherine Ashton said European governments should commit to cooperative projects in drones, a new satellite communications system, cyber defence and plugging a shortfall in air tankers.

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14 ottobre 2013
Risk management e privacy, parla @lucabolognini. L'intervista risale a un mese fa, quando ancora la privacy e la 231 si sposavano, ma il resto vale.

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14 ottobre 2013
Cloud still not fully understood by customers, service providers by Ian JA Ferguson, ZDNet. Touted for its business and cost benefits, cloud computing has become a hot topic in Asia but enterprises and service providers alike have yet to fully understand the requirements and challenges of this delivery model. Over the last couple of weeks there have been several announcements relating to cloud computing that indicate a growing demand for cloud services, including in Asia.

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14 ottobre 2013
Microsoft's Cherkis: Europe on equal footing with other regions in smart cities, EurActiv. Despite the massive funding available for the development of smart cities in China, and the leading role that the US is playing in hi-tech city infrastructure, Europe remains a key player in the development of interconnected urban spaces, according to Microsoft’s Joel Cherkis.

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14 ottobre 2013
Is data the oil of the 21st Century?, BBC. The amounts of data being stored and analysed around the world has surged in recent years. Many companies have been looking to cash in on the rising demand for data mining. Tableau Software is one such firm. The company's software helps to make sense of huge amounts of data.

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14 ottobre 2013
A World Without Privacy by Joe Nocera, The New York Times. In his great and prophetic novel “1984,” George Orwell laid out his vision of what totalitarianism would look like if taken to its logical extreme. The government — in the form of Big Brother — sees all and knows all. The Party rewrites the past and controls the present. Heretics pop up on television screens so they can be denounced by the populace.

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13 ottobre 2013
Telecom firms urge EU to reconsider plan to overhaul sector by Leila Abboud and Robert-Jan Bartunek, Reuters. Telecom firm bosses on Tuesday urged the European Commission to reconsider a major reform package which includes a price cap on cross-border phone calls and an end to roaming fees, and to allow more consolidation in the sector.

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12 ottobre 2014
Britons ask Google to delete 60,000 links under "right to be forgotten", The Guardian. Britons have asked Google to remove more than 60,000 web links from its results under the "right to be forgotten", the internet search company has revealed.

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11 ottobre 2013
Editors on the NSA files: 'What the Guardian is doing is important for democracy', The Guardian. On Thursday the Daily Mail described the Guardian as 'The paper that helps Britain's enemies'. We showed that article to many of the world's leading editors. This is what they said.

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10 ottobre 2013
US trumps EU on blind-friendly high-tech consumer products by Henriette Jacobsen, EurActiv. The EU is trailing behind the US on online accessibility laws that make it easier for the visually impaired to access the internet or use a smartphone.

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10 ottobre 2013
Internet freedom group splits from tech companies over surveillance concerns by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. Recent revelations about government surveillance have begun splintering the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a group of Internet advocacy groups and tech companies dedicated to advancing human rights online.

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10 ottobre 2013
Solving a cloud impasse in the public sector through codes of conduct by Jeff Gould, The Guardian. Recent developments suggest that a collision between the business practices of certain cloud service providers and Europe's data protection authorities (DPAs) might put a halt to the growing use of cloud in the public sector unless those practices evolve.

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10 ottobre 2013
Pushing for Global Human Rights in a World of Pervasive Surveillance by Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, Huffington Post. Europeans are outraged over the ongoing revelations about America's pervasive surveillance programs -- and they should be. While we may not know the full extent of the National Security Agency's (NSA) programs yet, what we do know is that the communications of countless innocent European citizens is collected each day by the U.S. government, and currently there is no real recourse for violations of privacy and free expression rights.

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09 ottobre 2013
Director of British Domestic Intelligence Agency Defends Spying Policies by Steven Erlanger, The New York Times. Warning that there are thousands of Islamic extremists who view British citizens as “legitimate targets,” the chief of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, said this week that recent leaks about government spying capabilities had caused enormous damage, handing “the advantage to the terrorists.”

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09 ottobre 2013
Data Discrimination Means the Poor May Experience a Different Internet by David Talbot, Technology Review. Data analytics are being used to implement a subtle form of discrimination, while anonymous data sets can be mined to reveal health data and other private information, a Microsoft researcher warned this morning at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference.

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09 ottobre 2013
Big Data Governance Moves Up The IT Agenda by Mike Vizard, Information Week. With so many big data projects now underway across the enterprise, the next big challenge facing IT organizations is how to effectively manage that amount of data. Big data governance has suddenly become one of the hottest topics in IT as organizations turn their attention once again to the fundamentals of data management; except this time, it's at a scale no one previously thought possible, or, for that matter, advisable.

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09 ottobre 2013
Monitoring Your Every Move, The New York Times. You may have even less privacy than you thought. Most Internet users know that Web sites and advertisers monitor what they do online and use that information to pitch products and services. What’s not as well known is that these companies can track individuals as they move between devices like personal computers, cellphones and tablets. This type of “cross-device” tracking raises significant privacy concerns because most users are simply unaware that it is taking place.

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09 ottobre 2013
"Cybersecurity hinges on surveillance understanding, NSA director says" by Kate Tummarello, The Hill. The effort to protect the U.S. from cyberthreats requires a better public understanding of government surveillance, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander said Wednesday during a conference hosted by the Telecommunications Industry Association.

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08 ottobre 2013
Data Protection: EU Council Supports ‘One-Stop-Shop’ Principle, Eurasia Review. The Council had an in depth discussion on the proposal for a regulation setting out a general EU framework for data protection with the aim of providing guidance for further work at expert level on the “one-stop-shop” mechanism laid down in the Commission proposal.

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08 ottobre 2013
Digital government: will it feature in Labour and Tory manifestos? by Mark Thompson, The Guardian. Fringe events at both Labour and Conservative party conferences on digital government offered an opportunity to assess how likely it is that meaningful digital thinking will make it into the two main parties' manifestos before the next election.

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08 ottobre 2013
European-American Cloud Conflict: Bad for Business by Mitch Wagner, Information Week. Companies doing business in both America and Europe could find life getting a lot more complicated as the European Union looks to enact strict privacy regulations to block U.S. government surveillance in the cloud.

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08 ottobre 2013
EU's Data Protection One-Stop-Shop Inches Forward, InfoSecurity. Current European data protection laws require that multinationals abide by the national data protection law in each country in which they operate. This is burdensome. To ease this burden, the proposed General Data Protection Regulation includes a one-stop-shop principle. But this is proving problematic.

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08 ottobre 2013
EU ministers agree in principle to new data protection oversight by Jennifer Baker, Computer World UK. Despite disagreements, Europe's justice ministers Monday agreed "in principle" that companies doing business in the European Union will have to answer to only one data protection authority rather than 28. The "one stop shop" principle is central to the proposal put forward by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.

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08 ottobre 2013
Shutdown hurts American cybersecurity, panel warns by Philip Ewing. The government shutdown has imperiled American cybersecurity at a time when the country can least afford to be disrupted and disorganized, some of the country’s top cyber experts and advocates warned Tuesday. “To think we would take a pause, a step back in cyber — the Russians and the Chinese are licking their chops at the thought of that,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), who appeared at POLITICO’s Cyber 7 event in Washington.

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07 ottobre 2013
Big data – a marketer's dream or dilemma? by Tim Anderson, The Guardian. Every time we travel with smartphones, make card purchases online and use social media we contribute to 'big data' – but can it be used as an effective marketing tool?

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07 ottobre 2013
European Commission Proposes Vouchers To Help SMBs Go Digital by Max Smolaks, TechWeek Europe. The European Commission (EC) has published a blueprint of a system that encourages SMBs to go digital, by providing vouchers worth up to €10,000 that can be exchanged towards things like website development services and software training. The “innovation vouchers” are currently being tested in the regions of Murcia and Extremadura, Spain. “Small businesses using digital services grow twice as fast, export twice as much, and create twice as many new jobs.

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07 ottobre 2013
Infrastructure Cybersecurity: Carrots And Sticks by Henry Kenyon, International Week. Industry leaders and federal policy makers have been in discussions for years on how to better protect the nation's critical, privately held infrastructure from cybersecurity attacks. But for a number of reasons, including pushback on liability issues, comprehensive legislation has been stalled in Congress and is unlikely to get attention anytime soon.

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07 ottobre 2013
EU agrees in principle to new data-protection oversight by Jennifer Baker, PC World. Despite disagreements, Europe’s justice ministers Monday agreed “in principle” that companies doing business in the European Union will have to answer to only one data-protection authority rather than 28. The “one-stop shop” principle is central to the proposal put forward by E.U. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.

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06 ottobre 2013
Banks put to the test over cyber security by Harry Wilson, The Telegraph. Banks will next month launch the most extensive cyber threat exercise in two years as the authorities test the preparedness of the financial system to survive a sustained online attack. Operation Waking Shark 2 has been scheduled for mid-November with every high street bank expected to take part in a one-day “war game” simulating the impact of a major cyber attack on the payments and markets systems on which the UK’s financial system depends.

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06 ottobre 2013
War Drums Beat Louder For 'World War C' by Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes. If the lingo of cyber security experts, zombie warfare might that be that far fetched after all. Call it “World War C”, and it playing right now at a nation near you. It is quiet, mostly invisible and oddly as safe as it is dangerous.

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06 ottobre 2013
Europe Aims to Regulate the Cloud by Danny Hakim, The New York Times. The words “cloud computing” never appeared in a 119-page digital privacy regulation introduced in Europe last year. They do now. Even before revelations this summer by Edward J. Snowden on the extent of spying by the National Security Agency on electronic communications, the European Parliament busied itself attaching amendmen

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03 ottobre 2013
Web got a little less free in past year by Nathan Porter, The Washington Times. Though the Internet has been hailed as a vehicle for individual freedom and political accountability since its inception nearly 20 years ago, a new report suggests that the Web got a little less free around the world in the past year.

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03 ottobre 2013
Brazil wants Internet independence from the US by Astrid Prange and Janara Nicoletti, DW. The NSA spying scandal has woken Brazil out of its data protection doze. Plans are being made for an optical network to link twelve South American countries with Europe and Africa, and largely avoid the US.

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03 ottobre 2013
Here Are the Countries Where Internet Freedom Has Declined Most by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic. As much as we online journalists love reports that rank things, even we must sometimes resist the urge to blog about them, even "in one map." Because honestly, some countries are just going to either be really good or bad at various things for the foreseeable future. Just as the Central African Republic is not going to be the best country for women within our lifetime, you'll probably never see a Scandinavian nation on a "failed states" slideshow.

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03 ottobre 2013
GCHQ: EU surveillance hearing is told of huge cyber-attack on Belgian firm by Ian Traynor, The Guardian. A cyber-attack on the internet systems of the main Belgian telecommunications company, Belgacom, was so massive and sophisticated that no company or country would have been able to withstand it, a European parliament committee looking into the mass surveillance operations of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's GCHQ has been told.

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03 ottobre 2013
Private Detectives’ Clients Face U.K. Data Protection Probe by Aoife White, Bloomberg. Law firms and insurance companies may be among former clients of private detectives who used illegal methods to collect information that face a probe by the U.K.’s data protection watchdog.

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02 ottobre 2013
Why we need more control over where our sensitive data is stored, analyzed and processed by Andy Thurai and David Houlding, Venture Beat. These days, everyone seems to want our personal data. Companies use it for big data analytics, the government’s checking it for suspicious behavior, advertisers want to profile us, and web technologies want to track where we go online and what we do.

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02 ottobre 2013
Cyber Security Awareness - Why Higher Education Institutions Need To Address Digital Threats by Jonathan Rajewski, Huffington Post. Prior to the first Cyber Security Awareness Month in October 2004, discussions on national security had very little to do with technology. However, due to the increasing threat of domestic and international cyber attacks on America's public and private infrastructure after 9/11, a need arose to promote cyber security beyond simple computer password protection.

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02 ottobre 2013
Personal data: revolutionising our professional lives by John C Havens, The Guardian. You're at work, reading a dashboard displaying data from the tracking device you've been wearing to improve your health. Your sleeping, eating and exercise habits have improved, but you've noticed a worrying pattern. Every day from 2-2.30pm, for the past two months, your wristband device has indicated increased levels of stress, as measured by perspiration.

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02 ottobre 2013
"Voluntary" Cybersecurity Standards: The Threat of Regulation Looms by Brett Ramsay, The Foundry. Recently, Federal News Radio reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is nearing completion of the nation’s first ever cybersecurity framework. Despite initial cooperation, the threat of mandatory regulations as a result of this framework is a sword hanging over the private sector.

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01 ottobre 2013
Privacy Commissioner's app developer wishlist to remain exactly that by Chris Duckett, ZDNet. At the moment, mobile developers are handling personal user details is in much the same place that the Tour de France handled its doping problem in the 1990s: everyone was doing it, and you would be left behind if you didn't follow the same questionable practices.

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01 ottobre 2013
Study: 39% of EU jobs depend on intellectual property rights by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. More than a third of European jobs rely on intellectual property rights (IPR) such as patents, trademarks and design rights according to a new pan-European study, which the EU executive will use to boost policymaking.

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01 ottobre 2013
Cybersecurity Is Everyone's Business by Larry Magid, Forbes. I wish it were possible to simply delegate cybersecurity to the “big guys.” Why not just let the government and big companies handle it? If only it were that easy. While it is essential for the government and big companies to protect their own infrastructure and do all they can to help consumers, it’s also up to all of us to protect our own networks and devices — and that includes families.

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01 ottobre 2013
Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access by Daniel Zwerdling, NPR. While news reports have focused on the National Security Administration and its efforts to monitor people's phone calls and online activities, private companies you have probably never heard of are also tracking what you are doing, just about everywhere you leave a digital footprint.

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01 ottobre 2013
Online privacy concerns growing by James Temple, SFGate. There's a privacy arms race under way online, an ongoing struggle among consumers, Internet companies, advocates and policymakers to assert greater control over personal data.

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01 ottobre 2013
21st century technology requires 21st century diplomacy by Erik Telford, The Hill. Taymour Karim, a 31-year-old doctor from Damascus, learned the hard way that the Internet can be both a great force for democracy and a powerful weapon to suppress it. Last year, forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad abducted the protest leader, brutally beating him and demanding information about rebel activity while his betrayer sat silently on his desk.

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01 ottobre 2013
Security industry is shaping EU legislation by Nikolaj Nielsen, Eu Observer. At a Strasbourg plenary assembly in early September, Greek conservative MEP Maritta Giannakou stood up and pledged her support for the EU defence and security industry. Giannakou had just tabled her report, up for plenary vote the next day, on the state of play and future prospects for the EU’s military structures.

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30 settembre 2013
Why Qualcomm Is Betting on Wireless Health by Jon Cohen, Technology Review. Asthmapolis has a GPS sensor for inhalers that uses a Bluetooth radio so people with asthma can track where and when they needed help breathing. CleverCap attaches to pill bottles, flashes and beeps when it’s time to take medication, and then, using Wi-Fi and cellular networks, reports to the Internet whether the pills were taken.

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30 settembre 2013
Parliament VP: 'Be careful tightening transparency measures' by Laurens Cerulus, EurActiv. European Parliament Vice-President Rainer Wieland has warned against the negative impact of new lobbying transparency measures, saying they could seriously hamper the institution's work.

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30 settembre 2013
Innovation Talk: We must find a way to hold on to our graduates by Dick Ahlstrom, The Irish Times. It was heart warming and encouraging last week to see the smiling faces of three Cork schoolgirls, beaming because they had just been awarded first place in the European Contest for Young Scientists.

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30 ottobre 2013
Scientists must spearhead ethical use of big data by Albert Laszlo Barabasi, Politico. The recent revelation that the National Security Agency collects the personal data of United States citizens, allies and enemies alike has broken the traditional erning the bond between science and society. Most breakthrough technologies have dual uses. Think of atomic energy and the nuclear bomb or genetic engineering and biological weapons. This tension never gives way. Our only hope to overcoming it is to stop all research.

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30 settembre 2013
Warsaw Declaration Cites 'Appification'; World DPAs Discuss PRISM Revelations by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. Data protection officials from 52 countries meeting at the 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 25 announced that they had agreed on a declaration that the "appification" of society must be carefully managed to counter privacy threats.

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29 settembre 2013
China's right to demonstrate no such thing as absolute online freedom by Eileen Yu, ZDNet. The Chinese government has been keeping busy this past month, passing and enforcing new online regulations that have been described by critics as attempts to police the internet, social media included, and clamp down on political whistleblowers. But, is it any different from how the U.S. government has treated its own whistleblowers?

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29 settembre 2013
What Can Germans Teach Us About Privacy? by Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic. In Berlin this week, I'll be trying to better understand how Germans are thinking about the surveillance debate that has roiled the free world in recent months. Conventional wisdom has it that citizens of this country are particularly attuned to the importance of privacy due to Stasi excesses during Communist rule.

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26 settembre 2013
Paolo Balboni è stato intervistato da CNBC su privacy e spionaggio | EU threatens to halt terrorist fund tracking deal with US by Arjun Kharpal, CNBC. Anger continues to spread across Brussels over allegations that the United States has been spying on European Union citizens. The latest public attack came on Tuesday when EU lawmakers called for the suspension of a controversial financial data sharing agreement between the European Union (EU) and the U.S. aimed at tracking terrorists' funds, after revelations that the U.S. tapped international bank transfer information of citizens in the 28-nation bloc.

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25 settembre 2013
Beyrer: EU-US trade talks can achieve the impossible by Daniela Vincenti, EurActiv. Even though there is no clear roadmap on how to achieve regulatory cooperation - the most difficult chapter in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - if there is "full political support, we can achieve what seems impossible", Markus Beyrer tells EurActiv.

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24 settembre 2013
TTIP: Data is the elephant in the room by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. Data protection issues have been cut out of the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but rivalry between the two trade blocs in the critical booming sector threatens to spoil any deal.

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24 settembre 2013
These are the 4 most important tech issues for lawmakers to solve by Derrick Harris, GigaOm. Technology is becoming more integrated into every aspect of life both in America and abroad, but the laws that govern it can’t seem to catch up. When they do, they’re often inadequate, shortsighted and burdensome to a fault. Some of this is unavoidable because of the fast pace of innovation, but there’s also a lot that lawmakers can get right if they’re willing to give certain issues the attention they deserve.

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24 settembre 2013
Brazil lashes out at US spy programme, AlJazeera. Brazil's president has delivered a stinging rebuke to the United States over its surveillance programme that has swept up data from billions of telephone calls and emails that have passed through Brazil, including her own. Addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Dilma Rousseff also called on the global body to create a framework of Internet regulation to halt the US and other nations from using it as the "new battlefield" of espionage.

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24 settembre 2013
Congress split on NSA changes by Brendan Sasso and Kate Tummarello, The Hill. The Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committee leaders have different ideas for reforming the National Security Agency (NSA) following the leaks by Edward Snowden.

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23 settembre 2013
After NSA revelations, a privacy czar is needed by Alan Charles Raul, The Washington Post. The United States has lots of good privacy laws, robust government enforcement and extensive litigation by private lawyers, but the federal government has no uber-guru in charge of U.S. privacy policy.

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23 settembre 2013
Europe’s love-hate affair with cloud computing; the week in cloud by Barb Darrow, GigaOM. The conventional wisdom is that Europe is a few years behind the United States in cloud adoption, but interest in cloud deployment remains sky high. That perception was borne out by panelists and attendees at last week’s Structure:Europe event and other reports that show cloud adoption growing despite PRISM-generated concerns over data privacy, which have yet to be sorted out.

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23 settembre 2013
EU, US gear up for 'real' negotiation round on trade deal, EurActiv. There is a sense of anticipation in Brussels as negotiators are frantically preparing for next month’s second "real" round of trade talks with the United States in Brussels, but progress is unlikely to be perceivable before December, experts say.

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22 settembre 2013
The readers' editor on… the Guardian's coverage of government surveillance by Chris Elliott, The Guardian. An entry in former Labour MP Chris Mullin's diary for 6 August 1999 describes one of his first days as a new minister. Two men visited him in his office to talk about security. He was one of five ministers in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions whose responsibilities, in his case water and aviation, entitled them to see "STRAP 2 (Top Secret)" information.

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20 settembre 2013
France calls for EU to regulate Web giants to counter dominance by Leila Abboud, Reuters. France is pushing for the European Union to regulate global internet companies like Google Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc more aggressively, to counter their growing dominance over online commerce and services.

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19 settembre 2013
EP resolution challenges igaming, Times of Malta. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) suggests that a future EU approach on igaming could be based upon the blueprint used for financial services, whereby a licensed operator in one member state should be recognised by other member states.

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19 settembre 2013
Dem presses Zuckerberg on privacy by Brendan Sasso, The Hill. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to do a better job protecting the privacy of his site's users during a private meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill.

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19 settembre 2013
UK information commissioner to examine Snowden disclosures impact by Alan Travis, The Guardian. Britain's information commissioner, Christopher Graham, has asked his expert advisers to investigate the impact of Edward Snowden's disclosures of the spy agencies' mass internet surveillance on the privacy of UK citizens.

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19 settembre 2013
Time to give data regulators more teeth by Scott Logie, The Guardian. With the EU parliament due to vote on data regulation in mid-October, I believe it's time for a rethink on how we tackle this problem in this country.

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18 settembre 2013
Symantec Fingers Most Advanced Chinese Hacker Group by Danny Yadron, The Wall Street Journal. The most advanced hacker group in China is composed of 50-100 professional cybercrooks who have breached Google, Adobe, RSA, Bit9 and Lockheed Martin in recent years, according to a new report from Symantec.

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18 settembre 2013
Amid NSA Tensions, Brazil May Change Its Internet Laws by Loretta Chao, The Wall Street Journal. Tensions are flaring between the U.S. and Brazil over spying, and now Brazil is weighing controversial new Internet laws to keep the U.S. government out of its data. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called off a planned state visit to Washington on Tuesday — the first for a Brazilian leader in nearly two decades — in response to news reports that the National Security Agency had spied on her and state-controlled oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro.

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18 settembre 2013
Lawmakers accused of rushing EU data protection law by Henriette Jacobsen, EurActiv. Industrialists and diplomats have accused MEPs of rushing through data protection laws that they say would boost their electoral chances more than Europe’s economies, ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections. At a data protection and privacy conference in Brussels Tuesday (17 September) organised by Forum Europe, policymakers and the information technology industry clashed over the timeline of the draft EU data protection law.

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18 settembre 2013
Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini says open source and European cloud will protect EU data by Jonathan Brandon, Business Cloud. Europe should invest in developing its own highly secure cloud platform to keep European citizens’ data out of reach of snooping governments and criminals, and encourage adoption of open source technologies in the process, said Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini.

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18 settembre 2013
Big Data Fuels Spying and Context Marketing by Chad Pollitt, Huffington Post. With the dust still stirring from the exposure of the NSA's data collection program, privacy advocates are starting to turn their attention to the businesses that collect consumer data. Pundits are starting to ask, "Who's more dangerous: The government or businesses?"

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18 settembre 2013
Digital Advertising Alliance Leaves the Do Not Track Working Group, InfoSecurity. The W3C working party tasked with defining the mechanisms that will underpin Do Not Track processes is now in serious danger of collapse following the third major defection in as many months.

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17 settembre 2013
Improving the Big Data Toolkit by Steve Lohr, The New York Times. Open source software tends to march into the marketplace step by step, a quiet but steady strategy compared with the grand marketing events of the commercial software world. And Hadoop, the bedrock software of the fast-growing Big Data business, is on the march.

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17 settembre 2013
British tech entrepreneur Lynch invests in cybersecurity firm backed by ex-MI5 boss by James Titcomb, The Telegraph. Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy, has made the first investment from his $1bn technology fund, backing a cybersecurity company whose board includes the former director-general of MI5.

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14 settembre 2013
Kroes control - The digital commissioner proposes a single market to speed up Europe, The Economist. EUROPE wasn’t always a digital laggard. Its telecoms operators were far quicker than America’s to build 3G mobile-telecoms networks. Nokia once made the world’s coolest mobile phones. But the old continent has fallen behind. Only a quarter of the European Union’s people have access to new 4G networks, according to the European Commission. In America a single company, Verizon (a monster borrower this week, see article), reaches nine out of ten.

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13 settembre 2013
EU lawmakers back ‘intellectual property rights’ over biodiversity by Marc Hall, EurActiv. The European Parliament has agreed to rules that would prevent EU companies, particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector, from exploiting the natural resources of the world's indigenous communities by recognising their 'intellectual property rights' over local biodiversity.

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13 settembre 2013
Ancora problemi per Facebook sulla privacy: aperta un'inchiesta in Usa. Ma il titolo sale ai massimi, La Reppublica. Nuovi problemi per Facebook sul fronte della gestione dei dati personali. La Federal Trade Commission (Ftc), l'ente governativo per la protezione dei consumatori, ha infatti aperto un'inchiesta sui recenti cambiamenti in materia di privacy fatti dal colosso di Menlo Park. La mossa arriva in seguito alla richiesta - inviata la scorsa settimana - da parte di sei organizzazioni americane.

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12 settembre 2013
What is America's Broadband Agenda? by Christina Gagnier, The Huffington Post. As the birthplace of the Internet, there are those who continuously clamor for the United States to be "Number One" when it comes to broadband. At a crossroads where we are figuring out the best way to manage the growth of our country's broadband, a fair question arises: What is America's broadband agenda today?

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12 settembre 2013
'Connected continent' plan seeks harmonised EU telecoms market by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. Reduced mobile phone roaming charges was the popular leading act in the European Commission's proposal to harmonise the telecoms sector, which also included controversial attempts to level EU access to the internet and radio spectra.

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12 settembre 2013
Data privacy a concern for EU economy by Ian Campbell, The Irish Times. European plans to strengthen data privacy protection after revelations about the US National Security Agency (NSA) accessing data hosted by US tech companies could damage the EU economy, according to Jeremy Burton, EMC executive vice president of product operations and marketing. “If there are huge privacy concerns in Europe, then it’s not only going to skew investments by big companies like EMC, but also the start-up world,” he warns.

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12 settembre 2013
America's Top Spy Sees Silver Lining in the Snowden Leaks by Paul D. Shinkman, US News. "Snowden" has become a dirty word among intelligence professionals, and is usually followed by corrections of, "He's not a whistle blower, he's a leaker." Or worse, "a traitor." The chief of all U.S. intelligence told an auditorium of national security and cyber professionals on Thursday that the notorious former contractor now at large in Russia is among the "Three S's" of top concern facing the country, to also include Syria and Sequestration.

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12 settembre 2013
U.S. official: If the UN keeps trying to regulate the Web, we should consider pulling funding by Brian Fung, The Washington Post. The United States should consider withdrawing its funding from the International Telecommunications Union if the UN agency keeps trying to assert regulatory authority over the Internet, a U.S. official said Thursday.

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11 settembre 2013
EU Offers Plan to End Roaming Charges by Frances Robinson, The Wall Street Journal. The European Union set out what it called "the most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms reform," aiming to promote broadband investment, end cellphone roaming fees and make international fixed-line calls the same price as domestic calls.

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11 settembre 2013
NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian. The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

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11 settembre 2013
Tlc, l'Europa cambia le regole: Roaming gratuito, tariffe più semplici di Alessandro Longo, La Repubblica. Presentato dalla Commissione europea un piano per le telecomunicazioni per "un singolo mercato europeo", definito "il più ambizioso in 26 anni di riforma del mercato delle telecomunicazioni". Barroso: "Fondamentale per gli interessi dell'Unione", Kroes: "Un sì alla neutralità della rete e a nuovi posti di lavoro". La progressiva eliminazione dei costi si concluderà nel luglio del 2014.

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10 settembre 2013
MEPs call for suspension of EU-US finance tracking deal by Nikolaj Nielsen, EU Observer. Press reports that the US intelligence agency secretly tapped into international bank transfer firm Swift have prompted MEPs to call for an immediate suspension of the EU-US terrorist financial tracking programme (TFTP) agreement.

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10 settembre 2013
Kroes’s telecoms plan faces Commission hostility, EurActiv. Neelie Kroes, the EU's digital agenda commissioner, may have to redraw part of her plan to boost broadband speeds and forge a cross-continent market, because of opposition to proposals critics say could give big operators unfair advantages, a senior EU Commission official has said.

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10 settembre 2013
Net neutrality proposals cause friction in the European Commission, leaks show by David Meyer, Gigaom. It’s not only in the U.S. that net neutrality is under threat. In Europe, too, ISPs may soon be expressly permitted to charge content providers for carrying their traffic – but, as it turns out, this is causing divisions within Europe’s executive body.

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10 settembre 2013
Visit by Croatia to ENISA; cyber security cooperation with a new EU Member State, ENISA. A delegation with representatives from both the national and governmental Croatian Computer Emergency Response Teams –”CERT” met with the ENISA experts in Athens today.

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10 settembre 2013
United Kingdom: European Data Protection Watchdog Proposes Stricter Regulation Of Profiling by Cynthia O'Donoghue, Mondaq. The EU data protection watchdog, Article 29 Working Party (Art. 29 WP), has issued the Advice paper on essential elements of a definition and a provision on profiling within the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The document underlines the significance of creating profiles based on interlinked personal data, especially given the latest developments in geo location and Big Data.

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10 settembre 2013
NSA violations led judge to consider viability of surveillance program by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian. A judge on the secret surveillance court was so disturbed by the National Security Agency's repeated violations of privacy restrictions that he questioned the viability of its bulk collection of Americans' phone records, according to newly declassified surveillance documents.

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09 settembre 2013
Big Data Improves Health Care by Juergen Faelchle, Salon. During the 2012 presidential elections, the predictions of one shy outsider with a love for baseball statistics outperformed those of hundreds of campaign veterans and beltway insiders. How did he do it? Instead of gut feelings and anecdotes, Nate Silver and his blog FiveThirtyEight used “big data” to correctly predict the outcome of every single state and the District of Columbia.

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09 settembre 2013
France to support private 'crowdfunding' by Cécile Barbière, EurActiv. France is drafting a new law that aims to make the practice of pooling resources to fund private ventures easier and more competitive, but the lack of rules governing so-called 'crowdfunding' has prompted the European Commission to announce new legislation for "early next year".

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09 settembre 2013
Guardian editor warns MEPs about 'chilling effect' of Prism probe on the media by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The editor of the UK’s Guardian newspaper urged Members of the European Parliament last week to do more to shield the media, claiming UK government pressure over revelations in the Snowden affair would have a chilling effect on journalism.

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09 settembre 2013
EU politicians want suspension of data-sharing deal amid new NSA spying allegations by Jennifer Baker, PC World. European politicians on Monday called for the immediate suspension of a data-sharing agreement between the U.S. and the European Union following more revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.

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09 settembre 2013
Transatlantic trade deal would be ‘welcome boost’ to EU economy by Martin Schulz, The Parliament. I am not a big fan of acronyms. Even less when they add an extra layer of complexity to an already jungle-like EU jargon, making it look like a tribal language of bureaucracy incomprehensible and impenetrable to European citizens.

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08 settembre 2013
CrowdStrike Raises $30M For Data Security Platform Built To Put Adversaries On The Defensive by Alex Williams, Tech Crunch. CrowdStrike has raised $30 million in a Series B round led by Accel Venture Partners for its security technology to identify advanced threats and put adversaries more on the defensive. Founding investor Warbug Pincus also participated in the funding.

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06 settembre 2013
Decision to Publish Against Government Request Was ‘Not a Particularly Anguished One’ by Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times. The New York Times has come under fire in the past for agreeing to government requests to hold back sensitive stories or information, but it bucked such requests in publishing a front-page article in Friday’s paper.

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05 settembre 2013
Guardian presses incoming Australian government on media freedom by Paul Owen, The Guardian. The Guardian has written to key Australian politicians of both main parties to seek their assurance that the incoming government will not intimidate journalists or hamper their work as the paper continues to investigate government surveillance around the world.

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05 settembre 2013
European Commissioner Neelie Kroes pushes for 5G despite EU 4G lag by Jennifer Scott, Computer Weekly. Neelie Kroes has called for further investment into 5G technologies by Europe, even though 4G networks have barely taken off in the region. Speaking at today’s Mobile360 event in Brussels, the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda said Europe had missed the boat with 4G and it was time to focus efforts on the future.

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05 settembre 2013
Europe Needs a 'Big Bang' for Wireless by Gunnar Kokmark, The Wall Street Journal. Policy makers in the European Union and around the world regularly refer to the Internet and the wireless economy as an "important part" of society. Yet outside the group of telecom ministers and other experts, the wireless sector matters to EU policy only as a very specific segment of our economies.

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05 settembre 2013
Do not let Prism scandal wreck the Safe Harbour system, EurActiv. Reaction to the Prism scandal has been strong, but threats by Europe to break apart the Safe Harbour agreement would be counter-productive, since this helps the US authorities to punish US IT firms in breach of data rules. Indeed strong US regulatory action against a US firm would be the best way of beginning to heal the damage done by Prism, according to a former US intelligence and government insider.

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05 settembre 2013
Planned EU privacy law no magic bullet against U.S. spying by Claire Davenport, Reuters. Stung by revelations about the scale of U.S. electronic spying, Europe has been itching to show it can protect its citizens from snooping - but planned new privacy legislation risks a head-on collision with U.S. law.

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05 settembre 2013
Can cloud computing be secure? Six ways to reduce risk and protect data by Gretchen Marx, The Guardian. OK, I admit it. I wasn't always watching my kids demonstrate their athletic prowess on the field. Sometimes I had my laptop out and was working. Sometimes I was just watching the clouds go by. One observation about those clouds – they were constantly morphing. They had no fixed edge as they billowed and blew across the sky.

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04 settembre 2013
France says it was no victim of Prism, EurActiv. The French Ministry for Foreign Affairs has told EurActiv that its diplomatic network system is protected and secure, and could not have been a target for the NSA. Human rights organisations have however filed complaints against Apple, Google and Facebook.

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04 settembre 2013
Obama, U.S. officials do NSA damage control in Europe by Tony Romm, Politico. A European outcry over U.S. government surveillance is overshadowing transatlantic talks about tech policy — and the Obama administration, fearing new trade setbacks and penalties, has launched into damage-control mode.

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03 settembre 2013
Personal details in smartphone fitness apps 'sold to other firms': 20 most used products pass information to nearly 70 companies by Eleanor Harding, Daily Mail. Companies are accessing people’s private health information through their smartphone apps, it is claimed. The firms are harvesting information via popular health and fitness apps available in the UK including jogging app MapMyRun. The apps are used by fitness fans to track their exercise sessions and record information such as running times.

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03 settembre 2013
Are Edward Snowden NSA leaks messing up US foreign relations? by Peter Grier, CS Monitor. The US ambassador gets a tongue-lashing from Brazilian officials angry about NSA eavesdropping on their president, and Obama is likely to get an earful from spied-upon Europeans later this week at the G-20 summit. One problem for the US: It doesn't know how much more will be leaked.

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03 September 2013
IBM finalizes acquisition of Trusteer, creates cybersecurity lab by Charlie Osborne, ZDNet. IBM's bid to purchase enterprise security firm Trusteer is complete, bringing the enterprise security firm into the IBM cybersecurity lab fold. In an announcement Tuesday, the tech giant said that plans to acquire Israeli firm Trusteer have come to a close. The deal was first revealed in August, where the tech giant said that Trusteer's anti-fraud and advanced security threat software would be a welcome addition to IBM's current portfolio.

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03 settembre 2013
Data-Security Expert Kaspersky: There Is No More Privacy by Paul Sonne, The Wall Street Journal. A month after National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden arrived at the airport here, Russian computer-security expert Eugene Kaspersky fielded a question on the newly-exposed U.S. surveillance programs at his office down the road. "There is no more privacy," the 47-year-old CEO of antivirus software firm Kaspersky Lab told a group of journalists.

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03 settembre 2013
Snooping among friends by H.J., The Economist. WHEN David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald, an American journalist, was stopped and questioned by the police for nine hours in Heathrow airport last month, tempers in his home country flared. The law invoked by his detainers does not require them to give grounds for their actions. But then it is only supposed to be used against suspected terrorists, which Mr Miranda clearly is not.

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02 settembre 2013
Kroes slams broadband 'regulatory mess', EurActiv. European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes has slammed the “regulatory mess” affecting broadband in a warm up to forthcoming proposals to shake up the sector, which will form part of the new Single Market for Telecommunications.

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02 settembre 2013
Handshake Is A Personal Data Marketplace Where Users Get Paid To Sell Their Own Data by Natasha Lomas, Tech Runch. They don’t go around shouting about it but most Internet companies make money off user data — either by selling the specifics of individuals’ digital activity to interested companies, or by bundling up multiple users’ data into quasi-anonymised business intelligence and flogging that ‘insight’ on (aka: if the tech service is free you’re the product).

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02 settembre 2013
Brazil Angered Over Report N.S.A. Spied on President by Simon Romero and Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times. Brazil’s government summoned the United States ambassador on Monday to respond to new revelations of American surveillance of President Dilma Rousseff and her top aides, complicating relations between the countries ahead of Ms. Rousseff’s state visit to Washington next month.

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02 settembre 2013
Personal Data From The Electoral Register 'Sold To Pizza Shops' By Councils, The Huffington Post. Councils have been accused of cashing in on people's names and addresses - leading to a mountain of junk mail. More than 300 local authorities sold versions of the electoral register to more than 2,700 private companies and individuals, including pizza shops, lobbyists and estate agents. Campaigners said this led to unwanted letters, with most people unaware their details had ever been passed on.

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02 settembre 2013
UK Authorities have Investigated Nearly 800 Cases of Theft of Personal Data, InfoSecurity. At a time when both business and government are increasingly storing people’s personal information in online databases, an investigation by the Sunday Telegraph shows that the authorities have already investigated nearly 800 cases involving the theft of personal data.

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01 settembre 2013
Will Big Data Bring More Price Discrimination? by Adam Ozimek, Forbes. There’s a lot of value in price discrimination for overcoming fixed costs. The textbook example of this is a rural doctors office that can only operate profitably if they can price discriminate and charge some customers more than others. As a result you generally see economists more in favor of price discrimination than non-economists, who regard it as unfair.

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01 settembre 2013
Doc Searls pondering surveillance and privacy by Bruce SterlingEmail Author, Wired. Nice historical insights here. Also, rather a lot of stuff I hadn’t heard about. http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/2013/08/31/thoughts-on-privacy/ (…) “I can report that respect for privacy — the right to be left alone and to conceal what one wishes about one’s self and one’s data — is far more evolved elsewhere than it is in the U.S.

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01 settembre 2013
Record labels ask broadband providers to collect data on illegal downloads by Juliette Garside, The Guardian. Broadband providers are being asked to create a database of customers illegally downloading music, films and books, which could be used to disconnect or prosecute persistent offenders. Measures to combat digital piracy will be among the topics discussed at a Downing Street breakfast on 12 September, when record-label bosses and their trade association, the BPI, have been invited to meet David Cameron.

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30 agosto 2013
Cybersecurity: a vehicle for growth, not a roadblock to progress by John Colley, The Guardian. It's an issue that affects every sector and every profession at every level. Earlier this year, the Federation of Small Businesses claimed that cybercrime was costing UK small and medium enterprises £785m a year, while research from 2012 found that one in 10 SMEs had suffered a data breach.

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29 agosto 2013
Boosting Wi-Fi across EU by David Casa, Times of Malta. The European Commission recently funded a study assessing the importance of Wi-Fi and the socio-economic benefits of small cell infrastructures. The study was carried out by WIK and Aegis. It highlights the important role Wi-Fi plays in connecting European citizens with the internet.

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29 agosto 2013
Europe pushes own digital ‘cloud’ in wake of US spying scandal, EurActiv. The European Commission will redouble efforts to promote EU-based cloud services this autumn - including the urgent drafting of a new charter - amid mounting evidence that the US Prism spying scandal may damage the global market share of US-based tech companies involved in the cloud computing sector.

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29 agosto 2013
France investigates role of internet companies in PRISM by Liam Tung, ZDNet. The Paris prosecutor's office has opened a preliminary investigation into the roles that internet companies played in the US surveillance program PRISM. The investigation, which opened in mid-July, according to reports, followed complaints filed with the prosecutor's office earlier that month filed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the French Human Rights League (LDH).

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29 agosto 2013
Cameron Kerry tries to reassure Europe over NSA spying by Brendan Sasso, The Hill. Cameron Kerry, the Commerce Department's general counsel, tried to reassure European officials that the National Security Agency is not violating their privacy rights. In a speech on Wednesday at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Kerry urged Europeans not to let the disclosures about NSA surveillance harm relations with the United States.

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29 agosto 2013
Europe pushes own digital ‘cloud’ in wake of US spying scandal, EurActiv. The European Commission will redouble efforts to promote EU-based cloud services this autumn - including the urgent drafting of a new charter - amid mounting evidence that the US Prism spying scandal may damage the global market share of US-based tech companies involved in the cloud computing sector.

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29 agosto 2013
Breach Notification is Now EU Law for Communications Providers, InfoSecurity. On 25 August, the EU’s new breach notification Regulation for electronic communication service (ECS) providers came into force. The Regulation supplements an earlier Directive that instructed ECS companies to notify their competent national authority in accordance with national laws.

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28 agosto 2013
The cloud: A journey into space and time by Chris Meager, CIO. A recent series of cloud briefings sought to address the technology, legal and change management aspects of cloud. They prompted some thought-provoking discussions around the longevity and value of cloud computing. With so much noise around ‘cloud’ and so many opinions, it can be difficult to get consensus in the true benefits of cloud. There are many cloud-sceptics, quite understandably from the overload of cloud hype out there.

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28 agosto 2013
Universities Go in Big for Big Data by Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Wall Street Journal. Big data is going to college. This semester, a handful of university programs specializing in data mining are starting up. This week, the University of Virginia launched a new research center called the Big Data Institute. Columbia University will also begin offering a new master’s in big data, in a program technically called “Quantitative Studies.”

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28 agosto 2013
Between Paranoia and Naïveté by Jochen Bittner, The New York Times. THE National Security Agency scandal has given us Germans a nostalgic summer. How self-assured we have been, especially we journalists, in lambasting the alleged surveillance of our e-mail and phone calls by American spooks. It reminds us how far we’ve come from our various totalitarian pasts — a point of pride as much as humility.

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28 agosto 2013
Researcher: Snapchat names, aliases, phone numbers vulnerable by Violet Blue, CNET. A "Snapchat Security Advisory" published by Australian researchers claims that Snapchat names, aliases and phone numbers can be discovered and harvested via the Snapchat Android and iOS API - even if the Snapchat account is private.

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20 agosto 2013
Facebook, 20 milioni di dollari agli utenti per aver usato dati personali per la pubblicità di Laura Bogliolo, Il Messaggero. Facebook dovrà pagare 15 dollari a oltre 600mila utenti per aver condiviso loro informazioni personali negli annunci apparsi sul social network senza il loro consenso. Nomi e immagini di circa 150 milioni di utenti di Facebook sono stati utilizzati nei cosiddetti Sponsored Stories, ma solo quelli che hanno risposto a una e-mail dal sito all'inizio di quest'anno saranno compensati.

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27 agosto 2013
'Perfect privacy'? In Internet communication, that doesn't exist by Devin Coldewey, NBC News. Your communications are private — mostly. Your next-door neighbor can't hear you send an angry email or a saucy text, and even talking on a cellphone is more secure than using the century-old tech in a landline telephone. But when it comes to keeping a lid on the details of your communication — who you communicate with, and when and how you do it — perfect privacy just isn't attainable.

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27 agosto 2013
Smart homes: A threat to privacy by Roger Gallager, Daily Caller. Smart homes aim to automate all household tasks, from setting the temperature to activating the home security system. In order for the home to be “smarter,” appliances are connected to one network to work together. These networks are either wired or wireless and then connected to a server outside the house. The server collects information from the appliances, such as security codes or room temperature. This data is then processed.

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27 agosto 2013
How Worried Should Small Businesses Be Regarding Cyber Security?, Forbes. By some estimates, network-based attacks, such as DDOS (short for Distributed Denial of Services), which have the ability to take down large computing networks, have increased by 700 percent this year.

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27 agosto 2013
Where Do Data Scientists Come From? by Ellis Booker, Information Week. Looking for skilled data scientists? Don't neglect Belarus and Ukraine in your search. "We've hired people and have partners doing development from these countries," Sid Banerjee, CEO of text analytics company Clarabridge, told InformationWeek in a phone interview.

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27 agosto 2013
HyTrust Raises $18.5M For Security Technology That Protects The Virtual Data Center by Alex Williams, Tech Runch. HyTrust has raised $18.5 million for its security technology designed for the new reality of the virtualized data center that requires new methods to prevent security breaches. The Series C oversubscribed financing came from Intel Capital and Fortinet, as well as recent investors VMware and In-Q-Tel. Previous investors Granite Ventures, Cisco Systems, Trident Capital and Epic Ventures also participated in this round.

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26 agosto 2013
NSA row: Merkel rival threatens to suspend EU-US trade talks by Kevin Rawlinson and agencies, The Guardian. Angela Merkel's main rival in the German general election next month has pledged to suspend EU-US trade talks over the National Security Agency spying scandal if he replaces her as chancellor.

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26 agosto 2013
India's Internet Privacy Woes by Rohin Dharmakumar, Forbes. “For the sake of national security and to protect the privacy of its citizens, India should develop its own social media platforms,” says Dr Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO of Data Security Council of India (DSCI), a Nasscom-promoted ‘self-regulatory’ organisation on data protection and privacy in India, in a blog post dated August 13.

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26 agosto 2013
How the NSA leaks could affect the US cloud computing industryn by Katherine Jacobsen, CS Monitor. News of the National Security Agency's data collection and surveillance programs made public ongoing privacy debates in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, inciting a backlash against the US government both domestically and internationally.

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26 agosto 2013
Visualization: The Simple Way to Simplify Big Data by Chris Taylor, Wired. Data visualization has an amazing ability to make the complex simple, and the latest tools can do much more than give everyone the same view of data. It’s only through visualization that we can take something as abstract as symbols and turn it into a physical image that has dimensions that our eyes can quickly see and our brains understand. We can grasp data’s meaning more quickly. Visualization tells us when trends are heading in the wrong direction and we need to intervene.

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26 agosto 2013
China's Internet hit by DDoS attack; sites down for hours by Don Reisinger, CNET. China's Internet was taken down in an attack on Sunday that could have been perpetrated by sophisticated hackers or an individual, security experts say.

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25 agosto 2013
China tightens the screw on the internet by Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph. Even as it trumpets how the live tweeting of the Bo Xilai trial is a "watershed" moment, the Party has warned it intends to further restrict internet freedom and has made five major arrests in the last four days.

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25 agosto 2013
Surveillance Revelations Shake U.S.-German Ties by Alison Smale, The New York Times. Continuing revelations, based on documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden, of sweeping American digital surveillance around the world are rattling the close ties between the United States and Germany. In a country scarred by Nazi and Communist pasts, the issue is prompting not just a debate about privacy and data protection, but also demands from German officials that the Berlin-Washington security partnership be put on a new footing.

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31 luglio 2013
Data security and privacy: can we have both? by John Burn-Murdoch, The Guardian. Proposed data protection laws would require companies to delete information that could allow an individual to be identified, but existing data storage and duplication practices are at odds with the drive to protect our right to privacy.

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30 luglio 2013
Britain is losing the war against internet crime, says MP report by Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian. Britain is too complacent about the war against internet crime, which it is losing, a committee of MPs said on Tuesday. In a wide-ranging report, the Commons home affairs committee said that internet crime, or e-crime, is now more valuable than the drugs industry; that sentences are too low; and that a "black hole" in the system allowed minor e-crime to be committed with impunity.

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30 luglio 2013
Report calls for stepped-up EU, UK cooperation on internet crime, EurActiv. Britain is losing the battle against cybercrime and needs a new crack crime unit to fight the growing problem in cooperation with its global partners, particularly the European Union, a panel of lawmakers said in a new report.

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30 luglio 2013
The Intersection Of Big Data And Cloud by Edward Newman, Forbes. One of the things we can expect to see a lot more of in the future is the concept of Big Data for Infrastructure. By that I mean the intersection of cloud infrastructure and cloud services and Big Data capability and functionality. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for environments to have over 1000 virtual machines.

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30 luglio 2013
Senate Commerce panel approves cybersecurity bill by Jennifer Martinez, The Hill. The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved an industry-backed bill aimed at boosting the nation's cybersecurity on Tuesday, paving the way for a full Senate vote on the measure before the end of the year.

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29 luglio 2013
In Wake of PRISM, German DPAs Threaten To Halt Data Transfers to Non-EU Countries by Jabeen Bhatti, Bloomberg. Companies doing business in Germany are likely to face additional bureaucratic hurdles involving new data transfers to countries outside the European Union--or have their attempts to move data halted entirely, attorneys told BNA July 25.

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29 luglio 2013
Financial Inclusion and The Digital Asset Transfer Authority (DATA) by Stan Stalnaker, Huffington Post. Today, a group of over 15 leaders from the emerging payment and virtual currency industry announced the formation of a Committee for the Establishment of the Digital Asset Transfer Authority. The committee seeks to foster prudent, responsible development of new technologies at the forefront of a sea change in finance that will add 2.5 billion people to the economic system in the next four years.

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29 luglio 2013
Obama to talk EU trade in joint meeting with Baltic leaders by Julian Pecquet, The Hill. President Obama will host the leaders of the three Baltic nations at the end of next month, the White House announced Monday Topics of discussion for the Aug. 30 meeting with the president of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania include the proposed U.S.-European Union free-trade pact and energy and defense cooperation.

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28 luglio 2013
Publicis, Omnicom Merger: It's about "Big Data" says Maurice Levy by Andy Plesser, Huffington Post. In his comments about the merger of Publicis Groupe and Omnicom, Publicis CEO Maurice Levy explained advertising has reached a new era, where "Big Data" is driving how advertising is both created and delivered. Explaining how marketing and media is being transformed by technology, he is quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying: "exponential development of new media giants, the explosion of Big Data...and profound changes in consumer behavior."

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28 luglio 2013
Federal push for mobile privacy code of conduct panned by Antone Gonsalves, CSO Australia. A federal effort to get industry and consumer advocates to agree on a privacy code of conduct for mobile app developers is being lambasted for falling far short of protecting personal information.

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28 luglio 2013
German anti-NSA protests attract small crowds by Jennifer Stange, DW. Only modest crowds gathered in cities across Germany to protest against Internet surveillance by the US intelligence service, NSA. The physical demonstrations were not nearly as large as their online equivalent.

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28 luglio 2013
More Independence for the FISA Court, The New York Times. There are so many deeply troubling things about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that it is difficult to know where to begin, but a good place might be the method by which the court’s judges are chosen.

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26 luglio 2013
Irish rule out action in data row, Belfast Telegraph. The Republic's data protection commissioner Billy Hawkes has ruled that no action can be taken against Irish subsidiaries of Facebook and Apple. The two American firms stand accused of handing the data of hundreds of millions of European citizens over to the USA's national security organisations via their US-based parent companies.

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26 luglio 2013
NSA snooping has ordinary people seeking ways to greater privacy by Oskar Garcia, The Star. In Louisiana, the wife of a former soldier is scaling back on Facebook posts and considering unfriending old acquaintances, worried an innocuous joke or long-lost associate might one day land her in a government probe. In California, a college student encrypts chats and emails, saying he’s not planning anything sinister but shouldn’t have to sweat snoopers.

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25 luglio 2013
NSA Spying Row in Congress Ushers in Debate Over Big Data by Chris Strohm & Timothy R. Homan, Bloomberg. The clash in Congress over limiting U.S. surveillance powers is spurring a broader public debate over managing the billions of e-mails, telephone calls and texts generated globally every day.

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25 luglio 2013
Cloud computing firm says Ireland’s skills gap not an obstacle to expansion by Christopher McKinley, The Irish Times. Cloud computing company salesforce.com said that Ireland’s skills gap won’t prevent it getting the “right talent” for the 100 jobs it announced in Dublin yesterday.

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25 luglio 2013
George Galloway's ex-secretary faces charges over data protection by Helen Pidd, The Guardian. George Galloway's former secretary has been charged with data-protection offences allegedly carried out while she was working in the office of the Respect MP for Bradford West. Aisha Ali-Khan, 32, has been charged with one count of encouraging misconduct in a public office and encouraging obtaining of personal data without consent on or about 24 August 2012, the Metropolitan police said.

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25 luglio 2013
Under Code, Apps Would Disclose Collection of Data by Natasha Singer, The New York Times. Like food packages that display nutrition labels, some mobile apps could soon display information that allows consumers to decide at a glance whether the apps are good for them.

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25 luglio 2013
Datagate e monitoraggio del web di Federico Guerrini, La Stampa. La Germania spinge per un accordo europeo sulla protezione dei dati personali. I ministri della Giustizia e degli Esteri del Paese hanno sottoscritto una lettera,inviata la scorsa settimana ma resa pubblica soltanto ieri, in cui “suggeriscono” ai loro omologhi delle altre nazioni europee di aggiungere un comma all’articolo 17 della Convenzione internazionale sui diritti civili e politici della Nazioni Unite, per garantire la protezione della sfera privata nell’era digitale.

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25 luglio 2013
Regolamento anti-pirateria italiano: forse uno dei migliori di Dario d'Elia, La Reppublica. Il Garante delle Comunicazioni ha approvato lo schema del nuovo regolamento anti-pirateria a tutela del diritto d'autore online. Si tratta di un documento sviluppato a seguito di "un'ampia e approfondita riflessione su tutti gli elementi acquisiti nel dibattito" con la comunità d'interesse.

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25 luglio 2013
Intercettazioni con modalità a prova di privacy di Giovanni Negri, Il Sole 24 Ore. Intercettazioni blindate a tutela della privacy. Il Garante ha approvato un provvedimento che dovrà essere pubblicato sulla «Gazzetta Ufficiale» (da quella data le Procure avranno 18 mesi a disposizione per adottare le misure necessarie) con il quale si sollecita agli uffici del pubblico ministero l'innalzamento della protezione dei dati personali raccolti e usati nel corso delle intercettazioni.

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24 luglio 2013
Internet Activists Rally Support to Defund NSA Phone Surveillance by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Mashable. Internet activists are once again rallying netizens to call their representatives. This time, they want Internet users to convince Congress to strip funding from the National Security Agency surveillance program that collects American's phone records.

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24 luglio 2013
Fears over US push for European banks’ data, The Irish Times. US regulators are demanding the right to probe books, records and emails at the headquarters of Europe’s biggest financial groups, prompting deep EU unease over Washington intruding on its patch to collect highly sensitive data.

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24 luglio 2013
Microsoft security boss: EU should harmonise cybercrime controls by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. Europe’s proposed cybersecurity strategy would see companies reporting incidences of when they have been attacked. Microsoft’s Paul Nicholas says that there needs to be more clarity on what the reason for the reporting is, and calls for more collaboration between governments to harmonise cybersecurity controls.

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24 luglio 2013
Why Netflix is one of the most important cloud computing companies by Brandon Butler, Network World. Netflix's Open Source Software strategy started on June 23, 2011. One of the company's senior software engineers had an idea: "At some point, I think it would be valuable to open source the Zookeeper library I've written," Jordan Zimmerman wrote to his bosses, talking about a piece of customized code he helped develop. "Does Netflix have a policy on that?"

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24 luglio 2013
House rejects bid to curb spy agency data collection by David Alexander, Reuters. A U.S. spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications survived a legislative challenge in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the first attempt to curb the data gathering since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of its scope.

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23 luglio 2013
Data Science Certification Program Emerges by Jeff Bertolucci, Information Week. Much like the definition of big data, the job description for data scientist is definitely a work in progress. What skills are required? Well, in addition to possessing a strong math and computer science background, including the ability to devise algorithmic solutions to complex problems, data scientists need to be good communicators -- people capable of grasping business issues and explaining data-driven insights to executives and managers.

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22 luglio 2013
Big data and PISA by Andreas Schleicher, Huffington Post. Big data is the foundation on which education can reinvent its business model and build the coalition of governments, businesses, and social entrepreneurs that can bring together the evidence, innovation and resources to make lifelong learning a reality for all. So the next educational superpower might be the one that can combine the hierarchy of institutions with the power of collaborative information flows and social networks.

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22 luglio 2013
EU questions decade-old US data agreement by Nikolaj Nielsen, EU Observer. The European Commission is casting doubts on a 13-year old data sharing agreement with the United States. EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding on Friday (19 July) told reporters in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius her services will be reviewing the so-called Safe Harbor Agreement.

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22 luglio 2013
What's really behind the big gaps in government data? by Stuart Dredge and Jemima Kiss, The Guardian. A report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) appear to show that the government has underestimated the sector by as much as 40%, counting 187,000 active UK companies compared to the 270,000 identified by the NIESR.

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22 luglio 2013
Overbearing data protection rules threaten cloud computing, EurActiv. A policy debate is raging in Europe over cloud computing and those who want to bind the cloud in over-prescriptive regulation threaten to prevent the benefits of the new technology being felt, argues Thomas Boué.

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22 luglio 2013
U.S. Cybersecurity Plan Not Designed To Increase Regulation, Officials Say by Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg. An Obama administration effort to develop voluntary cybersecurity standards for the private sector is not intended as a vehicle for imposing back-door regulations, officials assured a House panel July 18.

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22 luglio 2013
White House considering cybersecurity incentives by Tony Room, Politico. The Obama administration has weighed whether to back tax breaks, insurance perks and other legal benefits for businesses that make meaningful improvements to their digital defenses. Those incentives — considered in May and not yet final — would aim to entice power plants, water systems and other forms of critical infrastructure to adopt the voluntary cybersecurity standards that the government and industry are drafting in response to President Barack Obama’s executive order.

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21 luglio 2013
5 Benefits of Cloud Computing You Aren't Likely To See In A Sales Brochure by Joe McKendrick, Forbes. Cost savings… elasticity…. scalability…. load “bursting”…. storage on demand… These are the advertised benefits of cloud computing, and they certainly help make for a solid business case for using either third-party services or a virtualized data center.

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21 luglio 2013
Bill requiring warrants for email searches nears Senate vote by Brendan Sasso, The Hill. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing to fast-track legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other private online messages.

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20 luglio 2013
Silver linings - Banks big and small are embracing cloud computing, The Economist. “I’VE only got one IT guy,” says Segun Akintemi, the chief executive of Renaissance Credit, a Nigerian moneylender that opened for business in October 2012 and signed up about 3,000 customers in its first six months. “Whenever I walk past his desk he is surfing the web.” That the firm has just one bored computer specialist is not a sign of backwardness. On the contrary, Renaissance Credit is ahead of its time when it comes to technology.

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20 luglio 2013
Reaching for the clouds, The Economist. WHEN senior European Union officials recently went to America to seek answers about Edward Snowden’s claims of wholesale snooping, including on EU institutions, they were told to mind their own business. Didn’t the visitors know how much spying was done by their own members? Britain, too, warned the European Commission that security matters were outside its remit. The Eurocrats’ only consolation is that the world’s spooks still think them important enough to be spied on.

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19 luglio 2013
Europe lacking response to data tapping by Bernd Riegert, DW. The massive tapping of data by security agencies in the US, with collaboration by Europe, has been raising questions. Are European Union interior ministers responsible? And how can data be better protected in the future?

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19 luglio 2013
Facilitazioni e non semplificazioni: un’idea per avvicinare la PA a cittadini e imprese di Luca Bolognini, Formiche. L’aneddoto del “cittadino disperato” Pietro Ichino, alle prese con la burocrazia labirintica e insondabile italiana per la (semplice?) registrazione di un contratto d’affitto, raccontato sul Corriere della Sera del 15 luglio 2013, mi offre l’occasione per parlare di un’idea. Due settimane fa, era domenica e mi trovavo in spiaggia: per non cadere vittima della noia, stavo al telefono.

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18 luglio 2013
Brussels plans sweeping rules to complete single EU telecoms market by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The European Commission is drafting ambitious plans to scrap mobile telephone roaming charges and to seize greater control over the radio frequency spectrum before the EU Parliament mandate ends next year, in a proposal that is likely to pitch Brussels against national interests and industry.

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18 luglio 2013
EU-US survey reveals massive support for trade deal, EurActiv. A new survey of policymakers and key influencers in Washington and Brussels, released jointly by APCO Insight and EurActiv, reveals significant support for an EU-US trade agreement, despite deep differences across the Atlantic on regulatory issues ranging from GMOs to the protection of data privacy online.

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18 luglio 2013
Lawmakers push for federal data beach notification law by Grant Gross, CSO. U.S. lawmakers plan to resurrect national data breach notification legislation that has failed to pass in past sessions of Congress, but some advocates don't agree on what should be included in a bill.

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18 luglio 2013
AGCOM, niente punizioni per i pirati di Mauro Vecchio, Punto Informatico. Il presidente Angelo Cardani, in audizione al Parlamento, si pone come obiettivo primario incrementare l'offerta legale per scoraggiare le violazioni. Nessuna pressione da parte di Telecom Italia nella questione scorporo.

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18 luglio 2013
Garante della Privacy: sì a tracciare gli utenti su tv interattiva, su internet solo se c’è il consenso, Pubblicità Italia. L’Autorità chiede ulteriori misure di sicurezza per 'profilazione incrociata' tra gli utenti telefonici e quelli tv.

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17 luglio 2013
US spies alerted EU on Van Rompuy hack by Valentina Pop, EU Observer. Being spied on by US intelligence can have its perks: When the emails of top EU officials were hacked two years ago, it was the Americans who revealed the infiltration. Back in 2011, two groups, dubbed "Comment" and "Byzantine Candor," tapped into the emails of EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy, EU counter-terrorism supremo Gilles de Kerchove and several other officials dealing with trade and development.

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17 luglio 2013
Data watchdog launches audit of business social media site LinkedIn by Peter Flanagan, IndependentIE. THE Data Protection Commissioner has begun an audit of the professional social networking firm LinkedIn, in a move that may have ramifications for its business across the world.

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17 luglio 2013
Putting a Dollar Value on Big Data Insights by Alex Romanov, Wired. The Big Data phenomenon produces some mind-boggling statistics, such as the fact that the volume of global data produced doubles every two years. At the University of California at Berkeley, researchers found that, currently, five quintillion bytes of data are produced every two days, which is equal to all the information ever produced by every conversation that has ever taken place on the planet.

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16 luglio 2013
The EU's grandstanding over Prism will push Britain out the door by Allie Renison, The Telegraph. The EU bangs on consistently about the pitfalls of populism, denouncing it as an adversary in the drive to push forward the project of European integration. But it turns out that populism isn’t such anathema to Brussels apparatchiks after all, given their exploiting of the Prism saga to resurrect contentious data protection proposals which have until now been stalling – for very good reason.

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15 luglio 2013
Leaked letter shows ISPs and government at war by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News. I've written before on the dialogue of the deaf between politicians and the internet industry over child internet safety - and now the relationship seems to be getting even worse. A letter sent to the UK's four leading ISPs from the government has made them very cross indeed. So cross that someone in the industry has passed it to me - you can read it in full below.

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15 luglio 2013
Iran's New President Hints At Easing Internet Controls by Peter Kenyon, NPR. Iran's President-elect Hasan Rowhani has already called for less filtering of the Internet, saying Iran must maintain its principles, but also needs to engage with the wider world. "We should rectify our relations with the world," Rowhani said in remarks carried by Iran's Press TV. "Gone are the days when a wall could be built around the country.... Today there are no more walls."

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15 luglio 2013
Prism case prompts Merkel to seek tougher EU data protection laws, EurActiv. Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to push for tougher EU data protection rules and force Internet firms to be more open as she tried to reassure voters before a September election about intrusive snooping by US intelligence in Germany.

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15 luglio 2013
Despite sequestration, cybersecurity funding growing by John Slye, The Washington Post. Bucking the trend set by most other areas in the defense budget, cybersecurity is widely regarded as a growth area for the near future. The Defense Department intends to spend $23 billion on cybersecurity over the next five years, according to news reports, and is seeking more than $4.6 billion for cybersecurity in fiscal 2014 alone — an 18 percent jump from 2013.

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15 luglio 2013
Big data tracks docs and may reward performance over care by Denise Amrich, ZDNet. Here's a new one for you: big data analytics is tracking detailed performance of doctors within a hospital system. According to the Wall Street Journal, a new digital performance improvement program is keeping an eye on the medical practitioners.

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15 luglio 2013
Analysts Expect Government Cloud Spending to Rebound in 2014 by Joseph Marks, Nextgov. Government spending on cloud computing stagnated during the 2013 fiscal year, but should pick up again in the middle of 2014. That's according to a new report released Monday. Federal spending on private cloud services is expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2014 and $7.7 billion by 2017, according to the forecast from IDC Government Insights.

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15 luglio 2013
Berlin calls for global data protection rules by Matthias Bölinger, DW. In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal, the German federal government has demanded an overhaul of international privacy protection rules. The current provisions were passed in the pre-Internet era.

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12 luglio 2013
Obama Tells Chinese He’s Disappointed Over Snowden Case by Nicole Gaouette & Michael Shepard, Bloomberg. President Barack Obama told Chinese officials that he’s disappointed with China’s treatment of U.S. demands that Hong Kong hand over fugitive security contractor Edward Snowden, who instead was allowed to flee to Russia.

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12 luglio 2013
La riscossione dribbla la privacy di Antonio Iorio, Il Sole 24 Ore. Non viola la privacy la società di riscossione che per effettuare il pignoramento presso terzi chiede ai clienti del contribuente moroso una dichiarazione delle somme a lui dovute. Ad affermarlo è la Corte di cassazione con la sentenza 17203 depositata ieri.

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11 luglio 2013
Surf security calls for cyber situation awareness by Mark Dempsey, The Irish Times. As cyber concerns cross new technologies and territories it creates a need for a better understanding of the borders of “cyber-space”; a need for “cyber situation awareness”. The ongoing saga of Edward Snowden underlines the fact that “knowledge is power and wisdom is control”.

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11 luglio 2013
Cloud Computing Market May Become An Oligopoly of High-Volume Vendors by Joe McKendrick, Forbes. Oligopoly: A market in which there are a limited number of providers providing the same service. Its political counterpart, oligarchy, means rule by a few.

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11 luglio 2013
New mobile payment systems pose regulatory, security challenges by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. An updated Payment Services Directive (PSD II), to be published by the European Commission this month, will struggle to cover regulatory and security challenges posed by a range of new mobile payments services expected to explode onto the European scene over the next two years.

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11 luglio 2013
Senate Commerce panel unveils cybersecurity bill by Brendan Sasso, The Hill. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee announced a draft bill on Thursday aimed at improving the nation's defenses against hackers. The draft, which is backed by Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D- W.Va.) and ranking member John Thune (R-S.D.), is an attempt to forge a compromise on cybersecurity after repeated attempts to pass legislation through the Senate failed last term.

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11 luglio 2013
Privacy: Garante a Ordine giornalisti, aggiornare codice deontologico, ASCA. Coniugare liberta' di stampa e diritti della persona, anche alla luce delle opportunita' offerte dalla Rete e dei rischi per la privacy che le nuove forme di comunicazione comportano.

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10 luglio 2013
EU should not 'jump to conclusions' in US spying row for sake of TTIP by Christian Ehler, The Parliament. A transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) would create much needed jobs and economic growth for Europe and should not be put at risk because of US spying allegations, says EPP deputy Christian Ehler.

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10 luglio 2013
Finding harmony with big data by Rob Matheson, MIT News. If you ever use Spotify, or a similar music-streaming service, there’s a good chance your song recommendations, and other personalized features, are powered by novel technology developed and marketed by two MIT alumni entrepreneurs.

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10 luglio 2013
Spying controversy threatens trade talks between EU and US by Simon Carswell, Clifford Coonan and Guy Hedgecoe, The Irish Times. The revelations about US government spying on the phone and internet records of individuals within the 28-member European Union have threatened to overshadow negotiations this week in Washington on the landmark free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.

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10 luglio 2013
A Game That Deals in Personal Data by Natasha Singer. All kinds of companies and services – social networks, data brokers, loyalty card programs to name just a few – amass and analyze details about millions of consumers’ activities and preferences. But the inner workings of this surveillance economy remain largely opaque to the public despite the recent revelations of widespread government data- mining of people’s phone and e-mail records.

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10 luglio 2013
U.S.-China cybersecurity talks inching along by TOny Romm, Politico. An impatient Washington grappled Tuesday with the reality that it is unable to combat Chinese cyberhackers and digital spies as quickly as many in the United States would like. The Obama administration commenced new, direct talks with its Chinese counterparts on the matter this week — but even top White House officials acknowledged it will be a slow diplomatic process.

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09 luglio 2013
What economists can teach us about cloud computing by Bernard Golden, Computer World UK. It's undeniable that the entire technology industry is shifting to cloud computing. Just as the '80s was the era of the PC, and the '90s (and '00s, too) was the era of the Web, it's inevitable that the '10s will be the era of cloud computing.

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08 luglio 2013
Brazil asks US to explain internet surveillance, BBC News. Brazil has requested clarifications from the US government about reports that its intelligence agencies monitored millions of emails and phone calls from Brazilian citizens.

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08 luglio 2013
Spying scandal will not threaten trade deal, says top US envoy by Daniela Vincenti, EurActiv. As EU, US negotiators meet today (8 July) for the first round of talks on an ambitious transatlantic trade agreement, outgoing US Ambassador to the EU William E. Kennard promised a ‘healthy debate’ between the two partners in the light of recent spying allegations.

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07 luglio 2013
In tech scandals, it's all about the scale by Michael Wolff, USA Today. What vexing career problem do Rupert Murdoch and Barack Obama share? Their accidental responsibility for vacuum-style data gathering.

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07 luglio 2013
Politicians uncovering big benefits in ‘big data’ by Celina Durgin, The Washington Times. The growing amount of data gathered from social media sites, vendors and data warehouses is providing new opportunities for political parties to reach constituents in a very personal way.

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05 luglio 2013
La pubblicità online intelligente di Claudia Cervini, Italia Oggi. La pubblicità digitale diventa intelligente e acquistabile in tempo reale in base al tipo di consumatore che sta visitando un sito internet, il tutto in maniera automatica.

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04 luglio 2013
Some European states likely to put pressure on US over breaches of citizens’ privacy by Karlin Lillington, The Irish Times. As the European Parliament sunk its teeth yesterday afternoon into the subject of US government surveillance activities – in particular new claims by whistleblower Edward Snowden that the US government bugged US-based European Union offices – anger and indignation were to be expected.

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04 luglio 2013
UK teams with defence and telecom companies on cyber security by Brenda Goh, Reuters. Nine of the world's biggest weapon makers and telecoms providers are teaming up with Britain to bolster the country's cyber security, aiming to tackle the increasing threat of hacking and other such attacks.

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04 luglio 2013
South Korea to Train 5,000 Cybersecurity Experts by Kwanwoo Jun, The Wall Street Journal. For a country that’s often cited as one of the most wired in the world, South Korea has a serious deficit when it comes to expertise in preventing and containing cyberattacks. The country’s science ministry said Thursday that it will coordinate an effort to train 5,000 people as cybersecurity experts by 2017 to augment a woefully inadequate staff that currently numbers just 200.

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04 luglio 2013
European firms 'could quit US internet providers over NSA scandal' by Ian Traynor, The Guardian. European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American internet providers because of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, the European commission has warned.

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04 luglio 2013
Francia e Italia hanno i loro Prism nazionali, ITespresso. Progressivamente emergono anche i sistemi di spionaggio nazionali: i Prism di Francia e Italia erano veri programmi nazionali di spionaggio su telefonia e traffico Internet.

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03 luglio 2013
The security pitfalls of mining Big Data by Laura Robinson, USA Today. In many ways, last year – 2012 – can be considered the year of Big Data. TIME declared "Big Data" the #2 buzzword of the year, and data scientist Nate Silver was considered by many to be the real winner of the 2012 Presidential election…forever changing how electoral campaigns are both run and won.

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03 luglio 2013
Controversial EU Data Protection Regulation May Be Negotiated In Secret In Breach Of Parliamentary Process by Glyn Moody, TechDirt. Today, the European Parliament held a three-hour long debate on PRISM, Tempora and what the EU response should be. Many wanted TAFTA/TTIP put on hold; others didn't. But one theme cropped up again and again: the need for strong data protection laws that would offer at least some legal protection against massive and unregulated transfer of Europeans' personal data to the US.

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03 luglio 2013
U.S. spying allegations could delay E.U. trade talks by Michael Birnbaum, The Washington Post. The economic fallout over allegations that the United States spied on European diplomats widened Wednesday, with France’s government saying it wanted to delay the start of major U.S.-E.U. trade talks and a German official suggesting that citizens there stop patronizing American Internet companies such as Google and Facebook if they are concerned about their privacy.

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02 luglio 2013
Internet cookie law catches out MPs including justice secretary by Ed Lowther, BBC News. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is among 13 senior MPs whose websites have not been obtaining consent while gathering users' data in tracking files called cookies, the BBC has learned.

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01 luglio 2013
New law allows German investigators access to PIN and passwords by Helena Baers, DW. German security officials are now able to pull up personal data of internet and cell phone users with a couple of clicks. A new piece of legislation provides for this expanded access, which is drawing criticism.

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01 luglio 2013
EU calls for US wiretapping to ‘stop immediately’, EurActiv. Top European Union officials have reacted angrily to revelations that the United States has wiretapped its buildings in Brussels and Washington, saying the allegations could have a “severe impact” on transatlantic trade negotiations, which were launched amid much fanfare less than two weeks ago.

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01 luglio 2013
How algorithms rule the world by Leo Hickman, The Guardian. On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests over a three-hour period that it ran out of vehicles to transport the detainees to jail. Three days later, 1,200 people had been arrested across the city – a new police department record. Operation Blue Crush was hailed a huge success.

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01 luglio 2013
EU Panel Data Protection Regulation Vote Delayed Until Fall by Amendments, PRISM by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. A first binding European Parliament vote on the draft European Union data protection regulation will now not take place until September at the earliest, a Parliament official told BNA June 24, citing the complexity of the dossier and the large number of amendments as the main reasons for the delay.

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01 luglio 2013
Industrial internet promises economic benefits for Europe by Hendrik Bourgeois, EurActiv. The prize for Europe is indeed big. A new report just published by GE, entitled “The industrial internet - Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines: A European Perspective”, reveals that the industrial internet (an open global network that connects people, data and machines) - could add €2.2 trillion to European GDP by 2030.

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30 giugno 2013
E.U. Reaction to Data Sharing Revelations Grew Slowly by Kevin J. O'Brien, The New York Times. While Europe was in an uproar Sunday over a magazine’s charge that Washington bugged European Union offices in the United States, the backlash on another type of intrusion has been surprisingly muted, namely the disclosure that U.S. technology leaders — Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo — may have shared E.U. citizens’ personal data with an American surveillance program called Prism.

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30 giugno 2013
European Officials Infuriated by Alleged NSA Spying on Friendly Diplomats by Vivienne Walt, World Time. Edward Snowden might have vanished from sight since he supposedly hopped a flight from Hong Kong to Moscow on June 23. But the explosive leaks from the former NSA contractor were in plain sight this weekend, when revelations emerged that the U.S. had allegedly bugged E.U. diplomats in New York City, Washington and Brussels.

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30 giugno 2013
NSA revelations throw wrench into lawmakers’ cybersecurity push by Brendan Sasso, The Hill. Revelations about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs could make it more difficult for Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation. Civil liberties groups have long argued that the House's cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), could allow vast batches of private online information to fall into the hands of the NSA.

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28 giugno 2013
Tech road map: Immigration first, then NSA and cybersecurity by Steve Friess, Politico. The gestation period of tech legislation in Washington may hit an inflection point this summer as immigration reform, cybersecurity and — in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance program revelations — online privacy take center stage. Meanwhile, Congress will be getting used to new faces atop critical agencies.

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27 giugno 2013
Can the EU reach consensus on the future of data protection? by Pete Swabey, Information Age. The public outcry that has followed Edward Snowden's revelations about apparent Internet surveillance programme by the US and UK governments has proved once again that data protection is an issue of great importance – and one that divides opinion.

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27 giugno 2013
EU Framework on data protection adds to SMEs burdens by Omar Cutajar, Times of Malta. The European Commission’s proposal for a reform of the EU framework on data protection and the addition of new regulation is currently being debated by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. The European Parliament is working on the proposed Data Protection Regulation as well as a directive regarding data processing in law enforcement.

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27 giugno 2013
China accuses U.S. of cyber security hypocrisy amid Snowden dispute by Sui- Lee Wee, Reuters. China accused the United States on Thursday of "double standards" and hypocrisy in the area of cyber security as tension flared between Beijing and Washington over the flight of fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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26 giugno 2013
Tim Berners-Lee: internet freedom must be safeguarded, The Guardian. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said his invention of the world wide web should be safeguarded from being controlled by governments or large corporations. The computer scientist's words of warning came as he and five colleagues were recognised by the Queen for their pioneering work in helping to create the internet.

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26 giugno 2013
GCHQ surveillance: Germany blasts UK over mass monitoring by Alan Travis, Kate Connolly and Nicholas Watt, The Guardian. The German government has expressed the growing public anger of its citizens over Britain's mass programme of monitoring global phone and internet traffic and directly challenged UK ministers over the whole basis of GCHQ's Project Tempora surveillance operation.

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26 giugno 2013
The top ten most common database security vulnerabilities by Charlie Osborne ZDNet. Digital warfare and worldwide cyberattack rates are on the rise, and protection on corporate networks is even more crucial. Databases are a key target for cybercriminals due to the often valuable nature of sensitive information locked away inside. Whether the data is financial or holds intellectual property and corporate secrets, hackers worldwide can profit from breaching a businesses' servers and plundering databases.

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26 giugno 2013
Students cite EU data protection laws, challenge firms over NSA data transfers by Cyrus Farivar, ARS Technica. In the wake of the disclosure of the National Security Agency’s mass digital surveillance program, a group of Austrian students have filed a series of formal complaints with a number of European data protection agencies. The case could become the first legal proceeding challenging disclosure of non-American data to the American government on the basis of alleged violations of European Union data protection law.

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26 giugno 2013
Ad group blasts cookie-privacy project from Mozilla, Stanford by Stephen Shankland, CNet. The Interactive Advertising Bureau, a group that represents hundreds of Internet advertisers, has attacked Mozilla's involvement in a Stanford Law School privacy project to judge whether individual Web sites can be trusted to set behavior-tracking browser cookies.

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26 giugno 2013
EU public sector would save €1bn a year using open standards by Nerea Rial, New Europe. On 25 June, the European Commission presented a new policy which aims to help public authorities avoid dependence on just one ICT supplier and use standards in order to overtake the ''lock-in'' that is facing Europe.

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25 giugno 2013
Leaked Document Shows EU Approach To Cybercrime Is Completely Misguided, TechDirt. We didn't pay as much attention to the new proposals in the EU to ratchet up penalties for "cybercrime" in part because they came out just about the same time that the NSA surveillance information started leaking. However, someone who shall remain anonymous passed along to us a "group briefing" document from the EU Parliament team that came up with the latest cybercrime directive, which highlights a bit of the approach and some of the problems.

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24 giugno 2013
Steelie Neelie: One cloud contract model to rule them all by Paul Kunert, The Register. The European Commission is seeking leading lights in the arena of cloud services to help sketch out a contract framework so that customers don't get tied into murky deals. At least, this is the principle that Steelie Neelie Kroes, vice president of the EC outlined in a blog today, ahead of the European Cloud Partnership Steering board in Estonia next month.

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23 giugno 2013
Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel … in private by Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times. The White House over the past several days has launched a public relations offensive to convince Americans that, under President Obama’s leadership, privacy and Fourth Amendment rights won’t be sacrificed in the name of national security.

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23 giugno 2013
Big Data Is A Big Deal by Meghan M. Biro, Forbes. Big Data is all the buzz these days. And with good reason. It is a vast storehouse of information that – with the right algorithms and filters – can be turned into actionable insight. Nowhere is Big Data more valuable than in Human Resources and Talent Management. People often ask me “Meghan – Why do you speak about seeing people in 3D?” Well world – This is one key reason why.

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23 giugno 2013
We can use European law to challenge this spying by Douwe Korff, The Guardian. If the law says you can do whatever you like, saying that everything you do is "in accordance with the law" doesn't mean anything. If "supervision" over state spying is done in secret, by "trusted" cronies appointed by the executive itself, it offers no safeguards either. We need strict legal rules, transparency at least about the law and the basics of practice, and spies who are accountable to parliament and to the general public.

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20 giugno 2013
As the Do Not Track standard unravels, privacy alternatives emerge by Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report, ZDNet. The W3C standards body responsible for developing the Do Not Track standard is lurching toward a final document, roughly 18 months behind schedule. The likelihood that a useful standard will emerge is small, leading one Mozilla-backed group to develop its own set of tougher privacy controls.

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20 giugno 2013
Mobile makes most value of spectrum: Report by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The economic value of radio frequency spectrum used by mobile phones will almost double over the next 10 years as a result of smartphone and super- fast broadband use, says a report to be published today (20 June).

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20 giugno 2013
A New Europe for Telecoms? by Frances Robinson, The Wall Street Journal. Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s commissioner in charge of telecoms, doesn’t shy away from a scrap. When the Dutchwoman was the EU’s competition chief, she was known as ‘Steely Neelie’ and her Twitter bio tells us she’s “fighting like hell for an EU you can believe in.”

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20 giugno 2013
Young Americans and privacy: ‘It’s complicated’ by Drew Desilver, Pew Research Center. Despite their “share everything” image, privacy still matters for young American adults. But they distinguish between information they voluntarily share on social-networking sites and systematic monitoring by government agencies of telephone and internet traffic.

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20 giugno 2013
Prism: A wake-up call for data protection, European Parliament News. Europe cannot allow Americans to spy on its citizens, which is why setting up new data protection legislation is so urgent, according to the majority of the EP's civil liberties committee. The committee discussed the Prism internet surveillance scandal with justice commissioner Viviane Reding on Wedesday. The commissioner said data protection rules should apply to all companies operating in the EU, regardless of where their headquarters was based.

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20 giugno 2013
The effect of PRISM on Europe's General Data Protection Regulation, InfoSecurity. PRISM is the US surveillance program that allows the NSA to gain access to the accounts of major US cloud services providers, including the accounts of non-US citizens. The GDPR is the proposed data protection law for the EU. The two are, on the surface, incompatible.

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19 giugno 2013
EU Parliament in push to limit U.S. data access by Claire Davenport, Reuters. European Union lawmakers want to forbid the United States from accessing European citizens' data without the approval of a judge or equivalent authority, a response to the revelations about the Prism spy program.

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19 giugno 2013
Data protection: One law should cover EU, governments and private sector, EurActiv. The biggest threat to European citizens’ privacy is posed not by companies, but by governments, according to Digital Europe’s director- general. The US Prism scandal has highlighted the potential for governments to snoop on individuals, which makes it even more important that neither the EU institutions nor other government bodies should be excluded from new data protection rules.

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18 giugno 2013
U.S., Europe May Share Intelligence, But Not Privacy Rules by Krishnadev Calamur, Parallels. The United States and Europe stepped up cooperation on security issues after Sept. 11, 2001. But that doesn't mean they agree on everything. The latest point of friction: What are the rules when it comes to privacy rights? The revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs not only touched off a ferocious debate in the U.S. but also struck a nerve in Europe.

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18 giugno 2013
US states' attorneys general to take aim at Internet 'safe harbor' law by Elizabeth Heichler, TechWorld. Frustrated by their difficulty prosecuting cases involving online content that is illegal or damaging to individuals, a group of state attorneys general are taking action. They are circulating a draft letter that they plan to send to the U.S. Congress, pressing for an amendment to the federal law that currently broadly protects Internet publishers and service providers from responsibility for third-party content on their sites.

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18 giugno 2013
EU institutions' sites move toward compliance on cookie-tracking laws by Jennifer Baker, PC World. Europe’s top law-making body is working to bring its websites into line with the cookie-tracking laws it enforces on other entities. Legally, the European Commission and the other European Union institutions, such as the Parliament, are not bound by the same data protection rules that apply to commercial companies.

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18 giugno 2013
EU Officials Accept Need for U.S. PRISM, But Concerned About Data Subject Redress by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. European Union officials in charge of data protection June 14 said they were broadly satisfied with U.S. reassurances about the appropriateness and legality of the recently revealed PRISM internet surveillance program but remained concerned it potentially violates the rights of EU citizens.

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17 giugno 2013
EU websites track users without warning, against own rules by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. European institutions are tracking users of their web sites, in breach of the EU's own data protection rules, EurActiv has learned. The fact has been confirmed by Europe’s data protection watchdog, in an interview with EurActiv, while Brussels is reviewing privacy legislation to tackle the abuse.

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17 giugno 2013
Analysis: European cloud computing firms see silver lining in PRISM scandal by Leila Abboud and Paul Sandle, Reuters. France has its "Sovereign Cloud" project while across the Rhine data firms have created the label "Cloud Services: Made in Germany", all trying to reassure big companies that their information is stored away from the prying eyes of U.S. spies.

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17 giugno 2013
Telecoms Want 'Net Neutrality' Applied More Widely by Kevin J. O'Brien, The New York Times. Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for digital policy, has urged lawmakers in Brussels to fast-track legislation to guarantee network neutrality — the equal treatment by telecommunications carriers for all types of content, whether voice, video or data — for the more than 500 million people in the European Union.

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17 giugno 2013
FTC's Privacy Guru Named Head of Bureau of Consumer Protection Appointment signals privacy will continue to be a commission priority by Katy Bachman, AdWeek. Jessica Rich, a 20-year Federal Trade Commission career attorney and expert in privacy, data and identity protection, and new technologies was named the new director of the agency's bureau of consumer protection. FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced Rich's appointment today along with six other senior staff appointments.

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17 giugno 2013
European trust in US compromised, says EU data protection head by Jennifer Baker, Computer World. Europe's top privacy watchdog and the Digital Agenda commissioner both said Monday that more transparency and trust is needed between the European Union and the U.S. following reports of widespread data collection by the U.S. National Security Agency. Cybersecurity is not an excuse for the unlimited monitoring and analysis of the personal information of individuals, said Peter Hustinx, the European data protection supervisor.

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16 giugno 2013
Privacy concerns beyond the Edward Snowden saga by Brian Finch, Politico. The “revelations” about the National Security Agency’s monitoring program of phone systems and Internet companies certainly have captured Washington’s attention. You cannot go 30 minutes without a new angle on the story — whether it be about who knew what when, what will happen to confessed leaker Edward Snowden or whether additional surveillance programs are under way.

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16 giugno 2013
PRISM: There Simply is No Privacy... None. by Shelly Palmer, Huffington Post. When news broke last week that Verizon was handing over information about all of its calls to the National Security Administration, things were bad enough. In the week since then, however, things have only gotten worse for our personal security.

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16 giugno 2013
Archivists in France Fight a Privacy Initiative by Eric Pfanner, The New York Times. As a European proposal to bolster digital privacy safeguards faces intense lobbying from Silicon Valley and other powerful groups in Brussels, an obscure but committed group has joined in the campaign to keep personal data flourishing online.

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15 giugno 2013
Look who’s listening, The Economist. America’s National Security Agency collects more information than most people thought. Will scrutiny spur change? THICK and fast they came at last, and more and more and more. On June 5th the Guardian, a British newspaper, reported that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans not suspected of crimes.

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14 giugno 2013
Transatlantic coalition rejects anti-consumer trade deal by Michael Knigge, DW. With the start of negotiations for a US-EU trade pact approaching, civil society groups are pushing back against a deal they say would undermine public protections. Here are four key concerns. 1. Regulatory compatibility 2. Investor-state dispute settlement 3. Precautionary principle 4. Secrecy

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13 giugno 2013
Kroes prepares push to revive telecoms reform by Ian Wishart, European Voice. Commissioner wants to eliminate mobile roaming charges and change how the sector is regulated. Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for the digital agenda, is pressing for further liberalisation of the European Union's telecoms market and is preparing to put forward legislative proposals before the summer.

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13 giugno 2013
Cloud computing: how can companies reduce the security risk? by Pravin Kothari, The Guardian. In the last five years, organisations have increasingly embraced cloud applications to help them innovate and transform their business. Applications that automate sales processes, HR management, collaboration, email and file sharing are growing fast and enabling organisations to meet their needs in a shorter timeframe than ever before.

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13 giugno 2013
EU commission 'stood firm' on US data privacy by Benjamin Fox, EU Observer. The European Commission says it "stood firm" in the face of pressure from the US when drafting its overhaul of the bloc's data protection regime. Mina Andreeva, spokesperson for EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding, Thursday (13 June) said that the EU executive arm had faced down "intense US lobbying."

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12 giugno 2013
Conflicting Goals Complicate an Effort to Forge a Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal by Steven Erlanger, The New York Times. The leaders of the European Union, mired in recession and battered by increasing opposition from voters, are desperate for political success to promote economic growth. They are pushing for a rapid negotiation of a trade agreement with the United States aimed at expanding commerce and creating jobs.

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12 giugno 2013
McCain urges FCC to shake up video market by Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez, The Hill. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is looking to recruit the Federal Communications Commission to his campaign for "a la carte" cable TV packages. "For too long, the government has entered the market on behalf of special interests to afford businesses the opportunity to develop and markets to mature. That time has passed," McCain wrote in a letter to Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn on Wednesday.

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12 giugno 2013
Greens launch data protection campaign amid PRISM case by Nerea Rial, New Europe. Following the PRISM scandal and the revision of EU rules on data protection, the Greens launched on 12 June at the European Parliament in Strasbourg a new online campaign on the issue. With 'Respect my Privacy', “we want to enlighten people about data protection and make it clear what are the critical elements included in Commission's proposal,” explained Eva Lichtenberger, Austrian member of the Green party.

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12 giugno 2013
Only 2% of Europeans have ultrafast broadband, New Europe. Due to problems in Europe's telecoms and wider digital markets, European citizens cannot fully profit from digital revolution's current and future benefits, according to the Commission's annual Digital Agenda Scoreboard.

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12 giugno 2013
European Commission demands answers about Prism data requests, BBC. The EU's Justice Commissioner has written to the US attorney general, questioning him about America's data surveillance programme, Prism. Viviane Reding wrote that she was concerned America's efforts "could have grave adverse consequences for the fundamental rights of EU citizens".

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11 giugno 2013
Companies must reap benefits of new EU data protection rules, EurActiv. Companies that adapt quickly to the new rules on data protection will not only avoid costly breaches, but also benefit from better information sharing, giving them a leading position in the race for consumers’ trust and ultimately their business, writes Ian Winham.

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11 giugno 2013
A Brave New World: Big Data's Big Dangers by Adam Frank, NPR. New technologies are not all equal. Some do nothing more than add a thin extra layer to the top-soil of human behavior (i.e., Teflon and the invention of non-stick frying pans). Some technologies, however, dig deeper, uprooting the norms of human behavior and replacing them with wholly new possibilities.

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11 giugno 2013
E.U. Official Pushes U.S. to Explain Its Surveillance by James Kanter, The New York Times. Amid a growing outcry over American snooping on foreigners that threatens to cloud European-U.S. trade talks and President Barack Obama’s visit to Berlin, the European Union’s top justice official has demanded in unusually sharp terms that the United States reveal what its intelligence is doing with personal information of Europeans gathered under the Prism surveillance program revealed last week.

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10 giugno 2013
US data scandal deepens EU-US divide on privacy, EurActiv. Europeans reacted angrily on Friday (7 June) to revelations that US authorities had tapped the servers of Internet companies for personal data, saying such activity confirmed their worst fears about American Web giants' reach and showed tighter regulations were needed, at a time when the EU and US are about to launch transatlantic trade talks.

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09 giugno 2013
Data-Driven Tech Industry Is Shaken by Online Privacy Fears by David Streitfeld and Quentin Hardy. The dreamers, brains and cranks who built the Internet hoped it would be a tool of liberation and knowledge. Last week, an altogether bleaker vision emerged with new revelations of how the United States government is using it as a monitoring and tracking device.

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09 giugno 2013
Much ado about ‘Big Data’ by Jennifer Baker, New Europe. “Big data” is the newest buzz-phrase that dominates technology discussions. But its meaning is often difficult to pin down and even more so whether it is a force for good or ill.

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09 giugno 2013
The Limits On Big Data, NPR. The intelligence leaks brought about the latest round of political sniping this past week. But the controversy has also united two unlikely allies. On Friday, President Obama defended his administration's policies. He said, quote, "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That's not what this program is about."

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05 giugno 2013
China has 'mountains of data' about U.S. cyber attacks: official by Terril Yue Jones, Reuters. China's top Internet security official says he has "mountains of data" pointing to extensive U.S. hacking aimed at China, but it would be irresponsible to blame Washington for such attacks, and called for greater cooperation to fight hacking.

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05 giugno 2013
Commission to table net neutrality rules in July, EU Observer. The European Commission will table 'net neutrality' rules to prevent internet providers blocking access to rival sites within weeks, the bloc's digital agenda chief has said.

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04 giugno 2013
Lawmakers clash in public over draft EU data protection law, EurActiv. A spat between two MEPs responsible for leading the updated data protection regulation through the European Parliament has exposed rifts between lawmakers attempting to negotiate the new rules, and reinforced fears that the proposals are running out of time.

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04 giugno 2013
Strict data protection rules will improve rather than weaken law enforcement, InfoSecurity. In his Opinion on the EC’s proposed legal framework for Europol, the European Data Protection Supervisor states that strong data protection principles – of the sort that would prevent the UK’s Communications Data Bill – would improve rather than weaken law enforcement.

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03 giugno 2013
Can the Cloud Bring Brighter Skies in Japan-Korea Relations? by Joelle Metcalfe, The Wall Street Journal. Relations between the Japanese and South Korean governments have turned downright frosty in recent months, and both sides have found it difficult to strike agreement – or even hold meetings – on the most basic issues like military intelligence sharing. But a bilateral private-sector effort between leading telecom providers in each country on cloud service and protection of personal data has been making great strides.

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03 giugno 2013
Internet censorship around the world, BBC. Singapore's government is set to tighten regulations for news websites - a move that has drawn accusations that the authorities are trying to control blogs that post anti-government comments. But press censorship is nothing new, and in countries around the world governments are still working out how to respond to the publishing freedom the internet allows. BBC correspondents in China, India and the US give their views on what form internet censorship is taking in these countries.

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03 giugno 2013
Member States Reportedly Unconvinced On Need for EU Cybersecurity Directive by Stephen Gardner, Bloomberg. European Union member state ministers in charge of telecommunications infrastructure will be asked when they meet June 6 if they back a proposed EU cybersecurity law, or if its goals can be achieved through a voluntary approach, according to an EU Council progress report prepared for the meeting.

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03 giugno 2013
Translating Good Intentions Into Effective Cybersecurity Policy by Scott Charney, Huffington Post. Governments around the world are considering regulatory changes in an effort to reduce cybersecurity risk; in fact, more than 40 governments are working on cybersecurity plans, policies, and/or regulations. Why this increased focus on cybersecurity?

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03 giugno 2013
FTC's Data Security Enforcement: Due Process Denied by Glenn G. Lammi, Forbes. In its pursuit of businesses whose security measures failed to prevent malicious hackers from compromising customers’ personal data, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) utilizes a distressingly effective one- two punch. First, it argues that the target business’s inadequate data protection is “unfair” or “deceptive” under the broad dictates of Federal Trade Commission Act Section 5.

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02 giugno 2013
Digital Commissioner Getting Down to Brass Tacks by Kevin J. O'Brien, The New York Times. For most of her tenure as European commissioner for digital policies, Neelie Kroes has been a stark contrast to her predecessor, the former journalist Vivian Reding, who delivered the European Union’s retail price caps on mobile roaming fees. Ms. Reding, a Luxembourg native, was never averse to using all the levers at her disposal when appeals for compromise — whether on price caps or lawsuits against E.U. countries — went unheeded.

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02 giugno 2013
Gli italiani del cloud in azienda sono i più "ribelli" d'Europa di Luca Tremolada, Il Sole 24 Ore. Italiani ribelli in azienda? Divertente quanto sorpendente il dato di una ricerca commissionata da VmWare, big internazione della virtualizzazione e del cloud computing: due terzi (66%) dei dipendenti italiani userebbero o acquisterebbero servizi e prodotti cloud senza un’autorizzazione ufficiale da parte dell’It. L’Italia registra la percentuale più alta in Europa.

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31 maggio 2013
FBI and New Zealand police ordered to return all personal data seized from Megaupload by Jon Russell, The Next Web. The FBI and authorities in New Zealand have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Kim Dotcom and Megaupload, after a New Zealand court ordered them to return his personal data from the service that was seized during raids last year. Furthermore, they must specify exactly what information is at the core of their case against the file-sharing service.

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30 maggio 2013
New data protection rules at risk, EU watchdog warns by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. New EU data protection rules could collapse because of ‘excessive lobbying’, foot-dragging by MEPs, and entanglement in trade negotiations with the United States, Europe’s chief data protection watchdog warned yesterday (29 May).

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30 maggio 2013
Neelie Kroes unveils Net Neutrality plan for Europe, aims to end mobile roaming fees in 2014 by Matt Brian, The Verge. While travellers in Europe are enjoying lower roaming fees across the continent, the European Commission (EC) believes that isn't enough. As part of new legislation, its vice president Neelie Kroes today unveiled new plans to end mobile roaming, and for the first time, guarantee net neutrality. Kroes' legislative package is aimed at uniting European carriers, offering a single telecoms market by next year.

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30 maggio 2013
Getting a Grip on Data Efficacy: The Top 5 Analytics for Measuring Data Efficacy by Steve Hamby, Huffington Post. My blog last month on data efficacy was well received. Data efficacy is essentially defined as the ability to manage data in such a way to drive informed decisions. I discussed three factors that have contributed to the lack of data efficacy over the years, and promised to provide a blog this month covering some analytics that would help organizations measure their level of data efficacy.

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30 maggio 2013
Political Scene: The U.S., China, and Cyber Security by Matthew McNight, The New Yorker. Next week, President Obama will meet with China’s President Xi Jinping to discuss, among other things, cyber warfare. That makes the timing of the revelation this week of a confidential Pentagon report that alleges U.S. weapons systems may have been compromised by Chinese hackers—a charge China denies—particularly fortuitous for providing a good preview of what’s to come in the relationship between the two countries.

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29 maggio 2013
US Secret Service rumbles into action against Bitcoin facilitators by Bruce Sterling, Wired. The takeaway here would be, “Cyber criminals should be reminded today that they are unable to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to avoid regulated financial systems.” Of course, “avoiding regulated financial systems” is the entire point of inventing and possessing an entirely alternative and unregulated financial system such as Bitcoin.

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29 maggio 2013
EU countries to clash over copyright levies by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. EU ministers meeting in Brussels today (29 May) for the Competitiveness Council are set to clash over proposals to transform the European creative sector by reforming the continent’s fragmented copyright levy system. While France and Belgium want strong protection for authors, other countries favour a more liberal approach.

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29 maggio 2013
China to test digital combat forces by Nerea Rial, New Europe. China will test for first time in June its new types of combat forces, including digital technology, amid efforts to digitalise war, news agency Xinhua reported. According to the agency, this will be the first time country's exercises will be focused on “combat forces including digitalized units, special operations forces, army aviation and electronic counter forces.”

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29 maggio 2013
MEPs: Common regulatory framework for media and Internet by Elena Ralli, New Europe. The Culture Committee of MEPs yesterday pointed the dangers of not having a coherent regulatory framework to address the challenges of Internet- connected TV. These challenges include media pluralism, protection for minors, advertising in the media and the diversity of European works.

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29 maggio 2013
EU's Kroes makes appeal for last-ditch telco overhaul by Claire Davenport and Leila Abboud, Reuters. Europe's top telecom regulator will call for an end to mobile roaming fees and equal access to the Internet in a speech at the European Parliament on Thursday, as she seeks backing for reforms to create one market for telecom services in the region.

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28 maggio 2013
Singapore to regulate Yahoo, other online news sites by Kevin Lim, Reuters. Websites that regularly report on Singapore including Yahoo News will have to get a license from June 1, putting them on par with newspapers and television news outlets, in a move seen by some as a bid to rein in free- wheeling Internet news.

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28 maggio 2013
All Data Packets Are Equal—Some More than Others by David Talbot, MIT Technology Review. This fall, Verizon will try to persuade a federal judge to throw out U.S. Federal Communications Commission regulations requiring “net neutrality”— the idea that all content and applications must get similar treatment on wired and wireless networks.

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28 maggio 2013
Telecoms official: G20 could be platform for cybersecurity, EurActiv. The G20 is a suitable forum for formulating new global standards for cybersecurity, says the chief security officer of one of China’s leading telecommunication companies. One or a few G20 members could be asked to take the lead and champion ideas that could the be tested by the others, he suggests.

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28 maggio 2013
Cybersecurity official says state-backed espionage spiralling by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. The number of countries bending the rules to allow spies and state authorities to conduct cyberattacks is escalating and constitutes a major security threat which should be addressed by an international convention, the security chief of a leading Chinese telecoms firm told EurActiv.

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28 maggio 2013
International cyber security - economics or security by Jennifer Baker, New Europe. A new cyber security directive that is currently being assessed by the European Parliament includes a section about defending European interests by not relying too heavily on foreign technology. The recent concerns voiced by the United States authorities about Huawei and ZTE products echo this on concern. But with today’s global supply chains, how realistic is it to try to limit the country of origin of technology and is it even a problem?

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27 maggio 2013
Philippine proposed changes to cybercrime law criticized by Ellyne Phneah, ZDNet. Philippines' Department of Justice (DOJ) is planning to propose changes to the country's cybercrime law which will exclude controversial provisions such as online libel. However, an Internet freedom group has described the proposal as "half-baked".

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27 maggio 2013
Daily Report: Roots of a Rivalry in Cloud Computing, The New York Times. If the Hatfields and McCoys lived in Silicon Valley, they would be fighting with piles of cash and lines of software code instead of knives and shotguns. And the fight would be over who wins the most customers in the computer industry’s growing “cloud” of software services, Quentin Hardy writes in The New York Times.

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26 maggio 2013
Disruptions: At Odds Over Privacy Challenges of Wearable Computing by Nick Bilton, The New York Times. Perhaps the best way to predict how society will react to so-called wearable computing devices is to read the Dr. Seuss children’s story “The Butter Battle Book.”

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26 maggio 2013
A Legacy Feud in Tech by Quentin Hardy, The New York Times. If the Hatfields and McCoys lived in Silicon Valley, they’d be fighting with piles of cash and lines of software code instead of knives and shotguns. And the fight would be over who wins the most customers in the computer industry’s growing “cloud” of software services.

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26 maggio 2013
Big Data and Deep Learning: Big Deals or Big Delusions? by Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam, Huffington Post. Big Data and Deep Learning are two major trends that will impact and influence the future direction and potential of innovation in the United States. From the deluge of information on both trends over the past year, it would appear that they may be key drivers for the future growth of the American economy. We're not that sanguine.

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24 maggio 2013
Agcom: Cardani, avanti su diritto d'autore online, aperti a confronto, Borsa Italiana. L'Agcom procede nell'analisi del dossier sul diritto d'autore online, visto che "nel quadro normativo attuale" l'Autorita' "appare legittimata dalle disposizioni esistenti". Lo afferma il presidente dell'Agcom, Angelo Cardani, nel saluto al workshop sul diritto d'autore.

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24 maggio 2013
Privacy: Garante, stop a telecamere occulte sul posto di lavoro, AGI. Stop alle telecamere occulte sul posto di lavoro. Il Garante per la privacy ha vietato alla societa' editrice di un quotidiano del sud il trattamento dei dati personali effettuato attraverso apparati di ripresa installati presso la propria sede.

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23 maggio 2013
Southern Europe catching up on e-commerce boom by Jeremy Fleming, EurActiv. Europe continued to hold the world’s largest share of the business-to- consumer e-commerce market, increasing its total revenue by almost one- fifth to €311.6 billion during 2012, according to a new survey seen by EurActiv. The Europe B2C Ecommerce Report 2013 showed the largest European countries like the United Kingdom, Germany and France dominating the market.

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23 maggio 2013
U.S. Power Grid Seen as Vulnerable to Cyberattack From Iran by Michael Riley, Bloomberg. Several major U.S. utilities are under “constant” cyberattack and haven’t taken precautions to protect critical systems from Iran, North Korea and other adversaries, according to a congressional survey of more than 100 companies accounting for much of the nation’s power system.

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23 maggio 2013
Cyber security expert answers readers' questions by Jason Miks, CNN World. Cyber security expert Eugene Spafford, a professor of computer sciences at Purdue University and former member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, responds to GPS readers’ questions. The views expressed are his own, based on publicly available information, and do not necessarily reflect those of any other organization.

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23 maggio 2013
Should we give China 'eyes and ears' to U.S. communications? by Cedric Leighton, The Hill. The $20 billion proposed merger between U.S. cellular carrier Sprint/Nextel and Japan’s SoftBank seems like a good match. Sprint would partner with one of the most dynamic cellular companies in the world, whose latest claim to fame is the Advanced Extended Global Platform (AXGP), the fastest mobile broadband network serving Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

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23 maggio 2013
FCC: Supreme Court ruling bolsters net neutrality defense by Brendan Sasso, The Hill. A recent Supreme Court ruling undercut Verizon's lawsuit against net neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) argued in a court filing on Thursday. The agency argued that, based on the Supreme Court's ruling this week in Arlington v. FCC, it should be given deference to interpret its own authority, and the appeals court should reject Verizon's lawsuit.

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23 maggio 2013
The right to be forgotten in the EU by Josette Grech, Times of Malta. With the development of internet technology, a large number of people, companies, entities and organisations are interacting with each other. The processing of this interaction leaves behind a trail of users’ personal information that can last long after users withdraw their consent for its use and publication. Currently users can only request deletion of data that is incomplete or incorrect.

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23 maggio 2013
Is Obama Coming Back From the Dark Side on Privacy? by Ryan Gallagher, Slate. President Obama’s Thursday speech has been widely billed as a drones address, but his remarks briefly touched on a couple of important issues involving privacy and surveillance. He seemingly acknowledged that his administration has come down too often on the side of secrecy over transparency, and of excessive security over liberty.

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23 maggio 2013
Ragosa: “PA, entro giugno le linee guida del cloud” di Alessandro Longo, Corriere delle Comunicazioni. Il direttore generale dell'Agenzia digitale fissa al mese prossimo anche il bando per i sistemi dati dell'Anagrafe unica nazionale. Entro fine anno la gara da 2,7 miliardi con Consip per il nuovo Spc e il via alla creazione di 40 data center per l'erogazione di tutti i servizi pubblici.

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22 maggio 2013
Polish officials debate EU's draft data privacy law by Antoni Wierzejski, EurActiv. With technological progress and globalisation changing the way people access and use personal data, the need for a digital social contract is becoming obvious, according to participants at a recent debate on digital identity held in Warsaw. EurActiv Poland reports.

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22 maggio 2013
How to Fix the EU's 'Right to Be Forgotten' by Leslie Harris, Huffington Post. It has been more than a year since the European Union Data Protection Regulation (DPR) was unveiled, including a controversial proposal known as the "Right to Be Forgotten" (RTBF). While the proposal is intended to give Internet users more control over their data, many critics, including CDT, have charged that the new right would pose significant unintended risks for free expression online.

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22 maggio 2013
Supreme Court Ruling Could Help FCC In Legal Battles Over Net Neutrality by Paul Barbagallo, Bloomberg. Though a legal victory for the Federal Communications Commission, the recent decision by the Supreme Court in Arlington, Texas v. FCC may provide little help to the agency in defending its statutory authority to adopt rules for net neutrality, which is now being challenged by Verizon Communications Inc. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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21 maggio 2013
Personal data accessed inappropriately by public servants by Elaine Edwards, The Irish Times. There has been a “disturbing failure of governance” in some public bodies in relation to their use of personal information stored on State databases, the Data Protection Commissioner has said. Publishing his annual report for 2012 today, Billy Hawkes outlined an audit his office undertook of the so-called Infosys system which holds information from a range of social welfare databases. They are also accessible by other agencies on a read-only basis.

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21 maggio 2013
Cyber crime 'costs small companies £800m a year’ by James Hurley, The Telegraph. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said issues such as hacking, data security breaches and computer viruses were a “barrier to growth” that could no longer be ignored. An FSB report found that cyber crime is costing its 200,000 members a combined £785m a year – or £3,750 for every small business.

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21 maggio 2013
China’s hackers are still at it; Iran’s are getting better by John Reed, FP National Security. Not only is APT1, the Chinese-government hacking group made famous by Mandiant last February back at its old tricks, but other Chinese espionage outfits have been hacking away undeterred by the public naming and shaming of their colleagues. Even as APT1 (formally known as Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army) took a break after Mandiant publicized its exploits, the rest of China's advanced hackers stayed on the offensive, stealing data any way they

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21 maggio 2013
Establishing new norms for data privacy by Yves Le Roux, SC Magazine. In the modern world, data is collected on who we are, who we know, where we are, where we have been and where we plan to go. This trend is increasing and there is no end in sight. Analysing this data gives enterprises the ability to understand and predict where humans focus their attention and activity at the individual, group and global levels. As some will say, personal data is the new 'oil', a valuable resource of the 21st century. It will emerge as a new asset class touching

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21 maggio 2013
Facebook reinforces European data protection unit by Nerea Rial, New Europe. Facebook is taking seriously its data protection responsibilities. On 20 May, the social network announced the appointment of Yvonne Cunnane as Lead Data Protection and Privacy Counsel, who will join firm's team in Dublin, in an attempt to promote Facebook Ireland's (FB-I) role and obligations as information controller in the European Union.

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20 maggio 2013
NETWORK INSECURITY by John Seabrook, The New Yorker. Richard McFeely, of the F.B.I., is a former insurance adjuster from Unionville, in eastern Pennsylvania horse country. He has a friendly face, meaty hands, and a folksy speaking style that doesn’t seem very F.B.I.-like. “Call me Rick,” he said, when I met him at his office, in Washington, coming around his wide desk and gesturing toward the soft furniture in the front part of the room.

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20 maggio 2013
US government seeks input on cybersecurity in wake of Obama's Executive Order, InfoSecurity. In a move to comply with President Obama’s Executive Order on cybersecurity, the US General Services Administration (GSA) is issuing a request for information (RFI) calling for input on ways to make the federal government's cybersecurity more resilient.

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20 maggio 2013
How net neutrality regulations could undermine the open Internet by Timothy B. Lee, The Washington Post. In recent years supporters of network neutrality have tried and failed to get Congress to enact neutrality regulations. In 2010, Julius Genachowski, President Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Communications Commission, decided to act anyway, relying on a controversial interpretation of existing statutes to justify a new regime of “open Internet” rules.

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16 maggio 2013
Cybersecurity Starts in High School with Tomorrow’s Hires by Sandrine Rastello & Jeanna Smialek, Bloomberg. Five dozen teenagers hunched over computers in a hotel conference room near Washington, decrypting codes, cleaning malware and fending off network intrusions to score points in the finals of a national cybersecurity contest.

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16 maggio 2013
EU data bill exposes political rifts by Nikolaj Nielsen, EU Observer. Ideological and political divisions emerge among European Parliament political groups as they debate amendments on the draft EU data protection bill. “I can see a shift towards more of the protection, under quotation marks, of business interests and not the protection of citizen’s fundamental rights,” Greek socialist MEP Dimitrios Droutsas told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (15 May).

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16 maggio 2013
The Next Big Thing in Big Data: People Analytics by Ben Waber, Bloomberg. When we use data to uncover the workplace behaviors that make people effective, happy, creative, experts, leaders, followers, early adopters, and so on, we are using “people analytics.”

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16 maggio 2013
ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum Closes Focused on Continuing Open Dialogue, The Wall Street Journal. Today, the World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) came to a close with robust debate among all stakeholders about the role of government in Internet governance.

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16 maggio 2013
EU may consider 'hack-back' legislation, InfoSecurity. The European Union could soon consider a proposal that would give law enforcement the ability to engage in “offensive hacking,” i.e., compromise private infrastructure and systems to gather information via spyware, delete data or even take servers offline completely when there is probable cause to suspect cybercriminal activity.

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16 maggio 2013
What comes after the Cyber Security Strategy? by Nerea Rial, New Europe. Three months ago, the European Commission launched its Cyber Security Strategy and proposed a directive on network and information security (NIS). However, there are still some questions that must be answered and challenges to be faced if Europe wants to offer a safe Internet to its citizens.

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15 maggio 2013
Criminals prefer virtual currencies by Nikolaj Nielsen, EU Observer. Criminals are using bitcoins and other unregulated digital currencies as a payment method of choice when blackmailing companies following a data breach. The number of bitcoins is limited to 21 million (Photo: *n3wjack's world in pixels) Belgian-based Buy Way Personal Finance told this website on Tuesday (14 May) that it is attacked on a daily basis.

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15 maggio 2013
The digital revolution? It's all a gift to the power of the state by Simon Jenkins, The Guardian. On Monday the US justice department admitted it knew of every phone call made by 100 Associated Press reporters in April and May last year. It had seized the details, undisclosed, from the relevant phone companies. No reason was given. The department said it "valued the freedom of the press", but – that phrase is always followed by but – it had to balance this against the public interest in security.

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15 maggio 2013
Leggi l'intervista di Luca Bolognini nell'articolo "Associated Press e Bloomberg, la privacy tra spiati e spioni" di Valeria Covato, Formiche.

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15 maggio 2013
Rights groups condemn Azerbaijan over Internet defamation bill by Margarita Antidze, Reuters. Human rights groups criticised Azerbaijan on Wednesday for legislation that will make defamation over the Internet a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment ahead of a presidential election in the tightly controlled nation.

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15 maggio 2013
The Morning Risk Report: New Tool for SEC FCPA Unit? by Christopher M. Matthews, The Wall Street Journal. The charges brought last week against traders at New York-based broker- dealer Direct Access Partners for allegedly arranging a multimillion dollar bribery scheme appear to be first to emanate out of one of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s periodic examinations, perhaps signalling a new front in the U.S. war on foreign corruption.

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15 maggio 2013
Beware The Coming SEC Regulations On Cybersecurity, Forbes. For public company CEOs, the list of items under SEC purview seems to grow overnight. One item that has potential to be added to that list is the reporting on cyber security risk to shareholders. Activists and public officials are pressing the SEC to elevate its guidance to companies on the disclosure of actual breaches.

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14 maggio 2013
Internet advocates say the TPP is the biggest threat yet to open web by Russell Brandom, The Verge. Tomorrow in Lima, representatives from 11 countries are gathering to hammer out something called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It's an international treaty, and the latest entry in the ongoing battle between copyright holders and the open web. Already, the treaty has been compared to SOPA and ACTA, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation describing it as the biggest threat to the global web in years.

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14 maggio 2013
House unanimously votes for government-free Internet by Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill. The House on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation reaffirming U.S. policy as one that supports an Internet that is controlled by stakeholders, not governments. In a 413-0 vote, members passed H.R. 1580, which once again signals the support of Congress for the continued development of the Internet without guidance from any single government or a collection of governments.

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13 maggio 2013
U.K. data watchdog joins global privacy policy compliance audit by Zack Whittaker, ZDNet. The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will from Monday examine 250 U.K.-based websites in order to determine the level of compliance with local and EU law on data protection and privacy.

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13 maggio 2013
Data protection now a mainstream concern for business, The Irish Times. In the not too distant past very few organisations would have heard of data protection. While personal and informational privacy were always prized, the intricacies of this new area of law and rights were viewed by many organisations and practitioners as a niche issue outside of their day-to- day activities.

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13 maggio 2013
Firms Brace for New European Data Privacy Law by Kevin J. O'Brien, The New York Times. The effort in Europe to adopt the world’s strongest data protection law has drawn the attention of dozens of lobbyists from U.S. technology and advertising companies.

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13 maggio 2013
U.N.'s ITU pursues Internet control -- again -- this week by Violet Blue, ZDNet. The Fifth World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum ("WTPF-13") will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, this week for three days, May 14-16. As with the bellicose WCIT-12 (the U.N.'s 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications) last December in Dubai and its accompanying protests and dramatic walkout by the U.S. delegation, this Forum will be run by the United Nations notoriously dubious telecommunications arm, the ITU.

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13 maggio 2013
Top U.S. admiral puts cyber security on the Navy's radar by John O'Callaghan, Reuters. Cyber security and warfare are on par with a credible nuclear deterrent in the defense priorities of the United States, the U.S. Navy's top admiral said on Monday, after the Pentagon accused China of trying to hack into its computer networks.

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13 maggio 2013
Administration Seen Moving Away From Proposed Cybersecurity Rules by Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg. The Obama administration's legislative agenda in the area of cybersecurity appears to be moving away from a push for proposed Department of Homeland Security regulations that Republicans rejected in 2012, observers told BNA.

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12 maggio 2013
Is Your Company Cloud Ready? 10 Factors for CIOs to Consider by Vala Afshar, Huffington Post. In a recently Harvard Business Review blog, a two-year research study with the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Corporate Executive Board, Intel and others suggested that CIOs are not in sync with what the CEO and the other line-of-business executives need from IT. One out of two CEOs said that IT should be commodity service purchased as needed and only a quarter of executives felt that the CIO is performing above their peers.

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12 maggio 2013
Legal Showdown on Cybersecurity by Brent Kendall, The Wall Street Journal. When hackers broke into computer systems at Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and several of its hotels, they allegedly stole payment-card numbers for hundreds of thousands of consumer accounts. They also sparked a high-stakes legal battle over whether a federal agency can use its consumer-protection powers to police cybersecurity practices at American companies.

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09 maggio 2013
Huawei Founder Speaks to Media for First Time by Juro Osawa, The Wall Street Journal. New Zealand may be a tiny market for most global companies, but for Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co., the small nation apparently takes up a big place in its heart. So big that Huawei founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei, who had never spoken to any media on the record, just gave his first-ever press briefing to four local media outlets in Wellington.

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09 maggio 2013