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The tag 'data privacy' is associated with 15 posts.

The EU Strikes a Blow For Net Neutrality. And Against it.

Last Sep­tem­ber, the EU fleshed out its plans for a major tele­com reg­u­la­tion over­haul. The pack­age of pro­pos­als includ­ed a ded­i­ca­tion to pro­tect­ing net neu­tral­i­ty. From a dig­i­tal social jus­tice stand­point, net neu­tral­i­ty is a crit­i­cal right so the EU’s announced reform pack­age was, in many ways, some very good news. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the good news on the EU’s tele­com over­haul isn’t the only news.


Surprise, Surprise! BND Spies on the United States

It comes as no sur­prise to knowl­edge­able observers that the BND, the Ger­man for­eign intel­li­gence ser­vice born of the Rein­hard Gehlen Nazi spy out­fit from World War II, is spy­ing on the Unit­ed States. A BND sig­nals intel­li­gence orga­ni­za­tion called RAHAB spies on the Unit­ed States, as well as the SWIFT net­work, used to track ter­ror­ist fund­ing. Inter­est­ing­ly and sig­nif­i­cant­ly, in the dust­up fol­low­ing Eddie the Friend­ly Spook’s rev­e­la­tions, Ger­many has threat­ened to sus­pend the SWIFT pro­gram.


Too Much of a Good Thing? Part 2: A Secret Trilogue and Business as Usual

With last week’s bliz­zard of Snow­den leaks on NSA spy­ing in the EU hit­ting the news, the EU par­lia­ment over­whelm­ing­ly passed a draft set of new EU data pri­va­cy rules with a fast-tracked time frame of imple­men­ta­tion by mid April 2014. But, in a sur­pris­ing twist, the David Cameron just man­aged to do away with the fast track­ing, argu­ing that the pro­posed rules would be an oner­ous bur­den on busi­ness­es. So the new EU data pri­va­cy rules are still com­ing, but not for at least anoth­er year and pre­sum­ably with a lot of changes. Those aren’t the only changes that may be com­ing to the inter­net.


Snowden’s Ride, Part 12: The Gruppenhobbit, the Deep Fifth Column and the Underground Reich

In this post, we exam­ine the cir­cum­stances, per­son­al his­to­ry and polit­i­cal and pro­fes­sion­al antecedents of Alex Karp (pic­tured at right), the CEO of Palan­tir, whom we nick­name “The Grup­pen­hob­bit.” The dom­i­nant influ­ence on Karp is the famous philoso­pher Juer­gen Haber­mas, an osten­si­ble left­ist whose intel­lec­tu­al antecedents are Nazi. The young Haber­mas was in the Hitler Youth and the Wehrma­cht. Haber­mas was direc­tor of the Max Planck Insti­tute for 12 years. That insti­tu­tion was the renamed Kaiser Wil­helm Insti­tute, a fount of Nazi sci­ence and the epi­cen­ter of Josef Men­gele’s Auschwitz research.


Too Much of a Good Thing? The New EU Data Privacy Rules Have a Transparency Problem

There are some big changes head­ed towards the inter­net but we don’t know what they are yet. And that prob­a­bly won’t change any time soon. It’s a prob­lem.