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EU Nations 'Still Breaking The Law On Mass Surveillance'

Forbes - Tech

Campaign groups, NGOs and academics have teamed up to file a series of complaints with the EU over bulk surveillance in several countries. They are calling for EU governments to stop requiring companies to store all communications data - a practice that's been ruled unlawful by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) not just once but twice. Blanket data retention requires phone and internet providers to retain the traffic data - numbers called, IP addresses, location data and identity - of all of their users for several months or years, depending on local national law. And despite rulings in 2014 and 2016 that this contravened European law, the practice still continues in more than a dozen EU countries. Now, though, Privacy International, Liberty, and Open Rights Group have teamed up with more than 60 NGOs, community groups, and academics across the EU to file a series of complaints in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. "There should have been no need for Privacy International and our colleagues across Europe to file complaints to the European Commission today.

Government Wants Foreign Surveillance Authority Renewed

U.S. News

FILE- In this June 7, 2017, file photo, from left, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers are seated during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Capitol Hill in Washington. Intelligence and law enforcement officials across the government lobbied Congress on Monday, Sept. 25, to let them conduct broad surveillance on foreign targets in coming years, saying it helps prevent terrorist and cyberattacks on the United States. Coats said getting the highly contentious section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewed is his "top priority this year."

The Fragmented Surveillance State


So how do we even begin to reclaim local control over police surveillance in a fragmented world? First, we need people to ask the most basic of questions about what surveillance technologies are being purchased with tax dollars and why. Questions of public safety require public comment and oversight. Second, we need to create a space to demand accountability from local leaders. At some point in the fiscal year, local officials should have to explain their technology purchases and policies to the community.

How the Internet of Things is reshaping video surveillance


The enhanced functionality made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT) and associated technologies is responsible for many of the major changes seen across society today. Video surveillance is one area that experiences substantial evolution driven by IoT and other smart technologies. The intelligent monitors and sensors of the IoT combined with emerging high-speed network solutions promise to improve the performance and capabilities of video surveillance systems. Presented below are two technologies that will drive the enhanced functionality of video surveillance equipment. Advanced video surveillance capabilities have many applications in business, industry and society in general.

Opinion You Are Now Remotely Controlled


The debate on privacy and law at the Federal Trade Commission was unusually heated that day. Tech industry executives "argued that they were capable of regulating themselves and that government intervention would be costly and counterproductive." Civil libertarians warned that the companies' data capabilities posed "an unprecedented threat to individual freedom." One observed, "We have to decide what human beings are in the electronic age. Are we just going to be chattel for commerce?"