This week Australia officially enacted its controversial new data retention law where mass swathes of metadata are required to be stored by telecoms for up to two years.
VPNs are services that offer privacy and anonymity to users worldwide, which is a little ironic when some VPN companies are collecting various types of information and data from users even though they claim to have a ‘zero-logging policy’.
Internet regulation in Russia has seen an uptick since late 2011, with Putin also chipping away at Internet freedom in the nation since he returned to the Kremlin in 2012. What’s interesting to note is that the majority of the Russian population is also endorsing a curb on internet freedoms, according to a new study Read More
Australian spy agencies may be granted greater liberties to monitor the online activities of Australian citizens with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying the government would do “whatever is possible” to ensure the safety of Australians. “For some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift. There may be more Read More
Open Rights Group, one of the chief opponents to the UK’s new data retention law DRIP, has attempted to block the legislation with court action. Its basis for seeking a court case is the ruling from the European Court of Justice, which ruled that data retention from ISPs and telecoms for governments was unlawful. However Read More
BT is refusing to publish a transparency report on issues of surveillance, failing to follow its peers in Vodafone and AT&T. The ISP dismissed calls this week to publish its links to bodies like GCHQ. Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT, made the comments at a telecoms conference in London where he said the carrier Read More
MPs in the UK have voted through the controversial emergency data retention law, amid waves of criticism, that will see telecoms continue to collect vast amounts of data on customers, which could be viewed by the government. David Cameron said the legislation will allow telecoms to cooperate in providing data on UK customers in specific Read More
The UK is set to pass a controversial new ‘emergency law’ that continues to force telecoms to retain customer data, despite a European Court of Justice ruling that said otherwise. Under the new law, which will take effect in 2016, telecoms must retain phone and Internet data for 12 months, which can be viewed by Read More
Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May has hit out at criticisms of government surveillance calling such claims of unlawful hacking “nonsense”. “There is no programme of mass surveillance and there is no surveillance state,” she said at a lecture in London when asked on the actions of organizations like GCHQ, adding that the government weren’t breaking Read More
The UK government could face court action over its continued ruling that forces companies to retain data, despite an EU decision that says otherwise. The Guardian reports that the government has been accused of “breaking the law” by forcing telecommunications companies and ISPs to keep records of Internet usage, calls, and texts. Opponents to the Read More