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US Senate votes to remove recent FCC web browsing privacy laws

US senate

US Republicans have voted to kill the FCC internet privacy laws that were only enacted last October and made it so that ISPs had to obtain permission to sell on user’s private browsing histories.
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New privacy rules for Europe

European Commission Privacy

New European privacy rules are hitting the headlines these days. Apparently, when it comes to online privacy, EU means business. And we say that in a good way. Recently, European Commission published E-privacy Directive, a report that intents to defend users’ right to privacy and to limit profiling and surveillance activities from companies like Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Microsoft.
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Retaining Traffic Data Declared Illegal in EU

European Court of Justice

Great news for all the Internet users within European Union borders! The European Court of Justice recently made a very clear and important statement regarding online privacy rights. Since 21 December, 2016, it’s illegal for member states to make bulk retention of emails or other electronic data. Making data retention illegal became even more necessary and significant as more and more countries in Europe and around the globe already initiated bills that seriously threatened citizens’ right to online privacy.
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European Court of Justice declared Investigatory Powers Act illegal

Government spying

Finally some good news regarding the right to online privacy in Europe! The European Court of Justice declares Investigatory Powers Act illegal. The law, later changed with the IP Bill, was stated as being in contradiction with European human rights. In simple terms the discussed law bill allows UK’s authorities to intercept private data of all UK citizens or passing by tourists, with the proclaimed purpose of fighting terrorist attacks or any other criminal activities.
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Belarus bans Tor and the right to privacy

Belarus bans Tor

Regarding Internet freedom and the right to online privacy, Belarus has bad news for us. Tor, a network that provides anonymous access to the Internet has been banned. As it appears there’s a tendency of ending the right to online privacy around the Globe. Countries like UK, Germany and United Stated already issued a law against privacy that give authorities extended rights to surveil online activity of its citizens.
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Rule 41 puts America under surveillance

Rule 41 America surveillance

For America, land of the free doesn’t mean the right to privacy also. At least not anymore. Since December 1, 2016, FBI was granted significant more hacking power and the access to develop extended digital investigations. The law that allows them to do that is called Rule 41 and gives the Federal Bureau of Investigation the legal means to search multiple computers with only a single warrant, not only across the United States, but anywhere in the world.
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IP Bill aims online privacy for the kill

Government spying

United Kingdom is preparing a very unpleasant surprise for all its citizens, regarding online privacy. A new surveillance system just become legal and fully functional and it will give UK intelligence agencies and Police the surveillance power without precedent in the western civilization. It’s called Investigatory Powers Bill, or IP Bill, and was passed by both House of Lords and House of Commons. Also it already received Royal Assent so this bill is already a fact.
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LinkedIn banned in Russia

LinkedIn banned in Russia

Issues concerning online privacy in Russia have been in the news lately. According to a new law, internet companies in Russia are now required to maintain data centers that contain the personal data of users in the country. According to the Russian government, the law in addition to the previous internet restrictions by the Russian authorities is apparently an attempt to guard Russians against the prying US Government, as well as other outside threats.
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