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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Put Civil Liberties in Great Jeopardy, in Vain

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Put Civil Liberties in Great Jeopardy, in Vain
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 03:15:27 +0000
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File-sharing Bill could give Government control of the internet

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| The Digital Economy Bill would give the 
| Government the power to control the internet 
| access of UK citizens by ministerial order, 
| bypassing Parliament and without an adequate 
| right of appeal, according to one legal 
| expert.
| Barrister Francis Davey has examined clause 
| 11 of the Bill and believes that it puts 
| extraordinary powers to control the 
| information available to UK internet users 
| in the hands of the Secretary of State for 
| Business, Innovation and Skills, currently 
| Lord Mandelson.


No decrease in illegal downloading, says BPI

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| The number of people downloading music 
| illegally is not decreasing, despite the 
| availability of new legal services, 
| according to a music industry research.


BPI Survey Suggests Spotify Hasn't Magically Decreased Desire For Unauthorized Music Access

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| Still, what strikes me as interesting is 
| that BPI still keeps insisting that this is 
| a "problem," without any evidence that this 
| is true. The only real "problem" is the 
| failure of the record labels that BPI 
| represents to adjust their business models. 
| If they did that, there wouldn't be much of 
| a problem at all. But, the labels don't want 
| to do that. They want the government to 
| rescue them and to pretend they can keep 
| doing business they way they always did.



My Reaction to Eric Schmidt

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| Schmidt said:
|     I think judgment matters. If you have
|     something that you don't want anyone to
|     know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in
|     the first place. If you really need that
|     kind of privacy, the reality is that
|     search engines -- including Google -- do
|     retain this information for some time
|     and it's important, for example, that we
|     are all subject in the United States to
|     the Patriot Act and it is possible that
|     all that information could be made
|     available to the authorities.
| This, from 2006, is my response:
|     Privacy protects us from abuses by those
|     in power, even if we're doing nothing
|     wrong at the time of surveillance.
|     We do nothing wrong when we make love or
|     go to the bathroom. We are not
|     deliberately hiding anything when we
|     seek out private places for reflection
|     or conversation. We keep private
|     journals, sing in the privacy of the
|     shower, and write letters to secret
|     lovers and then burn them. Privacy is a
|     basic human need.
|     [...]
|     For if we are observed in all matters,
|     we are constantly under threat of
|     correction, judgment, criticism, even
|     plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We
|     become children, fettered under watchful
|     eyes, constantly fearful that -- either
|     now or in the uncertain future --
|     patterns we leave behind will be brought
|     back to implicate us, by whatever
|     authority has now become focused upon
|     our once-private and innocent acts. We
|     lose our individuality, because
|     everything we do is observable and
|     recordable.
|     [...]
|     This is the loss of freedom we face when
|     our privacy is taken from us. This is
|     life in former East Germany, or life in
|     Saddam Hussein's Iraq. And it's our
|     future as we allow an ever-intrusive eye
|     into our personal, private lives.
|     Too many wrongly characterize the debate
|     as "security versus privacy." The real
|     choice is liberty versus control.
|     Tyranny, whether it arises under threat
|     of foreign physical attack or under
|     constant domestic authoritative
|     scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty
|     requires security without intrusion,
|     security plus privacy. Widespread police
|     surveillance is the very definition of a
|     police state. And that's why we should
|     champion privacy even when we have
|     nothing to hide.


Patriot Act Renewal Moving Forward

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| Renewal of two controversial Patriot Act
| provisions set to expire at the end of the
| year have been approved by House and Senate
| Committees over the past month, and appear
| headed for floor votes in both bodies.
| President Obama has endorsed extending the
| provisions.
| The two provisions include the ârecordsâ
| rule and the âroving wiretapsâ provision.
| The so-called ârecordsâ rule grants federal
| officials with a court order the power to
| force private parties such as businesses,
| hospitals, and libraries to hand over "any
| tangible thing" they believe has "relevance"
| to a terrorist investigation.
| âRoving wiretapsâ allow wiretapping multiple
| lines of communication without informing
| FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act)
| courts which specific phone lines or
| communication media are being targeted.


Gov slams critical database report as opaque, flawed, inaccurate

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| The report assigned each database a status
| based on traffic lights. Only six of the 46
| databases were assigned the 'green' status
| that indicated they worked properly and
| legally.


Does the EU-Commission use Google Analytics?

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| And if so, does this constitute a national
| security risk? I am just asking because
| even in private sector operations often
| passionate citizens approach us with
| concerns when we use Google Analytics. I
| am curious if the European Data Protection
| Supervisor website also uses Google
| Analyticsâ


EU Chemical Agency and the Analytics trojan

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| I wonder how a public authority can make a
| company use the traffic information of its
| visitors for commercial analysis purposes.
| So in other words, a European Union body
| allows a company from a third nation to
| record traffic data, to spy on the use of
| its government websites and hand it out to
| third nation authorities.


Google chief: Only miscreants worry about net privacy

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| If you're concerned about Google retaining
| your personal data, then you must be doing
| something you shouldn't be doing. At least
| that's the word from Google CEO Eric
| Schmidt.

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