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[News] Civil Rights Defended by Commissioner Reding

  • Subject: [News] Civil Rights Defended by Commissioner Reding
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 04:03:25 +0000
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EU may limit US 'anti-terrorism' finance tracking

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| The transfer of financial data from Europe 
| to the US 'to fight terrorism' may be 
| unjustified, according to EU Information 
| Society Commissioner Viviane Reding.
| In a speech marking Data Protection Day, 
| she said that the amount of financial data 
| being transferred to the US had 
| 'considerable privacy-invading potential'.


The software side of SWIFT financial crime monitoring

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| Let me contribute some open source 
| intelligence on the SWIFT case. One of the 
| leading SWIFT related software solutions 
| providers is the German company Tonbeller 
| AG. As we can see the company is 
| specialised on business intelligence, risk 
| analysis and financial profiling solutions. 
| SWIFT itself seems to be their client or 
| certification agency, here is the Partner 
| profile from SWIFT.


EU Keeping an Eye on Financial Data Sent to U.S. via SWIFT

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| Reding also urged greater privacy controls 
| on behavioral advertising because "[u]sers 
| are not always aware that they are being 
| tracked whenever browsing the Internet." In 
| her view, data gathered without the users' 
| informed prior consent should not be used.


EFF Reveals How Your Digital Fingerprint Makes You Easy to Track

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| Think that turning off cookies and turning 
| on private browsing makes you invisible on 
| the web? Think again.
| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 
| has launched a new web app dubbed 
| Panopticlick that reveals just how scarily 
| easy it is to identify you out of millions 
| of web users.
| [...]
| The purpose of Panopticlick is to show you 
| how much you have in common with other 
| browsers. The more your configuration 
| mirrors everyone elseâs, the harder it 
| would be to identify you. The irony is, the 
| nerdier you are â using a unique OS, a less 
| common browser, customizing your browser 
| with plug-ins and other power-user habits â 
| the more identifiable you are.


Privacy Bill Nears Introduction in House

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| The House Democrat heading up the push for 
| legislation that would set new online 
| privacy safeguards that could dramatically 
| reshape Internet marketing said he plans to 
| introduce the bill shortly, with several 
| Republicans likely signed on as co-
| sponsors.



"European Open source developers needs brains and gains" says European
Commissioner Reding

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| The problem is those kind of numbers is that they seems to be calculated in
| function of software vendors, which represents only 15% of the whole software
| industry. The other large part of the industry is pure services. And this
| does not seems to be taken in account. Does Mrs Commissioner Reding have the
| wrong numbers? Or she does not know the european software industry?

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