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November 27, 2013
EU lays out new U.S. data agreement pact
In efforts to get the "special relationship" back on track after months of painful political rhetoric and frenemy-like relations, the European Commission wants to rekindle its trans-Atlantic love with its American partners.
The EU on Wednesday threw down its demands — albeit in a somewhat subdued typical softly-softly European way now that the 28 member state bloc has taken time to breathe and think this one through — and hopes its U.S. counterparts bites at the chance to restore relations with its trans-Atlantic friend.
This includes new rules to Safe Harbor, which would force companies, like the seven named technology companies implicated under the data-acquiring PRISM program, to extend the rules of Safe Harbor, by adjusting their privacy policies. This would result in the disclosure of "information on the extent to which U.S. law allows public authorities to collect and process data transferred."
Image: European Commission
December 2, 2013
Australian government willing to share uncensored citizen data
The Australian Signals Directorate — or Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), as it was known in 2008 — was said to be able to share "bulk, unselected, un-minimised metadata, as long as there is no intent to target an Australian national — unintentional collection is not viewed as a significant issue".
This metadata was handed to other governments of the "Five Eyes" group — the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and New Zealand.
The Australian government recorded 183,099 authorisations from government departments to access metadata from Australian telecommunications companies. In 2011-12, authorisations for metadata access rose to 293,501.
- Read more: Australian government willing to share uncensored citizen data (ZDNet)
Source: The Guardian
December 3, 2013
Guardian newspaper may face U.K. terror charges over Snowden leaks
The editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, was summoned to give testimony to a U.K. parliamentary committee in early December.
Aside from the questioning, British police are looking to see whether or not the London-based newspaper broke any laws in regards to the detention of then-Guardian columnist's Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, earlier this year.
Rusbridger also told lawmakers under oath that the paper had published only 1 percent of the total cache of leaked documents provided by Snowden.
- Read more: British news staff may face terrorism charges over Snowden leaks (Reuters)
Image: BBC Parliament (live stream)