Deep Packet Inspection: Berners-Lee says no to internet ‘snooping’

Published 11 Mar 2009 on ZDnet, for fair use only
Author: Tom Espiner
Keywords also in Wikipedia: Open Society, Closed Society, Advertising, Surveillance, Uberveillance
Keywords on ZDnet: Advertising, Programme,  Packet, Targeted

Speaking at a House of Lords event to mark the 20th anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee said that deep packet inspection (DPI) was the electronic equivalent of opening people’s mail.

“This is very important to me, as what is at stake is the integrity of the internet as a communications medium,” Berners-Lee said on Wednesday. “Clearly we must not interfere with the internet, and we must not snoop on the internet. If we snoop on clicks and data, we can find out a lot more information about people than if we listen to their conversations.”

DPI involves examining both the data and the header of an information packet as it passes a ‘black box’ on a network, in order to reveal the content of the communication. Targeted advertising services, such as Phorm in the UK, use DPI to monitor anonymised user behaviour and to target adverts at those users. In addition, UK government initiatives such as the Intercept Modernisation Programme have proposed using DPI to perform mass surveillance of the web comunications of the entire UK population.

Speaking to ZDNet UK at the event, Berners-Lee declined to comment about any particular company or government initiative, but said that internet service providers (ISPs) should not perform DPI. Continue reading

Google Takes a Stand for Location Privacy, Along with Loopt « EFF

Posted at EFF, for fair use only
Author: Kevin Bankston

Wiki keywords: Privacy policy, Google
EFF Keywords: Cell TrackingPrivacy

Thanks in part to feedback from EFF, Google has chosen to take a strong and public stand on what legal privacy protections should apply if the government comes calling for the location data collected by Latitude, Google’s new cell phone-based friend-finding service. Google has decided to match the policy for dealing with law enforcement demands first adopted by its friend-finding competitor Loopt after consultation with EFF, a policy which relies on the strongest possible legal arguments for protecting users’ location privacy. The gist of the Latitude and Loopt policies? “Come back with a warrant.”

Like Loopt, Google’s Latitude doesn’t (currently) keep a historic log of its users’ locations; both companies overwrite the old data each time you report a new location. We think that’s the right move privacy-wise, and hope that between Loopt and Latitude, the we-don’t-keep-historic-logs policy will become the industry standard in the friend-finding space.

Being lawyers, though, we at EFF were just as concerned-if not more concerned-with legal policy: what would Google’s legal position be when a law enforcement agency tried to make it start logging a Latitude users’ location as part of an investigation? This is a particularly important question considering that when it comes to using the phone company’s cell tower data to track your location, the government’s position is that it doesn’t need to get a search warrant (though EFF’s been doing a good job of convincing the courts otherwise).
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Abuse of your privacy data collected on Internet

Author: Daniël Verhoeven
Wiki Keywords: Interactive Media, Privacy, Marketing, Advertising, Uberveillance, Contextual Advertising

When doing research on the use and abuse of privacy data on the Internet I bumped again on the case of the media corperation Advance. I pointed to it before and I was allowed to re-publish Karin Spaink’s article about it. Wondering how it had developed I discovered that there were no texts about it in English, and that is a pitty, because what Advance is doing is probably done by others on the Net, so I decided to cross the language barrier.

Advance Interactive Media is not only collecting privacy data, it does also hunt these data actively putting all kind of eliciting questionnaires on a range of sites (Je echte leeftijdVolgens mama, VerjaardagsAlarm). Also the questionnaires are often linked to TV-programs of SBS and RTL, both popular stations in The Netherlands. Ironically, Joop van den Ende’s investment trust owns 30% of Advance. Joop van den Ende was one of the owners of Endemol, the television production company that developed the format of ‘Big Brother’.

Advance says to have an ‘interactive relation’ with 2,2 million Dutch people (of about 15 million). Of 300,000 it possesses more than 100 personal characteristics. Of course Advance collects these data to sell them to other companies. One of the big pharmaceutical corporations who had a contract with Advance was Pfizer. The Dutch Privacy Commission CBP has started an inquiry following an article in the ‘Volkskrant’.

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Tradition culturelle européenne et nouvelles formes de production et circulation du savoir par Maurizio Lazzarato

Article publié dans la revue “Thesis”, Weimar, N. 3, hiver 1999,.décembre 1999.

Author : Maurizio Lazzarato

Wiki keywords: Commodity, Culture, Knowledge, , Political economy

L’histoire de la culture européenne est en train de vivre un de ses plus grands bouleversements depuis, peut-être, l’invention de la l’imprimerie. Un véritable défi est lancé aux fondements même du concept de culture et de ses modes de production, de socialisation et d’appropriation. Je parle évidemment de son intégration au processus de la valorisation économique. Ce processus d’intégration s’est accéléré depuis le début des années 80 à travers, d’une part, la mondialisation et la financiarisation de l’économie, et d’autre part l’avènement de ce qu’on appelle les nouvelles technologies.

Plusieurs voix se sont depuis levées pour défendre la culture, surtont de la part d’intellectuels et d’artistes. Des oppositions plus fortes ayant trait à la subordination de la culture au champ économique se sont cristallisées au moment de la renégociation des rapports commerciaux qui concernent la production audiovisuelle, mais aussi les “droits d’auteurs” dont la définition même est mise en discussion par les nouveaux moyens de communication.

La stratégie de défense de la culture qui, en France au moins, semble se dégager de ces premières formes de mobilisation contre le monopole mondial des grandes entreprises de communication et de “divertissement” américaines, est celle qui désormais passe sous la définition de sauvegarde de l'”exception culturelle”.

Les artistes et les intellectuels, mais aussi les hommes politiques et les gouvernements qui revendiquent le droit à l'”exception culturelle” se veulent les héritiers de la tradition et de l’histoire de la culture européenne : autonomie et indépendance de l’art et des artistes par rapport au politique et à l’économique. La stratégie des tenants de l'”exception culturelle” semble vouloir utiliser et redéfinir positivement la séparation entre culture et économie. Continue reading

Google Executives Face Privacy-Related and Other Criminal Charges for Taunting Video Google Executives Face Privacy-Related and Other Criminal Charges for Taunting Video

Posted at Privacy Law Blog, 4 Feb 2009, for Fair use only

Several Google executives, including the Company’s global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, will face criminal charges in Italian court stemming from Italian authorities’ two-year investigation of a video posted on Google Video showing a disabled teen being taunted by classmates. The video, posted in 2006, depicts four high school boys in a Turin classroom taunting a classmate with Down syndrome and ultimately hitting the young man over the head with a box of tissues. Google removed the video on November 7, 2006, less than twenty-four hours after receiving multiple complaints about the video. Nonetheless, Fleischer and his Google colleagues face criminal charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal information that carry a maximum sentence of three (3) years.

According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals, which broke the story on February 2, 2009, the charges against Fleischer are believed to be the first criminal sanctions pursued against a privacy professional for his company’s actions. Under European Union legislation that was incorporated into Italian law in 2003, Internet service providers (“ISPs”) are not responsible for monitoring third-party content posted to their sites, but are required to remove offensive content if a complaint is received. These laws offer to ISPs protections that are similar to those found under U.S. law in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.  But Italian authorities, specifically Milan public prosecutor Francesco Cajani, are prosecuting Google as an Internet content provider, rather than as an ISP, and Italy’s penal code states that such providers are responsible for third-party content on their sites. Cajani believes that Google, and its executives, violated this provision by allowing the 191-second clip to be uploaded to its video site. Continue reading

Peut-on tout confier à GOOGLE ?

First posted by Libertes Internet s tagged CRISTINA

En dix ans d’existence, Google a tellement grandi qu’il a fini par se rendre incontournable. Notre courrier, notre mémoire, bientôt notre dossier médical… chaque jour, les serveurs de l’entreprise accumulent de nouveaux détails sur notre intimité. Mais comment le géant Google gère-t-il nos données personnelles ?

Depuis plusieurs semaines, il soupçonnait si fortement sa femme d’infidélité qu’il ne parvenait plus à obtenir la moindre érection. Il s’était mis en quête d’un conseiller matrimonial, tout en cherchant le meilleur moyen de confondre son épouse. Sonoriser la voiture ? Installer des caméras de surveillance pour bébés dans l’appartement ? Pister l’activité de son téléphone portable ? Le jour où il avait découvert qu’elle le trompait bel et bien, et que l’amant était une amante, il avait sombré dans l’alcool. Au fond de sa déprime, il imaginait mettre un contrat sur les deux femmes. Ce résident de Floride avait cherché un contact auprès d’une mafia au Portugal, son pays d’origine. Désespéré, il avait fini par s’enquérir d’une aide au suicide, avant de se raviser, et de décider de quitter le continent américain.

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