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Chilling Guidelines Issued For UK Communications Act Enforcement

December 19th, 2012 12:31 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

From El Reg comes word that interim guidelines have been issued for prosecutions under the UK Communications Act that have landed a few folks in jail for offensive speech: “Keir Starmer QC published this morning his interim guidelines for crown prosecutors that demanded a more measured approach to tackling trolling on the Internet. … ‘A prosecution is unlikely to be in the public interest if the communication is swiftly removed, blocked, not intended for a wide audience or not obviously beyond what could conceivably be tolerable or acceptable in a diverse society which upholds and respects freedom of expression. The interim guidelines thus protect the individual from threats or targeted harassment while protecting the expression of unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, or banter or humour, even if distasteful to some and painful to those subjected to it.’”

Source: Chilling Guidelines Issued For UK Communications Act Enforcement

Petraeus Case Illustrates FBI Authority To Read Email

November 13th, 2012 11:52 admin View Comments

Privacy

An anonymous reader writes “Back in April, we discussed how the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act defines email that has resided on a server for more than six months can be considered abandoned. The recent investigation of General Petraeus brings this issue to light again, and perhaps to a broader audience. Under current US law, federal authorities need only a subpoena approved by a federal prosecutor — not a judge — to obtain electronic messages that are six months old or older. Do you know anyone these days who doesn’t have IMAP accounts with 6+-month-old mail on them?”

Source: Petraeus Case Illustrates FBI Authority To Read Email

S. Carolina Supreme Court: Leaving Email In the Cloud Isn’t Electronic Storage

October 12th, 2012 10:04 admin View Comments

Cloud

New submitter Ibhuk writes “I leave my email stored online, as do many modern email users, particularly for services like Gmail with its ever-expanding storage limit. I don’t bother downloading every email I receive. According to the South Carolina Supreme Court, this doesn’t qualify as electronic storage. This means most email users are not protected by the Stored Communications Act. All your emails are fair game, so be careful what you write. From the article: ‘This new decision creates a split with existing case law (Theofel v. Farey-Jones) as decided in a 2004 case decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That decision found that an e-mail message that was received, read, and left on a server (rather than being deleted) did constitute storage “for purposes of backup protection,” and therefore was also defined as being kept in “electronic storage.” Legal scholars point to this judicial split as yet another reason why the Supreme Court (and/or Congress) should take up the issue of the Stored Communications Act.’”

Source: S. Carolina Supreme Court: Leaving Email In the Cloud Isn’t Electronic Storage

19,000 Emails Against and 0 In Favor of UK Draft Communications Bill

October 12th, 2012 10:31 admin View Comments

Government

Qedward writes “Open source writer Glyn Moody discusses the Draft Communications Bill (aka Snooper’s Charter) in the UK and how the Joint Parliamentary Committee that had been considering the bill received almost 19,000 emails during its consultation period. He notes: ‘Out of 19,000 emails received by the Committee on the subject of the proposed Draft Communications Bill, not a single one was in favor of it, or even agreed with its premise. Has there ever been a bill so universally rejected by the public in a consultation? Clearly, it must be thrown out completely.’”

Source: 19,000 Emails Against and 0 In Favor of UK Draft Communications Bill

Kim Dotcom Apparently Spied On For Longer Than Admitted

October 6th, 2012 10:03 admin View Comments

The Internet

another random user writes “Kim Dotcom’s internet connection was being diverted inside New Zealand weeks before the Government Communications Security Bureau says it started spying on him. The New Zealand Herald has obtained details showing Telecom engineers and staff at its technology services company Gen-I were investigating irregularities with his internet connection in November. The revelation has raised suspicion that Mr Dotcom was victim to earlier spying than the GCSB has admitted. It has brought fresh calls for an inquiry amid claims of the spy agency’s role in the international ‘Five Eyes’ Echelon Network.”

Source: Kim Dotcom Apparently Spied On For Longer Than Admitted

Proposed UK Communications Law Could Be Used To Spy On Physical Mail

June 17th, 2012 06:36 admin View Comments

Communications

An anonymous reader writes “The BBC reports that the UK’s Draft Communications Bill includes a provision which could be used to force the Royal Mail and other mail carriers to retain data on all physical mail passing through their networks. The law could be used to force carriers to maintain a database of any data written on the outside of an envelope or package which could be accessed by government bodies at will. Such data could include sender, recipient and type of mail (and, consequentially, the entire contents of a postcard). It would provide a physical analog of the recently proposed internet surveillance laws. The Home Office claims that it has no current plans to enforce the law.”

Source: Proposed UK Communications Law Could Be Used To Spy On Physical Mail

PR Expert Andy Marken Has Some Advice for Startups and FOSS Projects (Video)

March 19th, 2012 03:18 admin View Comments

Businesses

This is a 15 minute video conversation with Andy Marken of Marken Communications, who has been working in technology public relations long enough to know what’s what — and then some. We had a pleasant conversation via Skype, and afterwords he sent along some excellent additional advice about how to handle do-it-yourself tech industry PR.

Source: PR Expert Andy Marken Has Some Advice for Startups and FOSS Projects (Video)

FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls

February 16th, 2012 02:15 admin View Comments

Government

Cara_Latham writes “If you want to receive annoying robocalls from telemarketers you will have to opt in. Federal Communications Commission rules now require that telemarketers get your consent before dialing your number. Telemarketers will also have to obtain consent even if they had previously ‘done business with’ the consumer on the receiving end of a call.”

Source: FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls

FCC Maps the 3G Wasteland Of the Western US

February 10th, 2012 02:41 admin View Comments

Wireless Networking

alphadogg writes “The Federal Communications Commission has released a map showing which counties across the U.S. lacked coverage from either 3G or 4G networks and found that wide swaths of the western half of the country were 3G wastelands, particularly in mountainous states such as Idaho and Nevada. This isn’t particularly surprising since it’s much more difficult for carriers to afford building out mobile data networks in sparsely populated mountainous regions, but it does underscore how large stretches of the United States lack access to mobile data services that people in the Northeast, South and Midwest now take for granted.”

Source: FCC Maps the 3G Wasteland Of the Western US

Facebook Tells India It Won’t Help Censor the Web

December 7th, 2011 12:35 admin View Comments

Censorship

An anonymous reader writes “Indian Communications and IT minister Kapil Sibal yesterday announced a proposal to have technology companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Twitter pre-screen user generated content so that community sentiments are not hurt. Social media platforms are being asked to censor whatever politicians deem objectionable and too offensive for the Internet. Sibal called a news conference when the story broke, and following it, Facebook responded to say that it can’t help in the effort.”

Source: Facebook Tells India It Won’t Help Censor the Web

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