Snowden

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

        “Besides journalists’ legal protections, equivalent protections should be extended to the people who risk their livelihoods, and lives, to bring this information to light in the first place,” wrote Lauren Kirchner, reporting on Columbia Journalism Schools’ seminar “Journalism after Snowden” in January 2014. See this piece […]

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European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

Brussels, 29/10/2015. European Parliament MEPs today called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.” The call, carried by a narrow margin (285 to 281), is stated as “in recognition of his status as […]

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30/10/2015 at 00:36EU Life&Liberty nsa NUJ Snowden

Safe Harbour must be suspended and replaced – European Parliament civil liberties committee

Safe Harbour must be suspended and replaced – European Parliament civil liberties committee

Brussels, 06/10/2016. Europe must immediately suspend the ‘Safe Harbour’ data agreement with the US and initiate a new, more ‘solid’ data-protection framework, says the Chair of the European Parliament’s LIBE civil liberties Committee Claude Moraes. His statement follows the latest ruling from the European Court of Justice in the case […]

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06/10/2015 at 12:52EU EU_Business Life&Liberty nsa Snowden

Cyber security tips for journalists (The List)

Cyber security tips for journalists (The List)

Updated 15/07/2015. This page is an attempt to compile some of the online resources available to help journalists improve their online security. Thanks to NUJ Brussels for the original, at: http://www.nujcec.org/brussels/index.php/faqs/more-faqs/cyber-security-tips-journalists-the-list/ Need to take online security seriously That journalists need to think about such matters is not in doubt – […]

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Journalist? Secure your communications – or pay a high price

Journalist? Secure your communications – or pay a high price

Deep Web for Journalists, by Alan Pearce – a review Journalists typically see digital tools such as the laptop and smartphone as essential parts of the work armoury, even some occasionally wonder about the level of compromise involved in their use. Yet even a cursory perusal of Alan Pearce’s new […]

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TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

Brussels, 01/04/2015. Any future TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) agreement needs to be clear that it “fully exempts the existing and future EU legal framework on the protection of personal data from the agreement”, said the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee yesterday. The committee’s statement, which aimed to address […]

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02/04/2015 at 11:20EU EU_Business Life&Liberty nsa Snowden

Thunderbirds are go – StingRays a no-no

Thunderbirds are go – StingRays a no-no

StingRays should be manta-ray shaped – and bright green in colour Brussels, 16/03/2015. I’ve often wondered about that box at the top of the local telephone pole. For those who remember the TV series, the immortal line “Thunderbirds are go” always accompanied the launch of the rescue team on their […]

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EP – existing European data protection rights have to be more effective

EP – existing European data protection rights have to be more effective

        10/02/2015. “The EU has to make existing European data protection rights more effective in practice, and to allow citizens to more easily exercise their rights, at a time when we all run our entire lives with our smartphones”, says newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni […]

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Big Data versus EU fundamental rights – two bruisers square up

Big Data versus EU fundamental rights – two bruisers square up

      09 December 2014. Brussels’ 5th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference today was notable more for what was not said rather than its explicit content. I happened to say the name Edward Snowden a few times in conversation, and each mention was met with a short […]

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GCHQ needs to face the new political reality – to justify its very existence

GCHQ needs to face the new political reality – to justify its very existence

Brussels, 10 November 2014. So the new head of GCHQ thinks US technology companies are becoming “the command and control networks of choice” for terrorists (Guardian, 03 November 2014). Mr Hannigan’s ideas are so out of touch with present-day political reality that it is difficult to know what to say. […]

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