MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Can you copyright a tweet? | Technollama | http://bit.ly/1D0A6Op

Fox v Dish lays some Aereo concerns to rest. | DisCo Project | http://bit.ly/15nIjkv

Information is power: a revolution for the blind. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1wuhLUX

Updating operating system now: where’s our fair use? | Lib Copyright | http://bit.ly/1Jkykvz

Fair copyright policy starts with transparency. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1yUQf7n
Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Companies suing critics. That’s the real enemy of free speech. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1wtk0YJ

Journalism is not a crime. So why are reporters being referred to police? | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1JnxRXw

UK: Every national newspaper editor urges Prime Minister to stop RIPA spying on journalists. | Press Gazette | http://bit.ly/14WYVix

Southern Cross TV breached privacy by filming through window for Today Tonight report. | Mumbrella | http://bit.ly/1GMvHor

LNP politicians target Alan Jones | Daily Mail Australia | http://dailym.ai/1GMDjr3

Privacy & information security

Tech giants fear being captured by data retention legislation. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1ATVr9Q

Charlie Hebdo and the security state: Julia Powles. | Wired | http://bit.ly/1Crtnz8

Border protection plans to extend telco surveillance. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1L5FGF2

Scrap data retention bill: Law Institute of Victoria. | Pro Bono News | http://bit.ly/1wpgA9b

Victoria’s Privacy Commissioner  hits out at “ill-defined” data retention plans. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1yUNwLl  (See submission no. 39 -> http://bit.ly/1CAkC5Q)

OAIC’s new Guide to securing personal information. | OAIC | 

129 submissions on Australia’s controversial Data Retention Bill: http://bit.ly/1CAkC5Q Public hearings on 29 & 30 January.

Aussie Travel Cover has hundreds of thousands of records stolen in hacking, policy holders not informed. | ABC | http://ab.co/1sYO5UN

Thai PM vows to pass cyber spying bill. | Telecomasia | http://bit.ly/1EEi1H4

UK: Abuse of Parliamentary procedure: introducing the Comms Data Bill into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill. | Open Rights Group  | http://bit.ly/1L4T7F4

How Netflix wants to end geo-blocking. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1zEsX8P

How to catch a terrorist? The Whole Haystack. | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1EEcTCO

‘The Cloud’ and other dangerous metaphors. | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/1CnYQC0

US: Cops get handheld radar that can “detect people breathing” through walls. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1L0sbpT

Silk Road Judge: Tor browser is ‘mumbo jumbo to most people on the jury right now’. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1yGkdNG

High stakes in New Zealand’s war against spam. | The New Zealand Herald | http://bit.ly/1L5J8Q1

The Coweb – can the Internet be archived? | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1xnO7lK

Social media

Snapchat hiring journalists to become its own publisher. | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/1L4nADf

Online retailers and media companies least trusted with personal information. | Mumbrella | http://bit.ly/1L1wTE4

Concerns about power and influence of social media on Royal Commission. | ABC AM | http://ab.co/18alO4x

Gillette pays Tinder for catchy research, not advertising. | AdAge | http://bit.ly/1AwSs76

NSW Police fail victims of domestic violence with flippant social media post. | Daily Mail | http://bit.ly/1BvD9Rw

US: Justice Department settles lawsuit over fake Facebook page. | Buzzfeed | http://bzfd.it/1uqMJO2

 

24 January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ producer Nicolas Chartier on his anti-piracy crusade & why union workers need less pay. | The Hollywood Reporter |  

Is the MPAA even pro-Hollywood any more? | The Medium | http://bit.ly/1Cn4br1

Piracy notices boost demand for anonymous VPNs in Canada. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/1zpjP7G

Authors Guild gives up trying to sue libraries for digital scanning book collection. | Techdirt | http://bit.ly/17CRNtM

U.S strikes scheme fails to impact the piracy landscape. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/14v8zc7

Where to for copyright in 2015? Program for the ADA Forum announced: http://bit.ly/1zEvJFJ Canberra, 13 February 2015

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Democracy dies behind closed doors. | Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/1ybLAia

US: Court orders Twitter to identify anonymous users. | Internet Cases | http://bit.ly/1GdSKIr

Max Mosley begins court action to stop Google showing pictures of sex party. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1yl7kZz

Stalin’s grandson loses ‘bloodthirsty cannibal’ defamation lawsuit. | The Telegraph | http://bit.ly/1sP5Zcs

Privacy & information security

BBC uses “metadata” access laws to catch TV licence fee dodgers. | Belfast Telegraph | http://bit.ly/1ucCFbk

UK: Prime minister asked to intervene to help protect journalists’ phones and communications records. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1DLpbfg

The curious case of Angela Merkel and her EU data retention ideas. | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/1C9cF71

Brandis takes the data retention debate beyond logic. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/17WNN7s

Victoria Police access phone and internet data 1200 a week. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1ybKPFO

Dutch government sued over data retention law. | ComputerWorld | http://bit.ly/14R6rM6

A reminder … Why privacy matters even if you have nothing to hide, by Daniel Solove. | The Chronicle of Higher Education | http://bit.ly/1g551vD

Parliamentary Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Submissions due  Monday 19 January.

The Digital Arms Race: NSA preps America for future battle. | Spiegel | http://bit.ly/1uf8UXq

Why Zomato paid $60 million for Urbanspoon. | Smart Company | http://bit.ly/15dBItw

India and #GoIBlocks: Lessons for ISPs when facing censorship orders. | Global Voices | http://bit.ly/1ysCCzg

The DHS agent who infiltrated Silk Road to take down its kingpin. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1xiNYQn 

Social media

Lawyers use Facebook to target people busted at festivals for drugs. | Mashable  | http://on.mash.to/1KMD9zm

Turkey threatens to block social media over released documents. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1C9oSIX

How a team of social media experts is able to keep track of UK jihadists. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1yvoiCS

Technology has made life different, but not necessarily more stressful. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/15mOCVz

18  January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Tech + law policy to-read list – suggestions welcome!

Here’s some of the books I’m planning to read this year.

Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin

It’s Complicated by danah boyd

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Biella Coleman

Here’s a review by Paul Bernal.

Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free by Cory Doctorow

I’m currently reading Australia under Surveillance by Frank Moorhouse (thanks @JuliaPowles for the recommendation.)

If you’ve got some suggestions to add, do let me know.

Recommendations

From @PaulBernalUK

Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness, by Nathaniel Tkacz  (and Bernal’s review)

From @JuliaPowles

The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, by Nicholas Carr

The Internet is not the Answer, by Andrew Keen

From @Gazzy_D

The End of Absence, by Michael Harris

This Machine Kills Secrets, by Andy Greenberg

What I’ve already read ….

I’ve read and recommend —>

Rebecca Mackinnon’s Consent of the Networked,

Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide,

Rebecca Giblin’s Code Wars,

Mark Pearson’s Blogging and Tweeting without Getting Sued, which I’ve reviewed,

Nick Cohen’s You Can’t Read this Book

Tim Wu’s The Master Switch

Nate Anderson’s The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed

 

 

Tech + law policy to-read list – suggestions welcome!

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Where to for copyright in 2015? First speakers for ADA Forum announced. | Australian Digital Alliance |  http://bit.ly/1zEvJFJ

Ford Motor Company claims copyright over its list of car parts, tries to shut down independent repair tool. | EFF  |  http://bit.ly/1xWfCIs

Pho-to Fury: London restaurant told to ‘go f-ck yourself’ by Melbourne rival that allegedly stole its images. | Smart Company | http://bit.ly/1AMzQ6J

Canada: Rightscorp and BMG exploiting copyright notice-and-notice system: citing false legal information in payment demands. | Michael Geist | http://bit.ly/1DCknpA

Google asked to remove 345 million “pirate” links in 2014. | TorrentFreak | http://bit.ly/1FvRXSV

US: Universal Music files copyright lawsuit over mixtapes sent to prisoners – “contraband personified”. | The Hollywood Reporter |  

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Tasmania moves to allow corporations to sue for defamation. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1Iwfyii

David Miranda and the human rights black hole. | Newsweek | http://bit.ly/14ofq7u

Man wearing “I’m with Stupid” t-shirt among LNP campaigners arrested by 10 police in Brisbane. | Courier Mail | http://bit.ly/1DnEc6G

Privacy & information security

Leaked European Parliament legal opinion on data retention. | Digital Rights Ireland | http://bit.ly/14zXGqj

Brandis and PwC no comment on 36-month data retention question and timing of consultation. | The Register | http://bit.ly/1zXAFFE

Parliamentary Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Submissions due Monday 19 January.

My post on what’s missing from the government’s site on data retention. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1s7GXQb

Ai Weiwei is living in our future. Living under permanent surveillance and what that means for our freedom. | Medium | http://bit.ly/13J2iZY

These college roommates made six figures (in real money) recruiting Lyft users last year. | Fusion | http://fus.in/14zKsKo

GCHQ’s ‘spook first’ program to train Britain’s most talented tech entrepreneurs. | The Independent | http://ind.pn/14iqbZJ

Canadians upset with Romanian website that exposes court case details. | The Globe and Mail | http://bit.ly/1zXADxA

Netflix, Apple, Adobe. How geoblocks rip you off. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1yyTTWR

Google, Facebook, eBay slam Australian ‘de facto internet filter’ (s 313 Telco Act).  | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1sa8ndt

Social media

“Around 20,000 people in Britain have been investigated in the past three years for comments made online … .”. | The Independent | http://ind.pn/1wG9QDH

Not Banksy: The real artist behind the iconic Charlie Hebdo pencil tribute. | Mashable | http://on.mash.to/1tRxZgl

With the power of social media growing, police now monitoring and criminalising online speech: Glenn Greenwald. | The Intercept | http://bit.ly/14sfJPd

 9 January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Where to for copyright in 2015? First speakers for ADA Forum announced: http://bit.ly/1zEvJFJ

Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia lifts photography ban on permanent collection. | Canberra Times | http://bit.ly/1Bb5omX

Counting down the copyright top ten 2014. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1xbmhwx

Forced negotiations and industry codes won’t stop infringing downloads. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1Al01RR

The MPAA’s attempt to revive SOPA through a state Attorney-General. | Google Public Policy | http://bit.ly/1xBYRPC

If Europe gets to see FTA text, why can’t we? | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/13Z2rc0

Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood’s secret war against Google. | The Verge | http://bit.ly/1yKg4sO

MPAA considered pulling out of UK Copyright Alert Program. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/1BpIp5j

Paraphrasing Selma – copyright law and the re-writing of history. | Project DisCo | http://bit.ly/13LRgDh

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

From the UK: the year in review – defamation, privacy & Google. | INFORRM | http://bit.ly/1AkMqtM

Why tolerate police spies in our midst? writes Nick Cohen. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1xbxYn3

Attempt to use data protection laws to stifle Guinea mine critic defeated. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1BmrAZq

Musician turned rogue publisher hit with DMCA takedowns over Sony emails. | Ars Technica |http://bit.ly/1BpIRAx 

Broadcaster Alan Jones ordered to pay $10,000 for racial vilification. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1ERH7pY

Whistleblowing and the rule of law. | Lawyers Weekly | http://bit.ly/164MGBV

Privacy & information security

The future of privacy. | Pew Research Internet Project | http://pewrsr.ch/1IZl9kq

The year governments struck back: seven things you need to know about privacy in 2014. | Privacy International | http://bit.ly/1tdWRZW

When it comes to surveillance, there is everything to play for in 2015. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1zXj31G  Including in Australia —> Parliamentary Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Submissions due 19 January.

Note to data retention law makers: the Internet is not a telephone. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1HjbQtJ

Holes in metadata bill make it unacceptable: Professor George Williams. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1BmzoKP

Metadata: most Australian police forces can’t say how many times it’s been used to prevent crime. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1ERDJvk

Data retention hearings off to a nonsensical start. | Smart Company | http://bit.ly/14gqMLa

My post on what’s missing from the government’s site on data retention. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1s7GXQb

Burner phone? There’s an app for that. | Verge | http://bit.ly/1GvWUIq

Why Ireland must protect Irish emails and internet usage from surveillance. | Irish Times | http://bit.ly/1vNa38Q

Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches ‘epidemic proportions’. | The Independent | http://ind.pn/1x91Wru

Google has now ‘forgotten’ more than a quarter-million URLs. | The Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1ycZAd0

The dark web: what it is, how it works, and why it’s not going away. | Vox | http://bit.ly/1twgWKZ

How laws restricting tech actually expose us to greater harm: Cory Doctorow | Wired | http://wrd.cm/16RI3LZ

Social media

Inadvertent algorithmic cruelty & well, that escalated quickly.  On Facebook’s Year in Review. | Meyer Web | http://bit.ly/1GZpjH7http://bit.ly/1wXojAt

The Troll Hunters – a feature essay by Adrian Chen. | Technology Review | http://bit.ly/1z0H827

US: Judge – it’s okay for cops to create a fake Instagram account. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/13W62se

Australia Post caught over use of paid Instagram endorsements. | Mumbrella | http://bit.ly/1Ag9Ejy

Facebook’s structure of compulsory happiness. | The Society Pages | http://bit.ly/1rxqF8n

Facebook post costs ex-wife $12,000. | Herald Sun | http://bit.ly/1K5mDKo

Perth magistrate removed from hearing matter after Googling litigant. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1BmxJ7S

2 January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

US: Music publishers sue ISP Cox for not kicking people off the Internet.  | EFF | http://bit.ly/12yMLLz

In Google Books appeal, judges focus on profit and security. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1u1As24

Danish court orders a UK company to block Danish IP addresses. | EDRi | http://bit.ly/1yXA0pM

Copyright law as a tool for state censorship of the Internet. | EFF | http://bit.ly/1rVSJmg

UK music industry seeks review of law allowing fans to copy music. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rpBw4v

Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia’s digital future. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1vs5saN

Defamation & media law

Dr Roland Von Marburg sues Facebook for defamation. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1G4iymK

Is Australia an emerging secret state? | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/1u1BbjO

African court delivers landmark judgment on criminal libel. | MLDI | http://bit.ly/1vnhi6c

Privacy & information security

UK: Investigatory Powers Tribunal rules GHCQ mass surveillance program TEMPORA is legal in principle. | Privacy International | http://bit.ly/12QpXbg

Government pulls bill to abolish Information Commissioner. | Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/1yCQ01t

Boost for terror law monitor powers proposed in new Bill. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1vB7hHy

Data retention bill fails scrutiny test. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1wMwdNY

ASIC to lobby government for metadata access. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1vB9q5W

Intelligence authorities ‘fail to understand data’, says ISP. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/11xA6si

My post on what’s missing from the government’s new site on data retention. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1s7GXQb

Want to know more about data retention? I’ve updated my “storify” on Australia’s controversial data retention bill:

Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Register intention to lodge a submission by 8 December. Submissions due 19 January.

Freedom on the Net Report 2014 | Freedom House | http://bit.ly/1vs2nHO

Australians’ appetite for data & content continues to grow  – Communications Report 2013-14 | ACMA |  

Gregarious and direct China’s web doorkeeper. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1u6wG6A

Aussie bitcoin start up CoinJar moves to the UK. | Business Spectator | http://bit.ly/1w23qDl

Social media

Navigating the legal challenges of exploiting social media and user-generated content. | Attorney-General’s Office (UK) | http://bit.ly/1yXy3JT

22 people had to sign off on Mitt Romney’s campaign tweets. | USA Today | http://usat.ly/12c5flb

Twitter takes aim at trolls – and promises more. | Boing Boing | http://bit.ly/1yOB8Ne

Social networks face fines for failing to remove bullying content. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1wMtqUV

Scotland laws down the law on social media crime and revenge porn. | Wired | http://bit.ly/1s7EFR9

UK: Man jailed for WhatsApp ‘revenge porn’ after posting images of woman online. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/1BpIQ2V

7 December 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

So what’s missing from the Australian government’s new website on data retention?

Last Friday, I stumbled across a new section of the Attorney-General Department’s  website “explaining” the government’s controversial data retention Bill.

And I found a few things missing …

Data retention does not provide new powers for agencies to access metadata. It simply obliges telecommunications companies to retain a limited set of records for two years

What’s missing?

  • There is little “simple” or “limited” about this proposal for mass surveillance of all Australians.  Just a few weeks ago, the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee was scathing in its criticism of the Bill.
  • It is not helpful to say the Bill proposes a “limited” set of data when the data is yet to be defined and will only be defined in Regulations.  Indeed, the Scrutiny of Bills Committee recommended the data set be defined in primary legislation itself and not left to Regulations.
  • The obligation is not simple or limited  when there is an express requirement in the Bill to create data when the service provider does not already capture data that falls within the (yet to be defined) data set. (See proposed section 187A(6) of the Bill).

More than 25 countries around the world have implemented data retention laws similar to those proposed by the Australian government

What’s missing?

  • Any mention of the fact that the EU Court of Justice ruled in April this year that the EU Data Retention Directive was invalid and …

entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary

  • As Stilgherrian reported last week Australia’s data retention plans are looking increasingly out of touch.   “To say that the West is going the way of data retention is a serious misrepresentation.” (As I set out in a recent blog post)
  • Silicon Valley has been damaged by the Snowden revelations. Senator Wyden has made the case that the spying has hurt the American economy.
  • United Nations human rights expert concluded in a recent report that mandatory data retention “amounts to a systematic interference with the right to respect for the privacy of communications”, and therefore “it is incompatible with existing concepts of privacy for states to collect all communications or metadata all the time indiscriminately”.

International experience indicates that the cost of mandatory data retention schemes is small

What’s missing?

  • Well, any evidence …  In the UK, an impact assessment estimated that the cost of retaining IP addresses (not the whole data set) at nearly $50 million (AUD)
  • In 2010, Digital Rights Ireland reported:

    Several network operators said the need to invest in retention infrastructure had caused them to delay or abandon improvements to national networks.
    Deutsche Telekom claimed it had spent €5.2 million on implementation of retention infrastructure and €3.7 million a year to facilitate about 13,000 call data requests and 6,500 internet data requests. Other operators said they had spent in excess of €4 million setting up systems for providing access to stored data.

Warrants are typically reserved for the most intrusive powers, such as the power to use force to enter a home, to intercept phone calls, or to arrest a person. Many powers, including access to metadata, simply do not rise to that level.

What’s missing?

  • If “metadata” is not intrusive, why, as Josh Taylor has reported, won’t Senator Brandis provide access to his own communications data?
  • 11 countries in the EU require some form of judicial authorisation before access to “metadata” is provided.
  • Earlier this month, the Human Rights Committee recommended that a warrant should be required for “metadata” access.

Law enforcement and national security agencies suggest that a data retention period of two years is necessary to maintain our agencies’ investigative capabilities

What’s missing?

  • Retention periods typically are between 6 months and 12 months in the EU.
  • In the UK, for example, a 2011 report revealed that, over a 4 year period, 74%+ of disclosures to law enforcement agencies, where the age of data being sought was known, related to data that was less than 3 months old.

The government will reduce the number of agencies permitted to access metadata. Only agencies that have a clear need for such access and well-developed internal systems for protecting privacy, such as law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be able to access the data. Data must be reasonably necessary for the purposes of investigating criminal offences and other permitted purposes.

 What’s missing?

  • The Bill only limits the agencies that can automatically access metadata. It does not significantly limit the very broad range of agencies that can apply to access metadata (see proposed new clause s 176A). Proposed section 176A will allow a broad range of agencies ranging from ASIC to local councils and the RSPCA to apply for access to data.
  • There is no definition in the legislation about “well-developed internal systems for protecting privacy”.  The Minister is simply  to have regard to whether the agency who wants access to metadata is required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles or a comparable scheme.  Just this week, the Attorney-General Department itself asked for return of improperly redacted submissions which revealed individual’s personal information.

Will data retention be used for copyright enforcement? The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 only allows access for limited purposes, such as criminal law enforcement matters. Breach of copyright is generally a civil law wrong. The proposed data retention regime does not change this in any way.

What’s missing?

  • If data is in the possession of a party it can be compelled to provide it to a litigant by coercive court processes such as discovery or subpoenas. As Ben Grubb has reported, data retention would be a “boon for private investigators” and lawyers acting for clients in a range of disputes.
  • The Australian Federal Police admitted that legislation for new mandatory data retention obligations on Australian telecommunications companies could be used to fight online copyright infringement.
  • The government will need ISPs to retain (source) IP addresses if it wants to introduce a notice scheme where ISPs are forced to police online copyright infringement.  Josh Taylor has reported on how film studios want to use data retention to crack down on piracy.

many member states have implemented the EU data retention directive by widening its scope and retaining data that was not retained in the past, often allowing it to be used for more purposes than outlined in the directive, such as for civil litigation on copyright in the UK. Such expansion is referred to as “mission creep” by privacy advocates.

 

Note: the above italicised extracts from the government’s new “explainer” on data retention can be found on the following pages:

Further resources:  commentary and analysis on Australia’s controversial data retention bill: http://bit.ly/104A4XJ

 

 

 

 

So what’s missing from the Australian government’s new website on data retention?