MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

iiNet, DBC 3-week wait on piracy ruling. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1vACeNU

Brandis snubbed consumer groups, ISPs in piracy debate. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1AtGC1o

Losing cultural treasures under the TPP. | Public Address | http://bit.ly/180iWXe

Draft Copyright Notice Industry Scheme Code. | Communications Alliance | http://bit.ly/1zJE4sm

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Brandis still aiming to abolish Office of Australian Information Commissioner (responsible for FOI). | Open and Shut |  

A Whistleblower’s Horror Story. | Rolling Stone | http://rol.st/1zpytXZ

Swiss journalists who used covert filming win press freedom judgment. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1FvohRg

China will start censoring online usernames this Sunday. | Techinasia |  http://bit.ly/17AdslU

Bugging revelations stun journalists as inquiry unfolds. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1Jlaa7B

The Google effect: ICAC suppresses identity of witness. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1zJDxqr

UK government to rush through guidelines to stop police snooping of journalists. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/1FdO1l0

Privacy & information security

Canada’s spy agency collects & stores millions of Canadian’s emails to the government. | CBC |  http://bit.ly/1DpgHrH

UK admits unlawfully monitoring legally privileged communications. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1ASzex6

Dutch court urged to strike down national data retention law. | Jurist | http://bit.ly/1JOT8yZ

Snowden factor: report laments exposure of mass surveillance schemes. | Computerworld | http://bit.ly/1w0DBjX

Data retention costs: government is treating us like mugs. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1BxBmwk

Retain our privacy, not our data. | ABC Drum | http://ab.co/1JOR4qA

Telcos question data retention plans that exclude Skype, Facebook and Gmail. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/18nz5XM

Stop monkeying around with our metadata laws, Prime Minister. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1ESkFcb

A list of current legal challenges to UK’s surveillance regime. | Bureau of Investigative Journalism | http://bit.ly/1DcDunV

You had one job, Lenovo. | Slate | http://slate.me/1FY8huT

Australia’s war on terror hampered by incompatible IT systems. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1DY8IVk

Big data ethics is a board-level issue. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1Cm6P1l

Who do we blame when a robot threatens to kill people? | Fusion | http://fus.in/1FSLm1i

Why we need a right to privacy for brain data. | Gizmodo | http://bit.ly/1Bxz2VT

Watch ‘Noah’, the short film that inspired Modern Family’s i-phone filmed episode. | Fusion | http://fus.in/1MTulsA

Social media

Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon & other celebs are revealing their locations when they post photos on Instagram. | Fusion | http://fus.in/1DUDvko

What happens to your Facebook account when you die? | Crikey | http://bit.ly/1zJAxKC

In privacy update,  Reddit tightens restrictions on nude photos. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1w8jtMS

Stop the tweets: Australia commits $18M to monitor social media. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1AqzPVd

The Snapchat and the platypus. | Medium | http://bit.ly/1MTvcJL

Meet the tweet-deleters. | Fusion | http://fus.in/19DlkV8

26 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

A guide to the Trans Pacific Partnership. | PC Mag Australia | http://bit.ly/1KLKA8V  

YouTube flags cat purring as copyright infringing music. | TorrentFreak |  

Bid to shut Sunshine Coast’s former Ettamogah Pub for alleged copyright breaches. | Brisbane Times | http://bit.ly/1zQHsFn

EFF responds to USTR bullying the world to repeat our copyright mistakes. | EFF | http://bit.ly/1KSc5vS

The Internet created Left Shark, not Katy Perry. | The Verge | http://bit.ly/1zzLdKw

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Gina Rinehart makes court bid for copy of Channel Nine’s House of Hancock. |Brisbane Times | http://bit.ly/16ZW8GK

David Carr, media equation columnist for The Times, is dead at 58. | New York Times | 

Australian anti-terror laws summarised for media law students. | JournLaw  |  http://bit.ly/1KQQiq6

Anti-halal campaigner sued for defamation  over claims Islamic certification supports terrorism. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1uCHNuO

Greste release is welcome, as would be a free media in Australia: Mark Pearson. | JournLaw |  

Privacy & information security

Data retention hinges on Labor’s support, writes Josh Taylor. | ZDNet |  

There is no “meta”. | Future Wise | http://bit.ly/1J6FQgG

Watch: Video of the panel with Ed Snowden, Laura Poitras & Glenn Greenwald moderated by David Carr (RIP)  

Laura Poitras on Citizenfour, Ed Snowden and whistleblowers.  | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1ARSE6r

Anyone who makes you choose between privacy and security wants you to have neither: Cory Doctorow. | Boing Boing |  

In historic ruling, U.K. surveillance secrecy declared unlawful. | The Intercept |  

Australian police bugged journalists, each other, & allegedly even their own commissioner. | Vice News | 

How do we pay for privacy? | Cryptography Engineering | http://bit.ly/1FFIjJw

Australian police seize 3D-printed gun parts and knuckle dusters in raid. | CNET Australia | 

We dream about drones, said 13-year-old Yemeni before his death in a CIA strike. | The Guardian |  

Police could stream drone data direct to AFP network. | Computerworld | http://bit.ly/1zQBvbl

Australia government ploughs ahead with eSafety commissioner plans. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/19dQ5Qp

France can now block suspected terrorism websites without a court order. | The Verge |  

Where the internet lives: the artist who snooped on Google’s data farm. | The Guardian |  

Kashmir Hill turned CAPS ON for a week and everyone hated it. | The Fusion | http://fus.in/18UU5Fc

Social media

Twitter’s latest transparency report: Continuing our fight for more transparency. | Twitter | http://bit.ly/1u7mhcU

Millions of Facebook users have no idea they are using the Internet. | Quartz | http://bit.ly/1DbSWnK

Prisons are punishing inmates who use Facebook with decades in solitary confinement. | The Fusion | http://fus.in/1uMu2K7

5 facts about online video for YouTube’s 10th birthday. | Pew Research | http://pewrsr.ch/1Cne46B

Facebook now offers a profile will for when you die. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/16XI80g

Jon Ronson on Twitter shamings:  How one stupid tweet blew up Justine Sacco’s life.| New York Times Magazine | http://nyti.ms/1A1pIpy

 

13 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Negotiators burn their last opportunity to salvage the TPP by caving on copyright term extension. | EFF | http://bit.ly/16lkrhR

After Sony hacking, MPAA considers major changes. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1uh0unH

Anti-piracy advocate Roadshow beefs up political donations. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1C5HEA5

Major labels keep 73% of Spotify premium payouts. | Music Business Worldwide | http://bit.ly/1BSWB5K

‘FAIR: Freedom of Access to Information & Resources’ library advocacy campaign launches. Check out & follow

Katy Perry’s lawyers demanding take-down of a 3D-printable left shark. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1DJ2uVu

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Whistleblower John Kiriakou, only person jailed over CIA torture program, is out of prison. | Boing Boing | http://bit.ly/1xixAhP

Tasmania drops plans to let corporations sue protestors for defamation. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1DHu3P6

Outgoing Australian Press Council chair Julian Disney levels criticism at media practices. | ABC |  

UK: ‘Vexatious’, ‘annoying’ and disruptive, Press Gazette barred by MET from asking more RIPA questions.  | Press Gazette | http://bit.ly/1F1WKaE

Privacy & information security

In historic ruling, U.K. surveillance secrecy declared unlawful. | The Intercept |  

Government wants metadata laws by March. | The Age | http://bit.ly/16OVpIZ

Examples of how data retention will impact on everyday Australians. | Crikey |  http://bit.ly/1zXs4c6

Data retention: too many unknowns, too many unanswered questions. | The Guardian |.  (by me)

Gmail, Facebook, Skype excluded from Australian data retention regime. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1zGNNSo

Sharing images and not caring. | NZ Privacy Commissioner |  

White House to mandate deletion of irrelevant private data collected by surveillance agencies. | The Verge |  

Stop equating women in tech with engineers. | Medium | http://bit.ly/1zuOwWB

US: The federal government could be taking pictures of you in your car. | Fusion | http://fus.in/1yOMBcU

“The intelligence agencies are living in a golden age of surveillance.” — PGP creator Phil Zimmermann. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1Dx7yMK

Hi-tech fashion redefines the meaning of revealing clothing. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1yRxy29

All my blogs are dead. | The Awl | http://bit.ly/18IjamB

How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win. | TED | http://bit.ly/1K3O5as

Social media

Facebook faces fight in Europe over new privacy  policy. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1zW5m2A

Twitter reaches deal to show tweets in Google search results. | Bloomberg | http://bloom.bg/1xlj4Wz

What happened when I confronted my cruellest troll. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1LEOdPi

Stupid tricks with promoted tweets. | Medium | http://bit.ly/18N5oiC

Twitter CEO admits cyber bullying poses threat to revenue growth”. |  ABC – The World Today | http://ab.co/1ulee0y 

7 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Data retention – what’s at stake?

Mandatory data retention is mass surveillance.

As the former Victorian Privacy Commissioner has said mass data retention:

“…is characteristic of a police state. It is premised on the assumption that all citizens should be monitored. Not only does this completely remove the presumption of innocence which all persons are afforded, it goes against one of the essential dimensions of human rights and privacy law: freedom from surveillance and arbitrary intrusions into a person’s life”

So you’ve got nothing to hide? Not fussed about rights and freedoms?  Well, here’s some further practical consequences of data retention to consider.

Your “metadata” in the court room

The Data Retention Bill does not impose any limitation on access to the retained data by other legal avenues.  This means there’s nothing stopping your ex-husband, your employer, the tax office or a bank using a subpoena to get access to that data if it is relevant to a court case.

Your telecommunications data – such information as who you called, when you called, your location or who you emailed, or messaged could be relevant to any range of disputes. (Here’s the draft data set – it’s complex and still not yet finalised).

Metadata isn’t like an envelope. It is possible to create meaningful personality profiles – including personal preferences, social/political affiliations, sexual orientation, health information, financial interests and ethnic identity. For example, certain phone numbers & email addresses are context specific eg suicide hotline, political parties, doctors, police , the list goes on.

Telco data would be useful in commercial disputes such as those involving trade secrets, intellectual property, breach of confidence. And then there’s family law disputes, insurance disputes, workers compensation claims, and that’s before we get to the oft-cited example of copyright cases.

And all this will likely increase the cost of litigation and reduce access to justice.  Better resourced companies or individuals can more easily afford cost of issuing subpoenas or even preliminary discovery applications as in the Dallas Buyers Club case.

Taxpayers will fund their own surveillance

We’ve heard much about the government’s cutting the red tape agenda.

But not so much about the costs and regulatory burden of data retention on small telcos? How will this impact competition in the communications sector?

AIMIA also argues that the data retention will be a strong disincentive for companies to invest in infrastructure in Australia.

It’s unclear what the level of contribution the Government will make to industry toward the up front or ongoing cost of complying with the proposed data retention regime.  We do know that the costs will be significant.  What costs will be passed on to residential and business customers?  Ultimately we’ll all pay as tax payers and consumers.

How much will this all cost? We still don’t know

Drive consumers away from Australian businesses

A range of pragmatic compromises have been made to get this Bill introduced into Parliament.

Just one example: what are known as third-party over the top services such as Gmail, Skype and Facebook are not currently covered by the data retention obligations. But data associated with services such as email, VoIP and SMS provided by your telco will be retained.

This decision about the scope of the regime is  likely to reduce revenue of Australian businesses, and reduce the already questionable effectiveness of the scheme in making the community safer.

Off-shore data storage

Your ISP can choose where it wants to store your data.

As the Victorian Privacy Commissioner has submitted:

  • The Bill does not prevent retained data from being transmitted to, and stored in, offshore cloud computing services that are under the control of foreign corporations and foreign governments.
  • It does not exclude retained data being stored in cloud computing services that are physically located within Australia but which are owned by foreign entities that may be subject to extraterritorial legal obligations that subject the retained data to the laws of foreign countries

So how is your personal information safe from the reach of foreign countries? 

How safe will your data be?

The Bill does not place any additional obligations on your telco to keep your data secure.

Telcos and the Privacy Commissioner has warned of increased risk of security breaches from the retention of large amounts of personal information for an extended period of time and the attraction to hackers by retention of larger amounts of data.

Your telco has no absolute liability for the results of these increased risks, only a potential obligation under the Privacy Act to take ‘such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to protect the information’.

The Victorian Privacy Commissioner has highlighed that:

  “Breaches to the security of large, well resourced private sector organisations are commonplace but many remain unknown because of commercial secrecy and the fact that Australia does not have a data security breach framework in place”

The Australian Privacy Foundation in their excellent submission set out the risks, namely

  • risks associated with unanticipated uses of the data by service providers;
  • risks associated with disclosures to third parties; and
  • risks associated with the difficulties of adequately ensuring the security of large data sets.

Such risks are a concrete reality as Privacy International have highlighted:

  •  In 2013, senior Queensland police misused caught pulling confidential mobile phone records to catch officers faking sick days;
  • UK: call records of over 1,000 journalists over a 2 year period handed over to police – “human error” on part of a telco employee;

In recent years, the Privacy Commissioner has investigated breaches of security by telcos and government agencies:

 Australian service providers have experienced significant issues in handling and keeping personal information secure. Major telecommunications services providers that will be covered by the scheme are amongst the 20 entities most complained about to our office,” Pilgrim says.

And if your telco does get hacked and your personal information is disclosed, they don’t have to tell you.

Counter-productive

It is expected that, as with the Snowden revelations, a move to mandatory data retention will increase the already growing appetite for encryption and anonymisation products.

Moves to more encryption and tools such as VPNs (already commonly used by businesses and many consumers) is counter-productive to the government’s objectives of retaining data to assist it in protecting national security and tackling serious crime.

Will much of the data left to be retained be that belonging to relatively unsophisticated or incautious Internet users?

But don’t ASIO and the AFP need data retention to protect us?

We haven’t been provided with compelling evidence that explains how “metadata” used by police will no longer be available if we don’t have mandatory data retention.

The AGD couldn’t provide Senator Ludlam with any evidence that data retention was effective in addressing  the claimed objectives of tackling serious crime or protecting national security. (Note: there is no limitation in the Bill that the data can only be accessed to investigate or prosecute serious crimes.)

Our government isn’t alone in scratching around for evidence. UK representatives before the CJEU in July 2013 conceded there was no “scientific data” to underpin the claimed need for data retention. In the US, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board  found that there is little evidence that the metadata program has made the US safer.

As the authors of a study on the EU Data Retention Directive highlight in respect to the “evidence” which had been presented to justify the Directive, it is sufficient to note that the plural of anecdote is not “data”.

Want to know more?

  • Register for the Law Institute of Victoria’s free Data Retention Forum on 24 February.
  • Check out the submissions to the PJCIS on the Data Retention Bill
  • Check out my post on what’s missing from the government’s site on data retention
  • Follow the work of journalists who are covering these issues such as Josh Taylor, Bernard Keane, Allie Coyne, Rohan Pearce, Ben Grubb, Claire Reilly and Paul Farrell.
Data retention – what’s at stake?

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

What’s breaking Hollywood? It’s not infringement. | DisCo Project |  http://bit.ly/1EXn0TA

The Pirate Bay is back online. | TorrentFreak | http://bit.ly/1BJD9uF

Book now for the ADA Forum – 13 February. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/16feq7l

Music piracy has been ‘virtually eliminated’ in Norway. | MusicBusiness | http://bit.ly/1uuOrxU

New animal selfie alert! | The 1709 Blog |  http://bit.ly/1zsb627

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Defiant editor Alan Morison to return to face Thai Navy defamation case. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1yYt9t0

Judge awards man $50,000 defamation suit against US anti-autism blogger. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1wQJSh7

Secret police taskforce tailed journalist: Inquiry targets bugging, whistleblowing and cover-ups. | SMH | http://bit.ly/18EJRsm

OAIC continues to operate while bill to scrap it awaits the return of the Senate. | Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/1ExZWgR

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report. | The Guardian | 

Privacy & information security

The privations of privacy: from dystopia to dysaguria.  | Cearta | http://bit.ly/1JZBJAe

This week in your metadata: the government wants it, telcos don’t mind. | Gizmodo | http://bit.ly/18EJiyK

AGD slammed for secrecy on data retention costs. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1wQG0Nd

Legal experts are calling for greater oversight of mandatory data retention. | CNET | http://cnet.co/1yMlVx5

ASIO isn’t required to delete data it receives under mandatory data retention. | ZDNet | 

British securocrats try to sneak in Snoopers Charter again. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1Kg7ljb

Michael Hayden’s hollow constitution. | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/1tOV7f6

“I’ve paid you about $15,000 over the years” – I’d like my privacy back.  | Fusion | http://fus.in/1CMSQ68

194 submissions lodged on Australia’s controversial Data Retention Bill. | PJCIS | http://bit.ly/15ZdC5E

Socialize the data centres! An interview with Evgeny Morozov. | New Left Weekly | http://bit.ly/1ETgCN7

With a few bits of data, researchers identify ‘anonymous’ people. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1HDfJxm

Canadian spies track millions of downloads daily: Snowden files. | CBC |

Drug Dealers are swapping crack for Nokia 8210s. | Vice |  

Our cities shouldn’t rely on Uber to devise new transport strategies. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1BNirKq

Social media

Social media is not electronic graffiti. | The Interpreter | http://bit.ly/1zs9nKi

‘This.’ Has people clamouring for an invite. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1vnZoYc

Facebook sex tape case has implications for privacy law in Australia. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1zJP6TF

 

 

1 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

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