Real news from the privacy world

Online Freedom and Internet Security Stories in Brief:

Australia

Quite a bit of discussion about VPNs in Australia this week:

  • Netflix launched in Australia this week, claiming VPNs will be a historical footnote in the near future. The content library is smaller than that one in the US at the moment, because of regional content licensing restrictions. Netflix believe that once content is on par, VPN’s would not be necessary.. Read More
  • Data Retention Law passes Senate. Australian user data will be stored for two years (including the time and participants in phone calls, text messages and emails). Issues such as journalist sources being identified remain, even after a few concessions were made before final approval.. Read More

Our two cents would be – getting a VPN is sort of an all in one deal. Not only does it provide access to desired entertainment, but also offers privacy and protection of one’s Personal Data.

United States

Privacy is at risk in the US, with a second Cybersecurity Bills passed on Thursday  The House Intelligence Committee passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA), a near-mirror image of the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).  Privacy critics worry that both have significant loopholes for unsuspecting user data retention. For instance CISA bill would allow companies suspecting a cybercrime threat to report the information it “knows at the time of sharing” to be the sensitive, personal info.. Read More

Belarus

Belarus passes Data Retention Decree.  Belarus President announced that starting January 1st, 2016 Belarus ISPs would have to retain user data, claiming this is an ‘anti-drug’ measure. Under the new decree, ISPs will be obligated to store information about the connections to the Internet, as well as the amount of data sent and received, all while collecting the Internet users’ names, passport data, internal and external IPs, and MAC-addresses of their devices. Service providers across the board will be required to retain this data for at least one year. These measures will undoubtedly affect user privacy ..Read More

World

Bankrupt Radioshack wants to sell-off it’s user data Worries projected for scenarios of what would happen if Facebook, or Google would ever go out of business. RadioShack tries to payback creditors with more than selling off their old printer cartridges – with more than 13 million e-mail addresses and 65 million customer names and physical addresses, as well as potential information about customers shopping habits, up for grabs. Some reassurance is offered by saying that many privacy policies of companies who tried to sell user data in the past actually prevent them from selling it off, so this too might be challenged in court..Read More



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