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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Holmes

Re: "Anyone" != "Everyone"

" there is little evidence, or none, that the data retained has been or is being [[misused]"

BT/Phorm?

There is plenty of evidence that this data is being misused with impunity. Vodafone + Bluecoat replay attacks. TalkTalk + Huawei surveillance + replay attacks. UK Parliament + Bluecoat.

The intrusion begins the moment a third party obtains a copy of a private/confidential message with the intention of retaining some or all of the content. Subjecting the whole population to intrusive surveillance is simply undemocratic, offensive, and illegal.

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

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Meh

"likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety".

The only thing "likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety" to the ICO data protection racket is the fear that they might actually have to do some proper work for a change.

Instead of photocopying boilerplate rejection letters fobbing off complainants, and always refusing to enforce the law.

Watch as they do nothing with their new powers, and find a new excuse for inaction.

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O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge

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Unhappy

Vodafone...?

The telco that allowed the Californian company Bluecoat to covertly monitor their UK network, engaged in replay attacks launched from Bluecoat's offices in California, and all done without knowledge or content from either party to the communications... that one?

See,

Vodastalk; Vodafone and Bluecoat Stalking Subscribers

https://nodpi.org/2011/06/22/vodastalk-vodafone-and-bluecoat-stalking-subscribers/

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Naughty NSA was so drunk on data it forgot collection rules

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Big Brother

URLs are Content

They are the content of an HTTP GET request.

They are not addressing data. They also reveal the content of the likely response to the request.

Addressing data is the IP address (clue in the name) and nothing else.

That is, co-incidentally, how it was specified in the 'invalid' EC Data Retention mass surveillence regulations too.

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BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

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FAIL

BT: immune from ICO enforcement..

Some examples...

BT/Phorm - no ICO enforcement despite covert trials of Russian supplied spyware monitoring the content of customers' private/confidential web browsing, without consent from sender and recipient.

BT/ACS law - no ICO enforcement action despite BT sending an unencrypted email full of sensitive customer data, and despite a court order requiring that data to be encrypted and sent on physical media.

BT/email - again... no ICO enforcement action despite months of security failures that put customers at risk of identity theft.

I'm not sure what it would take to cause the ICO to enforce the Data Protection Act against BT.

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

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Devil

Recalling that

... the ICO blamed BT's own customers for the Phorm affair (claiming there was a measure of "implied consent" for private/confidential telecommunications to be covertly intercepted & secretly sold to Phorm).

And also the same ICO that blamed ACS:Law for *receiving* unencrypted emails from a lawyer in BT (whereas BT were supposed to comply with a court order instructing them to encrypt the data *before sending* it via CD/media). Not that ACS:Law were blameless, but if the data had been encrypted as instructed by the judge, it would probably never have been hacked. BT escaped any penality in that instance too.

So sadly... I expect the ICO's conclusions to be that BT customers were somehow to blame... and BT Directors to be completely exhonerated :(

I call it Muffins Law (cf Tea & Muffins at the ICO).

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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Childcatcher

Backdoors like WPAD?

For starters,

WPAD: The Internet Explorer Security Flaw that Threatens all UK Microsoft Users

https://nodpi.org/2013/05/09/wpad-the-internet-explorer-security-flaw-that-exposes-all-microsoft-users-in-the-uk/

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DNS poisoning slams web traffic from millions in China into the wrong hole

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Devil

Ultrasurf?

65.49.2.178 -> Sophidea -> Ultrasurf

"a product of Ultrareach Internet Corporation, originally created to help internet users in China find security and freedom online"

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Google: The Man RUMMAGED all your data (and a load MORE that's SECRET)

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Big Brother

Would also be interested to know...

if Google have attempted to estimate how many Tbytes of data were pilfered by NSA/GCHQ without any legal authorisation at all.

"Fuck these guys" is apparently the proposed solution... Personally, I would opt for encryption.

These statistics are meaningless.

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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

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Big Brother

Undersea cables?

Vodafone: use Bluecoat to covertly tap UK telecoms and divert to California USA for analysis & replay attacks.

BT: used Phorm to covertly intercept, copy, and analyse the content of UK telecoms.

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Ex-BT boss bags £9 MILLION bye-bye bundle, moves to key gov post

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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FAIL

Nothing wrong with that in principle

There *is*. And there is something wrong with that in law.

TalkTalk are non entitled to divulge the content of a lawful private/confidential communication (a url) to a third party without explicit consent from sender & recipient (or a warrant for surveillance). (UK RIPA).

TalkTalk are not entitled to retain the content of a communication or anything revealing the content of a communication (EC Data Retention directive).

TalkTalk are not entitled to commercially exploit the content of communication without a licence from the author (UK CDPA).

TalkTalk are not entitled to interfere with the operation of a computer without consent from the operator (UK CMA).

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

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Holmes

Looking for confirmation of US/UK economic espionage?

www.phorm.com.br

The clue is in the name. The .br bit stands for Brazil.

Does that help?

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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GCHQ are doing their job

When did it become GCHQ job to spy on *law abiding* citizens unencrypted, let alone encrypted, private/confidential communications?

Or rather, 'adversaries', to use the new colloquialism?

These revelations, or rather the fact of the corrupt co-operation between IT industry leaders and these fascists, will do huge damage to public trust in IT people & products.

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New BT chief gets keys to copper-encrusted door next month

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Phorm

Don't think we've forgotten.

Both Livingston and Patterson oversaw the covert trials of Phorm in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

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Re: Rah Rah Rah

As a personal identifier, the MAC address of your phone is more globally unique than your name.

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BT's not at home to Mr Profit, but its lordly boss probably isn't too fussed

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Devil

Ian Livingston & BT

The people who imposed Phorm mass surveillance on their subscribers, and the web sites that served them.

I don't trust either of them.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Stop

Re: I like how they state .....

Already been done;

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276344/Adultery-website-Out-Town-Affairs-received-52-000-hits-seven-months-Parliament-computers.html

It would appears MP's communications are being filtered and monitored by an unnamed 'third party', thought to be Bluecoat in California, with URLs being categorised, analysed, and censored (even if legal).

See also;-

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/surveillance_of_internet_use

Sadly. the pres (including the Register) won't report it.

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Admen's suggested tweaks to Do Not Track filed straight into the bin

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Devil

DNT is a mirage

We need to outlaw the unauthorized creation of personal profile databases/communications databases... or in the alternative.... face the unpleasant truth that evil people will create these databases regardless of any signal sent by a web browser if they think they can get away with it.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Why is regulation a bad thing?

Versus the alternative; unaccountable ISPs imposing opaque censorship restrictions on wholly lawful communications.

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Re: Civil servants can't be trusted to stay in their remit and will always try to widen their remit.

"It is grossly disproportionate to the crime it allegedly counters"

Approximately the same number of people are killed in the UK after falling out of trees.

On average 5x as many people die every year in UK police custody (~30) as die from acts of terrorism (6).

Meanwhile, 100,000 people die from the effects of smoking every year. Around 2,000 die in road traffic accidents. And 800 from murder. To offer a few popular preventable terminal scenarios.

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Boffin

Trust

Trust is the big issue.

When you collapse trust in Governments, law, and telecommunications... the consequences that follow are frightening but inevitable.

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Sky asks Ofcom to unlock BT cabinets

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Angel

Virgin

I'd like to see the Virgin cable network made accessible to other providers.

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Google gets gentle Street View slurp slap from UK data cops

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BT boss QUITS telecoms giant for front-bench gov job

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Trollface

Re: Ian Livingston, the man responsible for Phorm

Bite me :)

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Big Brother

Ian Livingston, the man responsible for Phorm

Simply, unbelievable.

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Big Brother

Not to mention

The EC intervention over BT covert deployment of Phorm mass surveillance.

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Yes, maybe we should keep hackers in the clink for YEARS, mulls EU

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Big Brother

I'll believe they're serious

.. when BT/Phorm Directors (and others who do the same) are in jail.

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

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Facepalm

Re: ISC: "We're on the case!"

And the same bunch that did nothing about BT/Phorm.

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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Facepalm

Harmful... harmful to whom?

Harm principle & John Stuart Mill;

"the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinion of others, to do so would be wise, or even right... The only part of the conduct of anyone, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign" -

I don't want my lawful communications censored in any way whatsoever.

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

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FAIL

Ludicrous.

Violence? Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Pokemon? Or war & crime reporting on BBC Newsround?

Nudity? Like the Sun? Or the National Gallery? Or sexual health sites?

It is absolutely ludicrous to suggest anyone can make these distinctions effectively... it has to be a question of parental responsibility.

I choose what is suitable for my children to view, not a fascist Government.

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Brits' phone tracking, web history touted to cops: The TRUTH

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Re: This is all entirely legal ?

This is not just location data (which in itself if bad enough)...

The information includes; "gender, age, postcode, --> websites visited <---, time of day text is sent [and] location of customer when call is made”.

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Big Brother

This is all entirely legal ?

No its not.

Not without consent of both parties to the communications, per The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Monetary Penalty Notices and Consents for Interceptions) Regulations 2011... which (in the light of the Phorm affair) supposedly made it unambiguously illegal to intercept and disclose the content of communications without explicit consent from BOTH parties.

It it *not* legal.

See www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/1340/made

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Microsoft plasters IE8 hole abused in nuke lab PC meltdown

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Boffin

Re: More info here

Its not hard at all, once you're aware.

The problem is the flaw is enabled by default and most people are unaware.

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More info here

WPAD: The Internet Explorer Security Flaw that Threatens all UK Microsoft Users

https://nodpi.org/2013/05/09/wpad-the-internet-explorer-security-flaw-that-exposes-all-microsoft-users-in-the-uk/

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Boffin

WPAD

WPAD exposes every Windows PC in the UK to the risk of browser hijack by the Brazilian owner of the wpad.co.uk domain.

That security flaw is now enabled by *default*.

Its a yawning, gaping,chasm of a security flaw and it is now enabled by default for most Windows PC users in the UK.

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Serious WPAD flaw in IE?

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Boffin

No it wasn't.

It wasn't fixed.

And furthermore, the WPAD security flaw has now been enabled by default.

See explanation here;

WPAD: The Internet Explorer Security Flaw that Threatens all UK Microsoft Users

https://nodpi.org/2013/05/09/wpad-the-internet-explorer-security-flaw-that-exposes-all-microsoft-users-in-the-uk/

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Windows

Re: Serious WPAD flaw in IE?

Its very nasty indeed...

WPAD is now enabled by default in IE... meaning most users of Windows/IE in the UK - both domestic and commercial - are vulnerable to MITM exploitation by default.

Its an acute problem for home networks.

A contact in Microsoft tells me they are aware of the issue, but so far, they aren't doing anything to fix it.

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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Facepalm

New Legislation?

Outlawing IPv4 devices, CGNAT, NAT, VPNs, proxies, and MAC cloning...?

Meanwhile, necessitating mandatory registration of all IP enabled devices and associated DHCP IP address assignments... including all portable devices brought into the country, IP entabled tellies, cars, fridges, CCTV, etc etc.

That should keep the Home Office tied up for years...

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How Google lost the trust of Europe’s data protection authorities

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Devil

"Various European data protection commissioners have taken action against Google"

But not the UK's ICO.

I don't believe the ICO have fined Google a penny, ever...?

On the other hand, senior staff have accepted jobs from ICO. The two aren't linked, obviously.

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UK gov's troll-finder general says he's hanging up his axe

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Pint

The man who refused to prosecute BT/Phorm

His tenure has been a disgrace to justice and human rights.

I am glad he's going. Its a shame he didn't resign earlier.

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Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

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WTF?

"a new consultation"

What, yet another public consultation? Just like the last two that got thoroughly torn to shreds?

OK.

In that case I guess just I'll cut/paste my response to the last two Home Office consultations on the same topic, and call that a 'new response' to their 'new consultation'.

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

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Stop

Yes they do...

See

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/surveillance_of_internet_use

"Websites are blocked by category. The Houses of Parliament, which share an IT department, are responsible for determining which categories of website should be blocked as posing a technical or legal risk to our network. As is standard practice, if websites are brought to an organisation’s attention which merit consideration under its policies and criteria, there is the facility to bring these to the attention of the filtering service provider for review and categorisation as appropriate. "

Yes. Your MP's communications are being monitored/censored too.

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Microsoft: Worried about web privacy? Tell us everything...

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Boffin

Microsoft: Worried about web privacy?

Microsoft aren't worried about your privacy.

They enabled WPAD by default in IE, allowing your Windows machine to be compromised on a whim.

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Ofcom to UK: Really - you're using the same password for everything?

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Happy

WPAD

If you have 'Windows Proxy Autodetection' enabled (which it now is, by default, in Windows/IE) your choice of password is perhaps the least of your worries.

Because the Brazilian operating wpad.co.uk has your proxy config by the short and curlies.

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ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details

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Big Brother

Re: Suppose two terrorists wanted to talk to each other...

"everyone except the politicians"

I think you'll find they are being thoroughly spied on too. See;

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/surveillance_of_internet_use

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Your consent 'almost always' needed when firms use your data to profile you

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Big Brother

Meaningless...

... unless it is 'almost always' backed by enforcement.

In the UK, there is no enforcement, ipso facto the law & the soothing words of WP29 don't protect you.

Sadly.

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Net neutrality? We've heard of it, says Ofcom

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Unhappy

"customers who want Skype can just switch networks"

Let them eat cake?

And if there's no cake to eat? Where do you get your mobile communications service?

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Irish Senator suggests net users register passport and IP address

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Unhappy

Freedom of speech

... with a price list? :(

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Virgin Mobile coughs to choking its customers

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FAIL

"Data is a drain on mobile operators - which means added costs for the operators"

Then they have got a pricing problem.

Too much demand, too little supply, means they are under pricing their service.

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