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IP addresses: Industry lawyers trying to undermine Internet privacy

In Breyer vs. Germany (Case C‑582/14) the European Court of Justice concluded that the IP address used when browsing the Internet come under the protection of the data protection directive if there are legal means for operators of online services to have offenders prosecuted using their IP address. In consequence Internet content providers such as […]

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Top EU Court: IP adresses are personal data

The EU’s Court of Justice (ECJ) today looked into whether website operators such as Google or Facebook may record which information Internet users read, post or searched on the web – or whether citizens have a right to use the Internet anonymously. The ruling concerns the case of German pirate party politician and privacy activist […]

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Advocate General: IP adresses are personal data

The EU’s top lawyer today answered a question that seems to be as old as the Internet. In his opinion, IP addresses are personal data and may be collected only where allowed by data protection law. The opinion concerns the case of German pirate party politician and privacy activist Patrick Breyer who is suing the […]

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Advocate General to deliver opinion on right to surf the Internet anonymously

Is there a right to surf the Internet anonymously? Europe’s top court is to rule on whether website operators such as Google or Facebook may record which information Internet users read, post or search on the web — or whether citizens have a right to use the Internet anonymously. Tomorrow the EU Court of Justice […]

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EU Court hearing on right to surf the Internet anonymously

Is there a right to surf the Internet anonymously? Europe’s top court is to rule on whether website operators such as Google or Facebook may record which information Internet users read, post or search on the web — or whether citizens have a right to use the Internet anonymously. Thursday the EU Court of Justice […]

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Europe’s top court to rule on whether IP addresses are personal data

Europe’s top court is set to answer a question that seems to be as old as the Internet: Are IP addresses personal data? Germany’s Federal Court of Justice was scheduled to rule on this Tuesday, but instead decided to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The answer […]

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European Court of Human Rights to examine complaint against ban on anonymous prepaid mobile phone cards [updated]

A member of the Schleswig-Holstein parliament and a civil liberties activist have filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights against a German law which makes identification compulsory when buying prepaid mobile phone SIM cards. Laws to that effect exist in 9 of the 27 EU Member States (Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, […]

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Stop EU surveillance funding

As is well known in the context of INDECT, the EU research framework programmes are a complete failure with regard to ensuring compliance with human rights of the research that is being funded. The EU is currently negotiating the next framework programme („Horizon 2020″). I propose the following: 1) Consultative bodies should no longer comprise […]

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EU Commission gives up blocking TOR and VPN services [updated 18 January 2015]

In February I noticed that I could no longer access the EU Commission’s website using a VPN service. Most TOR servers and VPN services turned out to have been blocked, preventing millions of users from accessing essential official information. The blocking affected even the European Court of Justice’s website which provides access to the Court’s […]

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Human rights complaint on US access to European fingerprint and DNA databases filed [updated 4 Jan 2014]

Press release of 22 March 2012: A German citizen has filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights concerning an intergovernmental agreement which allows an undefined number of US authorities (e.g. law enforcement, border authorities, intelligence agencies) to match fingerprints and DNA with German police databases in real-time. The Court has confirmed reception […]

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