EU could give police direct access to cloud data in wake of terror attacks | Technology | The Guardian

The European Union is seeking to make it easier for police and law enforcement agencies to retrieve electronic evidence from US tech firms, including directly from cloud storage.

Fuente: EU could give police direct access to cloud data in wake of terror attacks | Technology | The Guardian


LuxLeaks: ¿Revelación de secretos o servicio público?

La última sesión del juicio a los acusados de la filtración de los papeles del escándalo LuxLeaks augura penas de 18 meses de prisión y multasHacemos un repaso de la historia que llevó a dos trabajadores de una consultora encargada de auditar las cuentas de varias empresas a filtrar información

Fuente: LuxLeaks: ¿Revelación de secretos o servicio público?


LuxLeaks prosecutors seek jail term of 18 months for whistleblowers | Business | The Guardian

Prosecutors in Luxembourg have called for two whistleblowers on trial over the so-called LuxLeaks scandal to be jailed for 18 months and for a journalist to be fined.Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, French former employees of auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), are accused of leaking thousands of documents to journalist Edouard Perrin.The documents revealed the huge tax breaks that Luxembourg offered international firms including Apple, Ikea and Pepsi, saving the companies billions of euros in taxes.

Fuente: LuxLeaks prosecutors seek jail term of 18 months for whistleblowers | Business | The Guardian


Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers | World news | theguardian.com

Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers | World news | theguardian.com.

Whistleblower tells Council of Europe NSA deliberately snooped on groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

 

 

 

Edward Snowden speaks via video link with members of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg.

Edward Snowden speaks via video link with members of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

 

The US has spied on the staff of prominent human rights organisations, Edward Snowden has told the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe’s top human rights body.

Giving evidence via a videolink from Moscow, Snowden said the National Security Agency – for which he worked as a contractor – had deliberately snooped on bodies like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

He told council members: “The NSA has specifically targeted either leaders or staff members in a number of civil and non-governmental organisations … including domestically within the borders of the United States.” Snowden did not reveal which groups the NSA had bugged.

The assembly asked Snowden if the US spied on the “highly sensitive and confidential communications” of major rights bodies such as Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, as well as on similar smaller regional and national groups. He replied: “The answer is, without question, yes. Absolutely.”

Snowden, meanwhile, dismissed NSA claims that he had swiped as many as 1.7m documents from the agency’s servers in an interview with Vanity Fair. He described the number released by investigators as “simply a scare number based on an intentionally crude metric: everything that I ever digitally interacted with in my career.”

He added: “Look at the language officials use in sworn testimony about these records: ‘could have,’ ‘may have,’ ‘potentially.’ They’re prevaricating. Every single one of those officials knows I don’t have 1.7m files, but what are they going to say? What senior official is going to go in front of Congress and say, ‘We have no idea what he has, because the NSA‘s auditing of systems holding hundreds of millions of Americans’ data is so negligent that any high-school dropout can walk out the door with it’?”

In live testimony to the Council of Europe, Snowden also gave a forensic account of how the NSA‘s powerful surveillance programs violate the EU’s privacy laws. He said programs such as XKeyscore, revealed by the Guardian last July, use sophisticated data mining techniques to screen “trillions” of private communications.

“This technology represents the most significant new threat to civil liberties in modern times,” he declared.


Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament | World news | theguardian.com

Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament | World news | theguardian.com.

MEPs fail to reach consensus on amendment to inquiry calling on governments to assure NSA whistleblower of his safety
Edward Snowden Meets With German Green Party MP Hans-Christian Stroebele

The report will call for international protection for whistleblowers without mentioning Edward Snowden by name. Photograph: Sunshinepress/Getty Images

The European parliament is to ditch demands on Wednesday that EU governments give guarantees of asylum and security to Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower.

The parliament’s civil liberties committee is to vote on more than 500 amendments to the first ever parliamentary inquiry into the NSA andGCHQ scandal, a 60-page report that is damning about the scale and the impact of mass surveillance.

But there is no consensus on an amendment proposed by the Greens calling on EU governments to assure Snowden of his safety in the event that he emerges from hiding in Russia and comes to Europe.

Amid what key MEPs have described as intense pressure from national governments on parliament – from the Conservatives and their allies, from the mainstream centre-right and from social democrats – the asylum call has no chance of passing.

“The amendment asking for asylum won’t go through,” said Claude Moraes, the British Labour MEP who is the principal author of the report. “That was a red line for the right. There was never going to be a realistic majority for that.”


La Eurocámara quiere oír a Snowden | Internacional | EL PAÍS

La Eurocámara quiere oír a Snowden | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


Manifestantes con una imagen de Edward Snowden durante una protesta en Berlín. / AFP

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Edward Snowden, el hombre que ha puesto en aprietos a Estados Unidos al destapar su potente red de espionaje, tendrá pronto la oportunidad de explicarse ante el mundo. El Parlamento Europeo ha extendido al exanalista estadounidense la primera invitación que realiza una institución pública para escuchar sus motivaciones, así como los detalles que pueda aportar sobre los programas de vigilancia masiva aplicados por la NSA (la agencia de seguridad nacional, por sus siglas en inglés), para la que trabajaba. Lo más probable es que Snowden acepte el ofrecimiento, aunque queda por concretar el formato, explican fuentes parlamentarias.

Los eurodiputados han aprobado este jueves por abrumadora mayoría en la Comisión de Libertades pedir a Snowden que se dirija a la Eurocámara. Pero una de las claves para ese apoyo reside en el tipo de comparecencia. El Partido Popular Europeo, inicialmente reticente a ofrecer a Snowden una ventana para trasladar su mensaje, accedió a darle voz en forma de “videoconferencia interactiva”. Es decir, si el exanalista habla en directo y los eurodiputados tienen la oportunidad de repreguntar.

Se trata de una cuestión delicada. Los abogados de Snowden ya habían mostrado la predisposición de su cliente a someterse a las preguntas de la Eurocámara, pero no en directo. El exanalista, escondido en algún lugar de Rusia desde que este país le concedió asilo temporal tras su huida de Estados Unidos, teme ser localizado si se conecta en directo por videoconferencia y prefiere no correr ese riesgo.


Snowden testificará ante el Parlamento Europeo por videoconferencia – Público.es

Snowden testificará ante el Parlamento Europeo por videoconferencia – Público.es.

La comisión de Libertades Civiles del Parlamento Europeo, que efectúa una investigación sobre el ciberespionaje de Estados Unidos a instituciones y ciudadanos europeos, aprobó este jueves por una amplia mayoría invitar formalmente al extécnico de la CIA Edward Snowden a testificar por videoconferencia.

Los eurodiputados aprobaron por 36 votos a favor y 2 en contra la invitación a Snowden con el formato de videoconferencia en directo para que los europarlamentarios puedan hacer preguntas, una condición que el Partido Popular Europeo ha exigido para dar su luz verde a la invitación.

No existe todavía fecha concreta para la comparecencia por vídeo de Snowden, que podría declinar la invitación por miedo a que las autoridades puedan rastrear su localización exacta gracias a la señal en directo. Según el formato inicialmente previsto, cada grupo político del Parlamento Europeo podrá remitir dos preguntas al extécnico de la CIA.

La Eurocámara ha decidido seguir adelante con la invitación pese a que antes del receso navideño el congresista estadounidense Mike Rogers la criticó duramente durante su visita a Bruselas. “Prefiero guardarme para mí lo que pienso exactamente. Me preocupa enormemente, pues no creo que esta persona tenga dignidad para participar en esta Cámara y no creo que esta invitación forme parte del diálogo constructivo”, entre la Unión Europea (UE) y Estados Unidos, denunció el republicano.

El informe preliminar de la comisión de investigación hecha en el Parlamento Europeo (el ponente es el laborista británico Claude Moraes) pide la suspensión del acuerdo bilateral Safe Harbour, que gestiona la transferencia para las empresas de la UE y EEUU de datos de consumidores. El borrador pide una investigación más amplia sobre los presuntos abusos que Estados Unidos habría cometido a través de los acuerdos transatlánticos antiterroristas, como el acuerdo de rastreo de datos financieros, conocido como Swift.


Edward Snowden: MEPs vote to invite ex-NSA contractor to testify | World news | theguardian.com

Edward Snowden: MEPs vote to invite ex-NSA contractor to testify | World news | theguardian.com.

Opposition from conservatives fails to derail vote on inviting Snowden to hearing, which could take place as early as January

 

 

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden. As there are some concerns that a live linkup could allow the NSA to pinpoint his location, his answers may have to be pre-recorded. Photograph: Sunshinepress/Getty Images

 

The European parliament has voted to formally invite Edward Snowden to give testimony on NSA spying, despite opposition from conservative MEPs. If the US whistleblower provides answers to the questions compiled by parliamentarians in time, a hearing via video link could take place in early January.

It had looked on Wednesday as if European conservatives were trying to kick the hearing into the long grass. The European People’s party (EPP), the alliance of centre-right parties, had raised a number of concerns about inviting Snowden for a hearing, noting that it could endanger the transatlantic trade agreement with the US.

But on Thursday morning, the leaders of the main political groupings in the European parliament voted to invite Snowden. In the coming weeks, questions will be compiled and then forwarded to the former NSA contractor’s lawyer, with roughly two questions coming from each political group.