German intelligence agency halts Internet monitoring for NSA
Thu 7 May 2015, 19:44

According to press reports, the German intelligence service BND ended Internet monitoring for the US National Security Agency at the start of the week. Only information from faxes and phone calls is still being sent on.

UK government quietly rewrites cybersecurity legislation
Mon 18 May 2015, 10:41

The UK government has passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones. The changes to the Computer Misuse Act were introduced over a year ago without a real public debate and entered into force on May 3.

According to Privacy International's legal experts, the amended Computer Misuse Act "grants UK law enforcement new leeway to potentially conduct cyber attacks within the UK."

Deputies plan to refer the new intelligence bill to French Constitutional Court and the European Commission
Tue 5 May 2015, 12:22

Judging that the new bill contains provisions incompatible with the EU Fundamental Rights Chart, a number of deputies plan to the refer to the European Commission.

CNIL opinion on recently adopted French intelligence bill
Thu 5 Mar 2015, 12:34

CNIL alerted that the surveillance files have the legal specificity of prohibiting any control from the perspective of compliance with the law on Internet freedom.

Deputies fear mass surveillance in view of the new intelligence bill
Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:32

National Assembly Digital Committee fears that the new intelligence bill will enable mass instead of targeted surveillance, especially given the existence of such operating measures as the ‘black-boxes’ and the IMSI-catcher (technology for interception communications), known to have been employed in the NSA practices.  

Access joins letter to UK officials criticizing GCHQ for spying on human rights groups
Wed 1 Jul 2015, 21:20

This week, Access joined a coalition letter to the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom sharply criticizing the government for spying on international human rights groups. The letter responded to revelations in a ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which disclosed that Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had spied on organizations in South Africa and Egypt. The UK is a member of the so-called Five Eyes coalition of governments — including the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — that collaborates on intelligence gathering.