Spain Reacts to NSA Surveillance Revelations
Oct30

Spain Reacts to NSA Surveillance Revelations

Since Spain’s El Mundo published reports that the National Security Agency had monitored the phone calls of over 60 million of the nation’s citizens, and that its prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, was one of the 36 heads of state spied upon by the agency, Spain’s newspapers have been publishing editorials and op-eds about the situation. Here are three, translated by the people of Worldmeets.US: First up, what rights do...

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Europe’s ‘NSA Envy’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Oct27

Europe’s ‘NSA Envy’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Are European leaders, and the leaders of Brazil, Mexico and others, angry about the morality of NSA mass surveillance, or is there something else sticking under their collective craw? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Bartosz Weglarczyk ‘guarantees’ to his readers that the only thing bothering them is that the NSA has so outstripped the capabilities of their own intelligence services. For Rzeczpospolita,...

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NSA Blackmail of Obama Himself is Not Far-Fetched (Die Zeit, Germany)
Oct27

NSA Blackmail of Obama Himself is Not Far-Fetched (Die Zeit, Germany)

Given all that we now know about the scale of NSA spying and the lack of oversight of the agency, isn’t it possible that even President Obama could fall victim to it? For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist Martin Klingst raises perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of NSA mass surveillance: in the wrong hands, it would amount to a gigantic blackmailing machine. For Die Zeit, Martin Klingst starts off this way: And now even...

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Allies or Enemies? American Intelligence Has Lost the Plot (Polityka, Poland)
Oct25

Allies or Enemies? American Intelligence Has Lost the Plot (Polityka, Poland)

Have the American intelligence services lost all sense of proportion? Have they forgotten the difference between allies and adversaries? For Poland’s Polityka, columnist Marek Ostrowski suggests that in the United States, technology has superseded policy, making America appear unconcerned about democracy and the rule of law. For Polityka, Marek Ostrowski starts off this way: The weekly magazine Der Spiegel says that the cell...

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U.S. Spying? Don’t Put Your Open Data in the Town Square! (Trouw, The Netherlands)
Oct25

U.S. Spying? Don’t Put Your Open Data in the Town Square! (Trouw, The Netherlands)

With much of the world in a state of outrage and/or panic over NSA spying, Dutch privacy and security researcher Guido Van ‘t Noordende has a handy solution. For Trouw of the Netherlands, Van ‘t Noordende wonders why anyone would expect security, when data, in cyber terms, is just sitting in plain sight. He suggests not using the ‘cloud’ to store unencrypted data, ever, particularly with firms that are either...

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