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остров невезения

31 October 2014 | Internet, Jurisprudence, Politics, Privacy | 1 Comment

каторжане с другого конца света не отстают, но там все уже давно настолько маразматично (oh, yeah), что кого этим удивишь?

The Coalition Government has introduced legislation governing the mandatory retention of telco metadata [emphasis mine] into Parliament – a bill that does not provide any explanation of what data is to be stored.


The bill prescribes that telecommunications service providers must retain a yet-to-be-detailed dataset on each customer for two years, to be made available to law enforcement agencies without a warrant.

оставив чудесное “without a warrant” в стороне, мне вот интересно, что вообще такое metadata в данном контексте? скажем, DHCP-логи — это примерно гигабайты в сутки. а это ведь только IP-адреса клиентов. что дальше, DNS? и вишенкой на торте пара чудесных веснушчатых ребятишек с ping-ботами в сети?[1]

плюс, ведь это еще надо как-то обрабатывать и предоставлять требуемую информацию соответсвующим агентствам если не моментально, то очень, очень быстро, да? расходы на поддержание такой инфраструктуры сделают работу провайдера элементарно невыгодной (если не невозможной). так что неудивительно, что они идут в суд — к счастью для нас.


  1. разумеется, так же все посешенные интернет-адреса, респонденты электронной почты, итд, итп, итд, итп.  ↩


чтоб государь присягал каким-то скотам?

31 October 2014 | Internet, Jurisprudence, Politics, Privacy | 1 Comment

следом за одним королевством, мониторить любые движения своих подданных решили и в другом:

The Swedish Telecoms Regulator PTS has threatened Kista-based ISP Bahnhof to continue storing records of its customer communications, even though the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled the 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid [PDF] in April of this year.

есть здесь какая-то удивительная монархическая ирония, да?

It took Sweden six years to begin compliance with the Brussels-issued Data Retention Directive, so it is not entirely clear why the country is matched only by the UK in its determination to keep storing local customer information.

что ж, псомотрим:

The company’s CEO Jon Karlung spoke of a ‘Plan B’ that could avoid Bahnhof surrendering customer data, but gave no details, and said that the company would fight the issue in court.


в праве на частную жизнь отказать

9 September 2014 | Copyright, Internet, Privacy | 1 Comment

а и в самом деле, просто расстрелять каждого случайного:

In a submission to the Australian Government on the issue of online piracy, the BBC Worldwide indicates that ISPs should be obliged to monitor their customers’ activities. Service providers should become suspicious that customers could be pirating if they use VPN-style services and consume a lot of bandwidth, the BBC says.

как говорится, ты виноват уж тем, что хочется мне кушать. а VPN там, или нет — c’mon, все это лишь детали, сегодня одни, завтра другие.


they’re going to hack us

16 August 2014 | Internet, Privacy, Security | No Comments

изаодно — вот цитата из другой програмной статьи:

If your algorithm doesn’t allow a pedophile to irreversibly scramble his drive and avoid prosecution, it can’t be used by freethinkers under ideological oppression to hide state-banned books. If your messaging app won’t let someone safely plan bombing the Super Bowl, it can’t be used by an activist to reveal human rights abuses. If your map doesn’t let poachers stalk rhinos without alerting rangers, it can’t be used by ethnic minorities to escape purges. The strength of the tool enables all of these things, and it is an old, old test we have taken many times before to see which we use it for. The answer, as always, will be “both.”

не устану вспоминать Генри Менкена:

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

that simple.


рукопись, найденная в ванне

15 August 2014 | Internet, Politics, Privacy, Security | 2 Comments

в Wired, тем временем, опубликовали исключительной тщательности рассказ и интервью Эдварда Сноудена, что в сегодняшнем мире стоит прочитать, безусловно, всем. цитировать статью кусками достаточно бессмысленно, это тот самый шпионский роман, что стал в один день релаьностью — и вы увидели на страницах [дела] свою фамилию.

and you’re going to slip up and they’re going to hack you.


all clear

14 August 2014 | Internet, Privacy, Security | 2 Comments

замечательная мысль, кстати:

SpiderOak, the privacy-focused, Snowden-approved Dropbox rival, is set to announce that it will join the growing ranks of companies who’ve implemented a “warrant canary”.

The idea behind a warrant canary: if the government comes to a company with legal demands and a gag order in tow, that company can’t say anything to its users about it. They can, however, suddenly stop saying everything is okay.

надеюсь, будут не первыми и не последними: в том открытом мире, о котором любой мечтает, подобные маркеры жизненно необходимы.


ваши ошибки — это их деньги

13 August 2014 | Culturology, Google, Internet | No Comments

и снова о праве на забвение:

There’s a problem with total recall. It doesn’t allow us as a society to forget. And that means, paradoxically, we lose something. Perfect memory engenders individual paralysis — because any legacy of personal failure is not allowed to fade into the background. And individuals are not, therefore, encouraged to evolve and move on.

но кто бы удивлялся, Google являет еще один пример очередной подмены понятий, столь привычной в нынешних сетевых баталиях[1]:

Google continues to spin the European ruling as ‘knowledge censorship’ — and has so far turned the process of de-indexing private individuals’ links into a theatrical farce by co-opting the media, whose business models generally align with its own here, to be its outraged mouthpiece. But that spin just obscures the genuine nuance of this debate.


No one said this complex problem had an easy fix. But to argue the issue itself is black and white — an open and shut case of ‘knowledge vs censorship’ — is to belie the complexities of human identity and social interaction. We are not simple creatures. We are full of contradictions and capriciousness. And our tools should therefore not seek to pin us down, or paint us as black or white — but support and reflect our multifaceted nature.

мне кажется, лучше не скажешь.


  1. make no mistake: this is strictly about money, not about freedoms.  ↩


stupidity as a blessing

13 August 2014 | Internet | No Comments

мы любим раздувать шум из ничего:

Every once in a while, a new experience emerges at the app layer to challenge the core experience of the phone. At the very basic level, these new experiences create compelling substitutes to the core experience. Evernote creates a substitute for the phone’s note-taking app, for instance, and Dropbox for the native cloud sync.


Alerts and notifications are part of the core use experience of a phone. They come naked into the smartphone platform, and any app built on top of the smartphone leverages the alerts and notifications layer. This is where things get interesting: Yo isn’t about messaging; it’s about alerts and notifications. Yo’s potential to be much more than an app is in its ability to potentially be a platform.


Yo has now opened itself as a platform and we’re already seeing “serious” use cases coming up. Israeli missile notification service, Red Alert, is using Yo to warn Israelis of incoming missile strikes.

API, документация, пожалуйста. как и первые результаты.

will it rock?

Any investment in Yo at this point is highly risky, not unlike one in a service some seven years back that allowed you to type 140 characters.



11 July 2014 | Internet, Jurisprudence, Politics, Privacy | 4 Comments

как известно, еще в апреле Европейский суд справедливости признал нарушающей права человека Директиву по сбору данных:

The Court takes the view that, by requiring the retention of those data and by allowing the competent national authorities to access those data, the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. Furthermore, the fact that data are retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to generate in the persons concerned a feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance.

что ж, Великобритания, ингсоц во всей своей красе, не собирается отмалчиваться в ответ:

The government is set to announce plans to rush through emergency legislation that will force phone and internet companies[1] to keep records of users’ online activities as well as customers’ calls and text messages.

не мытьем, там катаньем (“thanks to the secret deal, we know it will be law by the end of next week”[2]), разумеется:

Prime Minister David Cameron has secured the backing of all three main parties for the highly unusual move [emphasis mine; love BBC slang].

He said urgent action was needed to protect the public from “criminals and terrorists” after the European Court of Justice struck down existing powers.

But civil liberties campaigners have warned it will invade people’s privacy.

какие там liberties, если даже подготовительные работы, очевидно, выходят за всякие рамки — вот, что говорит Том Уотсон, член Парламента от лейбористской партии:

There are hundreds of thousands of people out there very concerned about this particular policy issue. They’ve not seen this bill either, but it doesn’t really matter this year because there’s been a deal done between the three parties and it’ll be railroaded through. If you’re an MP you probably shouldn’t bother turning up to work next week because what you are thinking doesn’t really matter.

и он же дальше:

Regardless of where you stand on the decision of the European Court of Justice, can you honestly say that you want a key decision about how your personal data is stored to be made by a stitch up behind closed doors and clouded in secrecy?

None of your MPs have even read this legislation, let alone been able to scrutinise it.

The very fact that the Government is even considering this form of action, strongly suggests that they have an expectation that the few people on the Liberal Democrat and Labour front benchers who have seen this legislation, are willing to be complicit.

или Джим Киллок из Open Rights Group:

The government knows that since the ECJ ruling, there is no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data, so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed.

The government has had since April to address the ECJ ruling but it is only now that organisations such as ORG are threatening legal action that this has become an ’emergency’.

что, впрочем, не отменяет кардинальных проблем и с содержанием:

Subhajit Basu, an associate professor in information technology law at Leeds University: As I understand this, the proposed new legislation will cover all persons and all means of electronic communication. It extends the type of communication service provider. It is not subject to geographic restriction. It remains to be seen if a CSP would include Wi-Fi cafe or an unsecured router.

Because of this bill, law enforcement authorities can ask Google to decrypt the content (with a warrant – they were able to do it before in the same way), not just Google UK but ‘any’ company based outside the jurisdiction of UK.

кто-то слишком уж торопится построить свою Океанию, других слов у меня нет.


  1. касается не только британских операторов, но и тех зарубежных, что действуют на территории Соединенного Королевства.  ↩

  2. надо помнить, что изначальный The Communications Data Bill был заблокирован в прошлом году как раз усилиями лейбористов и либерал-демократов — однако теперь, with “a tiny amendment to section 5 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, presumably inserted to save the blushes of those Liberal Democrat MPs who stood on a manifesto to reduce state surveillance”, правительство заручилось поддержкой всех трех основных партий — что это, если не самый настоящий преступный сговор, целенаправленно продолжающий сотрудничество американских и английских спецслужб?  ↩


назад, к истокам

10 July 2014 | Internet, Jurisprudence, Politics, Privacy | 3 Comments

каторжане совсем двинулись:

Australian federal and state police are ordering phone providers to hand over personal information about thousands of mobile phone users, whether they are targets of an investigation or not.

говоря иначе, известный анекдот скоро будет уже отнюдь не так смешон.