Posts tagged “EU”

Disappointing report and belated investigation on net neutrality

“Reporters Without Borders notes the European Commission’s decision to investigate the impact on net neutrality of the practices of Internet Service Providers, especially those offering mobile phone access, but thinks that the decision has been taken too late and that the basis on which the investigation is being initiated is wrong.

The press freedom organization calls on the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which is in charge of the investigation, to conduct it in an impartial manner and to be fully transparent in the way the results are published.”

From Reporters Without Borders

E.U. to Review Mobile Operators’ Policies on Web Access

“BERLIN — The European Commission is planning to investigate whether European mobile operators are managing wireless Internet traffic to discriminate against competitors or consumers who use data-intensive services.

Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s telecommunications commissioner, on Tuesday will ask an advisory panel of national regulators to examine whether mobile operators are upholding the principle of network neutrality, which calls for all data traffic to be treated equally.”

From The New York Times

EU vs Facebook – the battle for private life

“Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, is pushing for tougher privacy safeguards in an effort to give Internet users more control of their personal data that is collected, stored, mined, and could potentially be sold by companies like Facebook, Google, or any of the vast number of sites where users upload photos, provide private details, and, every once in a while, post something embarrassing.

The new rules, which are set to be in place later this year, put the EU in the vanguard of Internet privacy laws and could influence other countries, namely the United States, as Internet law becomes an increasingly pressing and controversial arena. What’s more, the stronger EU stance on privacy may have profound effects on companies like Facebook, which declined to be interviewed for this article, that have millions of users across Europe.”


UK still to ratify Euro Cybercrime pact ten years on

“The European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström is celebrating the ten year birthday of the Budapest Convention against cybercrime.

Speaking in Hungary, she said much had been achieved, but cyber attacks were still increasing. She noted recent attacks against carbon trading systems, and a wider attack on EC email systems which left her without email on a trip to Cairo. Malmström also said that although the convention was begun in the mid-90s it had still not been ratified by ten countries, including Belgium and the United Kingdom.”

From The Register

EU probes cyber attack

“The European Union is investigating a targeted cyber attack against some EU officials and its diplomatic service and says it took unprecedented precautions over the hacking.

EU spokesman Antony Gravili said Thursday the threat to the EU computer system was taken seriously because the attack, which was spotted Tuesday, was very targeted.”

From The Globe and Mail

EU to force social network sites to enhance privacy

“The European Union is to enshrine a “right to be forgotten online” to ensure that, among other things, prospective employers cannot find old Facebook party photos of someone wearing nothing but a lampshade.

In a speech to the European parliament, the EU justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, warned companies such as Facebook that: “A US-based social network company that has millions of active users in Europe needs to comply with EU rules.”

In a package of proposals to be unveiled before the summer, the commissioner intends to force Facebook and other social networking sites to make high standards of data privacy the default setting and give control over data back to the user.”

From The Guardian

Botnets: Measurement, Detection, Disinfection and Defence

“ ‘Botnets: Measurement, Detection, Disinfection and Defence’ is a comprehensive report on how to assess botnet threats and how to neutralise them. It is survey and analysis of methods for measuring botnet size and how best to assess the threat posed by botnets to different stakeholders. It includes a comprehensive set of 25 different types of best-practices to measure, detect and defend against botnets from all angles. The countermeasures are divided into 3 main areas: neutralising existing botnets, preventing new infections and minimising the profitability of cybercrime using botnets. The recommendations cover legal, policy and technical aspects of the fight against botnets and give targeted recommendations for different groups.”

Read the report from European Network of Information Security Agency

Report: AV users still get infected with malware

“According to data released by EUROSTAT, the European Union’s statistics agency, one third of internet users in the EU caught a computer virus, despite the fact that 84% of internet users used IT security software (anti-virus, anti-spam or firewall) for protection.

In 2010 in the EU27, a large majority of individuals (84%) who used the internet in the last 12 months stated that they used an IT security software or tool to protect their private computer and data. Among the Member States, more than 90% of internet users in the Netherlands (96%), Luxembourg, Malta and Finland (all 91%) used IT security software, while it was less than two-thirds in Latvia (62%), Romania (64%) and Estonia (65%).”

From ZD Net

Europe’s virus victims revealed

“Almost one third of internet users in the European Union caught a PC virus despite the majority having security software installed, statistics show.

Viruses were most prevalent in Bulgaria and Hungary, the survey of 30 countries reveals.

The 2010 figures, released by the EU’s statistics office to mark Internet Safety Day, show the safest countries were Austria and Ireland.”

From BBC News

Hungary’s New Media Law Faces Opposition in the EU

“Just three weeks after Hungary took over the European Union’s presidency, the Hungarian government is already facing protests over a newly passed media law in the nation. According to Digital Civil Rights in Europe, the approved legislation gives the government the right to “unilaterally judge content material on the basis of broad and unclearly defined criteria,” including protection of the “public order.” The law gives Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn’s party the right to take down media outlets in the country. Furthermore, it also requires media sources to register before publishing.”

From OpenNet Initiative