Posts tagged “Europe”

Iranian police seizing dissidents get aid of Western companies

Source: Bloomberg

The Iranian officers who knocked out Saeid Pourheydar’s four front teeth also enlightened the opposition journalist. Held in Evin Prison for weeks following his arrest early last year for protesting, he says, he learned that he was not only fighting the regime, but also companies that armed Tehran with technology to monitor dissidents like him.

New net rules set to make cookies crumble

“The way websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up. From 25 May, European laws dictate that “explicit consent” must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called “cookies”.

These files are widely used to help users navigate faster around sites they visit regularly. Businesses are being urged to sort out how they get consent so they can keep on using cookies.

The changes are demanded by the European e-Privacy directive which comes into force in the UK in late May.”

From BBC News

Europe Boosts Cyber Defense, Global Collaborations

“A new strategy proposes the establishment of a center that will pool the efforts of European Union member countries to battle cyber threats and other criminal activities that use the Internet as a digital battleground, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reports.

‘We have to adopt to the digital reality and meet the challenge of cyber crime,’ said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström when she presented the new plan on Monday. ‘Today, you don’t need a bomb to attack a nuclear plant. You don’t need a gun to rob people.’ ”

From The New New Internet