April 4, 2008

Another example of data retention and some thought to prevent it

Filed under: data retention,free software,law,privacy — admin @ 2:57 pm

Anarchogeek has an example about problems with data retention from a a friend which is providing a service called TxtMob. This friend “has been subpoenaed by the new york police department demanding the records of everybody using the service during the RNC protests in 2004.” What is good is that the software wasn’t collecting any data, which isn’t really needed, from the beginning on, and even really deletes any data if you’re deleting you’re account. This is really cool and exemplary, as we have pointed out earlier: On most Social Networking plattforms it’s quite hard to even delete your account!

So the post pointed out also some other stuff:

  • Due to the high amount of collected connection information and this amount of data, it’s quite hard for investigations to get out the right informations. Therefor they want the data directly from the source. (As happened in this case)
  • As if there is no data they can’t get, they simply won’t get any data.
  • Free Software is the final goal to provide service possibilities on a complete anonymous basis. If they’re not yet capable of anonymous access, you can simply improve it to do it.
  • There are a bunch of people and collectives out working on cool projects with the idea of giving anonymous and secure access to several services and protecting your privacy. So do we or at least try to do it. 😉

So help to work on secure and anonymous services, protect the privacy of you’re users and simply don’t collect any informations you won’t neeed!

March 9, 2008

data retention? no thanks!

Filed under: law,privacy,society,surveillance — admin @ 4:29 pm

A nice video about what data rentention means. simply say no thanks!

available as mp4 here

October 9, 2007

Encryption seems to work…

Filed under: cryptography,law,privacy,skype,surveillance — admin @ 11:40 pm

In the last few days 2 news showed in a way that encryption really works. And therefore the government is looking for new ways to still gain access to your data:

  • In UK you can now be charged with up to 5 years of prison, if you don’t give away your password to encrypted data. Heise.de (German)
  • In nearly every newspaper in Switzerland there have been reports about the problem that drug dealers are using more and more Skype to communicate, which encrypts the traffic in a secure manner and the Skype company seems not to really want to work together with the government. Heute-Online (German)

The first news is indeed a shame and an attack on your right to not cooperate and not to charge yourself. However it is rather questionable how investigation teams can show that you really won’t have forgot your password.

The second one is in the context of security not that good: Skype is not a free/open protocol. It is still proprietary and the company won’t open the protocol nor the services. So if you’d like to communicate in a secure manner you have to rely on their integrity, that they won’t wiretap on their servers or change the software (like JAP did it) that eavesdropping is possible. Therefor we, on immerda.ch are encouraging people to use open protocols like Jabber or SIP (Hopefully to come soon 🙂 ) to be sure that no wiretapping is possible and that you are not depending on a company providing you the services for free and without any cooperation to the police.

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