July 1, 2008

continued surveillance

Filed under: data retention,privacy,society,surveillance — admin @ 12:46 am

some facts about surveillance in europe and upcoming international surveillance:

  • Berlin: Wiretapped one million phone calls a year: Gulli, Datenterrorist (both german)
  • Austria: 32 daily requests for wiretapping and internet traffic surveillance: Gulli
  • Duties should be allowed to scan your computers for piracy: Gulli
  • USA likes to observere there inhabitants more and more: Gulli
  • unfortuantely more to come…

March 21, 2008

The end of intimicy

Filed under: privacy,society,surveillance — admin @ 1:12 pm

One of our readers (ha! we really have a few!) pointed us to another nice and interesting video(s) about the end of intimicy within the growing surveillance of citiziens.

Interesting that they also mention the project “Track me not”, which we discussed already earlier.

So have a look at the (german spoken) video on youtube:

Which is part of a series of videos: 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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

January 29, 2008

security aka counter terrorism vs. privacy

Filed under: privacy,society,surveillance — admin @ 1:29 pm

This iamge gets it exactly to the point where all current discussion about the security in our society is going. The so called security in our society against some so called terrorists have and will be always and immense attack on our privacy. They don’t make a more secure life, they just do more surveillance on everyone of us.

Security Fence

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.

June 11, 2007

The world of surveillance

Filed under: privacy,society,surveillance — admin @ 4:05 pm

Spiegel Online, a online portal of a german magazin, has some interesting article about a flash animation, which discusses today surveillance problematic.
The flash animation is really done nicely and argues also very good towards the common arguments pro surveillance:

If i don’t do anything illegal, i don’t have to care about any repression… bla bla bla 😉

So surveillance is for sure against a free society and never good for a development of a healthy discussion culture!

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