Statewatch News Online, 18 February 2014 (04/14)

18 February 2014 — Statewatch –  e-mail: office@statewatch.org

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1.    EU: ECRE, CEAR and Accem: Death and Summary Returns at Europe’s Doorstep: Commission Must Investigate Border Practices in Ceuta and Melilla
2.    INTERPOL: Consensus builds for INTERPOL reform
3.    EU: Migreurop: A Critical Chronology of European Migration Policies
4.    EU: SEASONAL WORKERS: Council adopts directive on third-country seasonal workers
5.    EU: APPOINTMENT OF NEW EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR (EDPS)
6.    Mauritian personalities bravely stand up against new compulsory biometric ID Card system
7.   UK: David Edgar on Stuart Hall, and Buzz Johnson, people’s educator and the founder of Karia Press, both died this week
8.   G6 meeting, Poland: European Union Discusses Privacy Protection with USA
9.   EU-Morocco Mobility Partnership: Border Control at the Expense of Human Lives?
10. EU: Seeing through trees: Frontex commissions study on “solutions for under-foliage detection”
11. EU: Frontex: Parliament demands greater scrutiny of “financial management and internal controls”
12. EU: FRONTEX REJECTS OMBUDSMAN RECOMMENDATION
13. Statewatch/TNI report: Eurodrones, Inc. by Ben Hayes, Chris Jones & Eric Töpfer
14. EU: European Commission: European Cybercrime Centre – one year on
15. EU: European Migration Network Study: The Organisation of Reception Facilities for Asylum Seekers in different Member States
16. EU: Council obstructs ruling on transparency
17. EU: Statewatch Analysis: Amending the EU’s visa list legislation
18. EU: DATA PROTECTION REGULATION: Council of the European Union: The Council working on its negotiating position:
19. EU: European Parliament study: Space sovereignty and European security building European capabilities
20. Spain: Case into Martine Samba’s detention centre death to be reopened
21. UK: Justice and Security Act 2013: Investigating State Secrecy
22. EU/Italy: A breath of fresh air, the “Lampedusa Charter”
23. EU: RETURNS DIRECTIVE: AT THE LIMEN: The implementation of the return directive in Italy, Cyprus and Spain:
24. EU: RACISM & XENOPHOBIA: European Commission
25. CoE: Parliamentary Assembly: International organisations must be accountable for human rights violations
26. EU: New “Stockholm Programme”
27. EU: European Parliament: Civil Liberties MEPs oppose merging Europol with police training college
28. EU: PAIX ET SECURITE INTERNATIONALES: Study: Irregular migration across the mediterranean sea
29. EU: Annual reports on EU arms exports
30. EU: DATA PRIVACY DAY: NGO Letter, signed by 18 groups including Statewatch
31. ITALY: ASGI clarifies the issues involved in repealing the criminal offence of illegal entry and residence
32. UK-USA-BASES: Unknown territory: America’s secret archipelago of UK bases
33. POLAND-CIA: The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland
34. EU: SEARCH & RESCUE AT SEA: Council of the European Union: Final “compromise” proposal

EU-NSA-GCHQ: DATA SURVEILLANCE
http://www.statewatch.org/eu-usa-data-surveillance.htm

1.  UK: DON’T SPY ON US launch
2.  EU: European Parliament: NSA inquiry: what experts revealed to MEPs  and LIBE Press Release
3.  EU-NSA: Today, February 11th, 2014 is The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance (
4.  NETHERLANDS:The Netherlands, not USA, gathered info from 1.8 million phone calls
5.  UK-GCHQ: Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’ 
7.  UK-GCHQ: War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show 
8.  EU-USA: Move On Data Protection Or Fail On TTIP, EU Parliament Chair Says 
9.  UK-USA: David Miranda’s detention: a chilling attack on journalism
10. CoE: Parliamentary Assembly: Committee to invite Edward Snowden to debate mass surveillance with US officials
11. USA-NSA-CANADA: CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers
12. UK: GUARDIAN: Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives
13. UK-GCHQ: Huge swathe of GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal, says top lawyer
14. UK-GCHQ-ECHR: Justify GCHQ mass surveillance, European court tells ministers
15. EU-UK-GCHQ-USA-NSA: State of surveillance: the NSA files and the global fightback by Ben Hayes
16. UK-GCHQ-USA-NSA: NBC News: Snowden docs reveal British spies snooped on YouTube and Facebook

1. EU: ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles), CEAR and Accem: Death and Summary Returns at Europe’s Doorstep: European Commission Must Investigate Border Practices in Ceuta and Melilla: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-ceuta-mellila.pdf

“The EU cannot turn a blind eye to these allegations of serious human rights violations and has to do everything in its power to ensure the respect of fundamental rights at its external borders” 

and in Spanish (link): http://ecre.org/component/downloads/downloads/855.html

See also: Death of at least 12 people (link) And: Spain says police fired rubber bullets at migrants trying to swim to enclave (Reuters, link):
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/13/us-spain-migrants-idUSBREA1C1MY20140213

2. INTERPOL: Consensus builds for INTERPOL reform (Fair Trials International, link):
http://www.fairtrials.org/press/consensus-builds-for-interpol-reform/

See also: INTERPOL’s computer systems wide open to abuse by states trying to persecute refugees, journalists and political activists, says new report (Statewatch News Online): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/nov/interpol-red-notices.htm

3.  EU: Migreurop: A Critical Chronology of European Migration Policies (link):
http://www.migreurop.org/article1961.html?lang=fr

and Chronology pdf (link): http://www.migreurop.org/IMG/pdf/chrono_pol_mig_en_10022013.pdf
  
“The aim is to picture the way in which the EU policy of closing the borders, apart from the sequence of tragedies that it causes, leads to human rights violations and to absurd situations that are sometimes impossible to manage by the very people who implement them, in an escalation whose effects sometimes appear to escape the grasp of its protagonists, and bargaining among states in which migrants, refugees and displaced people represent a form of exchange currency.”

4. EU: SEASONAL WORKERS: Council of the European Union: Council adopts directive on third-country seasonal workers (Press release):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-seasonal-workers-prel.pdf

and see: Full-text: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-seasonal-workers-text.pdf

5.  EU: APPOINTMENT OF NEW EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR (EDPS): European Parliament: Opinion of the Legal Service:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/ep-ls-opinion-edps-appt.pdf

See also: Pressure grows over EU data watchdog replacement (euractiv, link):
http://www.euractiv.com/print/euro-finance/commission-asked-explain-lack-da-news-532657

See also: Letter from EDPS, Peter Hustinx, to LIBE Chair: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/eu-new-edps-letter-hustinx.pdf

6. Mauritian personalities bravely stand up against new compulsory biometric ID Card system (Spokesman Books, link):
http://spokesmanbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/mauritian-personalities-bravely-stand.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Spokesman

See: Morpho wins Mauritania bid (Securitydocument world.com, link):
http://www.securitydocumentworld.com/public/news_all.cfm?&m1=c_10&m2=c_4&m3=e_0&m4=e_0&subItemID=2212

and EU: Millions of euros for new police databases in West Africa (Statewatch News Online):
http://database.statewatch.org/article.asp?aid=32187

7. UK: Playwright David Edgar discusses the importance of Stuart Hall (IRR News, link):
http://www.irr.org.uk/news/stuart-hall-1932-2014/

and Buzz Johnson, people’s educator and the founder of Karia Press, died this week (IRR News, link):
http://www.irr.org.uk/news/buzz-johnson-1951-2014/

“Two giants of the Caribbean diaspora died this week – Stuart Hall, academic and cultural theorist; Buzz Johnson, publisher and people’s educator. They represented two ends of a black left spectrum of politics – the one an acclaimed theoretician and eminent wordsmith who influenced a phalanx of students with his ideas, the other a practical man who single-handedly ran a black publishing venture, Karia Press, which uncovered/discovered and publicised a whole range of Caribbean writers and thinkers. Stuart Hall has been rightly claimed and acclaimed for his massive contribution. But Buzz, in the shadows till the last, has never had his due recognition.”

8. G6 meeting, Poland: European Union Discusses Privacy Protection with USA:
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2348881&Itemid=1

G6 is a secretive meeting on Interior MInisters from Poland, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain who discuss Justice and Home Affairs issues – it should really be called G6+1 because the USA always attends.

See also: Bundesinnenminister bauchpinselt US-Heimatschutzminister und US-Generalbundesanwalt bei informellem Treffen in Krakau (Netzpolitik.org, link): “the British civil liberties organization Statewatch has strongly criticized the meeting in the hidden G6 : There are no provisions for the publication of the agenda or of minutes. Even parliamentarians do not have access to the documents distributed there”:
https://netzpolitik.org/2014/bundesinnenminister-bauchpinselt-us-heimatschutzminister-und-us-generalbundesanwalt-bei-informellem-treffen-in-krakau/

9. EU-Morocco Mobility Partnership: Border Control at the Expense of Human Lives?
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-morocco-mp.pdf

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) is today publishing its analysis of the Mobility Partnership signed between the European Union (EU) and Morocco. While the Mobility Partnership is presented by the EU as a tool to promote mobility, the EMHRN’s analysis highlights the serious risks it poses to the rights of refugees and migrants.

See also: EU-MOROCCO: Political agreement on Mobility Partnership: Towards the first readmission agreement with an African country? (Statewatch News): http://database.statewatch.org/article.asp?aid=32189

EU and Morocco establish Mobility Partnership (Statewatch News): 
http://database.statewatch.org/article.asp?aid=32481

10.  EU: Seeing through trees: Frontex commissions study on “solutions for under-foliage detection”
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/frontex-foliage.htm

A study that will examine “solutions for under-foliage detection and their potential impact on border surveillance” has been awarded to Spanish company Isdefe by the EU’s border agency, Frontex. According to a contract award notice posted on the EU’s Tenders Electronic Daily website on 21st January, the study aims: “To provide technical, operational and market information concerning advanced solutions for under-foliage detection and to provide an insight into the future developments of advanced solutions for under-foliage detection.”
http://ted.europa.eu/

11. EU: Frontex: Parliament demands greater scrutiny of “financial management and internal controls”
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/frontex-coa-libe.htm

The EU’s border agency Frontex has been criticised on numerous grounds by the European Court of Auditors, the institution responsible for “improving EU financial management, promot[ing] accountability and transparency, and act[ing] as the independent guardian of the financial interests of the citizens of the Union.” The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee has echoed the Court’s complaints.

12. UPDATED: EU: FRONTEX REJECTS OMBUDSMAN RECOMMENDATION: European Ombudsman: Full Summary on Frontex Inquiry:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-omb-summary-concerning-frontex.pdf

Short Summary of the Special Report of the European Ombudsman in own-initiative inquiry OI/5/2012/BEH-MHZ concerning Frontex:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-omb-frontex-report.pdf

“Frontex has rejected a recommendation made by the European Ombudsman following an investigation of its compliance with human rights standards and, in particular, with the requirements of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, is sending this special report to the European Parliament seeking its support on the matter….

The Ombudsman recommended to Frontex that it should set up a mechanism whereby it could deal directly with complaints from people claiming to have had their fundamental rights breached by Frontex. Regrettably, Frontex decided not to accept this recommendation….

The Ombudsman does not accept that Frontex does not carry responsibility for the actions of staff operating under the Frontex banner. That responsibility may sometimes be shared with the individual Member State, but it is not tenable that Frontex has no responsibility and that, thus, it should not deal with complaints arising from actions in which it is involved… The Ombudsman seeks the support of the European Parliament in prevailing upon Frontex to act on the recommendation to establish its own complaints mechanism.”

13.  Statewatch/TNI report: Eurodrones, Inc. by Ben Hayes, Chris Jones & Eric Töpfer
http://statewatch.org/observatories_files/drones/eu/eurodrones.htm

Full report: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/sw-tni-eurodrones-inc-feb-2014.pdf
Executive summary: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/sw-tni-eurodrones-inc-feb-2014-executive-summary.pdf 
Press release: 

English:  http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/sw-tni-eurodrones-inc-feb-2014-press-release.pdf
German: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/sw-tni-eurodrones-inc-feb-2014-press-release-ger.pdf
Italian:    http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/sw-tni-eurodrones-inc-feb-2014-press-release-ita.pdf
Spanish: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/sw-tni-eurodrones-inc-feb-2014-press-release-spa.pdf

Eurodrones, Inc. tells the story of how European citizens are unknowingly subsidising through their taxes a controversial drone industry yet are systematically excluded from any debates about their use. Behind empty promises of consultation, EU officials have turned over much of drone policy development to the European defence and security corporations which seek to profit from it. The current trajectory points in the direction of an increasingly militarised and repressive use of drones that will have far-reaching implications for the privacy and human rights for citizens of Europe and beyond.

14. EU: European Commission: European Cybercrime Centre – one year on (press release, 10 February, link)
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-129_en.htm

“What are the main future cybercrime threats on the horizon? And how has the European Cybercrime Center (EC3) contributed to protect European citizens and businesses since its launch in January 2013? These questions are at the core of an EC3 report presented today.”

European Cybercrime Centre first year report (pdf)
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-european-cybercrime-centre-first-year-report-feb-2014.pdf

Statement by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström: An Intense first year for the European Cybercrime Centre (link) Video of speech (euractiv, link)
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-114_en.htm

Frequently asked questions: The European Cybercrime Center (link)
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-6_en.htm

15. EU: European Migration Network Study: The Organisation of Reception Facilities for Asylum Seekers in different Member States:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/emn-organisation-reception-facilities-jan-2014.pdf

“The organisation of reception facilities differs greatly amongst (Member) States. Differences exist in the type of facilities and in the actors involved in the provision of reception. Such differences are not only apparent between (Member) States but also occur within some (Member) States at sub-state level. Unequal treatment between and within (Member) States may result, in some cases, in sub-standard reception conditions.”

16. EU: Council obstructs ruling on transparency (Wobbing, link) by Staffan Dahllöf: “The Council of the EU has classified its own reaction to a landmark ruling on transparency by the EU-court in Luxembourg. The Court said citizens have a right to know. The Council refuses to disclose how this requirement will be met.”: http://www.wobbing.eu/news/council-obstructs-ruling-transparency 

See: Public access to documents (pdf): “Partial access” censors nearly all the content.
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-access-ruling-pa-17177-13.pdf

But see here the full document: Public acess to documents (LIMITE, 17177/13, 29 November 2013, pdf)
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-access-info-ecj-17177-13.pdf

17.  EU: Statewatch Analysis: Amending the EU’s visa list legislation – February 2014 version by Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex:
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-236-visa-list.pdf

“The EU’s legislation defining the countries and territories whose nationals are (and are not) subject to a visa requirement to enter the EU is a crucial part of the EU’s immigration policy, and has a further significant impact on the EU’s external relations.

A new amendment to the visa list rules was adopted in December 2013, and the European Parliament and the Council have also agreed on two further amendments to the rules, which will be officially adopted early in 2014. This analysis examines all of these recent changes, and presents an informally codified version of the text of what the Regulation will look like after they all take effect.”

18. EU: DATA PROTECTION REGULATION: Council of the European Union: The Council working on its negotiating position:

– Proposal for a regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation) – Data portability:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-dp-reg-data-portability-5879-14.pdf

– Data Protection Impact and Prior Checks:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-dp-reg-impact-and-prior-checks-5880-14.pdf

– Article 26: The processor:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-dp-reg-art26-5881-14.pdf

– One-stop-shop mechanism:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-dp-reg-one-stop-shop-5882-14.pdf

19.  EU: European Parliament study: Space sovereignty and European security building European capabilities in an advanced institutional framework: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/ep-study-space-security-eu.pdf

“The study aims to offer a comprehensive analysis of the role of space-based capabilities in supporting the security and defence policies of the European Union and of its Member States. Moving from the description of the current and future space-based systems developed at the national, intergovernmental and European level, the study tries in first place to point out the contribution of these assets to the security initiatives undertaken in Europe.”

20. Spain: Case into Martine Samba’s detention centre death to be reopened
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/spain-samba.htm

On 14 January 2014, the Madrid provincial court ruled in favour of the appeals submitted by Ferrocarril Clandestino and her mother Clementine Samba [assisted by SOS Racismo Madrid], and the Asociación de Letrados por un Turno de Oficio Digno [ALTODO] to overturn the decision to shelve investigations into the death of Martine Samba. The Congolese woman was detained in Madrid’s detention centre foreigners in the Aluche neighbourhood for 38 days, until she died in the 12 de Octubre hospital on 19 December 2011. The key focus of the case is whether inadequate medical care provided to Martine Samba in the detention centre [CIE, centro de internamiento para extranjeros] had a role in her death and may result in charges of manslaughter being brought against the centre’s medical staff.

21. UK: Justice and Security Act 2013: Investigating State Secrecy: The Justice and Security Act 2013: Presentation: Eric Metcalfe Monckton Chambers: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/uk-emetcalfe-jsa-presentation.pdf

and see: NUJ meeting: Podcast (link):
http://www.nuj.org.uk/news/justice-and-security-act-secret-courts-podcast/

22. EU/Italy: A breath of fresh air, the “Lampedusa Charter”
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/lampedusa-charter.htm

On the weekend from 31 January to 2 February 2014, a process that began with the shipwrecks that cost 600 people their lives in early October 2013 was completed in an assembly to discuss the final details of a document produced from below, by civil society, migrant support associations and interested individuals from around Europe and beyond, including migrants themselves and citizens of Lampedusa, that calls for a radical overhaul of the EU’s migration policies.

23. EU: RETURNS DIRECTIVE: AT THE LIMEN: The implementation of the return directive in Italy, Cyprus and Spain: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/at-the-limen.pdf

“Over the last few years, the use of two different forms of immigration control has increased: there are more centres (detention centres, or “reception” centres) and there has been a proliferation of different forms of temporary legal status. In both cases, these new immigration management and control measures are both characterised by their seemingly temporary nature and by the fact that both present immigration as an entirely temporary phenomenon.”

24. EU: RACISM & XENOPHOBIA: European Commission: Report on the implementation of Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law (pdf): Covers the transposition into national law of the 2008 Framework Decision: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-com-14-27-combating-racism-xenophobia-report.pdf

“At present it appears that a number of Member States have not transposed fully and/or correctly all the provisions of the Framework Decision, namely in relation to the offences of denying, condoning and grossly trivialising certain crimes. The majority of Member States have provisions on incitement to racist and xenophobic violence and hatred but these do not always seem to fully transpose the offences covered by the Framework Decision. Some gaps have also been observed in relation to the racist and xenophobic motivation of crimes, the liability of legal persons and jurisdiction.”

and see: Council Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law (2008):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-framework-decision-combating-racism-xenophobia.pdf

25. CoE: Parliamentary Assembly: International organisations must be accountable for human rights violations (Press release, CoE, link)
http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/News/News-View-EN.asp?newsid=4872&lang=2&cat=8

– Resolution: Resolution 1979 (2014)1: Provisional version: Accountability of international organisations for human rights violations: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/coe-pa-int-org-accountable-resolution-2.pdf

– Recommendation 2037 (2014): Provisional version: Accountability of international organisations for human rights violations:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/coe-pa-int-org-accountable-resolution.pdf

26. EU: New “Stockholm Programme”

Document setting out Member State positions: Letter from the LT Presidency to the incoming EL [Greek] Presidency on the future development of the 
JHA area (249 pages):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/eu-council-new-jha-prog-17808-13.pdf

plus German government position: The future development of the JHA area: Written contributions from MSs: Position paper of the German Federal Government on the future development of EU Justice and Home Affairs policy: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/eu-council-new-jha-prog-germany.pdf

27. EU: European Parliament: Civil Liberties MEPs oppose merging Europol with police training college (Press release):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/ep-mep-oppose-cepol-merger-prel.pdf

“Europol should not be merged with the European Police College (CEPOL) because the two EU bodies should work separately, said the civil liberties committee on Thursday in a vote on new operating rules for Europol. It also strengthened Europol’s data protection obligations and suggested setting up a body of MEPs and national MPs to monitor Europol’s activities and its respect for fundamental rights.

The committee rejected the Commission’s proposal to merge Europol with the European Police College (CEPOL). MEPs adopted their set of amendments to this draft law by 45 votes to 2, with 3 abstentions. “The Europol I defend strikes the right balance between police action and a robust data protection architecture, with stronger parliamentary oversight,” said the rapporteur, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES).”

CEPOL to move to Budapest from Bramshill in UK: Letter from UK Home Office:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/eu-uk-bramshill-cepol.pdf

28. EU: PAIX ET SECURITE INTERNATIONALES: Study: Irregular migration across the mediterranean sea: Problematic issues concerning the international rules on safeguard of life at sea: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/psi-01-etudes-di-filippo-irregular-migration.pdf

29. EU: Annual reports on EU arms exports
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/eu-arms-exports.htm

EU Member States’ arms exports are regulated by a set of common rules, set out in Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP. Under the Common Position, the Council is obliged to produce an annual report based on statistics from each Member State. The report and its associated statistical data was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 21 January, covering the calendar year 2012 for conventional arms exports. Statewatch has reproduced the report and the data tables here separately for ease of access.

30. EU: DATA PRIVACY DAY: NGO Letter, signed by 18 groups including Statewatch, to the Council Presidency: Europe Needs Strong Data Protection – Europeans mark anniversary by demanding rules protecting their privacy:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/eu-dp-ngo-letter.pdf

“This year’s International Data Privacy Day takes place in the context of increased concern among European citizens about their online privacy, following the 2013 revelation about mass government surveillance. Europeans today are increasingly demanding stronger protection of their personal data. “

31. ITALY: ASGI clarifies the issues involved in repealing the criminal offence of illegal entry and residence
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/italy-entry.htm

A recent development in Italy has been the response to the tragic shipwreck in Lampedusa in October 2013 that cost over 360 people their lives and other scandals concerning the treatment of migrants, which have resulted in parliamentary scrutiny of a proposal to abrogate [repeal] the criminal offence of illegal entry and residence, turning it into an administrative offence, approved by the Senate in its first reading vote on 21 January 2014.

32. UK-USA-BASES: Unknown territory: America’s secret archipelago of UK bases (Independent, link)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/unknown-territory-americas-secret-archipelago-of-uk-bases-9084129.html

See: Exclusive: Peers call for proper scrutiny of American military bases in UK used for drone strikes and mass spying (Independent, link):
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-peers-call-for-proper-scrutiny-of-american-military-bases-in-uk-used-for-drone-strikes-and-mass-spying-9084126.html

“Scrutiny of American military bases in Britain could be increased dramatically for the first time in more than 60 years under cross-party proposals provoked by evidence that the installations are being used for drone strikes and mass spying activities.

Draft proposals tabled by peers from all three major parties demand that the Government overhaul the “outdated” rules under which the Pentagon’s network of UK outposts operate following claims of British complicity in US drone missions in the Middle East and eavesdropping on European allies.”

See: Agreement: regarding the Status of Forces of Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty: UK ratification:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/uk-usa-agreement-1951.pdf

See also: Campaign for the Accountability of American bases (link)
http://www.caab.org.uk/

33. POLAND-CIA: The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland (Washington Post, link):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-hidden-history-of-the-cias-prison-in-poland/2014/01/23/b77f6ea2-7c6f-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_print.html

“On a cold day in early 2003, two senior CIA officers arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to pick up a pair of large cardboard boxes. Inside were bundles of cash totaling $15 million that had been flown from Germany via diplomatic pouch.

The men put the boxes in a van and weaved through the Polish capital until coming to the headquarters of Polish intelligence. They were met by Col. ­Andrzej Derlatka, deputy chief of the intelligence service, and two of his associates.

The Americans and Poles then sealed an agreement that over the previous weeks had allowed the CIA the use of a secret prison — a remote villa in the Polish lake district — to interrogate al-Qaeda suspects.”

34.  EU: SEARCH & RESCUE AT SEA: Council of the European Union: Final “compromise” proposal agreed between the Council and the European Parliament: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules for the surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union – Approval of the final compromise text with a view to an agreement at first reading. See: Safety at sea p12, Interception p16 and Search and Rescue p21:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/eu-council-frontex-search-and-rescue-final-compromise-6269-14.pdf

EU-NSA-GCHQ: DATA SURVEILLANCE
http://www.statewatch.org/eu-usa-data-surveillance.htm

1.  UK: DON’T SPY ON US launch (link)
http://www.thunderclap.it/tipped/8803/twitter

“The UK’s intelligence services can process 21 petabytes of data per day – that’s 39 billion pieces of information that could be the private data of any citizen. This mass surveillance violates your privacy and chills free speech across the globe. The current law offers little protection. We are calling for reform of the legal framework so the intelligence agencies stop spying on us.”

2.  EU: DATA SURVEILLANCE: European Parliament: NSA inquiry: what experts revealed to MEPs (Press release, pdf)
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/ep-nsa-prel.pdf

Report adopted by the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE): “The text, passed by 33 votes to 7 with 17 abstentions, condemns the “vast, systemic, blanket collection of personal data of innocent people, often comprising intimate personal information”, adding that “the fight against terrorism can never be a justification for untargeted, secret or even illegal mass surveillance programmes”.

The report will go before the plenary session on 12 March 2014. See also: LIBE: No EU-US trade deal unless fundamental rights ensured (New Europe, link): http://www.neurope.eu/article/libe-no-eu-us-trade-deal-unless-fundamental-rights-ensured

and MEPs say No to Snowden asylum in Europe (euobserver, link):
http://euobserver.com/justice/123112

3.  EU-NSA: Today, February 11th, 2014 is The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance (link)
https://thedaywefightback.org/international/

International Community Unites to Protest Big Brother (EFF, link)
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/02/international-community-unites-protest-big-brother

4.  NETHERLANDS: DATA SURVEILLANCE: The Netherlands, not USA, gathered info from 1.8 million phone calls (Dutch News.nl, link):
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/02/the_netherlands_not_usa_gather.php

“The Dutch security service was responsible for collecting information from about 1.8 million telephone calls and text messages at the end of 2012 and in early 2013, ministers have told parliament. Home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk told MPs in October the Americans were behind the tapping, after the revelations were first published in German magazine Spiegel.

However, in a two paragraph briefing on Wednesday, Plasterk and defence minister Jeanine Hennis said the information had been gathered by the Netherlands itself….the information was gathered from satellite and radio-based phone calls, messages and emails”

5. UK-GCHQ: DATA SURVEILLANCE: Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’ (NBC News):
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/snowden-docs-british-spies-used-sex-dirty-tricks-n23091

and See: Set of GCHQ slides – JTRIG which suggest a wider list of targets and ways of disrupting their activities: The Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) focused on cyber forensics, espionage and covert operations including: the 4D’s: Deny/Disrupt/Degrade/Deceive. Techniques employed are: bombarding their phones with calls, deleting their online presence, email/text friends and colleagues, blogging pretending to be a victim, “stop someones computer from working: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/gchq-cyber-attack.pdf

7.  UK-GCHQ: DATA SURVEILLANCE: War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show (NBC News, link):
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/war-anonymous-british-spies-attacked-hackers-snowden-docs-show-n21361

“secret British spy unit created to mount cyber attacks on Britain’s enemies has waged war on the hacktivists of Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden and obtained by NBC News.

The blunt instrument the spy unit used to target hackers, however, also interrupted the web communications of political dissidents who did not engage in any illegal hacking. It may also have shut down websites with no connection to Anonymous.”

See: Document: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/feb/gchq-anonymous.pdf

And: German authorities sued over illegal spying allegations (euractiv, link):
http://www.euractiv.com/print/infosociety/complaint-filed-merkel-governmen-news-533256
 
8.  EU-USA: Move On Data Protection Or Fail On TTIP, EU Parliament Chair Says (Intellectual Property Watch, link)
http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/02/02/move-on-data-protection-or-fail-on-ttip-eu-parliament-chair-says/print/

and EU warns United States: SHAPE UP on data protection OR ELSE Reding: Sort it out soon or Safe Harbor framework is toast (The Register, link):
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/31/eu_us_data_transfer_to_be_suspended_if_united_states_does_not_fix_probs/

9. UK-USA: DATA SURVEILLANCE: David Miranda’s detention: a chilling attack on journalism – When the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald was detained at Heathrow airport last August under the Terrorism Act, MI5 were pulling the strings and knew full well that he wasn’t a terrorist (Guardian, link)
And: Hackers sue German government over NSA spying (Washington Post, link)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/02/david-miranda-detention-chilling-attack-journalism/print

10. CoE: Parliamentary Assembly: Committee to invite Edward Snowden to debate mass surveillance with US officials (CoE, link)
http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/News/News-View-EN.asp?newsid=4856&lang=2&cat=5

11. USA-NSA-CANADA: DATA SURVEILLANCE: Exclusive: CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents – Electronic snooping was part of a trial run for U.S. NSA and other foreign services (CBC News, link):
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/csec-used-airport-wi-fi-to-track-canadian-travellers-edward-snowden-documents-1.2517881

” top secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by CBC News shows that Canada’s electronic spy agency used information from the free internet service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary airline passengers for days after they left the terminal.

After reviewing the document, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on cyber-security says the clandestine operation by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) was almost certainly illegal.”

See document: IP Profiling Analytics & Mission Impacts:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/cesc-ip-profile.pdf

12. UK: GUARDIAN: Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives – GCHQ technicians watched as journalists took angle grinders and drills to computers after weeks of tense negotiations (link):
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/31/footage-released-guardian-editors-snowden-hard-drives-gchq

13.  UK-GCHQ: Huge swathe of GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal, says top lawyer – Legal advice given to MPs warns that British spy agency is ‘using gaps in regulation to commit serious crime with impunity’ (Guardian, link):
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/28/gchq-mass-surveillance-spying-law-lawyer/print

See Full-text of legal opinion: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/uk-state-spy.pdf

14. UK-GCHQ-ECHR: Justify GCHQ mass surveillance, European court tells ministers – Judges order government to provide submission about whether spying activities violated European convention on human rights (Guardian, link):
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/24/justify-gchq-mass-surveillance-european-court-human-rights/print

“Ministers have been ordered to justify GCHQ’s mass surveillance programmes by judges at the European court of human rights who have fast-tracked a case brought by privacy and human rights campaigners. The court in Strasbourg has told the government to provide submissions by the beginning of May about whether GCHQ’s spying activities could be a violation of the right to privacy under article 8 of the European convention. Marking the case a priority, campaigners are hopeful the court will bring a ruling before the end of the year.”

See: Full-text: Statement of Facts in Application no: 51870/13: Big Brother Watch and Others against the United Kingdom lodged on 4 September 2013:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/echr-big-bro-v-hmg.pdf

15. EU-UK-GCHQ-USA-NSA: State of surveillance: the NSA files and the global fightback (pdf) by Ben Hayes
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/state-of-surveillance-chapter.pdf

16.  UK-GCHQ-USA-NSA: DATA SURVEILLANCE: NBC News: Snowden docs reveal British spies snooped on YouTube and Facebook (link) with 48 page slideshow constructed by GCHQ revealing a pilot programme called “Squeaky Dolphin”:
http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/27/22469304-snowden-docs-reveal-british-spies-snooped-on-youtube-and-facebook?lite

See: GCHQ slides (48 slides):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/snowden-youtube-nbc-document.pdf

and another GCHQ document: The mobile challenge (pdf): “By 2015 up to 90% of internet traffic will be accessed on mobile devices…Predicted that in 2011 mobile broadband will overtake fixed-line internet connections in the UK”:http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/jan/gchq-mobile-theme.pdf

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