Statewatch News Online, 18 March 2019 (07/19)

18 March 2019 — Statewatch.org

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.   EU: Open letter to MEPs: oppose mandatory fingerprinting for national identity cards
2.   EU: Security Union: new measures  introduce biometric identity cards and a new database
3.   ECHR: Three judgments: detention of and lack of care for unaccompanied minors in Greece
4.   EU: Biometrics, extended travel surveillance, internal-external “synergies”:
5.   EU: Saving lives in the Mediterranean: human rights organisations propose plan
6.   Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (5-12.3.19)
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‘K’ Metamorphoses into ‘G’ By William Bowles

19 February 2019 — Investigating Imperialism

[I think it’s time to republish a piece I wrote 15 years ago, in 2004, though clearly very few took notice of it then, will it be any different this time? I doubt it, it’s probably already too late to do anything about it. What the Labour government initiated in 2004 has now reached, not only fruition but is now sweeping the ‘democratic’ West as the crisis of capital intensifies and opposition to neoliberalism intensifies. I call it what it is, Fascism. Maybe not the Fascism of Hitler or Mussolini, there are no jackboots, they don’t need them this time, they have built the corporate-security state, a state that has us all on file, a state that records our movements, a state that knows what we read, who we see,  a state that now works in tandem with its corporate masters just as Mussolini’s Fascism did, a state that makes Orwell’s 1984 amateurish by comparison.  Reading through it, I don’t think I need to alter one word. WB.]

24 April 2004

“Someone must have slandered Joseph K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” – 

Franz Kafka, ‘The Trial’

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UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

13 February 2019 — True Publica

UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Big Brother Watch & others’ case against mass surveillance by the UK government.

In September 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the European Convention on Human Rights. The landmark judgment in September marked the Court’s first ruling on UK mass surveillance programmes revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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GDPR and Big Tech: The Cookie Monster Versus Joe Public by Julian Vigo

1 February 2019 — Dissident Voice

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation which was implemented last summer has far-reaching privacy rules. Commonly referred as the , this is now the standard which has forced most tech companies to rethink not only data collection practices but also how data is collected or they risk high fines. Where the US lacks a similar regulation to protect privacy of Internet users, many characterize Europe’s GDPR as hurting privacy instead of protecting it while others accuse the EU of policing across its own borders.

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Facebook’s censor Nick Clegg outlines plans for European elections By Robert Stevens

2 February 2019 — WSWS

Just two months after joining Facebook as its vice-president of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg gave his first main speech this week outlining sweeping censorship measures to be imposed during the European elections. These are to be carried out in the name of combatting “disinformation” and “fake news.”

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UK: Police Pre-Crime ‘Minority Report’ Systems Announced

18 January 2019 — True Publica

Police Pre-Crime 'Minority Report' Systems Announced

TruePublica Editor: Back in May 2017, I predicted that the police would be doing just that – predicting. I warned that Britain already has a reputation for deploying the most intrusive surveillance systems against its own people in the Western world. I warned that our civil liberties are being systematically dismantled, driven through the false narrative of security.
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How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media by Whitney Webb

9 January 2019 — Mint Press

Newsguard Exposed

As Newsguard’s project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States.

By Whitney Webb Whitney Webb

MINNEAPOLIS — Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond.

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Anglo-Saxon “Eyes” are Fixed on Countering China By Jean Perier

10 December 2018 — New Eastern Outlook

In spite in a number of signals that the Trump administration has made over the months to indicate that it is prepared to try to take China down alone, the better part of American policymakers have been hard at work behind the scenes, trying to put together a slapdash coalition against Beijing. It’s rather curious that certain American media sources are not even trying to conceal this fact from the general public.

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Statewatch News Online, 12 December 2018 (18/18)

13 December 2018 — Statewatch

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ANALYSIS

1. Statewatch Analysis: ‘More police’ is not a synonym for ‘more security’ by Andreu Merino. 

STATEWATCH NEWS

1.    Talk by Aidan White at the launch of Statewatch’s Library & Archive
2.    IRELAND: High Court strikes down Ireland’s data retention regime
3.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (3-10.12.18)
4.    Travel surveillance: USA calls for global PNR standard and seeks to export profiling software
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