Sorry, this content is only avaiable in german.
Created by: Paralegal.net
The law in force since April 1, 2012 that requires public telecommunications service providers to record data about network users’ activities including their geographic location when such activity occurs and to store that data for a period of six months is difficult to reconcile with our constitutional guarantees of the confidentiality of personal data and […]
Lots of people who long for a more open, more democratic and fairer world still pin their hopes on the internet. The exchange of information, access to knowledge, distance-defying communication unimpeded by national borders—all of these go into making the internet what it is today. Nevertheless, there are more and more proposals to restrict the […]
It’s been 13 days since telecommunications data retention went into effect in Austria. For 13 days now, the companies that provide us with the infrastructure that lets us access the wonders of the digital world have been storing data that they had to delete immediately prior to April 1st. When and with whom we talk […]
Austria’s lengthy procrastination comes to an end on April 1, 2012, when it will finally comply with the February 21, 2006 guidelines approved by the EU Council mandating that each member country implement regulations with respect to telecommunications data retention. There’s good reason for the government having kept this issue on the back burner.
The resistance movement in opposition to SOPA/PIPA is proceeding full speed ahead, especially in the US. In Austria, on the other hand, activism to safeguard an open internet is unfortunately already almost a moot point.
Until very recently, computer experts and IT industry aficionados were pretty much the only ones familiar with the abbreviations SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and its little brother PIPA (Protect IP Act). These two proposed bills—at least, in their current form—could bring about some radical changes to the internet in its current form.