Christian Engström, Pirat

25 september 2013

Säkerhetsexperten Caspar Bowdens vittnesmål i EU-parlamentet om NSA-skandalen

Filed under: NSA — Christian Engström @ 14:56
Se EU-parlamentets utfrågning av säkerhetsexperten Caspar Bowden (63 min)

Se EU-parlamentets utfrågning av säkerhetsexperten Caspar Bowden (63 min)

EU-parlamentets utskott för mänskliga rättigheter LIBE fortsätter sin serie med utfrågningar (#EPinquiry) om avlyssningsskandalen som kommit till allas vår kännedom genom visselblåsaren Edward Snowdens avslöjanden.

I den första #EPinquiry-utfrågningen kom det fram att svenska FRA är en av nyckelspelarna i USA’s avlyssning av oss alla. I den andra blev EU-kommissionen utfrågad, men eftersom utfrågningen skedde bakom lyckta dörrar vägrade jag delta.

Den tredje delen av utfrågningen hölls den här veckan. En av de intressantaste talarna var säkerhetsexperten Caspar Bowden. Han har författat ett antal rapporter om övervakning på uppdrag av EU-parlamentet. Efter Snowden-avslöjandena har han skrivit en rapport till, som han presenterade på utfrågningen.

Rapporten finns att ladda ner som pdf (35 sidor). Den fullständiga titeln är The US National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programmes (PRISM) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) activities and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights

Utfrågningen av Caspar Bowden finns att titta på på YouTube (63 min). Den är mycket sevärd.


Andra om ämnet: Hax, EU-parlamentets pressavdelning

Uppdatering: Hela hearingen på video (totalt 5 timmar och 30 min)


5 kommentarer

  1. ”Four senators at the vanguard of bipartisan efforts to rein in US government spying programs announced the most comprehensive package of surveillance reforms so far presented on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

    The draft bill represented the first sign that key Republican and Democratic figures in the Senate are beginning to coalesce around a raft of proposals to roll back the powers of the National Security Agency in the wake of top-secret disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    On Thursday, Feinstein’s committee will hold a major congressional hearing into the various reforms under consideration. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, and General Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, are expected to argue hard against any diminution in their powers of surveillance.

    There is limited, if any, support in Congress for limiting the NSA’s ability of monitor or gather evidence on foreigners.”
    Rand Paul teams with Democrats on bill to curb NSA spying

    Kommentar av Galileo Galilei — 26 september 2013 @ 6:10

  2. The most concerning thing is heard in video 3:20. It is like older religion believing. Don’t tell, don’t write, don’t behave against the higher entity. And while you don’t know if and what is against the entity you just guess and censor yourself and tell others to do same:
    ”You know Who” and ”He/She Who must not be Named” notice everything and will punish untill there’s made a sacrifice to entity.

    Kommentar av Anonym — 26 september 2013 @ 20:51

  3. No good forecast when you look at that video. I’m a bit astonished that all these politicians are that calm and that there are that many empty chairs. Was it a secret discussion? 🙂 *g*
    Apple shares fingerprint database with Intel Services
    Alternative Organisation to German’s GEMA (copyright) founded. CCCS (C3S) will do a reform of copyrights (more or less), more rights for CCMusicinas & co. C3S needs to be state-approved, still. They are just about to start.

    Kommentar av Idee — 27 september 2013 @ 2:10

  4. In my view, several points, including Bowdens final comments on Microsoft software, wind up in the conclution that in order to keep European citizens sensitive information safe, there is no other way than to outright ban EU states to use propietary software where someone could be coerced to include backdoors in secracy. That is, only free open source or software where there is no connection whatsoever with he US (the only thing I can think of is some very small shops and some military suppliers). As EU penalties, as Bowden explains, have no chance of working to rectify the situation, as US administration, as explained related to Yahoo, has threats as severe as the death penalty to stop this from ever working.

    In practice this would mean that to rectify the situation, EU states most likely have to switch to Linux or BSD variants to gain full control over their data.

    How can a proposal be put forward for banning use of software where foreign powers can coerce (by law) installation of secret backdoors? This will also be a strong message to US administration that laws, especially secret laws, forcing anybody on their soil to take part in spying means US entities can’t be trusted for handling even remotly sensitive data.

    Kommentar av pwq — 28 september 2013 @ 9:47

  5. On further thought, I think the same rules about software use should apply to SWIFT, as that is most likely one of the US most interesting sensitive data (as hinted for example by US attitudes in the hearing), and it’s likely that NSA will go to extreme lengths to get hold of this data if not available through legal channels.

    Kommentar av pwq — 28 september 2013 @ 10:00

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