Daily Archives: January 28, 2017

You Tarzan, me May by Thanos Kalamidas

ovicover_28_01_17.gifTheresa May had one major problem from the very beginnings of her career as UK’s Prime Minister. Her timing. She has the worst possible timing in whatever she does. And since things don’t just happen, her choices in timing say a lot about her policies and strategies. The good news is that Theresa is a temporary solution and she knows it. It also helps the fact that she has to deal with a state that can hold her in line, like the Supreme Court proves last week. No executive orders here. The bad news is that Theresa May’s actions can stigmatize future strategies and not many in Britain favour this idea. Especially the Conservative Party.

This is a very vulnerable time for UK and in some ways it is good that Brexit will actually take two years after triggering article 50. In these two years the British government, whichever it is, will have the chance to overcome the first shock-waves, the first reactions (especially in the City) and establish a steady strategy for the future. And Brexit this minute is a very tricky road as the Supreme Court established and Theresa May, unintentionally –perhaps, proves.

Her visit to Donald Trump, the way it was done and especially the timing, was her latest mistake, miscalculation and oddly it was mainly taken as a mistake from her own peers in the Conservative Party. Theresa May did not visit an old ally and a new President, Theresa May just visited Donald Trump. The man who wants to establish globally a personal dominance and a man who has made in many ways clear that all decisions, all trades, all negotiations with whomever will have one primacy: his America first. But here comes the odd part, most of the conservatives want …Britain first. Actually this is the reason they are supporting Brexit.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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EARTH AT RISK VI (Ovi Posters)

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#freemelania 16_01 by Thanos Kalamidas

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Ovi means Door #IV

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by | January 28, 2017 · 10:22 pm

Road Blocks to Data Retention: Invalidating the Snoopers’ Charter by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Deemed by the Home Office an exemplar of legislation balancing security and freedoms, the UK Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA), otherwise known as the Snoopers’ Charter, did not impress the EU Court of Justice.  The case had been brought in 2014 by two MPs, David Davis and Tom Watson.  Davis had since evacuated from the brief, leaving Watson to savour the proceedings.

snoop01_400The issue pivoted on a few crucial notions behind the requirement that communications service providers retain “traffic data” (fixed and mobile call logs) and mobile phone location data up to 12 months. These were the necessity of such an undertaking and its ultimate object. Retaining data which might become a delicious point of entry for law enforcement authorities has been a thorny subject in the context of EU laws.

Importantly, the views of governing authorities have diverged from those on the Court bench. The European Commission has been rather sympathetic to the whole idea of data retention.

In 2014, the Commission outlined its views on the subject:

Data retention enables the construction of trails of evidence leading up to an offence. It also helps to discern or corroborate other forms of evidence on the activities of and links between suspects and victims. In the absence of forensic or eyewitness evidence, data retention is often the only way to start a criminal investigation. Generally, data retention appears to play a central role in criminal investigation even if it is not always possible to isolate and quantify the impact of a particular form of evidence in a given case.

That same year, the court struck down the European Union’s own Data Retention Directive of 2006 in Digital Rights Ireland, deeming it incompatible with the fundamental rights of the European Charter.[1] Since then, an assortment of European states have tried to evade the implications of that ruling.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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A blog with a cat: Remember

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Oh, remember the days when there was a cue of presidents, prime ministers, queens and lords outside the Oval Office? Now it is poor May.

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Remember the days they were slamming Obama for governing with executive orders? Now there is nothing much else.

Meow!

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