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WikiLeaks prepares to sue Visa and MasterCard

Posted on July 3rd, 2011 at 22:24 by Paul Jay in category: News

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WikiLeaks announced on Friday evening that it and service provider Datacell intend to sue Visa and MasterCard in Europe “for engaging in an unlawful, U.S. influenced, financial blockade.”

The two credit card services blocked all payments to WikiLeaks last December, claiming that their “rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly engaging in or facilitating any action that is illegal.” They have maintained this claim, even though it is has never been determined that WikiLeaks is guilty of any crime.

According to the WikiLeaks press release, the credit card companies were told on June 9 that if their blockade against payments to WikiLeaks is not removed, suit will be filed against them with the Danish Maritime and Commercial Court and a request for prosecution will also be filed with the European Union.


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Microsoft admits Patriot Act can access EU-based cloud data

Posted on July 3rd, 2011 at 14:47 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security

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At the Office 365 launch, Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, gave the first admission that cloud data — regardless of where it is in the world — is not protected against the USA PATRIOT Act.

It was honestly music to my ears. After a year of researching the Patriot Act’s breadth and ability to access data held within protected EU boundaries, Microsoft finally and openly admitted it.


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