Archive - 2017

New UK law: 10 years in jail for those who stream content illegally

The EU and UK are taking some radical measures aimed at those who wish to stream copyright-protected content. At the end of April, the Court of Justice of the European Union has categorically ruled that the temporary reproduction of copyright-protected work – without the consent of the rights holder – cannot be deemed as exempt from “right of reproduction”.

On May 4th, The British Government’s Digital Economy Act received royal assent, meaning anyone caught sharing illegal files in the UK could now be imprisoned for up to 10 years. Until now, the maximum jail term for copyright infringement was 2 years.

Although the new bill is mainly aimed at stopping those distributing content illegally, end users could also end up in trouble.

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The fight against censorship continues: access Wikipedia with CyberGhost

After recently blocking access to Dutch-based online hotel booking platform booking.com, the Turkish government has now banned access to Wikipedia links. This came as a consequence of the online encyclopedia’s refusal to delete articles and comments that suggest the country is co-operating with “terrorist groups”.

Reportedly, Turkish officials have been in contact with the site’s administrators on numerous occasions to ask them to take down the disputed content, but Wikipedia has refused to comply.

The state-run Anadolou Agency in Turkey quotes Turkish officials from the Department of Communications as saying that Wikipedia has “has started acting as part of the circles who carry out a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena, rather than being cooperative in fight against terror.”

When attempting to access the webpage using Turkish internet providers, users received a notice the site could not be reached and a “connection timed out” error.

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Congrats to the winners of the Travel with Bender competition!

First of all, thank you to all the Ghosties out there who took part in the contest organized by our partners, Travel with Bender!

As you know, CyberGhost VPN allows you to easily encrypt your online connection, increasing your digital privacy and security. It’s trusted by millions of users all over the world… including Travel With Bender.

So, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Travel with Bender competition!

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Russia may start banning VPNs

According to certain online sources, the Russian government is working on a bill which requires VPNs and other anonymizing services to stop providing access to blocked domains. If they don’t, they will also end up being blocked. Search engines are also on the black list if they link to the banned websites.

This measure has been taken as a consequence of the fact that many Russians are trying to access censored websites with the help of VPNs, proxies, mirror sites and anonymity networks such as Tor.

The technical aspects of the bill were reportedly formulated by lawyers working for the Media Communications Union (MCU), a trade group established by the largest media companies in the country. The MCU has a particular interest in ensuring that web users do not bypass pirate site blockades by using anonymous web-based CGI proxies.

The new bill apparently lays out a new framework which will force search engines to remove frowned-upon links. Failing to do so could result in fines of up to $12,400 per breach, clearly a significant issue for companies such as Google and local search giant Yandex.

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Egg-ceptional privacy, 57% off

It’s time to hatch a plan against those online snoopers spying on your personal data. A subscription plan, that is.

This Easter, you can take advantage of all the CyberGhost Premium benefits, at a 57% discount*. But be egg-stra quick, because this offer is time-limited!

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Aussies, mark “Get a VPN Day” with CyberGhost

Starting today, Australian ISPs (Internet Service Providers) begin metadata harvest. The law forces internet providers and telecommunications companies to keep and store information generated by customers calling, texting or using the internet.

According to Australian digital rights activists “Digital Rights Watch“, this data collection program requires no warrants, has very little oversight and has received condemnation from human rights experts worldwide.

That is why today has been declared a national day of action or “Get a VPN Day“, an opportunity through which citizens can educate themselves about the scale of this surveillance and take all the necessary measures to protect themselves.

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Trump has just agreed to sell your Internet history. Take a stand!

We, at CyberGhost, believe in digital freedom more than anything else.

That is why we couldn’t take with ease the latest news of Trump giving his vote for Internet Service Providers to sell our browsing history.

Join us in our #PrivacyMatters challenge. Let your imagination run wild and drop us a comment on our dedicated page to describe what sites you think president Trump visits.

Show Trump what it’s like to have your private life turned into a public concern. Speak your mind and stay private online with CyberGhost!

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