Article 13 – Changes in EU copyright law can end your freedom of expression online

Update, June 21st: 

The European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs voted in favor of Article 13 yesterday.  This isn’t a final vote, but since the committee decided to push Article 13 forward, it seems there is only one small step to the final stage of the legislation process.

Changes in Article 13 won’t become official until next month, when the general assembly of the Parliament gives the last vote. One way to reverse the decision would be if all 751 MEPs agree to dissolve the controversial article and let the world wide web the way it is.

So, there is still time. Convince your MEP to vote against Article 13!

Update, June 18th: 

Several digital activists have been warning us about Article 13 from EU’s copyright law since last year.

If you think it’s nothing important, think again! This could highly impact your entire web experience.

Imagine you have to pay a fee to online platforms and websites for every little piece of content you take over from them. Whether you use short snippets of text from an original article as part of a link in one of your posts (it could be blog article or social media post) or upload a photo or a video on your platform. Up until now it was considered fair and legal to simply mention the source. However, Article 13 wants everyone to pay for all these small bits of content everyone is supposed to be free to use.

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World Wi-Fi day is here – the tech that changed our lives and our privacy

Can you imagine what it would be like to not be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network at a train station, in the airport or at a restaurant? We got accustomed to using hotspots and wireless networks the same way we look at the clock to check what time it is.

Thanks to an Australian team of engineers led by John O’Sullivan, wireless networks clearly make our lives easier.

On World Wi-Fi Day, acknowledge this great invention! But remember to use wireless networks wisely. You can easily connect to a Wi-Fi without taking any additional painstaking. But the smart Wi-Fi practice is when you first make sure your device is secured.

Why would you need a secure Wi-Fi access? Because so far, as helpful as they may be, wireless networks have proven to be the most vulnerable when it comes to data hacking.

Check out 5 true stories that reveal how easy it is to steal digital data while connected to Wi-Fi.

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Protect your privacy with CyberGhost VPN while streaming the World Cup 2018

Have you been expecting the 2018 World Cup like crazy? Well, the wait is finally over!  One of the biggest sports events of the year has just started.

If you’re at home, cheering for your national team, you have it easy. All you need to do is jump in front of the TV and look for the official TV broadcaster in your country. But what if you’re travelling or living abroad? 

It’s moments like these that make you miss that feeling of being home. Our mission is to help you experience the same feeling and closeness, no matter where you are.   

How do I watch my team’s World Cup games if I’m abroad?  

Maybe you’re travelling or live outside your home country and want to hear the comments in your native language. Except for a few countries, no official broadcaster offers live streaming of the World Cup event.  

A VPN is the ultimate solution to avoid geo-blocking issues online. 

You can make that possible with the help of CyberGhost VPN. All matches will also be streamed live across a few channels. Doesn’t matter where you are! Whether it’s Argentina or New Zealand, you won’t miss any football match. 

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GDPR – What’s in it for you?

Finally, a political and economic organization, namely the EU,  is introducing a complete set of regulations meant to protect your data and privacy. Because you have the right to know how and why companies, websites and social media are using your data.

In the era of almost daily data breaches, GDPR – the new data protection law, should bring us more clarity and control. Never been a victim of any data breach so far? Just to make sure, do this small experiment and type you email address(es) to the haveibeenpwed website.

Discovered something that looks like the image below?

Don’t worry! Just take a deep breath and change your passwords. Use a password manager and set very long and complex passwords. You won’t need to change them except if your password gets leaked.

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The end of net neutrality knocks on our doors

Update, May 18th: 

Two days ago, the U.S. Senate has made a successful first step in the long battle towards restoring net neutrality. The Senate achieved a 52-47 vote in favor of an equal and open internet for all American citizens. Senators succeeded by invoking the CRA (Congressional Review Act) which allows them to revoke recent decisions of government agencies.

This is good news and instills hope for all Americans who opposed the FCC and have been fighting against the repeal of net neutrality. This is the result of the ongoing efforts of several organizations and activists that chose to not give up and defend their rights. And we applaud that!

Yet, as mentioned, the winning battle is just starting!

The next step: members of the House of Representatives have to pass their vote as well. To get a positive outcome, a full majority of House members have to support the reinstatement of net neutrality. If that will happen, the final move is for Donald Trump to sign and have the policy reversed. Everyone knows the White House always backed FCC’s decision in dissolving net neutrality.

But let’s not lose hope! Good things can still happen. Many probably didn’t dare to believe net neutrality is actually important for American senators. They proved they care. We should all continue to fight for it.

Here are useful resources if you want to follow more updates on this topic:

Update, December 15th: Despite everything, the inevitable occurred and the FCC’s final vote for dismantling net neutrality took place yesterday. U.S. ISPs have now full power to block websites, suppress services, and censor online content.

After the vote, it appears that several Republican voters declared to be against the resolution to put a stop to net neutrality. In addition, many attorney generals and state officials including members of the Congress plan to sue the FCC over the repeal.

The effects of the end of net neutrality will become official in a few months so maybe there is still hope.

However, CyberGhost VPN can still help you enjoy internet freedom like you used to and access any website you please.

As recently announced, the FCC had to come up with the final proposal regarding net neutrality until November 22nd. Yesterday, Ajit Pai announced that it will dismantle net neutrality rules, giving giant telecom and web companies full power on deciding what online content to deliver to their customers. Additionally, the end of net neutrality would mean that ISPs can either slow down or speed up web services at their own will. Clearly, only big companies will afford to offer the best connections to consumers.

FCC Chairman mentioned the new proposal would actually mean restoring internet freedom since it forces ISPs to be transparent on the costs they require users for each web service they provide. Customers can simply choose a service plan according to their needs and preferences. Basically, American citizens will pay different costs for a basic internet service and will have to pay more if they want to access music or movie websites, for example.

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World Press Freedom Day – spotlight on the media’s impact on privacy awareness

Right now, you’re online, reading what you chose you wanted to read. You have the liberty of leaving a comment on platforms, even if it’s a bad one. You’re lucky because in some countries, people can’t enjoy freedom of speech. Sometimes, the situation is even worse and browsing the web comes with certain restrictions such as geo-blocking.
A recent case of blocked service occurred at the beginning of April when Russia banned Telegram.
However, in the last years, we have witnessed several similar cases that are first of all, a threat to our basic human rights.
Join us in taking a moment to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Here’s why we believe it’s an important and timely reminder for all of us.

  • EU’s plan on creating an anti-fake news law
  • Fake news vs. real news
  • 5 stories that uncovered some of the world’s deepest secrets
  • Simple ways to spot fake news
  • The need for “identifying fake news” educational programs

But what exactly is the meaning of freedom of expression today, when we have all been heavily bombarded with fake news through all media channels?

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Watch out for ICO scams!

We received reports that a website is using our trademark, brand name and our management and colleagues’ profiles with their current initial coin offering for the creation of a decentralized VPN powered by block-chain.

They call themselves the Vibranium Network and their website is as suspicious as you’d expect.

Robert Knapp, CyberGhost co-founder, warns: Read More

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