We have to abolish Regulation № 40, which gives the Ministry of Interior the right to retain data for every Internet-user

April 1, 2008

We have to abolish Regulation № 40, which gives the Ministry of Interior the right to retain data  for every Internet-user who has an e-mail, instant messaging software or simply surfs the web, appealed the member of the Parliament, Mr Nikolay Kamov during the discussion of the scandalous enactment. He added that he could enter […]

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e-frontier @ Global Voices

April 1, 2008

On Jan. 30, the Bulgarian government promulgated Decree 40, which, among other things, allows the security services to gather from each internet user the data about who they have written to, who is on their contact lists, what instant communication agents they are equipped with, when they used them and the precise manner of using […]

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Data retention and politics

March 31, 2008

The partner in the tripartite ruling coalition, the National Movement for Stability and Progress (NMSP), finally managed to regain the top seat in one of the most important committees in Parliament. On February 20, NMSP MP Mincho Spassov was elected chairperson of the internal security and public order committee, entitled to summon to hearings the […]

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Data retention directive discussion

March 31, 2008

Decree Number 40 on data-retention from the citizens’ electronic communications, adopted and developed in Bulgaria by the Interior Ministry (IM) and the State Agency of Information Technologies and Systems (SAITS), gathered about 200 people for a discussion on March 19 at Bulgarian news agency (BTA). Bulgaria’s ombudsman Ginyo Ganev, the Social-Democratic Forum and the civil […]

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After pressconference

February 11, 2008

BTA – 10-02-2008/20:47 Sofia – Opposition MPs and civic associations will challenge an ordinance, issued by the Interior Ministry and the State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications before the Supreme Administrative Court next week, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria MP Neno Dimov said. The ordinance concerned the categories of data and the procedure of storing […]

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A protest against Directive 2006/24/ЕC about data retention

February 11, 2008

A protest against Directive 2006/24/ЕC, which allows traffic data to be gathered for every single Internet user, was held yesterday (07.02.2008) in Sofia. The demonstrators made it clear, that retention of e-mail correspondence, Internet traffic and any similar information, which is to be kept for 1 year, is directly violating the rights, laid in the […]

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SofiaEcho: Protests in Sofia against data retention directive

February 11, 2008

On January 7, about 50 protesters gathered in the centre of Sofia to rally against Bulgaria’s adoption of the European data-retention directive. Under the directive, Internet service providers (ISP) and telecom companies would be required to collect traffic data on their clients. Data collected for telephone calls would include the time the call was made, […]

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A free (as in 'freedom') lunch as a way of protesting. – Data Retention is no solution

February 1, 2008

Do you appreciate your freedom? How much? Do you want the police to watch closely everything you are doing on the Internet and to record it? What are we talking about? The regulation, stipulating that the agencies will be able to collect information from every user on the Internet, was published in the State Gazette […]

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What’s wrong with that?

November 22, 2007

Nov 4th Today the Ministry of State Administration and Administrative Reform has announces a tender for the purchase of 60 000 new licenses for Microsoft products by the year 2012. The interesting fact this time is that the order is specifically given for this company’s products. According to the Ministry’s press release, “The few examples […]

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Facts: Microsoft lies

November 22, 2007

According to this information “Microsoft Bulgaria will provide about $1 million to build a national network for the training of 30,000 civil servants in computer skills, managing director Teodor Milev told journalists on Tuesday. On May 17, State Administration Minister Dimitar Kalchev and the director of Microsoft Bulgaria signed an agreement by which the state […]

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