Internet Security Days: Encryption Must Be Suitable for the Masses

  • Cryptography products are not user-friendly enough

  • Internet Security Days presents new technologies for protection of digital identity

  • Tickets available: Early Bird Tariff available until 11.08.2016

Every Internet user has a vested interest in the security of their personal data. For the transfer and sharing of sensitive information, security should be an absolutely fundamental requirement. And yet, cryptography is barely ever used in everyday life – or even in business– because the applications are too complicated and time-consuming. Security experts will explain the dangers this situation poses – and elaborate on the conditions required for wide distribution of encryption – at the Internet Security Days on 22 and 23 September in Phantasialand in Bruel, near Cologne.

The security conference is being organized this year by eco – Association of the Internet Industry for the first time in collaboration with Heise Medien. Speakers like the cryptography specialist Klaus Schmeh and the cyber-crime expert Mikko Hyppönen are eagerly awaited. Visitors can take advantage of the early-bird price for tickets to the conference until 11 August 2016.

Security in the cloud and in the Internet of Things

Further focuses of the security event will be security for the cloud and for IoT, two technologies where sensitive data often needs to be transferred and stored, and which are therefore subject to higher security standards. Due to the increasing spread of these technologies, and the creation of entire economic sectors that are dependent on them, new products and strategies are necessary to take account of these developments.

Cyber-crime endangers society as a whole

However, cyber security does not only play an important role for the economy – it’s also vital for the home computer. In times where power grids, nuclear power stations and traffic lights are all digitally linked, cyber security must be understood as a responsibility for society as a whole. As a result, a further emphasis will be placed on this topic, with presentations on the darknet, nation state attacks, and cyber war. The program will largely be conducted in the German language. Details of the agenda can be found at


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eco: Forderung nach Ausweitung der Vorratsdatenspeicherung ist Aktionismus

Zur aktuellen Forderung des bayrischen Justizministers Winfried Bausback (CSU) nach einer Ausweitung der Vorratsdatenspeicherung sagt Oliver Süme, eco-Vorstand Politik & Recht: „Die im vergangenen Jahr von der Regierungskoalition beschlossene Vorratsdatenspeicherung ist nach unserer Überzeugung weder mit dem Grundgesetz noch mit Europarecht vereinbar. Jetzt die Speicherfrist sensibler und privater Daten zu verlängern sowie auf weitere Dienste wie Messenger und E-Mails ausweiten zu wollen - bevor die Vorratsdatenspeicherung überhaupt umgesetzt wurde - ist purer Aktionismus.“

Verbindungsdaten sollen nach dem Willen Bausbacks länger als nur wie vorgesehen zehn Wochen gespeichert werden dürfen. Zudem soll die Polizei Zugriff auf E-Mails und auch auf die Kommunikation über Dienste wie Whatsapp oder Skype bekommen: „Damit bewahrheiten sich unsere schlimmsten Befürchtungen schneller als gedacht: Noch bevor die Vorratsdatenspeicherung überhaupt in Kraft getreten ist, wird auch schon die Ausweitung auf nahezu alle Verbindungsdaten im politischen Raum diskutiert, sagt Süme“. Das Gesetz zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung ist nach Ansicht des eco-Verbands schon in seiner aktuellen Fassung ein rechtswidriger Eingriff in die unternehmerische Freiheit und Berufsfreiheit der betroffenen Internetprovider und verstößt zudem gegen das Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung.

Auch sei die Vorratsdatenspeicherung ungeeignet zum Schutz vor radikalisierten Einzeltätern. „Wie die Vorratsdatenspeicherung zur Verhinderung von abscheulichen Anschlägen durch radikalisierte Einzeltäter helfen soll, erschließt sich nicht", sagt Süme. Auch ein Blick auf die Statistik des Bundeskriminalamtes reiche, um zu sehen, dass sich an der Aufklärungsquote bei Straftaten nichts grundlegend verbessert habe, als die Vorratsdatenspeicherung früher praktiziert wurde.

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eco Warns Against the Introduction of Ancillary Copyright Law at a European Level

  • Taking stock after three years: German law only created losers
  • Directive at a European level will create massive problems
  • eco survey: 87% want to continue to use the Internet as a source of information

The discussion on new related rights on a European level, similar to the ancillary copyright for publishers in Germany, is starting to turn into a farce, according to eco – Association of the Internet Industry. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the introduction of ancillary copyright in Germany isn’t benefitting anyone,” Oliver Süme, eco Director Policy & Law, says. “It isn’t going to get any better by being introduced and even extended at the European level.”

Taking stock after three years: German law only created losers

The controversial ancillary copyright for publishers was introduced three years ago in Germany. Publishers were given the right to demand payment for the use of text extracts – as used mainly by search engines. A recently published statement by the German collective rights society Media, which represents publishers in their dealings with search engines, made clear that the small amount of revenue generated by the ancillary copyright law has not actually been paid to the publishers yet. “The thing that all of the experts warned about years ago has actually happened: Ancillary copyright isn’t workable in practice and has only led to losers. It cannot be used as a blueprint for an unnecessary European version,” Süme expounds.

Directive at a European level will create massive problems

The EU foresees new European related rights for publishers, which could have negative consequences for the industry, users and those creating content. The exact parameters of the planned ancillary copyright has not yet been specified. The EU Commission’s consultation on the issue finished in mid-June 2016.

Such related rights for all types of publications and publishers would be much more harmful than the existing copyright regulations, as it would be more extensive and would impact on more areas of use and more stakeholders. Süme cautioned against its introduction: “A new, even more extensive ancillary copyright on the European level could become a handbrake for the information society as a whole and continuing digitalization: Massive legal uncertainty looms for all involved.”

eco survey: 87% want to continue to use the Internet as a source of information

“Even if the existing ancillary copyright has not yet caused major damage – the danger it poses is immense,” Süme says. There are still many open questions on how to interpret the law, as well as ongoing court cases.

87 percent of Germans want to continue to use the Internet as a source of information in future, and for the exchange and dissemination of information, according to a recent survey carried out by the polling insitute YouGov on behalf of eco. “With new extended ancillary copyright on the EU level, the informational freedom of users would be significantly curtailed,” Süme criticizes.

This would impact on the majority of Internet users. “Search engines in the Internet have particular importance for how easy it is to find information,” Süme stresses. According to the eco survey, 49 percent of respondents use search engines daily – and 38 percent weekly – in order to inform themselves about current topics or news.

Other articles on eco International on the topic of copyright and related rights.