FNF 2014: Brussels privacy advocates summit to tackle surveillance, censorship, net discrimination

Kirsten Fiedler, EDRi,  Monday, September 15, 2014

Between 26 and 29 September, the annual Freedom not Fear (FNF) conference and barcamp will take place in Brussels. As every year, the action days are challenging the false dichotomy that better security comes at a price: the abandonment of our privacy rights.

Google and Right-to-Be-Forgotten Critics Distort Ruling, EU Says

Aoife White,Bloomberg,  Monday, August 18, 2014

Google Inc. and other critics of a European Union court ruling that created a right to be forgotten on the Internet are exaggerating it to undermine a reform of data-protection rules, the EU’s justice chief said. Search engines such as Google “complain loudly” about the ruling and such critics are using “distorted notions of the right to be forgotten to discredit” a planned reform of EU data-protection rules that includes the right, Martine Reicherts, the EU’s justice commissioner, said today in a speech in Lyon, France.

Cloud providers fail to meet new EU data protection regulations

Rene Millman, CloudPro,  Monday, August 11, 2014

Only one in a hundred cloud providers is set to meet new requirements on data protection. That's according to research from Skyhigh Networks...

US wiretap case could be the key to Google transparency compliance in Europe

Simon Davies, The Privacy Surgeon,  Monday, July 28, 2014

The ruling reflects an emerging Europe-wide position amongst regulators that Google’s business model must fundamentally change if the company is to achieve compliance with EU law.

Lack of clarity and guidance hindering G-Cloud adoption, supplier claims

Business Cloud News,  Friday, July 25, 2014

The lack of guidance and clarity surrounding the new G-Cloud Security Approach and the recently changed Government Security Classifications will likely further hinder adoption of cloud services in the UK public sector...

EU slams US over Microsoft privacy case

Financial Times,  Monday, June 30, 2014

Commission vice president, Viviane Reding, says the U.S. enforcement order may break international law, which supports Microsoft’s argument that the U.S. cannot enforce a warrant outside of its borders.

European Commission releases standard cloud SLA guidelines

Business Cloud News,  Friday, June 27, 2014

The European Commission has released a set of cloud service level agreement (SLA) standards designed to give EU businesses more certainty around what cloud service providers and consumers are responsible for when entering into contractual agreements.

Google, Microsoft and the battle for regulators' trust

John Salmon, Out-Law.com Blog,  Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Regulated businesses must maintain good relations with regulators and that means choosing a technology partner that understands how important that is. Finding a technology partner which can help innovative ideas to overcome regulatory hurdles should be high on the agenda for CIOs and boards.

Barcelona calls time on silos

Jonathan Brandon, BusinessCloud News,  Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Having recently won the European Commission’s iCapital of Europe award, an honour bestowed upon cities that lead in using new technologies to bring citizens and governments closer together, Barcelona is among several international cities at the forefront of experimenting with using new technologies to support the city’s diverse services.

Google ethics adviser: The law needs bold ideas to address the digital age

Luciano Floridi, theguardian.com,  Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The tension between privacy and the value of controlling and shaping information about oneself, on the one hand, and freedom of speech and the value of having access to relevant information, on the other, has been with us for years. It is good news that we can no longer sweep it under technological or juridical carpets. Denial was the first obstacle to finding a solution.