Biggest ever cyber security exercise in Europe today

European Commission,  Thursday, October 30, 2014

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber-security professionals from 29 European countries are testing their readiness to counter cyber-attacks in a day-long simulation, organised by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). In Cyber Europe 2014 experts from the public and private sectors including cyber security agencies, national Computer Emergency Response Teams, ministries, telecoms companies, energy companies, financial institutions and internet service providers are testing their procedures and capabilities against in a life-like, large-scale cyber-security scenario.

Most cloud apps flout EU data protection rules – study

John Leyden, The Register,  Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Three in four cloud services do not conform to the current EU Data Protection Directive, according to a new study. Enterprise cloud visibility firm Skyhigh Networks found that nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of the cloud services used by European organisations do not meet the requirements of the current privacy regulations, with data being sent to countries without adequate levels of data protection. The transfer of personally identifiable information outside Europe meant many services were operating at odds with the EU Data Protection Directive.

Cloud-Computing brings new challenges

Victoria Wagner Ross, Examiner.com,  Sunday, October 12, 2014

The NSA Prism spying scandal risks undermining trust in U.S. cloud computing businesses, the EC's vice-president, Neelie Kroes, has warned in a speech today. Kroes also reiterated calls for "clarity and transparency" from the U.S. regarding the scope and nature of its surveillance and access to data on individuals and businesses living and conducting business in Europe.

The Microsoft Warrant Case: Not Just An Irish Issue

John O'Connor, Mondaq,  Saturday, October 11, 2014

It is the opinion of Michael McDowell, a former Irish Attorney General, and now a pre-eminent senior counsel (barrister) before the Irish Supreme Court that such exemptions are 'only lawful where such disclosure is required or mandated by reference to Irish law and is subject to the jurisdiction and control of the Irish courts'. The ability therefore of the US Government to obtain a warrant, subject to US domestic law, that has effect in Ireland may, it is argued, be a breach of Irish sovereignty.

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.