Andrew Orlowski, The Register, Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Europe is being hypocritical by derailing the Safe Harbour data protection agreement - because its own protections for citizens against indiscriminate surveillance are worse than the USA’s. That’s the view of one expert on international data protection law at a meeting held by European competition group iComp today. Dr Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law at St Mary’s, said that US citizens had greater safeguards against fishing expeditions than European citizens, and European law enforcement opted for blanket surveillance far more readily than US law enforcement.
Cunningham Levy LLP
Monday, November 23, 2015
In this final article, we take a deep dive into these issues vital for the long-term success of BWC deployment, both for law-enforcement officer protection and accountability and the safeguarding of the privacy and civil liberties of all of our citizens: first, the storage, analysis, protection and use of BWC-generated data; second, the susceptibility of such data to Freedom of Information, Sunshine Law and related requests for public disclosure of such data.
Jedidiah Bracy, IAPP Privacy Advisor, Friday, November 20, 2015
Debates around government surveillance and access to encrypted communications and data are only growing louder in the shadow of last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The White House and congressional staffers, for one, have asked Silicon Valley executives to come to Washington, DC, in order to find a resolution to the encryption standoff currently taking place. Though there is no evidence as of yet that last week's attackers used encrypted communications technology, government intelligence authorities and several lawmakers have not minced any words about the obstacle encryption poses in tracking suspects.
Dustin Volz, Reuters, Thursday, November 19, 2015
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Wednesday called for federal legislation requiring tech companies such as Google and Apple to design smartphone operating systems so law enforcement can unlock data stored on them. He urged Congress to pass a law mandating that information stored on phones built or sold in the United States incorporate weaker encryption standards than currently used so data are accessible to investigators.
Peter Hermann and Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post, Thursday, November 19, 2015
The D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee is expected to approve a plan Thursday that would allow the public to view much of the video shot by D.C. police officers’ body-worn cameras. Certain footage, including that showing domestic or sexual assaults, would not be made public. The bill also would bar the release of footage taken inside a home.
Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg Business, Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The terrorist attacks in Paris may make it harder for the technology industry and privacy advocates to resist proposed rules that would require Web, software and phone companies to aid in wide-ranging U.K. surveillance efforts. "The attacks make it incredibly difficult to argue for individual privacy,” said Emily Taylor, an associate fellow at the London-based public policy think tank Chatham House. “That seems like a ridiculous thing to argue for when people are being mowed down on a night out."
David Meyer, Politico EU, Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Before the bloody attacks in Paris, the European Union was already in the throes of a long and passionate debate over the balance between security and privacy. As the manhunt continues and authorities race for clues, that debate is raging at every political level. The outcome will have sweeping consequences for international cooperation between law enforcement and businesses, as well as on the fundamental right to privacy and data protection.
New York Times Editorial Board, Wednesday, November 18, 2015
It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low. Speaking less than three days after coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris killed 129 and injured hundreds more, Mr. Brennan complained about “a lot of hand-wringing over the government’s role in the effort to try to uncover these terrorists.” What he calls “hand-wringing” was the sustained national outrage following the 2013 revelations by Edward Snowden...
Kate Tummarello and Alex Byers, POLITICO, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová makes the rounds in Washington today, trying to sell lawmakers on an EU-focused privacy bill while continuing negotiations with Obama administration officials over the future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor. The House has passed the Judicial Redress Act, which would extend new legal protections to EU citizens, but Grassley’s Senate committee hasn’t even debated it.
Hamza Shaban, BuzzFeed, Monday, November 16, 2015
The commissioner of justice for the European Union struck an optimistic tone Monday, outlining a way forward for negotiations between the EU and the United States over consumer privacy and the future of internet commerce. During a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Vera Jourová said a new agreement regulating the transatlantic flow of commercial data will be set by January next year. Though her remarks were conciliatory, in part to to ease the concerns of an American tech industry under increased European regulatory scrutiny, Jourová emphasized that disagreements over national security and data privacy stand as key points of contention between the two sides.