Behind the European Privacy Ruling That’s Confounding Silicon Valley

Robert Levine, New York Times,  Friday, October 09, 2015

On Tuesday, when Max Schrems won a landmark privacy case in the European Court of Justice, Edward Snowden told him on Twitter that he had “changed the world for the better.” Penny Pritzker, the United States Commerce Secretary, had a different opinion, saying the decision “puts at risk the thriving trans-Atlantic digital economy.”

Study: A comparison between US and EU data protection legislation for law enforcement purposes

European Parliament,  Friday, October 09, 2015

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee. The study compares US and the EU legal frameworks on data protection in the field of law enforcement. It reviews US and EU principal legal sources of data protection legislation in the law enforcement and national security context and identifies rights available to individuals. The study further considers newly introduced or proposed US laws such as the USA FREEDOM Act and the Draft Judicial Redress Act and reviews its compatibility with EU data protection standards.

California Now Has the Nation's Best Digital Privacy Law

Kim Zetter, Wired,  Friday, October 09, 2015

California continued its long-standing tradition for forward-thinking privacy laws today when Governor Jerry Brown signed a sweeping law protecting digital privacy rights. The landmark Electronic Communications Privacy Act bars any state law enforcement agency or other investigative entity from compelling a business to turn over any metadata or digital communications—including emails, texts, documents stored in the cloud—without a warrant. It also requires a warrant to track the location of electronic devices like mobile phones, or to search them.

Landmark ECJ data protection ruling could impact Facebook and Google

Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian,  Friday, October 02, 2015

The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that if a company operates a service in the native language of a country, and has representatives in that country, then it can be held accountable by the country’s national data protection agency despite not being headquartered in the country.

To Body Cam or Not, That is the Question

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Monday, September 28, 2015

Body cameras on institutional law enforcement have become all the rage nationally... Higher education is not an exception in this landscape. Sometimes cities within cities, universities and colleges require law enforcement just as they require physical power plants, facility, food and service management.

European Court Adviser Calls Trans-Atlantic Data-Sharing Pact Insufficient

Mark Scott, New York Times,  Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The laws governing companies that share online customer data between Europe and the United States may soon become a lot tougher. A legal position published in Luxembourg on Wednesday by a senior adviser to Europe’s highest court said that a trans-Atlantic “safe harbor” agreement allowing companies to ship people’s data between both regions did not provide sufficient checks on how that information may be used.

The Time for Reform is Now

Richard Salgado, Google Public Policy Blog,  Friday, September 18, 2015

As the debate over electronic communications privacy escalates in Congress and around the country, I testified this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss this very issue. The hearing provided an important opportunity to address users’ very reasonable expectations of privacy when it comes to the content in their email and other online accounts. Google strongly supports legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was signed into law almost thirty years ago -- long before email accounts and the Web were part of our daily lives. As it is currently written, ECPA allows government agencies to compel a provider to disclose the content of communications, like email and photos, without a warrant in some circumstances. This pre-digital era law no longer makes sense: users expect, as they should, that the documents they store online have the same Fourth Amendment protections as they do when the government wants to enter the home to seize documents stored in a desk drawer.

Passing ECPA reform – It has never been more important

Brad Smith, Microsoft on the Issues,  Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This is an important week for privacy in the nation’s capital. With a hearing today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, another focus on privacy begins in earnest. In truth, this could not come at a better or more important time. With each passing month it is becoming even clearer that our nation’s antiquated privacy laws need to be reformed. This is the time for Congress to act.

Is your data privacy and security bulletproof?

Saimon Michelson, CloudTech,  Friday, September 11, 2015

To ensure a completely bulletproof data service, there are certain components you must own and control. At all times, you need to ensure that you’re in the driver’s seat, and that you didn’t hand over your car keys, along with your corporate data security and privacy, to someone else. As your company's security expert, you are the one chosen to protect your organisation's data so you should invest in a system that allows you to apply your corporate policies, integrate your corporate security countermeasure systems while gaining continuous insight to your corporate user usage patterns.

Data sovereignty and the cloud: How do we fully control data amidst the cloud sprawl?

David Auslander, CloudTech,  Wednesday, September 09, 2015

One of the basic tenets of cloud computing is the ability to provide access to resources across a geographically dispersed cloud environment. This makes the cloud ideal for global distribution of applications and data. But what about those geographies that have highly restrictive data sovereignty laws or practices, such as Germany, Austria and South Korea? What about governmental bodies attempting to protect information while utilising the cloud?