Microsoft Wins Protection for E-Mails Stored Outside U.S.

Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg,  Thursday, July 14, 2016

Microsoft Corp. won’t be forced to turn over e-mails stored in Ireland to the U.S. government for a drug investigation, a court said in a decision that may affect data security throughout the U.S. technology industry. A federal appeals court in New York Thursday overturned a 2014 decision saying the company must hand over messages of a suspected drug trafficker. The company argued the earlier decision would create a “global free-for-all” with foreign countries forcing companies to turn over evidence stored in the U.S.

Privacy Shield Marks a Promising Step Forward – Not the End of the Road – on Privacy posted by Chris Hopfensperger in Privacy

Chris Hopfensperger, BSA TechPost,  Thursday, July 14, 2016

Looking ahead, though, much more remains to be done. As a start, international policymakers need to create a durable framework to govern the new age of data-related investigations, and Members of Congress must continue to rebuild trust among technology users by improving the US privacy regime.

Our search warrant case: An important decision for people everywhere

Brad Smith, Microsoft on the Issues,  Thursday, July 14, 2016

"We obviously welcome today’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The decision is important for three reasons: it ensures that people’s privacy rights are protected by the laws of their own countries; it helps ensure that the legal protections of the physical world apply in the digital domain; and it paves the way for better solutions to address both privacy and law enforcement needs."

Privacy Shield Moves Forward, Company Certifications to Begin August 1

Martin Braun, Reed Freeman Barry Hurewitz, Benjamin Powell and Heather Zachary, Mondaq,  Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The European Commission formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield on Tuesday, ending months of legal uncertainty with a new framework for governing transatlantic data transfers after the Privacy Safe Harbor framework was invalidated in 2015. According to the Commission, Privacy Shield shifts from being a system based on self-regulation to "an oversight system that is more responsive as well as proactive" via stronger efforts by the US Department of Commerce, the US Federal Trade Commission and European Data Protection Authorities. The US Department of Commerce is now encouraging companies to review the framework, and it will begin accepting voluntary certifications beginning on August 1.

EU Heralds Privacy Shield as Trans-Atlantic Pact Takes Effect

Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg,  Tuesday, July 12, 2016

“The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield is a robust new system to protect the personal data of Europeans and ensure legal certainty for businesses,” EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in a statement on Tuesday, the first day of the new pact. “It brings stronger data protection standards that are better enforced, safeguards on government access, and easier redress for individuals in case of complaints.”

Will a Camera on Every Cop Make Everyone Safer? Taser Thinks So

Karen Weise, Bloomberg Businessweek,  Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Smith says Taser plans to roll out live-streaming capabilities in 2017, and he expects facial recognition to become a reality someday so agencies can query police records or social networks in real time.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Progress for privacy rights

John Frank, Microsoft EU Policy Blog,  Monday, July 11, 2016

We at Microsoft welcome the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield decision, which the European Commission is expected to announce on 12 July. It sets a new high standard for the protection of Europeans’ personal data. Microsoft regards privacy as a fundamental right and we believe the Privacy Shield advances this right. This is an important achievement for the privacy rights of citizens across Europe, and for companies across all industries that rely on international data flows to run their businesses and serve their customers. The successful and rigorous negotiations also demonstrate progress between Europe and the United States on a vital issue for transatlantic coordination. While we rely on different legal frameworks, we share the same privacy values on both sides of the Atlantic.

Government Cloud Achilles Heel: The Network

Kevin Jackson, SYS-CON Media,  Monday, July 11, 2016

A laissez-faire approach to data categorization and controls is not only full of economic and reputational dangers but it also represents a due diligence failure when it comes to meeting legal and regulatory requirements for protecting sensitive information (e.g. personally identifiable information, medical records, financial data).

People don’t use technology they don’t trust

Koh Buck Song, Microsoft Asia Pacific News Center,  Friday, July 8, 2016

In the Asia Vision Series features we dive into key industry trends and issues with our subject matter experts and visionaries the region. In part 1 of 3 of this interview, Koh Buck Song, author and editor of more than twenty books and former political supervisor for Singapore broadsheet The Straits Times, speaks with Jeff Bullwinkel, associate general counsel and director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA), Microsoft Asia Pacific & Japan. Bullwinkel is a former federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, as well as Microsoft’s most senior legal counsel in Asia. He shares the reasons behind his passion for law and driving policies around trust in technology.

European Union approves ‘Privacy Shield’ data transfer deal with the US

Jonathan Keane, Digital Trends,  Friday, July 8, 2016

Privacy Shield, the much-debated data transfer agreement that will replace Safe Harbor, has been approved by the European Union. The 28 member states of the EU approved the data transfer deal today following extensive debate and some controversy over the protections it provided to EU citizens’ data when transferred to the U.S. Under the terms of the new deal, Privacy Shield will be reviewed on an annual basis.