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.

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Joe Curtis, IT Pro,  Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Uncertainty continues over the future of the UK’s data protection policies following Brexit, a government minister has admitted. Saying “for a period the future will be more uncertain”, Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe said EU rules on data protection could apply fully in the UK if it remains in the single market, or the UK may replace all EU rules with its own if it does not stay. “Currently it seems unlikely we will know the answer to these questions before the withdrawal negotiations get under way,” the minister for data protection told the Privacy Laws & Business annual conference yesterday.

The Cloud and Filing Cabinets Should Have the Same Privacy Rights

Peter Carter, Bloomberg Law,  Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Americans have privacy rights regardless of where personal information is stored. As we continue to move forward into a data-driven digital society, the cloud deserves the same legal protection as the office or home filing cabinet. Microsoft should be applauded.

The Post Safe Harbor Era: New Opportunities for Service Providers

Rashid Niamat, The Whir,  Thursday, June 30, 2016

This truly is a sword of Damocles hanging over the market and nearly everyone in the IT industry wants it removed as quickly as possible. The complexity is apparent. The public and policy makers focus their attention on companies that have data. The relevance of the current situation to the hosting and data center industry is however, still underexposed.

New Agreement on Privacy Shield Set to Become Final in Early July

Grant Petersen, Simon McMenemy and Hendrik Muschal,  Tuesday, June 28, 2016

On June 24, 2016, the European Commission announced that it had reached a final agreement with the United States on the terms of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, which will permit U.S. companies to transfer the personal data of European Union (EU) citizens to the United States in compliance with EU data protection laws.

There May Have Been a Breakthrough On the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Deal

David Meyer, Fortune,  Saturday, June 25, 2016

The officials said the Commission had agreed on “additional clarifications” with the U.S. on American mass surveillance powers, the role of the “ombudsperson” who will adjudicate complaints from EU citizens about their data being abused, and the transfer of EU citizens’ data to other companies.

EU, United States agree on changes to strengthen data transfer pact

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Friday, June 24, 2016

The European Union and the United States have agreed changes to a data transfer pact that is key to transatlantic business, including stricter rules for companies holding information on Europeans and clearer limits on U.S. surveillance. The revised EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was sent for review by European member states overnight. They are expected to hold a vote in early July, several EU sources said, at which point it will enter into force.

EU Model Clauses Challenge - America Fights Back

Ian De Freitas, Lexology,  Friday, June 17, 2016

The American Government is seeking to intervene in the challenge brought by privacy activist Max Schrems to the validity of EU Model Clauses – the mechanism that many organisations switched to as a means to allow transatlantic data transfers following the invalidation of Safe Harbor in October 2015. In our blog, Model Clauses under threat - or are they?, we predicted that there would be more of a fight over Model Clauses than occurred with Safe Harbor. The stage now seems set for a debate about the extent of US Surveillance activities and how they compare with European practices and protections.

Data protection groups seek to join key High Court case

Mary Carolan, Irish Times,  Friday, June 17, 2016

Digital Rights Ireland and a US-based civil liberties group want to be joined to a pending data protection case which could have huge international implications, the High Court has heard. The US government earlier this week also secured leave to bring an application to be joined to the High Court action, initiated by Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Maryland universities to use data to predict student success — or failure

Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun,  Monday, June 13, 2016

Officials at the University System of Maryland have begun to analyze student data — grades, financial aid information, demographics, even how often they swipe their ID cards at the library or the dining hall — to find undergraduates who are at risk of dropping out. Law enforcement agencies, political campaigns, retailers and other universities all mine data to help focus their efforts. University system officials say the practice, called predictive analysis, will boost graduation rates by enabling educators to intervene with struggling students before failure becomes inevitable.