Spy law needs significant changes, says UK parliamentary committee

BBC.com,  Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ministers say the changes will help to catch terrorists and tackle organised crime by updating laws to fit the new technology being used by criminals. But civil liberties campaigners claim the measures contained in it amount to mass surveillance of UK citizens - and that the committee's report meant the home secretary needed to go "back to the drawing board".

Facebook Told by France to Stop Collecting Non-User Data

Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg Business,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Facebook Inc. was given three months by France’s privacy watchdog to stop storing data on people who don’t have an account with the social network as the company continues to draw objections from regulators throughout Europe. The operator of the world’s largest social network can track online users across all the sites they visit without obtaining clear consent, France’s data protection regulator, CNIL, said in a statement late Monday. “The seriousness of the failures” and the company’s more than 30 million Facebook users in France forced it to make the decision public, the regulator said.

Distrust of US surveillance threatens data deal

Katie Bo Williams, The Hill,  Monday, February 08, 2016

If the European working group is not satisfied with the assurances from the Commerce Department, the consequences could be dire. Businesses fear a chilling of transatlantic trade, valued at $1 trillion in 2014. The most likely outcome, experts say, would be a patchwork of country-to-country regulations that would make it extremely expensive for companies to comply.

Swords and shields

The Economist,  Friday, February 05, 2016

Perhaps even more important, the Privacy Shield may stop the slide towards the fragmentation of cyberspace along national lines. Since its inception, the internet has struggled to stay a borderless space for ideas and commerce. Countries such as China have established what they see as sovereignty over their computers and networks, protecting themselves from threats such as “information weapons” (also known as “news”). Others are itching to follow. If America and the EU, with their shared history, interests and values, could not reach agreement over safeguarding their citizens’ data, there would be little hope for anyone else.

The massive new privacy deal between U.S. and Europe, explained

Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post,  Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The details are still emerging, but officials say the pact will include several assurances from the U.S. side...

Commission, Commerce announce new EU-US data transfer agreement

Jedidiah Bracy, The Privacy Advisor / IAPP,  Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new agreement "will protect the fundamental rights of Europeans when their personal data is transferred to U.S. companies,” said Commissioner Věra Jourová. “For the first time ever, the United States has given the EU binding assurances that the access of public authorities for national security purposes will be subject to clear limitations, safeguards, and oversight mechanisms.”

Safe Harbor Out--Stronger US, Corporate Obligations In

Lisa Brownlee, Forbes,  Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A new European Commission-U.S. data transfers framework deal, called Privacy Shield, has been reached. This framework is intended to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor arrangement. Privacy Shield was announced and detailed in outline form today by the EC. Provisions as outlined reveal substantial new future U.S. compliance obligations, including for U.S. corporations.

How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics

Julia Powles and Carissa Véliz, The Guardian,  Monday, February 01, 2016

Facebook, Google, Amazon and other internet behemoths are involved in a form of technological innovation that is acting as a “wrecking ball”, the president of the European parliament declared in Brussels this week. “The aim is not just to play with the way society is organised, but instead to demolish the existing order and build something new in its place,” said Martin Schulz. “The internet lost its innocence long ago.”

How Europe Protects Your Online Data Differently Than the U.S.

Mark Scott and Natash Singer, New York Times,  Monday, February 01, 2016

Your digital footprint can quickly extend far and wide and be used in multiple ways. Your interactions on Facebook shape the ads you see there. The kinds of films and music you stream may allow online companies to make inferences about your political leanings or religious beliefs. And your health insurer may analyze details about your online shopping habits. How much control do you have over how companies collect and use your information? And what mechanisms are in place to protect your data against misuse?

Judicial Redress Act 'National Security Interests' Amendment Could Affect US-EU Negotiations

Lisa Brownlee, Forbes,  Thursday, January 28, 2016

One of the fundamental disagreements in the Safe Harbor negotiations has been reported to be national security/surveillance issues. This amendment strikes directly at that fissure. The amendment, posted at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda page for today, would if enacted add language to the version of the JRA as passed unanimously by the House. The added language pertains to transfers of personal data for commercial purposes between certified foreign countries and the US, and adds requirements that the U.S. Attorney General certify that the foreign country’s “policies regarding the transfer of personal data for commercial purposes. . . do not materially impede the national security interests of the United States.”