EU slams US over Microsoft privacy case

Financial Times,  Monday, June 30, 2014

Commission vice president, Viviane Reding, says the U.S. enforcement order may break international law, which supports Microsoft’s argument that the U.S. cannot enforce a warrant outside of its borders.

European Commission releases standard cloud SLA guidelines

Business Cloud News,  Friday, June 27, 2014

The European Commission has released a set of cloud service level agreement (SLA) standards designed to give EU businesses more certainty around what cloud service providers and consumers are responsible for when entering into contractual agreements.

Google, Microsoft and the battle for regulators' trust

John Salmon, Blog,  Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Regulated businesses must maintain good relations with regulators and that means choosing a technology partner that understands how important that is. Finding a technology partner which can help innovative ideas to overcome regulatory hurdles should be high on the agenda for CIOs and boards.

Barcelona calls time on silos

Jonathan Brandon, BusinessCloud News,  Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Having recently won the European Commission’s iCapital of Europe award, an honour bestowed upon cities that lead in using new technologies to bring citizens and governments closer together, Barcelona is among several international cities at the forefront of experimenting with using new technologies to support the city’s diverse services.

Google ethics adviser: The law needs bold ideas to address the digital age

Luciano Floridi,,  Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The tension between privacy and the value of controlling and shaping information about oneself, on the one hand, and freedom of speech and the value of having access to relevant information, on the other, has been with us for years. It is good news that we can no longer sweep it under technological or juridical carpets. Denial was the first obstacle to finding a solution.

Internet Governance, Privacy, and the Right to Be Forgotten

Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell M. West, Brookings,  Monday, June 02, 2014

The ECJ’s requirement that search engines process removal requests suggests a lack of understanding about the technical complexity and infrastructure required to process a large volume of requests on a case-by-case basis.

Big Data and Privacy as Viewed by the White House and European Union

Alex Giamas, InfoQ,  Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The White House recently published a report on Big Data and Privacy. ACLU, Common Sense Media and other privacy advocates openly applauded the findings of the report. From the industry side, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) supported the report’s stance that Big Data provides “substantial public benefits.“ The European Commission has asked for stronger data privacy laws, affecting U.S. companies doing business in E.U. By this summer the safe harbor agreement regarding privacy data collection and storage will be updated to face the recent challenges.

How Brazil and the EU Are Breaking the Internet

Eli Sugarman, Forbes,  Monday, May 19, 2014

The Internet is a global and borderless network with nearly 3 billion users, but individual governments are undermining the Net’s foundation by extending the reach of their local laws to Internet companies worldwide. Europe’s highest court shocked the technology industry last week by ruling that Internet search engines must self-censor search results in certain circumstances to comply with the EU’s data privacy law. And last month, Brazil foisted different data privacy rules on any Internet company with one or more Brazilian users (regardless of the company’s geographic location). This ever-growing thicket of Internet regulations threatens the free and open Internet as we know it.

Only the powerful will benefit from the 'right to be forgotten'

Mark Stephens, The Guardian,  Sunday, May 18, 2014

Last week's judgment by the European court of justice allowing anyone to demand that a search engine should remove unwanted information from its index – even if it is accurate, lawful, and publicly available elsewhere – is a dangerous step in the wrong direction.

The Myths & Realities Of How Of The EU’s New “Right To Be Forgotten” In Google Works

Danny Sullivan, SearchEngineLand,  Friday, May 16, 2014

Depending on what you read, a “Right To Be Forgotten” court ruling in the European Union this week means that now anyone can ask for anything to be removed from Google, which will soon collapse under an overwhelming number of requests. In reality, it’s far more limited than it sounds, though the ruling does raise serious concerns. Here’s a Q&A on how things really will work, as best we can tell.