California’s Cyber Security Policy Is Now the Strongest in the U.S.

Alex Espenson,,  Thursday, November 19, 2015

The law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, is called the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA). (This is not to be confused with the similarly named federal law of 1986.) The CalECPA bars any California state law enforcement agency or other investigative body from forcing a business or individual to unwillingly submit any metadata or digital communications – including text messages and chat, email, cloud-stored documents, or any manner of discovering devices on a network – without first obtaining a warrant.

Process for viewing video from police body cameras is about to get clearer in D.C.

Peter Hermann and Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post,  Thursday, November 19, 2015

The D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee is expected to approve a plan Thursday that would allow the public to view much of the video shot by D.C. police officers’ body-worn cameras. Certain footage, including that showing domestic or sexual assaults, would not be made public. The bill also would bar the release of footage taken inside a home.

Paris Attacks Help Build Case for Stiffer U.K. Snooping Rules

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg Business,  Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris may make it harder for the technology industry and privacy advocates to resist proposed rules that would require Web, software and phone companies to aid in wide-ranging U.K. surveillance efforts. "The attacks make it incredibly difficult to argue for individual privacy,” said Emily Taylor, an associate fellow at the London-based public policy think tank Chatham House. “That seems like a ridiculous thing to argue for when people are being mowed down on a night out."

Paris attacks inflame Europe’s privacy clash

David Meyer, Politico EU,  Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Before the bloody attacks in Paris, the European Union was already in the throes of a long and passionate debate over the balance between security and privacy. As the manhunt continues and authorities race for clues, that debate is raging at every political level. The outcome will have sweeping consequences for international cooperation between law enforcement and businesses, as well as on the fundamental right to privacy and data protection.

Mass Surveillance Isn’t the Answer to Fighting Terrorism

New York Times Editorial Board,  Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low. Speaking less than three days after coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris killed 129 and injured hundreds more, Mr. Brennan complained about “a lot of hand-wringing over the government’s role in the effort to try to uncover these terrorists.” What he calls “hand-wringing” was the sustained national outrage following the 2013 revelations by Edward Snowden...

Microsoft Unveils Operations Center To Fight Cyber Threats

Dan Heilman, Top Tech News,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nadella said that center will be a state-of-the-art facility that contains a staff of security response experts charged with detecting and responding to cyber threats in real time. It’s all part of what Nadella called Microsoft’s new approach to security: being hyper-vigilant while addressing the cybersecurity problems it and other companies routinely face, including malware, phishing attacks and accidental data Relevant Products/Services loss.

After Paris Attacks, Here's What the CIA Director Gets Wrong About Encryption

Kim Zetter, WIRED,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

There are several holes in the argument that forcing backdoors on companies will make us all more secure. While doing this would no doubt make things easier for the intelligence and law enforcement communities, it would come at a grave societal cost—and a different security cost—and still fail to solve some of the problems intelligence agencies say they have with surveillance.

The Strange Geopolitics of the International Cloud

Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The things that shape data-center geography outside the U.S. aren't all that different from things that shape data-center geography in the U.S. In general, large companies building cloud infrastructure seek access to land, and appealing climates—environmental, financial, and political. Places with high concentrations of Internet exchanges, network infrastructure, U.S.-friendly governments, existing tech sectors, or highly educated populations (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore) become logical locations for data centers.

EU Justice leader pushes Hill on privacy bill

Kate Tummarello and Alex Byers, POLITICO,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová makes the rounds in Washington today, trying to sell lawmakers on an EU-focused privacy bill while continuing negotiations with Obama administration officials over the future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor. The House has passed the Judicial Redress Act, which would extend new legal protections to EU citizens, but Grassley’s Senate committee hasn’t even debated it.

U.S. Urges Bodycams for Local Police, but Nixes Them on Federal Teams

Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, November 16, 2015

The Justice Department is publicly urging local police departments to adopt body cameras, saying they are an important tool to improve transparency and trust between officers and citizens. But privately, the department (DOJ) is telling some of its agents they cannot work with officers using such cameras as part of joint task forces, according to people familiar with the discussions. The reason: The federal government hasn’t yet adopted guidelines on how and when to use body cameras, rules that would be important to determining how any footage could be used in court, released publicly, or stored by law-enforcement agencies. The contradiction reveals the potential challenges for federal agencies that work closely with local police, such as the U.S. Marshals.