After Paris Attacks, Surveillance Remains A Key Issue In EU-U.S. Privacy Negotiations

Hamza Shaban, BuzzFeed,  Monday, November 16, 2015

The commissioner of justice for the European Union struck an optimistic tone Monday, outlining a way forward for negotiations between the EU and the United States over consumer privacy and the future of internet commerce. During a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Vera Jourová said a new agreement regulating the transatlantic flow of commercial data will be set by January next year. Though her remarks were conciliatory, in part to to ease the concerns of an American tech industry under increased European regulatory scrutiny, Jourová emphasized that disagreements over national security and data privacy stand as key points of contention between the two sides.

"Is National Security More Important Than Individual Right To Privacy?" A Student Debate

Ruth Starkman, Huffington Post,  Monday, November 16, 2015

When the Bard College Debate Union and the United States Military Academy at West Point Debate Society tackled the question: "Is National Security More Important Than Individual Right To Privacy," both affirmative and negative sides delivered compelling, well-researched, and often surprising answers. This event, sponsored by the Bard Debate Union, the Hannah Arendt Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Bard-West Point Exchange, marked the third annual debate of the Bard-West Point Exchange and opened The Hannah Arendt Center's two-day "Why Privacy Matters" conference on October 15-16 with a compelling presentation of student perspectives. That students should have the first word was fitting.

Should 'revolutionary' body-worn interview cameras be used in Hampshire?

Emily Ford, Daily Echo,  Saturday, November 14, 2015

A UK perspective on body-worn cameras. Police chiefs in Hampshire have proposed a move into the 21st century by updating their technology. As previously reported, officers across the county could be trailblazers for a “revolutionary” system using body-worn video (BMV) cameras to interview suspects at crime scenes. Hampshire’s chief constable Andy Marsh, who is also the national policing lead for body-worn video, said the change could lead to “cheaper justice”. The interview process is set to go on a trial period and it comes as police forces face reduced budgets in chancellor George Osborne’s upcoming spending review.

Microsoft's Creative Solution to Data Privacy

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View,  Friday, November 13, 2015

Now, Microsoft is the first to offer a solution to the problem U.S. companies face in Europe. And it's a good solution. Starting next year, the American company will offer cloud services to its European customers from two data centers that are based in Germany and run by a local "data trustee," Deutsche Telekom. This means Microsoft will not be able to access the data without permission from the clients and from Deutsche Telekom, which operates under Germany's tight data protection law.

Shifting privacy landscape and the need for Congressional reform

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Friday, November 13, 2015

The LEADS Act is a bipartisan opportunity to reform ECPA and improve international data sharing while simultaneously protecting the privacy of individuals. The legislation clarifies that U.S. law enforcement warrants do not apply to emails of non-U.S. citizens that are stored in other countries. Absent congressional action, the privacy of individuals will be at risk and law enforcement agencies will continue to operate in an uncertain environment. The passage of the LEADS Act will also lay a meaningful foundation for a new Safe Harbor agreement. LEADS strikes the delicate balance between security and privacy that is critical in today’s digital world.

Privacy groups warn a new Safe Harbor will be struck down

Katie Bo Williams, The Hill,  Friday, November 13, 2015

A group of around 40 privacy groups from both sides of the Atlantic on Friday wrote to European Union and U.S. officials to say the proposal for a new data transfer agreement is insufficient to protect privacy and will likely be struck down by regulators and Europe's high court. The letter calls for fundamental changes to both U.S. and EU privacy law to ensure that data transfers can continue across the Atlantic.

Industry Uses De-Identification To Protect Health Data, but Privacy Risks Remain

Nicole Lewis, iHealthBeat,  Thursday, November 12, 2015

As health care organizations increasingly share patient data with public health entities and use patients' information for big data analytics and precision medicine initiatives, the consensus is that de-identification will become a more important tool for health care researchers and academics to minimize privacy risk.

In The Cloud We Trust

Brad Smith, Microsoft Stories,  Thursday, November 12, 2015

While technology is a wonderful thing, the Internet does need to be governed by laws – but they need to be good laws. That is where our principles turn to commitments we have to governments, businesses and individuals. We want to provide digital security for countries all over the world, and respect each country's digital sovereignty. We are moving forward in a way that will help promote the local economy. That is a starting place, but it's just a start.

Belgium tells Facebook to stop using tracking cookies

Peter Teffer, EU Observer,  Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Belgian court told Facebook on Monday (9 November) it should stop tracking Belgians who aren't a member of the social networking site, or pay a daily penalty of €250,000 for as long as the practice continues. The ruling comes after Belgium's privacy watchdog sued Facebook, for placing small files called cookies on people's computers, even if they had not given permission. Facebook has appealed the decision.

A New Turn in the Safe Harbor Roller Coaster

Eduardo Ustaran, IAPP Privacy Perspectives,  Monday, November 09, 2015

The European Commission's communication of 6 November to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, coupled with its practical guidance, represents yet another turn in this uncertain journey. At the same time, the Commission's intervention is helpful in terms of the decision-making process that many organisations—for which transatlantic transfers are vital—are trying to grapple with. Here are some practical conclusions we can draw from the Commission's position.