Russia Proposes Strict Online Right to be Forgotten

Olga Razumovskaya, Wall Street Journal Digits,  Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Moscow is beefing up Russia’s “right to be forgotten.” Russian lawmakers on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give people significant leverage when asking search engines to remove content about them. The bill is the Kremlin’s latest move at increasing control over the Internet in Russia, following laws passed last year that require bloggers to register with the authorities and that force Internet companies to keep Russians’ personal information within the country’s borders.

A New—Cloud—Seal of Approval

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

By procuring technology platforms that are compliant with ISO 27018, school districts can further protect the privacy of students. Just as a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval signals to consumers the quality of a product, technology platforms labeled with the phrase “ISO 27018 compliant” provides peace of mind to parents, teachers, and schools.

Belgium Takes Facebook to Court Over Privacy, User Tracking

Sam Schechner and Natalia Drozdiak, Wall Street Journal ,  Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Belgium’s data-protection watchdog said Monday that it is suing the California-based social media firm over its privacy practices, a sharp escalation in a set of probes across five European Union member states. At the same time, the EU’s 28 member states approved a draft of a long-debated pan-European law that would boost the same national regulators’ powers over companies like Facebook. The twin moves—privacy-enforcement action against a U.S. company followed by a milestone in approving new EU privacy legislation—sent a shiver through U.S. technology firms, many of which have lobbied against elements of the new privacy law. They argue it would make it difficult for them to do business, in particular through a power-sharing mechanism among national regulators.

CNIL orders Google to apply delisting on all domain names of the search engine

CNIL,  Friday, June 12, 2015

In accordance with the CJEU judgement, the CNIL considers that in order to be effective, delisting must be carried out on all extensions of the search engine and that the service provided by Google search constitutes a single processing. In this context, the President of the CNIL has put Google on notice to proceed, within a period of 15 days, to the requested delisting on the whole data processing and thus on all extensions of the search engine. Considering the necessity to draw the attention of search engine providers and internet content publishers to the scope of the right to object and to obtain the erasure of personal data, the formal notice is made public.

Never Mind the NSA, What About Google and Facebook?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Newsweek,  Thursday, June 11, 2015

The plainly observable fact to anyone paying attention to the debate we are having in Congress is that Americans have become more skeptical of government intelligence gathering, while at the same time they willingly accept that corporations learn virtually every detail of their lives. Indeed, some of the most successful Internet companies today are really information companies, and the most valuable commodity they possess is data about their customers. So I ask you this: Why is it that a popularly elected and democratically accountable government—the democracy in which Americans take such pride—is more suspect than immensely large and wealthy private corporations?

Study: NSA Spying Fallout Extends Beyond Cloud

George Leopold, Enterprise Tech,  Tuesday, June 09, 2015

U.S. National Security Agency digital surveillance programs that were previously estimated to cost U.S. cloud vendors as much as $35 billion in sales by 2016 could “far exceed” that total as a ripple effect threatens the competitiveness of the entire U.S. tech sector, a new report asserts.

The USA FREEDOM Act, the President’s Review Group and the Biggest Intelligence Reform in 40 Years

Peter Swire, IAPP Privacy Perspectives,  Monday, June 08, 2015

Two years after the first story based on Edward Snowden’s leaks hit the press, the U.S. government enacted the USA FREEDOM Act, ending bulk collection under Section 215. As one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, I applaud its passage—the biggest pro-privacy change to U.S. intelligence law since the original enactment of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978. There is a close fit between the Review Group’s work and the new law as well as multiple significant reform measures the Obama administration has already adopted without legislative change. In this era of partisan gridlock, the U.S. system of government has proved more responsive and resilient than many skeptics had predicted.

Our massive new monopolies: Amazon, Google and Facebook have the power to move entire economies

Anna Bernasek and D.T. Mongan, Salon,  Sunday, June 07, 2015

The world of data has its own economics. If you know one thing about one person, you don’t have much. If you know one thing about nearly everyone or nearly everything about one person, you have a little. But if you know nearly everything about nearly everyone, you’ve got something priceless. Essentially, data giants are middlemen who connect buyers with sellers for a fee. Google, for example, takes a place among the premier content providers in the world. Every day, the company handles millions of searches for its users. But mainly, it creates lots and lots of lists. Google became what it is because its lists are very useful to millions of users. But in nearly every case, what a user wants is not provided by Google itself. Google just connects what the user wants with a list of relevant web pages. Google’s famous web crawlers search the Internet, making lists and rendering those lists to users

More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

Rodika Tollefson,,  Sunday, June 07, 2015

From government surveillance and behavior-based advertising, to social media and search-engine tracking, there are plenty of ways for Americans to lose their privacy online. With such a long trail of digital crumbs that online users leave behind, are they even worried anymore about losing privacy, or is that par for the course in the digital age? Turns out, the majority of Americans still place high value on their privacy. Yet few are confident that the entities collecting the data can be trusted to keep it private and secure.

Sharing Data, but Not Happily

Natasha Singer, New York Times,  Friday, June 05, 2015

Now a study from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania has come to a similar conclusion: Many Americans do not think the trade-off of their data for personalized services, giveaways or discounts is a fair deal either. The findings are likely to fuel the debate among tech executives and federal regulators over whether companies should give consumers more control over the information collected about them.